Nutrition and Public Health
Motivated by the belief that all kids deserve to grow up healthy, many alumni go into fields related to nutrition and public health. They are health educators, researchers, clinical dietitians, and more. A number of alumni cite their FoodCorps experience as one of the primary reasons they secured dietetic internships.
We encourage alumni to continue their learning in this area through a new pilot partnership with The George Washington University Food Policy Leadership Institute that will help them be stronger advocates for child health.
Family and Consumer Science Agent, Guilford County Cooperative Extension
Vincent served with FoodCorps in Nash and Edgecombe counties in 2015-2016. Prior to his service with FoodCorps, Vincent served for over seven years in the Navy Reserve, which provided him with many skills that prepared him for the work he’s doing now. When he graduated from UNC-Greensboro in 2015, he knew that he wanted to serve his home community; his experience with FoodCorps solidified this goal. Now in his work as a Family and Consumer Science Agent, Vincent educates his community about healthy cooking and eating habits and the nutritional benefits of different foods.
I love serving the community because it allows me to help others, and build meaningful relationships with others. This is what we’re created for. – Vincent Webb Jr.
Michaela’s service in New Jersey helped build her passion for reducing the rate of preventable diseases among children and adults. She is now working as a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, teaching KidsFit, an award-winning wellness program, in three local elementary schools. In this position she creates unique lesson plans for third and fourth graders on cooking, healthy food choices, and physical activity, with emphasis on instilling lifelong habits. Additionally, Michaela provides medical nutrition therapy and nutrition counseling for bariatric patients, and prenatal nutrition care for pregnant women.
My experience with FoodCorps gave me a competitive edge when applying for a dietetic internship for the second time. It also allowed me to grow as a person, gave me support and encouragement and, in the end, helped me find my path in life. – Michaela Caton