Two days later, I did my monthly Chef Stage Center for our long-term care and assisted living residents. This is probably my favorite day of each month: not only does it fall on a Friday (I love casual fridays!), I get to start my work day jamming in the kitchen to good music, chatting with fellow employees and whipping up something fun and delicious. Step 2 is repeating those steps in front of our residents as part of a food-demo, then watching them enjoy something new, different and healthy to eat. They are quite an appreciative crowd, and my heart just melts receiving hugs and kisses and thank you's for my efforts. BEST.GIG.EVER.
Yesterday, I had the fortunate chance to delve into another passion of mine. I gave 60 min sports talk on performance nutrition,"Fuel Right, Train Hard," to a group of high school students participating in the High Performance Distance Academy at Virginia Tech. Speaking to a crowd of 140+ officially breaks the record my largest guest speaking gig, and while I was totally nervous, the kids were interactive and asked some great questions! My primary goal was to offer some evidenced-based sports nutrition fueling guidelines and examples of application, while "fueling" the students to have greater interest in their personal dietary choices and promoting a healthier lifestyle for both the achievement of athletic goals and lifelong health.
Many days at work, you'll find a student or intern following me around who is there to learn and gain hands on experience in preparation for becoming a RD. I LOVE that I have the opportunity to teach, share my passion for being a dietitian, and help others grow as professionals and I hope to share more about this sometime! It's pretty neat that as as a young professional myself to pass on knowledge to future professionals in the field and empower them to use that knowledge to make a difference.
That's all for today in "Edition 1" of "A Day in the Life of a RD." I hope to share more as I have time and as I continue to have fun and different opportunities!
Kristen Chang is Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN), Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and triathlete residing in southwest Virginia with her husband and dogs. Follow along as she shares favorite fueling recipes, general wellness and sport nutrition tips and stories from her athletic endeavors.
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