Monthly Archives: June 2011

Drumroll Please…

This last week of my dietetic internship is an elective rotation, where we can re-visit a rotation we enjoyed or create a new one based on our personal interests.  Since I enjoyed clinical so much, I decided to go back to the hospital.

A clinical position would be a great first job, so I wanted a bit of a refresher from last fall when I did my rotation (sidenote: wow did time fly!).  Luckily I picked it right back up; tube feeding orders were a breeze and educations were even easier now than at the beginning of the year, based on all my community experience I’ve obtained since then.  I am ready!

And…drumroll please….tomorrow is the big day… GRADUATION!!!!

Check out my website for a summary of all I’ve accomplished!

Theme Meal Success!

Well….my food service rotation is complete. Our theme meal went off without a hitch! I am so proud of all of our hard work with planning, marketing, cooking, and serving. Our meal, “Symphony at the Potomac”, was a hit at Riderwood Village! Regarding financials, we ended with a positive balance, meaning we didn’t lose any money in the process. Whew!

This process has taught me so much about not only food service practices, but managerial skills, time management in the kitchen, food safety, and cooking skills.  I really liked some of the dishes and plan on making them for my husband sometime!

A special thank you goes to all the employees and residents of Riderwood Village, especially the kitchen and managerial staff at Potomac Cafe where we held our meal. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Check out some photos of the event:

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Say Yes to the Plate…MyPlate & More

choosemyplate.gov dietary guidance logoI was so thrilled earlier this week when the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) released the new dietary guidance logo, MyPlate, to replace MyPyramid.  Last January/February, I spent five weeks interning at CNPP in Alexandria, VA, where my partner and I were informed about the upcoming plate logo.  In addition to all the work we did to follow up the release of the Dietary Guidelines, 2010, we had the opportunity to participate in meetings and projects to support the plate, it’s new website, remodeling the partnership program, and developing additional resources.  See my posts from that rotation here, here, and some photos right here.

When I mentioned that I couldn’t be specific about what we were doing at CNPP, it was because it was plate-related!  It felt really awesome to be ahead of the rest of the nutrition community and be such an integrated part of the CNPP team.  Then, I checked the new choosemyplate.gov website and found that they just updated it with all of the projects we had worked on.

For example, the 10 Tips nutrition fact sheet series are used all over the nation by consumers as well as educational tools for health professionals.  I had the opportunity to actually contribute to this series!  Ala and I brainstormed the tip ideas featured in these resources, and worked with the staff to create the exact wording you’ll find on the web (all in PDF form):

It still blows me away to think that people across the nation will see this, what I personally had worked on during my dietetic internship rotation at CNPP!
So what’s next from USDA and CNPP? Look out for the upcoming SUPERTRACKER to be released at a later date, an updated tool for tracking activity and nutrition.