Interns Assist Ban on Sugary Drinks
Dietetic Interns Assist in Ban of Sugary Drinks
Students in the OHSU Graduate Programs in Human Nutrition recently contributed to a project that has made headlines across the state: Providence Health &Services' decision to no longer offer sugary drinks for sale. Dietetic interns Emily Fisher, Tiffany Gota, and Kim Kelsey worked behind-the-scenes to develop, implement, and evaluate nutrition education materials that facilitate healthy decision making for Providence's "Rethink Your Drink" campaign as part of their community outreach project.
The student teamed up with their project mentors—Sandy Miller, MS, RDN, and recent OHSU graduate Sareena Smith-Bucholz, RD—to educate Providence employees about diet beverages, sugar content in coffee beverages, and Providence's new nutrition labels. Leadership plays a large part in the Community Outreach concentration in the Dietetic Internship, which allows students to strengthen their knowledge and work on core competencies while addressing a nutrition need in the community. Before and after graduation, our students are making a positive impact in Oregon.