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Christine Graaf

Christine Graaf

Foods and Nutrition

Master's student looks forward to career as a health education specialist in nutrition.

Major

M.S. in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in Community Nutrition

Hometown

Antioch, Calif.

Honors/Activities

Dean’s List, graduating Summa Cum Laude, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Honor Award recipient for support and leadership in CDC’s response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa and for contributions to CDC’s response to the opioid overdose epidemic response in the U.S., CDC High Potential certificate recipient, Lead for the Center for State, Tribal, Local, and Territorial Support (CSTLTS) Employee Wellness Committee, Liaison to CDC’s Worklife Wellness Office, Member of CDC’s Young Professionals Network, Alumni member of Alpha Chi Omega sorority, mom to a 5-month-old

Why I chose my major

Serving as a health department liaison to a local breastfeeding coalition early on in my public health career ignited the spark for my passion in nutrition. Although I lived this passion in my personal life, I wanted to become a nutritionist by trade. The M.S. in Foods and Nutrition with an emphasis in Community Nutrition was the perfect complement to my public health background and provided me the opportunity to advance my career in the field.

What I like most about FACS

From the very beginning, the FACS department staff and faculty have been incredibly supportive and accommodating to my needs as a graduate student. Likewise, their knowledge and expertise made for a meaningful and memorable learning experience. I am eternally grateful for my FACS family and the influence they’ve had on my life, both professionally and personally.

Post-graduation plans

Following graduation I plan to pursue a career as a health education specialist in nutrition. I also plan to obtain an integrative health coach certification at Duke University. The combined credentials of an M.S. in Foods and Nutrition and certification in integrative health coaching will provide me with the knowledge and skills essential to imparting a positive, lasting impact on the lives of those I serve.

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