Written by JeJe Noval
Kristina Couts is a second year Nutrition and Dietetics graduate student in the M.S. program. This year, Ms. Couts has taken on the responsibility of being the Nutrition Council Student Association's (NCSA) newsletter editor. Thus far in the school year, Ms. Couts has already produced two editions of the newsletter and has been doing a phenomenal job.
In addition to going to school, Ms. Couts finds time to teach yoga close to her home and assists Chef Cory in maintaining the kitchen, prepping for class, and other presentations. On top of working, Ms. Couts has also found time this year to complete a century ride and a full marathon. Once Ms. Couts becomes an RD, she is looking forward to the opportunity of working in the area of sports nutrition. Keep an eye out for her, prospective employers!
The following is an article Ms. Couts wrote found in the fall edition of the NCSA newsletter:
"Every year on October 24th, thousands of events celebrate Food Day by promoting food that is healthy, affordable, and sustainable. This day is not only intended to look at what Americans are eating, but how they get their food, where they get it, and the policies that govern these issues. This day is meant to start the conversation about the many food related issues that plague our nation. Some of these questions include: how many Americans go hungry each year,what is the average annual income for farm crop workers and,what is the percentage of locally grown produce sold in the U.S?
Food Day began in 2011as a forum to look at these tough questions and ask people to become more interested.This year NCSA celebrated by having a bake sale of traditional treats prepared in alternative, healthier ways. The variety of treats were high fiber, vegan, gluten-free, lower in sugar, or reduced fat. Aportion of the proceeds were allocated to Feeding America, which is a domestic hunger-relief charity.
Another group of nutrition students on campus, Phi U, celebrated at Redlands Market Night, handing out flyers and asking people to sign a pledge to “eat real”.
Many of us can become complacent about our food, because it is readily available in markets and restaurants, but there is so much more meaning to our food. Not only is it important to eat a healthy diet, but also to be aware of where it came from, and the people who brought it to us. The food we eat is a symbol of our own personal culture, individuality, and tastes which makes it even more important to eat real."