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Taylor Newman

Taylor Newman

Foods and Nutrition

Newman aspires to use her skills to inform food and nutrition policy to increase access to healthful food

Hometown

Tallahassee, Fla.

Major

Ph.D. in Foods and Nutrition

Activities and Honors

President of the Department of Foods and Nutrition Graduate Student Organization; helped create and manage a produce prescription program that connected Athenians with diet-related diseases to affordable fruits and vegetables; created a three-part civics literacy series where I recruited policymakers at the local, state, and federal level to interact with community members; registered voters as a Team Leader with the national non-profit, HeadCount, at music and community events in Athens; to increase science engagement and understanding, a colleague and I paired an all-female group of local artists and scientists together to create art shows highlighting each scientists’ area of research in art form; Gwendolyn Brooks O’Connell Scholarship recipient; FACS Emerging Leader in Policy Award; 2020 Jewell L.Taylor Graduate Fellowship from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences; I’ve also received awards from the Northeast Georgia Dietetic Association, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and the Academy’s Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine Practice Group.

Why I chose my major

I remember sitting in an “Introduction to Allied Health Sciences” class my freshman year as an undergraduate student at the University of Central Florida. I knew I wanted to be involved in health somehow and in this class, different health professionals came and showcased their varying careers to students. It was only about a month into the course when a dietitian came and spoke to our class. I knew immediately I wanted to become a dietitian and use the power of food to improve health. I ended up transferring to a school that had a dietetics program, and I have been pursuing food and nutrition ever since!

What I like most about FACS

 I love the supportive environment of FACS. From the wonderful faculty and staff in my department, the Department of Foods and Nutrition, to the friendly faces in the Student Success and Advising Center, it truly feels like home when I walk into Dawson Hall.

Post-graduation plans

 I am going to sit for the registered dietitian nutritionist credentialing exam to finally achieve the dream that began way back in freshman year of undergrad! After becoming a dietitian, I hope to use my Ph.D. to help inform food and nutrition policy to increase access to healthful food. I’d love to work for a federal agency, like the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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