What motivated you to participate in the Foundation virtual 5k run and why was it important to you to raise money on behalf of the Foundation?
Prior to attending FNCE 2019 in Philadelphia I was training to run the New York City Marathon and sought out information about running clubs and group runs in Philadelphia that I could meet up with for early morning runs. When I found out the Foundation planned to host a virtual 5k run as part of FNCE 2020, I was so excited to participate because connected so many of my interests. The Foundation supports nutrition and dietetics professionals by empowering them to help others live a healthier lifestyle and that is a mission I want to continue to be a part of.
What fundraising platform did you use to raise the money and how did you go about doing it?
I used Facebook’s fundraising platform to raise money and encouraged my friends and family to donate. I shared many posts related to my running history and my recent experiences of being a dietetics student. I also shared the Foundation’s mission and why I felt like raising money to help empower both current and future dietitians was so important.
What would you say to other students to convince them to participate this year?
Participating in the Foundation virtual 5k event is a great way to connect with students and professionals across the country while also promoting healthier lifestyles within your own community.
Have you ever received a Foundation scholarship, award or grant?
I received the Colonel Filomena Manor Memorial Scholarship in 2020.
What excites you about the future of our profession?
The creative ways nutrition and dietetics professionals are communicating evidenced-based information to patients and clients is so inspiring and shows me how much room there is for growth in this profession. I am excited to make the transition from intern to dietitian this year and look forward to continuing to grow and learn as my career evolves.