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What’s Cookin?

My Dining Services rotation is complete! I learned so much about food service, food safety, management, and employee wellness. The staff was all so nice and friendly, and it was great to be back on campus. I have a whole new appreciation for my years or relying on the University of Maryland Dining Halls!

For our final presentation, we outlined all the different projects we worked on, such as maintaining the employee Wellness Wall with healthy tips and recipes, writing articles and tips for the dining.umd.edu website, teaching employees about hazardous chemicals, administering a survey to students, and more. We also cooked up a delicious meal comprised of steak braised with tomato and onion, orzo, and peanut butter cookies.

Here are some photos from my experience with my partner Ala:

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Community Experience: Moveable Feast

Moveable FeastJust finished up 2 weeks with Moveable Feast, and let me tell you: I learned a lot more than just about community nutrition!  This non-profit organization (funded by grants) cooks, packages, and delivers food to people in Maryland with HIV/AIDS, breast cancer, and in certain cases, blood cancers.  Not only that, but there are three registered dietitians on staff to provide nutrition assessments, home visits, phone counseling, and educations to the clients.  The dietitians on staff were so passionate about their jobs- it was really inspiring.

Packing moveable feast meals

Packing meals for Moveable Feast clients

I was able to participate in duties normally done by the RDs such as risk screens, counseling, etc.  Plus I taught volunteers about food safety, designed handouts/seminar materials, and even helped pack a few meals!  Some parts of this dietetic internship rotation definitely took me out of my comfort zone, however.  I was going into areas of Baltimore City I might not normally find myself in, and counseling clients in their homes is A LOT different from counseling them in a hospital or clinic.  But with patient preceptors and friendly, grateful, inspiring clients,  the experience was one that I will never forget.  I’m so glad I could be a part of Moveable Feast and help out members of the community!

If you live near Baltimore, learn about participating restaurants that will donate part of the check to Moveable Feast on Sept 22, 2011.  And if you enjoy cycling, definitely check this out!

Certifiably Safe in the Kitchen

Took my ServSafe exam today- it’s a 90 question computerized test all about food safety. It covers foodborne illness, ideal cooking temperatures, types of hazards to foodservice, the flow of food all the way from the farm to being in front of the person eating it, and other areas. Passing is 75%, I received a 96% 🙂 Another thing to put on the resume!

Tomorrow I start on my FSNE rotation. First up is going to Broadneck High School (Anne Arundel County) to talk to volunteers about providing nutrition education (a unique kind of class where we will be teaching the teachers) and then to Montgomery County to teach a 3rd grade class about “Growing Healthy Habits”. The 3rd graders will be fun for sure, but I am really excited to visit Broadneck because I actually went to high school there! Yeah Bruins class of 2006!!

Well-Fed, Well-Rested, Back to Work

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving! I know I had a lot to be thankful for, and I was able to celebrate it with a lot of family and friends. I always vow to not act like a dietitian on Thanksgiving- I am in overall good health so one day of eating a lot of not-so-ideal-foods (avoiding the painful overstuffing, that is) will not do TOO much damage! I was even able to celebrate it with my significant other’s family, so I got a different perspective on the holiday meal.

Grilled Turkey

The Grilled Turkey End Result! Yum

For example, my dad always grills our turkey outside on his Weber. This year,
however, I ate an oven-roasted turkey (stuffed with fruit) that was done excellently! (The year before, they had buried the turkey in a pit in the backyard and smoked it…apparently turned out pretty good though?)  My sister sent me a pretty awesome picture of the BBQ turkey, and let me assure you that the leftovers are delicious! What other ways do you prepare a turkey besides grilling, baking, or burying?

Now, it’s Sunday, and I’ve been on break from my dietetic internship since last Wednesday. It’s been nice to get a breather but I am excited for my next rotation with the Food Supplement Nutrition Education Program, where I go around the state of Maryland to help give nutrition educations. Tomorrow, however, is a class day. We are going to Riderwood Village to a computer lab to take a food safety exam to become ServSafe certified! Better go study!