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Are you interested in: 

  • The science of how the body works
  • Food as medicine
  • Designing diets for people of all ages
  • Helping others lead healthier lives and prevent disease through food and nutrition
  • Organic foods and sustainable agriculture
  • The science of food preparation and its management
  • Safe, healthy, just and equitable food supply
  • The politics and regulations affecting food, its production and distribution

The study of food and nutrition involves applying scientific principles to food preparation and the means by which how food provides the nutrients to the body in diverse all populations – young and old; healthy and diseased; and different cultures. 

Types of jobs:

  • Child nutrition director
  • Food service management
  • Nutrition education
  • Culinary professions
  • Food marketing
  • Local food and food security organizations
  • Nutrition research
  • Food scientist
  • Private consulting

Attend graduate school for:

  • Nutrition
  • Nursing
  • Sustainability
  • Medical school
  • Public Health
  • Business Administration
  • Food Policy

Options for the major:

  • B.S. in food and nutrition
  • Undergraduate research
  • ServSafe® certification
  • Internship opportunities including
    – Interfaith Food Shuttle – Students teach “Cooking Matters” and “Backpack Buddies”
    – Urban Ministries – Students developed nutrition education for diabetic clinic clients (English and Spanish)
    – Eat Smart Move More NC – Students have instituted ESMMNC programs such as developing a campus walking map, campus access and promotion for community supported agriculture (CSA), research for a dedicated lactation space, and healthier catering options
    – Poe Center – Students have worked on nutrition education programs for school age children to older adults
    – Meredith Nutrition – The group promotes nutrition and wellness
  • Work or volunteer in community settings: sustainable gardening; food insecurity; elderly feeding; and child nutrition
  • Meredith Nutrition and Wellness Association – The group promotes nutrition and wellness across the Meredith campus and throughout the surrounding Raleigh area and gives students the opportunity to explore career opportunities in the areas of nutrition, food service, and wellness.

Professional associations:

Kappa Omicron Nu (Honor Society – Human Sciences) www.kon.org

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics www.eatright.org

NC Academy of Nutriton and Dietetics  www.eatrightnc.org

Career outlook:

Dietitians and nutritionists

Additional information:

Meredith’s food and nutrition major »

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