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It’s weird to think I only have a few rotations left in the remaining 3 months, mainly in foodservice.  But right now…it’s officially CRUNCHTIME!!!

It seemed as though I was comfortably going through the first few months of the internship without a ton of outside work.  Not going to lie- I thought the entire year would be this busy, so the fact that its busy getting close to the end is OK by me (I don’t mean to whine!) However for the past few weeks I have been very busy working on several homework assignments for my pediatric rotation, a nutrition education research paper for FSNE, an American Dietetic Association FNCE abstract, a Maryland Dietetic Association Annual Meeting abstract, portfolio milestones, my pediatric case study, preparations for another week at FSNE, answering emails from current students applying to the internship, and occasionally scouting for jobs in El Paso (my next destination in July).  I’m managing it all ok, but it feels like I have so many things going on in regards to the internship alone, plus a ton of big changes in my personal life…

My wedding photo

While this is all going on, I (somehow) managed to squeeze in time to get married earlier this month! Once I find any spare time to do the necessary steps, my name will officially be Christina Sielbeck Vimini. The timing wasn’t exactly ideal in the busiest part of the internship, but you gotta do what you gotta do 🙂 In fact, I even had a preceptor who said she had a baby during her internship!

Excited for tomorrow’s class day on job searching and resume building.  Now…back to working on my case study featuring the Ketogenic Diet for management of epilepsy.


And the Coolest Place to Intern Right Now is…

Hello all, sorry about another lengthy delay in updates.  My life as an intern has become even more hectic with over 3 hours of commuting to Northern Virginia each day.  Luckily I can often drive in with my dad (who works in DC nearby) or stay with friends who are closer.

But I don’t mean to sound whiny- I feel like the luckiest dietetic intern out there.  Why, you ask?  I have the opportunity to currently be working at the USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP).  Still not clicking?  Well, you may have heard that the Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010 recently came out.  USDA’s CNPP along with the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) are the ones responsible for this project that is released every 5 years.

In a nutshell, I have been afforded the opportunity to be rotating with the organization responsible for releasing the Dietary Guidelines, a document that outlines the best nutrition research out there, DURING the release of the Dietary Guidelines…which only happens once every 5 years.  How cool is that?!

USDA MyPyramid

USDA CNPP is also responsible for the Food Guide Pyramid

The people working at CNPP are so inspiring, whether they are Registered Dietitians or non-dietitians who work to support nutrition communications and policy.  They all seem to love their job and feel very passionate about communicating nutrition to the American public.  Can you tell I love it here, or what?

The projects we are assigned to work on are very exciting!  My partner and I are mainly working with the Nutrition Communication and Marketing Division of CNPP.  I actually can’t share too much with you all because it’s confidential at this point in time…but as certain things are released I will blog about it and let you know what I was a part of.  It feels awesome to know that things I am helping out with now may impact the public on a national level.  It blows my mind!  I mean, I loved helping people on an individual level during clinical, but to reach thousands, potentially millions of people?  I can’t even tell you.  I mean, I’m just an intern!

I’ll return another time to summarize what I’ve learned about the development of the Dietary Guidelines that were recently released.  Looking forward to another three weeks here at CNPP!