Olivia Gross

Olivia Gross

Today, it seems that we are often discussing all the ways in which we can live a more sustainable lifestyle, however, I feel that somehow the people have taken a back burner. I believe that in order for anything else to be achieved, a sustainable population must come first. It is my personal goal to help others recognize this and become a part of a movement to make this happen. After I graduate from the University of Vermont in this coming Spring 2014, I plan to get a Dietetic Internship which is the next necessary step before ultimately becoming a registered dietician. I am passionate about health, food, and helping others and I see dietetics as a perfect combination of the three. With a degree in Nutrition, Dietetics, and Food Science and a minor in Food Systems I hope to base my work around education to promote health, wellness, and quality of life to as many people as possible.

My first summer as a fellow I worked as a counselor at Camp Jabberwocky, a camp for people with special needs. Working one-on-one with different individuals I learned invaluable lessons about the balance between quality of life and heath, and what sacrifices should or should not be made to achieve this. The next summer I worked as an intern for the Health and Wellness Director at our local YMCA where I learned how to use my knowledge to debunk nutrition myths while counseling many different clients with differing goals. The summer after that I spent in the Philippines both in a rural health clinic and in a nutrition re-feeding project for malnourished children. This experience taught me the realities of food insecurity and its effects on health, as well as the idea that they information you are presenting means little if you do not present it in a way that is in concert with the needs and desires of your audience. And finally, this past summer I worked as the Supervisor of the Summer Food Service program in a low-income city in Vermont, and also as the Nutrition Intern for an on-campus organization called Campus Kitchens which provides meals for the local homeless shelter.

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