Just 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 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!
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Interning at the Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) is going great, I’m really enjoying it (especially because it is so timely!) With my background at the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC), I already knew that I really enjoy consumer education and web-based nutrition communication.
However, I also love the whole nutrition policy part of USDA. To think that you could influence the way America learns about healthy eating is really great. I told my preceptor: it will be so cool in the coming years, no matter what I do as a Registered Dietitian, the Dietary Guidelines and Food Guide Pyramid will always be a large part of dietetics. So a couple years from now, I can look back and see how some of my work has helped- even with my little five week rotation. Speaking of, the past three and a half weeks has flown by. I can’t believe next week is our last! Then, I’m back to community nutrition, interning at Moveable Feast in Baltimore, MD.
Until then, I’m working on my abstract and poster presentation for the Maryland Dietetic Association, and I’ve already started preparing for the RD exam a little bit. I know…it’s four months away…but I don’t want to forget anything I learned in clinical at the beginning of the internship!