“We are educators.”
Wanda Koszewski, chair of Winthrop’s human nutrition department, stresses that registered dieticians and nutritionists are educators who take their jobs seriously.
“We educate others on how to have a better quality of life through healthy eating,” said Koszewski.
Human nutrition — at 102 years old — is one of the university’s oldest programs. It also is the most unique program in the state. “We are the only South Carolina institution offering all three programs; the B.S. in Human Nutrition, the M.S. in Human Nutrition and the dietetic internship. At Winthrop, qualified students are able to complete the minimum academic
beginning in the fall, the program will add a nutrition and chronic disease prevention track which will allow students who may not want to be registered dieticians the option of working as food educators in health and wellness facilities and in various state agencies.
Other initiatives that the program hopes to soon begin? Providing all Winthrop students with an on-campus garden and farmer’s market. “We want to educate students on how to pick wholesome simple foods, cook that food for themselves and bring the joy of food back into their lives, something I believe we as a society have lost along the way. We want our campus to be a role model for the community,” Koszewski said.
THE POWER OF FOOD
Te program also has developed partnerships with other on-campus departments,
requirements and the professional experiences to become registered dietitians all at the same institution,” Koszewski said.
Food remains the base of the human nutrition program, but the emphasis on food has started to shift, specifically to how food can be used to prevent chronic illness. So much so that,
including exercise science and athletics. “Partnerships are a big part of what we do,” said Koszewski. “We currently have students working with student-athletes to educate them on how to eat properly for performance but also after their athletic careers are finished.”
Performance nutrition is what fueled the interest of former Winthrop
volleyball player Lindsey Remmers ’05. Te Nebraska native found herself carrying a
few unwanted pounds and saw that her
performance on the court declined
as a result. “I learned about healthy eating and applied those principles to my own
life and thought that I could apply this knowledge to other athletes as well.”
After graduation, Remmers earned a master’s degree in exercise science and nutrition from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and moved into a position with the university’s athletics department where she worked with athletes to coach them on how to fuel and hydrate properly, as well as balance life and rest.
After 12 years, she decided to strike out on her own and opened LiveEatPerform Nutrition Consulting, where she specializes in sports/performance nutrition, weight loss/weight management, and food sensitivities testing and counseling.
A perk of her business? Most of her client meetings are virtual, thanks to technology, so she’s able to work with anyone, anywhere. Owning her business also provided her a more balanced work/home life since she’s also the mom of two young children.
“Winthrop’s program was challenging and the instructors were really good. I had a great experience and was well prepared,” Remmers said.
For more information on the human nutrition program, please visit www.winthrop.edu/nutrition.