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TWU nutrition student named best in Texas

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The accolades keep coming for TWU Nutrition & Food Science students. This spring, Lisa Presley,  a senior undergraduate student majoring in Nutrition with an emphasis in dietetics, was selected outstanding dietetics student by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This award recognizes Lisa as the top 2017 dietetics student in the state of Texas – out of more than 500  and one of the top in the nation. Congratulations, Lisa!

TWU student team celebrates Nutrition College Bowl win

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TWU Nutrition students Chris Vanburen, Erin Maxwell, Morgan Drain, Antonio Miranda, Brittany Kuhl and Haley Werner. (Not pictured: Gabriel Puche)

TWU Nutrition students out-answered their competition to win the annual Nutrition College Bowl at the recent Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Conference and Exhibition. The TWU team's comprehensive knowledge of nutrition-related topics led to victory over competing teams from University of the Incarnate Word, Texas Tech, Sam Houston State, Texas A&M and Texas Southern University.


Register now for summer culinary camp for kids

Culinary camp student cooks international food.
Hannah Hogg, a senior majoring in nutrition - dietetics, helped campers cook internationally-themed food as part of the Around the World in Five Days Culinary Camp held in July 2016. Photo by Michael Modecki

Join the Nutrition and Food Science Department for our third annual Culinary Nutrition Camp - Red, White, and YOU: Culinary Nutrition across the USA.

June 19-23, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Ages: 9-15
Cost: $395

We have a full roster this summer and are no longer taking applications.

Students will learn culinary nutrition practices while cooking food representative of regions across the United States. In addition, half of each day will be filled with fun physical activities such as volleyball and water sports.

Each camper will receive a Red, White, and YOU cookbook, which will include pictures of the campers preparing the recipes, and a variety of kitchen utensils. 

Download the TWU Culinary Nutrition Summer Camp flyer (PDF).

NFS professor elected to dietetic credentialing commission

Congratulations to Nancy DiMarco, Ph.D., RDN, CSSD, nutrition and food sciences professor and director of the university’s Institute for Women’s Health, who recently was elected to serve on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Commission on Dietetic Registration. DiMarco will serve a three-year term.

“I was humbled to be selected to run, but to be elected by my peers is really exciting,” DiMarco said. “I look forward to making a contribution.” Full story>>

Student launches small business focused on nutrition counseling

As a clinical dietitian for a hospital, online nutrition student Stacey Mattinson, R.D.N., L.D., loved teaching patients about how nutrition could help them heal. But with only 15 minutes to educate patients who were frequently recovering from major surgery, Mattinson said it was difficult to direct behavior changes. To spend more time on nutritional counseling, Mattinson launched Elevate Nutrition Consulting in February 2016. While growing her business, Mattinson has been working toward a masters of science in nutrition through TWU’s online program. The online program began in 2009 and is ranked #12 Best Online Master’s in Nutrition program by 

Mattinson is also launching a new site,, which will curate science-based nutrition articles. One article that is sure to be featured on the new site is her own, Filling the gaps on ‘Nutrients of Concern,’ which ran in the Egg Nutrition Center’s newsletter in October 2016. Read More>> 

Dietetics program interns take field trip to local cattle ranch

Nutrition students pet a cow at the 3K Land & Cattle Ranch in Justin, Texas.
Nutrition & Food Sciences students interacted with cows in addition to learning about the beef industry during an October 2016 field trip to the 3K Land & Cattle Ranch in Justin, Texas. Photo by Martha Rew, M.S., RDN, LD

Thanks to a Texas Beef Council sponsorship, TWU-Denton dietitian interns visited the local 3K Land & Cattle Ranch in Justin, Texas, to learn first-hand about the beef industry, lean cuts of beef and other protein foods. TWU's Nutrition and Food Sciences program offers field trips like this to students to help them learn by doing. These prospective registered dietitian nutritionists have a new perspective on the beef industry that will help them when talking with future clients.

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