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About the Nutrition Science and Dietetics Program

Nutrition Science and Dietetics offers bachelor of science (B.S.) degrees in nutrition dietetics and nutrition science, and master of arts (M.A.) and master of science (M.S.) degrees in nutrition. Students in the program learn the science of applying food and good nutrition to health. The programs are accredited by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics.


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Nutrition Students Teach Syracuse Crunch Players About Healthy Eating

Falk College nutrition students recently gave a cooking demo for the AHL Syracuse Crunch at the War Memorial as Part One of a three-part nutrition education series. Students Andy Lai, Megan Mullins, Sarah Skinner and Rachel Mallory taught 15 of the hockey players how to make veggie scrambled eggs, lemon caper chicken, a berry recovery smoothie and roasted sweet potato fries. The students shared cooking tips and provided facts about the importance of nutrition for fueling and recovering from rigorous practice and game schedules. The athletes asked lots of questions and ate all the food. Next, students will take them on a grocery store tour at Wegmans.


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Falk professor Jennifer Wilkins updates first U.S. regional food guide to help consumers understand benefits, how-to’s of eating locally

Thanks to farmers’ markets, farm-to-school programs, and community-supported agriculture, locally grown foods are more readily available—and more in demand. People want to know where their food comes from. How is it grown? What steps are involved in its processing? Evidence suggests that plant-based, regionally sourced diets, largely composed of minimally processed foods, can significantly reduce some of the negative environmental impacts of our food choices. Eating locally produced foods also strengthens the market for local farmers.


Rodgers Surprised with Allstate Good Works Team Award

Falk College nutrition major and Senior captain Sam Rodgers thought he was going to breakfast in the Iocolano-Petty football like any other morning. However, when he arrived he walked into a standing ovation from his teammates as well as a surprise visit representatives from Allstate and Uplifting athletes, honoring him for his selection to the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team. Rodgers is one of 22 Division I student-athletes to make the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team, which honors college football players for their contributions in the community.


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Marlei Simon '14 Receives Scholarship from Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics


The Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics Foundation awarded Falk College alumna, Marlei Simon '14, the Ann Selkowitz Litt Memorial Scholarship. Simon graduated with a bachelor's degree in May 2014, double-majoring in nutrition and public policy. As an undergraduate, she was a resident advisor for three years, board member of the Nutrition Education Promotion Association club for three years and a Literacy Corps tutor. Her career aspiration is to lobby for adequate coverage of nutrition therapy, quality food, government funded health and nutrition services. In addition to the Litt Memorial Scholarship, Simon received the William W. Allen Nutrition Scholars Award from the Allen Foundation earlier this year. Her dietetic internship placement is with the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services


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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors nutrition professor Sudha Raj for leadership in service, excellence in practice

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, will honor Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Sudha Raj, Ph.D., RDN, FAND, with two awards at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) to be held in Atlanta October 18-21. Dr. Raj will receive the Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (DPG) Leadership in Service Award and the Excellence in Practice Award from the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine DPG.


Falk Nutrition students consider Fresh Apples vs. Apple Fritters at the Great New York State Fair

The Great New York State Fair has come and gone and we hope everyone who attended the Fair had a blast. Our Falk Nutrition students had fun. They asked questions, tasted Tzatziki sauce, crunched fresh apples and proved anyone can eat healthy at the Great New York State Fair.

Armed with appetites and an agenda, Falk nutrition students Rachel Johnson ‘15 and Mary Briggman ‘15 set out to dispel the myth that it’s impossible to eat healthy at the Fair. Did the students pass up the Fried Chicken Fingers, Heart-Attack Burgers, and Apple Fritters for Fruits and Veggies? You just might be surprised.


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Nutrition alumna Skylar Griggs ’08 addresses healthy school lunches on FOX News Boston

Providing healthy food options that children not only want to eat but will eat was one of many important messages Falk College alumna, Skylar Griggs, MS, RD, LDN, offered during a recent interview with WFXT-25/FOX News in Boston. Griggs, who graduated from the Falk College’s Nutrition/DPD programs in 2008, is a clinical nutrition specialist at Children’s Hospital in Boston. From providing more fruits and vegetables and 100 percent whole grain options to limiting sodium, Griggs shared her expertise on healthier nutrition requirements for school lunches.


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Nutrition faculty Named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

In recognition of professional contributions, Falk College nutrition faculty members Drs. Kay Stearns Bruening, Sudha Raj and Sarah Short, along with long-standing, part-time instructor, Donna Acox, were named Fellows of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics. The Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics recognizes Academy members who have distinguished themselves among their colleagues, as well as in their communities, by their service to the dietetics profession and by optimizing the nation's health through food and nutrition. Fellows demonstrate the Academy's core values of customer focus, integrity, innovation, and social responsibility. Fellows provide outreach to their communities and grow public trust for Academy members.


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Falk College Nutrition Professor, Tanya Horacek, Part of Team Awarded $4.9 Million USDA Grant for Childhood Obesity Prevention

Falk College associate professor of nutrition, Tanya Horacek, R.D., Ph.D., and Syracuse University are part of a 14-university team that has received a $4.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to empower college students to create obesity prevention programs for their peers as well as students in elementary and high schools. The campaign, which will launch in August, is entitled, "Get Fruved." It will harness the peer-to-peer interactions of more than 1,000 students who will work together to create interventions so students become more physically active. “Fruved" is a term that refers to fruits and vegetables. The behaviors students will address include healthy eating and physical activity as well as managing stress, emotional well-being, and the importance of positive social support systems. The students will also be advocates for environmental change on their campuses to support positive health behaviors. This project purposefully uses a non-diet approach to weight management and instead focuses on promoting healthy behavior and positive healthy body images.


Interested in Food? A degree in Nutrition Science may be for you!

Courses in foods and nutrition have been offered continuously at Syracuse University since 1917. At the undergraduate level, students in nutrition/dietetics prepare to work in a variety of health and health promotion fields, many as registered dietitians. In nutrition science, students study the biological and physical sciences, and prepare to pursue post-graduate work in medicine, dentistry, education, or health care or work for major food or pharmaceutical companies. At the graduate level, students study theory and application of nutrition science and prepare for research, teaching, or practice in clinical, community, corporate, government, or educational settings. Graduates work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, health clinics and food companies.

Mary Briggman transferred to Syracuse University this year to pursue an undergraduate degree in nutrition. Watch this video to find out what she thinks of the program.

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