Nutrition Programs

Nutrition Programs

Nutrition Talks presented by Dietetics

Do you have an interest in learning about nutrition?  If so, then you are in luck as Dietetics is pleased to offer a series of nutritional talks through the Employee Wellness Program.  All topics will be presented by registered dietitians who are faculty members in MSU’s Dietetics Program.  Due to our love of food, a light meal will be served at each session.   There is no fee for these talks, but registration is required.  A healthy meal will be available during the presentation. Check out our lineup below and get registered!

Upcoming Nutrition Programs:

Presenter - Natalie Allen, MEd, RD, LD
Brain Gut Connection – Tuesday, April 26th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)
Is your gut your second brain?? New research shows a strong and promising connection between the gut and the brain.  This session will focus on understanding your gut/brain connection, identifying foods that can improve gut health, and learning how to identify allergens in common foods.

Presenter: Carmen Boyd, MS, RD, LD, Director of Didactic Program in Dietetics
Carbohydrates:  What You Need to Know– Wednesday, May 11th (5:15 – 6:30 PM)
Few nutrients have been as misunderstood as carbohydrates.  In this session, you will learn about the importance of carbohydrates, which carb-based foods to increase in your diet, and the latest research on sugar alternatives such as Splenda, Truvia, and NutraSweet.  The downfalls of low-carb diets will also be addressed.

Presenter: Lyon Hough, PhD
Sustainable Gardening - Tuesday, May 31st (5:25 - 6:30 PM)
Looking to grow some of your own foods, but not sure how to get started?  Come learn valuable tips and skills to start gardening in your very own back yard! You will also learn about farmer's markets in the area and ways to get involved in local Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs). All levels of experiences are welcome!

Presenter: Daniela Novotny, MS, RD, LD, CHES
The MIND Diet for Brain Health - Wednesday, June 29th (5:15 - 6:30
The Mediterranean-DASH Intervention for Neurodegeerative Delay (MIND) Diet has shown promising results in lowering risk for Alzheimer's as well as slowing the cognitive decline that comes with aging.
This session will explore the foundations of the diet as well as provide tips on ways to include more brain-healthy foods into your meals.

Presenter: Sarah Murray, MS, RD, LD
Meal Makeovers - Tuesday, July 19th (5:15 - 6:30
Eating healthy does not have to consist of intricate recipes and odd foods! Join us to learn about ways to modify your favorite recipes to improve their nutritional value.  This session will also identify the key roles of ingredients in recipes so that you will be able to prepare "fast food" without going through the drive-thru!

Presenter:  Florence Uruakpa, PhD, RD, LD
Antioxidants -
Thursday, August 18th - (5:15 - 6:30
Antioxidants are compounds that prevent free radicals from damaging cells in the body, and they are abundant in plant foods.  Come learn what these compounds are, how they function to protect processed foods, and why they are crucial in maintaining your health and longevity. Additionally, simple ways to increase your daily intake of antioxidants will be discussed.

There is no charge for these events but registration is required as there is limited seating.  To register for a specific date/topic, please contact, Daniela Novotny at or at 6-6015.