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Welcome to the Department of Health and Nutritional Sciences
With nationally recognized faculty as experts in their field, our team is dedicated to student success by building up students with a strong foundation of knowledge, skills and abilities to enter graduate school or employment within the health care field, industry or education. Our practice of integrating academic programs, which focus on nutrition, health, recreation, exercise and human performance, provides students and faculty with unique opportunities to collaborate and to promote interaction among students in different majors with a common focus on promoting health through proper nutrition and physical activity.
Students learn how to critique and analyze research within their designated field and apply that knowledge through the access to state-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories, nationwide internship programs and study abroad experiences. Students are also able to attend regional and national professional meetings, get involved in one of many student organizations and participate in service and research projects.
SDSU Faculty Feature: Stella Liu, Assistant Professor in Sports & Recreation Management
Brookings Register - April 16, 2021
Marquette, who will graduate in May from South Dakota State University with a master’s degree in nutrition and exercise science, has been selected to the 2021-22 Gatorade Sports Nutrition Immersion Program. He will complete his fellowship at the UFC Performance Institute in Las Vegas, a state-of-the-art research and performance center for mixed martial arts athletes.
The Gatorade SNIP program annually selects 10 individuals entering the field of sports nutrition and pairs them with a full-time sports dietitian at various locations across the country. Working in cooperation with Gatorade, the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association selects SNIP fellows through an in-depth application and interview process.
Marquette will start with the UFC Performance Institute’s Sports Nutrition team in late June. He will be doing nutrition assessments, nutrition education and counseling, nutrition-related exercise physiology assessments, and will help ensure that athletes have safe and effective weight cuts.
“Working with athletes in a weight-class sport, it’s a very unique population,” said Marquette, who aspires to work in a setting such as the UFC performance institute after his fellowship.
Team South Dakota wins the National Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Quiz Bowl
Back in March, Team South Dakota (comprised of athletic training students from SDSU, Dakota Wesleyan University, and Presentation College) won the Mid-America Athletic Trainers’ Association student quiz bowl down in Tulsa, OK. They earned the right to represent District 5 (North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma) at the National Athletic Trainers’ Association student quiz bowl in Las Vegas, NV. Team South Dakota competed against 9 other student teams from across the United States and came out victorious, correctly answering a final question related to Guillain-Barré Syndrome. Representing Team South Dakota (left to right) were Kaitlin Reece (SDSU), Maria Koenen (Dakota Wesleyan University) and Krystle Schweers (Presentation College). Adviser Dr. Trevor Roiger is pictured at the far right. The $1,000 dollar top prize will be split between the athletic training student clubs at each of the respective institutions.
Frances Carr Parker Scholarship Recipient
The Frances Carr Parker Scholarship recognizes a longtime School Nutrition Services Professional, Frances Carr Parker, RD, LDN, and was established to support graduate studies to enhance job skills related to the practice of school nutrition. Ellisa has been a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 22 years and the School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group for six years. Her Master's Thesis work was on children's nutrient intake through the school nutrition programs. She is a consultant dietitian in Sioux Falls, SD and one of her roles is to work with a school in Sioux Falls providing nutrition education to the school's students and staff as well as issuing guidance to the school administration on childhood nutrition standards and goals. Ellisa is currently working on her Ph.D. in Nutrition at SDSU.
Dr. Weidauer Presented at ACSM
Dr. Lee Weidauer received positive comments for his thematic poster presentation on "Population Differences in the Associations Between IGF-1, Protein Consumption and Lean Mass" at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting.
Exercise is Medicine® On Campus (EIM-OC) named South Dakota State University (SDSU) as the 2018 Mascot Challenge champion and Shenandoah University as this year's Fan Favorite. Launched in October 2017, the EIM-OC Mascot Challenge celebrates EIM On Campus Month. Each registered campus is invited to submit a 90-second creative video of its mascot demonstrating campus efforts to activate the vision of EIM and increase physical activity among students, faculty and staff. This year, 16 campuses submitted entries. As the winner, SDSU will be awarded a $1,000 grant to be used toward the development of an EIM-OC event or program on campus.
Approximately 140 Sport & Recreation Management undergraduate and graduate students get hands on experience volunteering for the South Dakota High School Championship games. This year, the games for the two-day event are hosted at the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium at South Dakota State University. Follow the link and hear how our students have gotten to help gear up the facilities as we prepare to welcome visitors from across the state to our community.