You might have trouble finding caterpillars, termites and fermented milk on store shelves in Texas, but, as a Texas Woman’s University global perspectives class recently learned, these are staples in South Africa.
Joan Denton (M.S. ‘18) knew she wanted to be a registered dietitian, but never felt at ease in a hospital. When she expressed her interests to one of her Texas Woman’s University nutrition professors, Denton discovered she could be categorized as a “culinary dietitian.” This set Denton on to create her own path in the field of nutrition.
Rachel Russell (BAS '16) found her career niche when she wasn't expecting it. But at a meeting for nutrition transfer students, she got a sales pitch that hooked her from the start.
With a goal of supporting students holistically, Texas Woman's University Institute of Health Sciences in Houston celebrated the opening of the TWU Student Food Market March 19, 2018. The Student Food Market—a joint venture between the university and the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s largest food bank in distribution— provides perishable and non-perishable food twice monthly to food insecure students.
The kitchen at Medical City Frisco is constantly in motion – employees are prepping food, cooking, plating, dishwashing, and as in most hospitals, taking care of the special dietary needs of patients. In the middle of it all is Executive Chef Walter Rivas (BAS Culinary Arts and Food Service Management ‘16), who fortunately loves the hectic pace his workplace offers.
Creating original gourmet cuisine from scratch in 40 minutes would be stressful for most people, but imagine doing it for an audience of 3 million people. That was the life of TWU alumna Michelle Tribble these past five months as a contestant on the Fox reality TV series Hell's Kitchen. On Friday, Feb. 2, Tribble (BAS 2016) won this popular cooking competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay. She entered the finale as the only woman in the final slate of three competing to become head chef of Ramsay's new Hell's Kitchen restaurant at Caesar's Palace Las Vegas.
Texas Woman’s University alumna Michelle Tribble is no stranger to the fire found on Hell’s Kitchen, the popular television chef competition hosted by Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay. After coming in third in Season 14, Tribble has been selected to appear in Season 17’s All-Stars edition of the Fox network show, which premieres Sept. 29.
Thanks to a partnership with the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, Texas Woman’s University has established a flavor chemistry laboratory — the first university-based research center of its kind in Texas.
Need some quick tips for eating healthier on the run? Members of the TWU dietetic internship program created short videos that show you how to make a healthy and quick lunch. With just a little planning, it is easy to make your lunch at home and take it with you!
The videos feature Denton dietetic interns who designed and produced them under the direction of TWU Internship Director Martha Rew, MS, RDN, LD. After completing their internship program, the graduates will take a national board exam to become registered dietitian nutritionists.
TWU nutrition student named best in Texas
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
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.
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>>
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 BestColleges.com
Mattinson is also launching a new site, www.whatthekale.co, 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.
Dietetics program interns take field trip to local cattle ranch
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.