Marie Spano, MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD

FDNS Degree: 


Mentor and brief summary of research project while a student at UGA: 

Dr. Rick Lewis. My research project examined bone loss during weight loss using a four compartment model for estimating body fat changes.

Current position:

Spokesperson, Author, Sports Dietitian 

Sports Nutritionist for the Atlanta Hawks, Atlanta Braves, and Atlanta Falcons

Co-Editor: NSCA's Guide to Sport and Exercise Nutrition

My current job entails:

As a sports nutritionist, I help athletes fuel their bodies for optimum athletic performance, rapid recovery and overall health. In addition, I develop individual hydration protocols, guide athletes and teams on supplement use, provide medical nutrition therapy, coordinate catered meals, teach athletes how to cook and provide personalized meal plans. 

My nutrition communications work varies from freelance writing (every type of writing from white papers to popular press magazines) to TV segments on CNN, ABC, NBC and Fox affiliates. 

Recent honors or awards (if applicable): 

NSCA's Nutrition Research Award 2012

The primary reason I chose to attend UGA and be a part of FDNS was because:

I chose UGA for the Sports Nutrition Program. I had the amazing opportunity to work as a graduate assistant under the Director of Sports Medicine, Ron Courson and my professor Rick Lewis. I counseled athletes about hydration & electrolytes, eating for maximum performance, recovery nutrition and supplement use. Plus I had the opportunity to give grocery store tours, team talks, write a newsletter for the student athletes and help develop a protocol for athletes with eating disorders. There are not many opportunities like this for graduate students and I had the best graduate assistantship anyone could ask for. 

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