Intern Spotlight: Liat

Here’s how University of Tennessee grad, Liat, will add “something extra” to the Dietetics world!

“Hello, my name is Liat Koenig and I am a dietetic intern at Lagniappe Wellness. I believe good nutrition is key to a healthy lifestyle and can prevent many common illnesses. As a future Registered Dietitian, I would like to work with children and young adults challenged by obesity, diabetes, and other nutritional issues, which can be managed through nutritional interventions and lifestyle behavior change. Something extra that I will bring to the Dietetics world is my love for cooking! I would like to share my cooking skills and show how cooking healthy meals can be accessible, simple, and tasty.”

Intern Spotlight: Emily

Here’s how Emily will add “something extra” to the dietetics world!

“I’m Emily, an intern from New Orleans, Louisiana. Being from New Orleans, food surrounds everything we do and is an integral part of our culture. Something extra that I would be bringing to the table would be to show that eating a healthier diet doesn’t have to be boring and bland. In the future, I hope to help those with diseases such as heart disease and diabetes improve their quality of life through nutrition!”

Exercise: The Missing Link to Insulin Resistance

By: Virginia Pearson

Exercise is an important factor in metabolic health. During physical activity, our muscle cells can easily take in glucose in response to insulin from the food we eat (1), which helps maintain blood glucose at normal level. Choosing not to be active throughout the day triggers our muscles to become insulin resistant, which decreases the ability for our body to use the food we eat as fuel (2,1). Over time, insulin resistance slowly causes metabolic health complications to emerge. In order to prevent chronic diseases, such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, we should engage in daily healthy eating behaviors along with regular physical activity to support our overall health (3,4).

Intern Spotlight: Hourig

Here’s how Hourig will add “something extra” to the Dietetics world!

“As a future RDN I want to make sure I advocate for my patients and make sure all their needs are met. My lagniappe or “a little something extra” I will bring to the world of dietetics will be my own personal cultural background. I moved to America from Lebanon at a young age and I understand how comforting it is when healthcare workers can understand and relate to your struggles personally. I want to create a comforting environment for all my future patients who are immigrants! Navigating a new country with all new food choices can be difficult but I am confident I can help in that transition!”

Intern Spotlight: Virginia

Here’s how Virginia plans to add “something extra” to the Dietetics world:” ¡Hola! I am Virginia Pearson, a distance Lagniappe intern completing my rotations in St. Louis, Missouri. I love food, not only for its foundation to our overall health, but its complexity in our lives. Food is cultural, personal, and a great medium in bringing people together. Something extra that I bring to the table is the focus on embracing the diversity of whole foods by adding foods to one’s diet and pro-actively working in my community to bring nutritious food access to all. ¡Buen provecho!”

Intern Spotlight: Faith

Intern Spotlight: Faith

Here’s how Faith will add “a little something” extra to the Dietetics world:
“As a dietitian, I hope to work with all ages and backgrounds, but I have a true passion for working with kids. I spread my lagniappe through my love of teaching kids’ nutrition and gymnastics. Children are the perfect candidates to teach nutrition because you can educate healthy habits from an early age. I hope to help patients find their happiness through foods they already love and hope to help them discover new recipes with fun tastes and flavors. Along with healthy nutrition habits I also like to coach artistic gymnastics. I have done gymnastics all my life and as a coach, I have found the perfect outlet to spread my knowledge and skills with others. As a future dietitian and dietetic intern, I am excited to start coaching nutrition to give individuals the power to be the healthiest they can be.”

Intern Spotlight: Alison

Alison is completing the distance track in Denver, Colorado. Her background is in culinary arts and food science, and she is excited to turn her passion for food into a career as a registered dietitian. When she isn’t cooking, she spends her time playing rugby and enjoying all the outdoor activities Colorado has to offer. She is looking forward to inspiring a love of food and wellness in others.

Intern Spotlight: Amanda

As a future RD, I strive to become actively involved and closely engaged with individuals in the community with a main goal of working towards improving the community’s overall health status. A piece of Lagniappe that I consider to be a main contributor to making me shine in the Dietetics world would be my unique ability to prove that a nutritious lifestyle can be accessible to everyone. Through utilizing my diverse skill set in menu development, I feel confident in my ability to modify any type of eating pattern into a nutritious solution that also fits the client’s preferences. I hope to ultimately transform any expectations of what a healthy meal should look like.