2014 MS Foods and Nutrition, Gerontology
May 10th, 2014
Author: Mary Ann Johnson |
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- Courtney Vickery, MS in Foods and Nutrition and Certificate in Gerontology, is finishing her Dietetic Internship at UGA and will enter the job market in the Athens-metro area. In her masters’ research, Courtney reported that compared to controls, older breast cancer survivors ate more of some plant foods, but avoided non-nutritive sweeteners, even though these sweeteners are not linked to cancer. Nutrition counseling may help alleviate these women’s concerns about certain food additives and cancer.
- Whitney Lay, MS in Foods and Nutrition and Certificate in Gerontology, will pursue her Dietetic Internship at Southern Regional Medical Center, Emory Healthcare Network Member, in Atlanta, GA. In her masters' research, Whitney found that older breast cancer survivors consumed less protein and less calcium that controls, which may increase their risk for age- and nutrition-related problems such as sarcopenia and osteoporosis. Thus, nutrition counseling is needed to help these women improve their dietary patterns to decrease their risk of health problems.
- TaMara Myles, MS in Foods and Nutrition and Certificate in Gerontology, will pursue her Dietetic Internship through the Internet based program at University of Delaware, College of Health Sciences, with internship rotations in the Athens- and Atlanta-metro areas. In her master’s research, TaMara observed that older adults receiving congregate meals had a high prevalence of food insecurity (30%) that was associated with cognitive restraint, which is a risk factor for obesity. These complex relationships among food insecurity, cognitive restraint, and obesity need to be considered in food assistance programs for older adults.