The Student Association of Nutrition and Dietetics (SAND) has organized several events to celebrate National Nutrition Month in March, including a smoothie sale, crock pot cook-off competition, and a program with a nationally known speaker.
Events begin with a smoothie sale on March 6 from 12:30 to 4:00 p.m. outside the Hadley Union Building fitness center (on Gompers Avenue). The flavor that will be offered is banana coconut and spinach. Smoothies are available at $2 per serving. Funds collected benefit SAND. A free smoothie will be given with the purchase of a $10 SAND tumbler.
The crockpot cook-off, which is open to spectators, will be held March 26 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in the Hadley Union Building Susquehanna room. The theme is “crockpot recipes with root veggies.” For a $2 donation, people may sample the dishes and vote for a favorite.
All proceeds from this event will be donated to the IUP Food Pantry.
Cost to enter is $20 for a team, and recipes must be submitted in advance. To compete, team members should pick up an entry form at the bulletin board located outside of room 116 Ackerman Hall and email it to Elexsis Robison, chairman of SAND’s National Nutrition Month events, at firstname.lastname@example.org or return the forms to Ackerman Hall, room 102. Entry deadline is March 19.
The final event for the month is a presentation by Andrew Wade, MS, RDN, LDN, and CSSD, on March 28 at 7:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, room 225. His presentation is “Ketogenic Diets: Fact or Fad?” The program is free and open to the community.
Wade is the owner of Case Specific Nutrition in Pittsburgh. In addition to his certifications, he has both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh. His master’s degree is in health and rehabilitation science, with a concentration in wellness and human performance. He has also completed coursework related to his focus on eating behaviors, particularly in those struggling with eating disorders and disordered eating. His certified specialist in sports dietetics credential is meant to confirm his expertise in athletes, eating disorders, weight management, and intervention for those with chronic disease.
In addition to his work with case specific nutrition, he is a member and diversity chair of the Pennsylvania Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board, writes for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette’s community voices nutrition blog, speaks frequently throughout the Pittsburgh area, and remains active in multiple professional groups.
Department of Food and Nutrition