WE’RE IN THE HOME STRETCH.
It’s hard to believe that my grad school years are coming to close. This semester I had a packed schedule Monday-Wednesday, so most weeks have been me working my butt of Saturday-Wednesday and being lazy Thursday-Friday. I am certain that I would have been less stressed if I spread it out a bit more, but my brain hits a wall after a while.
Today I thought I’d share a little bit of what I’ve been doing in school lately. Most of these are projects that are do this week or next. Finals start April 28th! :O PS If me nerding out to nutrition bores you, hopefully my food tomorrow will not!
–Presentation on oncology & vitamin therapy: last night my group went over a handful of research articles on this topic. We found that while antioxidant vitamins (vit. C & E) may have the capability of reducing side effects of chemotherapy, they may also decrease the efficacy of treatment. Vitamin D supplementation may be able to reduce inflammation in cancer patients. This is a hot field of study at the present time and unfortunately not enough clinical trials are being done (they are expensive & timely), but it will be very interesting to follow as the knowledge base expands.
–Research paper on B-vitamins & depression: this paper was a literature review of primary studies on the topic. The studies are mostly conflicting and there is no strong evidence to suggest that B-vitamin supplementation can treat depression. However, low folate levels can lead to decreased effectiveness of anti-depressants and depressed individuals tend to have low folate levels and sometimes vitamin B12 levels. If there is a deficiency, correcting the deficiency may improve depressive symptoms. Most of these studies are correlation studies and not causal studies. Depression can lead to a decreased appetite which could be the cause of the low serum levels of the B-vitamins.
–Article review on soccer players & body composition: For my sports nutrition class, as a grad student I had to complete articles reviews on specific topics. The most recent topic was body composition. The study I reviewed found that soccer players of different field positions had varying body compositions, suggesting that there is no one ideal body type for all soccer positions. Goal keepers tended to have higher amounts lean body mass as well as be taller and heavier.
–Nutrition assessment for national guard member: This was probably my favorite project. Each person in my class was assigned a national guard member to do a nutrition assessment and counseling session with. The sessions were very basic and were more like a nutrition overview, since we aren’t qualified to be giving out nutrition prescriptions. My ‘client’ had a pattern of consuming a lot of fast food and found it difficult to get any fruits/vegetables in, so I found some cool handouts to share along on those topics, but also plan to share a few tips for healthier eating overall.This project made me excited for the day I am a nutrition counselor.
–Nutrition education project: My friend Kelly and I made an educational poster for our nutrition education class. Our poster gave information on “healthy snacking for busy teens” (will show you the final result asap!). I am glad Kelly was my partner, because while I am a fine writer, she is way more artsy. She made our poster look real cute.
–Lesson plan for daycare workers: Another project Kelly and I teamed up on was designing a lesson plan that would assist daycare workers in learning how to fit 60 minutes of physical activity for their children into each day. This project reminded me of ones that I did as a public health major in undergrad. The field of health promotion is so rewarding.
–Business plan for Healthy Chef, a business offering cooking classes & grocery store tours: the fun part about this project is that I get to do it with 3 of my close friends. It’s neat making up all the details of a business, especially one that is similar to what I would love to do one day. The financial stuff, however, is another story.
–Research paper on mothers with eating disorders: I haven’t made it very far on this one, but I plan to explore the effects on daughters who grow up with mothers with eating disorders. The research I’ve found so far is really interesting, I will definitely share more once I am done.
Well…. I’d say that’s enough for now. Even though school is often stressful and sometimes the work feels like a drag, I am truly grateful I get to study and grow in a field I am passionate about. Digging through research has helped to stretch my brain, while these projects are helping to refine my skills. However, it’s no lie, the finish line looks awfully shiny!
So you tell me-
Do you have a memory of school project or paper that stands out to you in your mind as something significant in your life?