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Nutrition Student's Practicum Project Influences Long-term Changing in Prince William County Public Schools

Casey Cornell, a master of science in nutrition candidate graduating this May, is passionate about children’s health and well-being. So when it came time for her practicum, she decided to leverage her work at Prince William County Public Schools in health and physical education and gain experience in the county schools’ food and nutrition services.

“Physical inactivity and poor nutrition are the two main causes of childhood obesity,” Cornell said. “I wanted to combine my work in health and physical education with nutrition so that I can better educate my students to not only learn how to be active, but also how to eat to stay healthy.”

Cornell’s practicum led her to work with Serena Suthers, director of food and nutrition services at Prince William County Public Schools. Cornell’s idea for her project was to expand on her school’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, which provides students with a fruit or vegetable each school day. Learn more about her project.


GCH Student Presents At National Conference On Undergraduate Research

Harper Lovegrove, a global and community health major with a concentration in nutrition, presented her research at the 30th annual National Conference on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), held in Asheville, North Carolina, April 7-9.

Lovegrove’s poster, “Infant feeding and supplementation knowledge and practices of Loudoun County, VA primary care providers,” was a summary of her project, which surveyed local physicians on breastfeeding and vitamin D supplementation knowledge, attitudes, and practices. Her project was funded by Mason’s Students As Scholars’ Undergraduate Research Scholars Program. Lovegrove was supervised by Sina Gallo, assistant professor in the Department of Nutrition and Food Studies, in collaboration with Janine Rethy, MD, of the Loudoun County Health Department.

“NCUR provided an experience unlike any other I have had before. I was exposed to undergraduate research on a variety of topics, from political science to dance to biology. It was especially exciting to chat with fellow community health and nutrition majors from across the country about current events and findings in the field,” Lovegrove said. “It was also fun to bond with other George Mason undergraduate scholars. Representing our school definitely filled me with a lot of Patriot pride.”


MS Nutrition Student Receives Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Scholarship

Jennifer Abell, an MS Nutrition student and registered dietitian, received the Frances E. Fischer Memorial Scholarship from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The $1,000 scholarship will help Abell pursue her interest in geriatric nutrition and research.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and works to improve the nation’s health and advance the dietetics profession through research, education, and advocacy.


MS Nutrition Student Selected to Receive Colonel Frances G. Ballentine Scholarship

Lise Gloede, an MS Nutrition student, received the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s $2,500 Colonel Frances G. Ballentine Scholarship. Gloede is a registered dietitian and a certified diabetes educator.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals and works to improve the nation’s health and advance the dietetics profession through research, education, and advocacy.


MS Nutrition Students Presented at 2015 Experimental Biology Conference

Three of George Mason’s MS Nutrition students, Jennifer Abell, Ashley Shaw, and Mengyi Dong, presented at Experimental Biology 2015, which was held March 28-April 1 in Boston. Experimental Biology is an annual multidisciplinary, scientific meeting featuring presentations in research and life sciences. Read more about their research.