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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.


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 major Sam Rodgers ‘15 continues focus on community service, nominated for Allstate AFCA Good Works Team

Senior student-athlete Sam Rodgers has made community service a top priority in his time with the Orange men’s football team and he has been nominated for the Allstate AFCA Good Works Team for his efforts. Rodgers, who was also nominated in 2013, has been active in numerous community service organizations, most recently making his second mission trip to Haiti and working to establish a chapter of Uplifting Athletes at Syracuse. He’s traveled to Haiti in May in each of the last two years with Poverty Resolutions. Rodgers made the trip with his family and Syracuse student-athletes and assisted on a number of projects while there while partnering with the Mission of Grace Orphanage in the country. Earlier this year Sam, who is majoring in nutrition, was named a 2014-15 Remembrance Scholar. He will serve as one of two undergraduate Falk College Marshals for Convocation/Commencement 2015 next May.

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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.

Tanya Horacek

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.

Portraits of Nutrition Alum Lauren Carey and Allison Marco

Debra Connolly named Public Policy Chair, NYS Dietetic Association

Debra Connolly (above, pictured right), dietetic internship coordinator, Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition, was recently named Public Policy Chair for the New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA) by the organization’s president elect , Molly Morgan, RD, CDN . She has started training for this role and will officially begin her term in June, 2014. In this role, she will serve as key connection between the Academy Of Nutrition and Dietetics ( AND) government relations and grassroots leaders on Academy public policy stances and processes. She will support Academy requests for action on federal legislative issues. She will maintain communication with the Academy Division of Government Affairs and at Public Policy Workshop (PPW) she will manage and lead training for RDs from NYS as well as coordinating lobbying appointments on Capitol Hill

Brian Wansink and his book Mindless Eating

NEPA hosts Brian Wansink Feb. 26

The Nutrition Education Promotion Association (NEPA) hosted Brian Wansink, Ph.D., on the topic of mindless eating in February 2014. The community was invited to attend the lecture. Dr. Wansink is the John Dyson Endowed Chair in the Applied Economics and Management Department at Cornell University, directing the Cornell Food and Brand Lab. He has been the Executive Director of USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, which is the federal agency charged in creating the 2010 Dietary Guidelines. He has authored numerous research articles and books, including Mindless Eating: Why We Eat More Than We Think. As a consumer psychologist, Dr. Wansink studies food psychology and eating behaviors. His work focuses on understanding how the environment influences our decisions to eat food. His research guides individuals to understand how they can change eating behaviors, and why these changes are so successful."

NEPA is a student organization in the Falk College’s Department of Public Health, Food Studies and Nutrition that promotes health and nutrition education to the SU and the Syracuse communities.

Photo of Tanya Horacek, Lauren Carey,  Allison Marco and Kay Stearns Bruening

Nutrition Alums Help Students Build Professional Social Media Presence

The importance of a professional presence in social media for dietitians and other nutrition professionals was the focus of a recent interactive presentation by Falk College nutrition alumni and registered dietitians, Lauren Carey, RD, CLT, and Allison Marco, MS, RD, LDN. “Using Technology and Social Media to Leverage Your Career in Dietetics,” explored the growing use of social media in dietetics practice and why it is one of the most important elements in the professional toolkit of today’s dietitians. Lauren is a registered dietitian at a private practice in East Brunswick, NJ and is the co-founder of Baritrack, an app that offers support and tools for patients who have undergone bariatric surgery. She is a Certified LEAP Specialist for Food Sensitivity Testing for IBS, Migraines, and Fibromyalgia, with additional certification in Adult Weight Management. As the food services registered dietitian at Georgetown University, Allison manages electronic nutrition tools for dining services including its online menus, Facebook presence, nutrition blog and menu app. She provides nutrition counseling for students, faculty and staff at Georgetown University and employee training and wellness programs.

Falk College Nutrition Students with Syracuse Crunch

Falk Students, Syracuse Crunch Team Up on Performance Nutrition

Falk College nutrition student Melissa Mathews confers with a member of the Syracuse Crunch hockey team at Wegmans this past Monday. A group of undergraduate and graduate students interested in sport nutrition worked with nutrition instructor and registered dietitian Jane Burrell Uzcategui to deliver a cooking demo and Q&A session to the Crunch players on Nov. 4 and a tour at Wegmans on Nov. 11. Their goal was to teach them techniques for increasing their lean protein and fruit and vegetable intake to enhance muscle recovery. “The students did a fantastic job and have really enjoyed the projects,” notes Burrell Uzcategui.

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dual nutition major Sam Rodgers in Haiti

Nutrition faculty, students, alums meet with Congressman Dan Maffei

On September 3, members of the CNY Dietetic Association including Falk College nutrition faculty, students and alumni met with Congressman Dan Maffei’ s staff to request his support for the Treat & Reduce Obesity Act.

dual nutition major Sam Rodgers in Haiti

Dual Nutrition-Entrepreneurship major Sam Rodgers travels to Haiti

Sam Rodgers, a junior dual major in Nutrition and Entrepreneurship who is a long snapper for the Syracuse University football team, traveled to Williamson, Haiti, to serve the poverty-stricken community for one week. He was a member of an 18-person team made up of his family members, his college roommate and teammate, Macauley Hill, and others from his hometown of State College, Pa.

Dr. Lynn Brann

Brann Elected Chair of Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group

Dr. Lynn Brann was elected chair of the Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics during a February 2013 national election. Lynn has a long record of service to this group. In keeping with the usual Academy practice, she will serve as Chair-Elect in 2013-2014, and as Chair in 2014-2015. To be elected to this position, Lynn had to be recognized as a leader by her pediatric nutrition colleagues all over the US.

The Pediatric Nutrition Practice Group (PNPG) is a dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy). They are an active group of more than 3000 practitioners who provide nutrition services for the pediatric population in a wide variety of settings. PNPG activities focus on education, research, networking, and service.

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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