Meet Our Team: Tomisa Emerson

Tomisa Emerson, Enrollment Counselor
‘Meet our Team’ spotlights are just one way we like to share a little bit about the people like Tomisa Emerson who are dedicated to UNE Online’s signature student-centric experience.  What do you do here at UNE Online? I’m an Enrollment Counselor for the graduate nutrition programs. I’m here to provide prospective students with all the information they need to know about their desired program, guide them through the application process, and set them up for a successful start on their graduate journey! What stands out to you in the Applied Nutrition that you work within? Something that stands out to me about our MSAN – Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Program specifically is that we incorporate the Supervised Experiential Learning hours…

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Alumni Spotlight: Jimmy Grattan, MSAN

Jimmy Grattan, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition
Jimmy Grattan earned her Master of Science in Applied Nutrition in order to advance her career and open up new options for herself in academia – specifically in the area of nutrition and sustainability. Here, she discusses her journey through the Applied Nutrition program and how it has aligned with her goals so far. Can you tell us a little about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your master’s degree in Applied Nutrition? I started my career in advertising, where I quickly realized that I could pair my skills in marketing and communications with two of my other loves – food and healthy eating. So, I moved to California and became the marketing manager for a culinary arts college…

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Alumni Spotlight: Megan Thompson, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition Program

Megan Thompson, Master of Science in Applied Nutrition
Megan Thompson is an alumna of the MS in Applied Nutrition program. Here, she talks about her writing career, how she got interested in the field of nutrition, and how she plans to move forward with her MSAN. Could you start out by telling us a little bit about yourself, and why you decided to pursue your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition? I love writing – and after earning my undergrad in Creative Writing, I knew I wanted to be involved in something creative, but I hadn’t found anything in particular that really worked out for me. I felt like I didn’t have a niche or particular subject that I felt passionate enough about to write at length about.…

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The COVID Diaries: Shopping Smart and Reducing Food Waste During a Pandemic

Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD addresses the topic of reducing food waste
In this presentation on shopping smart and making food last during a pandemic, Dietitian Rebecca LaChance discusses reducing food waste, optimizing your food shopping habits, food storage best practices, ideas for repurposing ingredients, and methods of food preservation. She also offers additional food-related resources at the completion of the presentation. Rebecca LaChance, MS, RD, LD is an adjunct faculty member in the UNE Online Master of Science in Nutrition program. She is an active member of the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is currently working as a dietitian among the geriatric population in Midcoast Maine. The importance of reducing food waste In 2017, Americans disposed of 38.1 million tons of food waste. The USDA estimates that a

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The COVID Diaries: Eating from the Pantry – the Benefits of Meal Planning

Meal planning with Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat
Registered Dietitian Nazia Sadat discusses the benefits of meal planning using pantry staples. With a little thought, meal planning can help you get the proper nutritional balance. Making healthy food choices can help with increasing immunity as well as uplifting our mood.      Stress impacts the diet choices we make, making it harder to choose healthy foods because of boredom or feeling stressed. Nazia Sadat, MS, MPH, MS Ed., RDN, LDN offers helpful tips and advice on managing healthy eating, creating meal plans, using pantry food staples, and managing stress levels during the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlighted quotes from the presentation: “Given the COVID-19 situation that we are all in right now, our stress levels are at an all-time…

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Faculty Spotlight: Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD, Applied Nutrition Program

Faculty Spotlight: Angelina Moore Maia, PhD, RD, LD, Applied Nutrition Program Assistant Director, Graduate Programs in Applied Nutrition for the Master’s degree in nutrition online
Dr. Maia is the MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN Focus at UNE Online. Here, she talks about her background, what drew her to the field of nutrition, and why she is passionate about being an influence on what education looks like for people who intend to become a registered dietitian and get their master’s degree in nutrition online. Can you tell me a little about your background and what drew you to teaching at UNE Online? I’ve been a registered dietitian for almost 19 years, practicing in Maine and Massachusetts. I’ve enjoyed time in the clinical setting, working with Nutrition Support Teams in large teaching hospitals as well as a variety of positions in outpatient counseling, including a School Nutritionist…

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Nutrition Professionals Respond to USDA's Proposed New Rulings

Nutrition Professionals Respond to USDA's Proposed New Rulings
In March of this year, the Food and Nutrition Service—operating under the United States Department of Agriculture—proposed new rulings within the Employment & Training sections of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). These rulings allowed potentially-affected industries and organizations to respond within 60 days of the proposal. What is SNAP? The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is a federal program that provides nutrition benefits to low-income individuals and families that are used at stores to purchase food so they can maintain health and move towards self-sufficiency.  The program is administered by the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) through its nationwide network of FNS field offices. – U.S. Department of Agriculture Participants of the SNAP program receive access to exclusive benefits…

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Career Growth in the Field of Nutrition

Registered Dietitian making a smoothie
with Angelina Maia, PhD, RD, LD Dr. Angelina Maia is a Registered Dietitian with over 18 years of experience in the field of nutrition. She currently serves as the MSAN Assistant Director/Director of RDN Focus. Here she talks about trends and areas of growth and opportunity for people looking to work in the field of nutrition. What career path do our Applied Nutrition students take after completing their classes? It’s very individualized. The students who were Registered Dietitians prior to entering the program and who have earned this degree are finding it very useful in developing research and education skills that they can use in their work settings. Students from diverse backgrounds who are interested in wellness and nutrition counseling…

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Linking nutrition and research key to U.S. leadership in global nutrition investments

Linking nutrition and research key to U.S. leadership in global nutrition investments
Four years have passed since government officials representing eight separate U.S. federal departments and agencies launched the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan 2016-2021. The sub-groups that make up this unit have worked to define the purpose and role of each member, identified six technical focus areas, and accomplished national achievements through inter-agency collaboration that reinforces the United States’ position as a leading investor in nutritional health. Among the many agencies and U.S. government departments that make up the coalition include: Peace Corps S. Agency for International Development (USAID) S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) White House Office of Science and Technology Policy S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) What is the U.S. Government Global Nutrition Coordination Plan? The…

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Congratulations Class of 2020!

Graduation video for the Class of 2020
Hooray to the class of 2020 – you made it!!  We love graduation because it’s the one time of year that we get to physically see the depth of beauty that we’re helping bring to our students’ lives. Because we can’t see you in person this year, we asked our faculty and staff to submit short video messages for you. The first video is a compilation of short clips from these messages.  4-minute video (get tissues)   This 27-minute video features full-length messages to the Class of 2020 from our faculty and staff. You’ll see messages from some of the instructors and Student Support staff that you’ve come to know during your program. Throughout each of the video messages, one…

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Get the full picture of what’s in your food with the new Nutrition Facts label

Get the full picture of what’s in your food with the new Nutrition Facts label
January 2020 marked the official compliance date for food manufacturers—with annual revenue of $10 million or more—to update the nutrition label found on their products as a result of the 2016 FDA Nutrition Facts Label Rule and Serving Size Final Rule. To best support these manufacturers as they shift production to meet the deadline, the FDA assembled a task force to create ongoing education and media campaigns. These campaigns alert consumers to the change, develop public understanding regarding how the changes can benefit consumers, and initiate educational outreach that prioritize specific populations such as low-literacy consumers and those with an elevated risk of nutrition-related diseases. In 2018, UNE Online shared more detail about the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the

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Nutritional experts advise USDA against recommended changes to school nutrition standards

Nutritional experts advise USDA against recommended changes to school nutrition standards
Approximately 30 million children receive school-provided lunch–and almost half those receiving breakfast as well–through coordinated efforts and federal partnerships operated by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA provides these meals to over 99,000 public and nonprofit private schools as well as reimbursement for meals that align with federal nutrition guidelines and standards established in 2010 through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA). (Many changes that this policy enforced moved into effect in 2012.) Despite the growing evidence illustrating the positive impacts HHFKA has brought forth, the USDA proposed multiple reforms in January 2020 that reverse these effective nutritional standards. Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) Notable legislation passed in 2010 that updated nutritional standards for school meals for…

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Leading RDs share 3 top ways nutrition can protect and improve your health during a pandemic

Leading RDs share 3 top ways nutrition can protect and improve your health during a pandemic
Discovering creative ways to adjust to a new, temporary way of living demands flexibility and patience. As many prioritize their personal health to reduce exposure to the coronavirus, nutrition remains an essential piece of the regimen to help strengthen your immune system and overall health. Maintaining a well-balanced, nutritious food routine can be challenging even in optimal conditions. With protective guidelines adding a new layer of complexity and making proper food choices for you and your family seem less convenient or accessible, accomplished members of the American Society for Nutrition share expert tips to prove that making simple, everyday steps can lead to improved overall health through nutrition. Part of their top 3 steps include manageable suggestions for putting these…

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Immune-boosting foods proven to reduce your risk of infection

Immune-boosting foods proven to reduce your risk of infection
As COVID-19 test kits reach key areas across the country and opportunities to be tested rise, the world eagerly waits as health experts explore possible cures and develop vaccines for future protection. A proven and effective way to toughen your immune system includes a nutritious diet filled with nutrients your system relies on. Although you’re likely familiar with the many letters paired with “vitamin” like K, D, and C its doubly important to know what food sources provide your body with these immune system essentials. In a recent article reported by CNN Health, they breakdown the key foods, preparation methods, and boosting effects they play in improving health. Some of the immune-boosting staples include: Nutrient Food Source Effect Vitamin C…

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Jump-start your Journey to Become a Registered Dietitian (RD/RDN)

RDN talking to patient
The online M.S. Applied Nutrition program at UNE recently matured in the candidacy process with the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) as the program develops an exciting new pathway for students to earn the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) credential. An excerpt from the approval document:  “The University of New England has applied to the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) to open an innovative program preparing students to lead careers as Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RD/RDN). As a result of demonstrated leadership in education, ACEND® has accepted UNE’s application to be a part of an exclusive cohort of programs. And awards the program candidacy in the process of accreditation under the new “

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Earning your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) certification just got easier

A Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS) sits with a client
It can sometimes feel challenging to figure out which credentials you’ll need to demonstrate your commitment and expertise to employers and patients and successfully lead in the field of nutrition. If you’re dedicated to gaining industry skills and best practice techniques, but feel unsure about which credential best suits your career interests, earning your Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) certification tells peers, clients, and your community that you’re qualified as an advanced nutrition professional–and it’s often included in state licensure laws. The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) Credential The Certified Nutrition Specialist (CNS®) is regarded as a high standard for advanced nutrition professionals and remains the only non-dietetics credential widely named in state nutrition licensure laws. As consumer interest in healthier living…

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Policy - An Interprofessional Approach

A series of illustrated, intertwined gears to depict how How our online, interprofessional public policy course works
Have you ever wondered what people mean when they talk about policy? What is it? Who needs it? How does it work? Why should I care about it? UNE Online’s new public policy course, Policy: An Interprofessional Approach (GPH 702) is a great way to find out answers to these questions. You will work with students from other disciplines to better understand how policy impacts individuals, communities and populations and the importance of cross-sector collaboration and partnerships. What is Policy? Public policy refers to any federal, state, or local government action that influences individual or agency behavior. It can be laws, executive orders, regulations, ordinances, court rulings, appropriations, or board and committee decisions. Government decision-making impacts all of us personally…

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Student Spotlight: Annie Lin, Applied Nutrition Program

Annie Lin Master of Science in Applied Nutrition
Annie Lin is a second-year student in the online Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at the University of New England. We spoke with Annie about her experience in the program, her poster presentation at a nationally-renowned conference for the field of nutrition, and her thoughts on being a part of an online learning community. Can you tell me a little bit about yourself, and what encouraged you to pursue your Master of Science in Applied Nutrition? I grew up in a traditional Chinese medicine household. We always prioritized health and nutrition, but it wasn’t until my husband had a liver transplant and stroke that I decided to focus on nutrition.  While he was recovering from the transplant he…

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What "Dietitian" Means & How to Become a Certified Nutrition Specialist

Two women and a boy in a garden looking at fresh vegetables and explaining what the term dietitian means
Year over year, Google searches for “dietitian” tend to slow in December. We get it: no one wants to think about diet and wellness when there’s turkey and chocolate fudge to be had! However, there’s no better time of year to consider nutrition-related career goals for the coming new year. Today, we’ll answer some of the most common dietitian questions, explain a few different types of dietitians, and explain why becoming licensed—especially as a Certified Nutrition Specialist—can give your career some additional momentum. What is a dietitian and what do they do? A Dietitian is a professional who aims to improve one’s quality of life through food- and health-related research and counsel. Furthermore, a Registered Dietitian (or RD) is a…

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Applied Nutrition Program Overview

Applied Nutrition professionals
The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition online program at UNE, offered through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies, strives to enhance, expand and enrich learning opportunities in the field of Applied Nutrition. The UNE Online staff is invested in the success of each student from application to graduation and beyond. It is through a student-centered approach that UNE Online is able to uphold a solid commitment to its students to ensure that they receive a high quality, rigorous education that provides a true return on investment in their professional career. All UNE Online students engage in research and scholarship alongside dedicated faculty who are committed to their academic and professional success. Our academic programs ensure that students have…

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Spotlight on the Applied Nutrition Trends & Issues Student Blog

Applied Nutrition Blog
One of the goals of the online nutrition masters degree at UNE Online is to prepare individuals for leadership roles in the field of nutrition. We do this by advancing knowledge and expanding skills that promote excellence and innovation in all areas of nutrition practice. The program also fosters an emphasis on evidence-based best practices to support the wellbeing and health outcomes of individuals, families, and communities through education, research, and service. One of the ways our students in the Applied Nutrition program demonstrate thought leadership and expand their skills in the field of nutrition is through blogging. Transferring skill sets Authoring scholarly papers is a skill that students in the University of New England Online’s MS in Applied Nutrition…

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U.S. FDA Issues Extension on Nutrition Fact Label Requirements

Man reading nutrition label on food product
On May 27, 2016, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) submitted the Nutrition Facts Label Rule and the Serving Size Final Rule to update nutrition requirements found on food labels. This rule was first set with a compliance date set for July 26, 2018 at the earliest. These final rules demand food manufacturers help the public make better and more informed choices with their food. On July 3, 2018, the FDA extended the compliance dates by 18 months. Although 29,000 products have already implemented these changes, other manufacturers’ updates are still in progress. Let’s look at how these changes will affect how we read food labels. “Working to improve the nutrition and diet of Americans can be a transformative effort…

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UNE Online Presents & Exhibits at SNEB 2018 Conference

SNEB logo
The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) hosted its 51st Annual Conference in Minneapolis this July, where UNE Online was welcomed to present and exhibit. This year’s event theme, Optimizing Impact: Supporting Food Systems with Nutrition Education, attracted SNEB’s professional members, national educators, and nutrition students eager to showcase their current work while learning about the future of nutrition. Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior The Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior (SNEB) represents the unique professional interests of nutrition educators worldwide. SNEB is dedicated to promoting effective nutrition education and healthy behavior through research, policy, and practice, and has a vision of healthy communities, food systems, and behaviors. Their work takes place in colleges, universities, and other schools,…

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Today's Dietitian Webinar, Sponsored by UNE Online

UNE Online sponsors Nutrition Webinar - Today's Dietitian
The Master of Science in Applied Nutrition program at UNE Online is proud to have sponsored a free webinar with the nutrition experts at Today’s Dietitian on July 11, 2018. We identified and shared tips on interviewing from the other side of the mic. This webinar was hosted by CNN executive producer and correspondent, Carolyn O’Neil. As registered nutritionists become more involved in media, it’s important to learn the skills needed to become an expert. About the host Carolyn O’Neil, MS, RDN, LD, is an award-winning food journalist, nutrition communications consultant, author, blogger, television personality, and registered dietitian nutritionist. She is the author of Southern Living’s The Slim Down South Cookbook: Eating Well and Living Healthy in the Land of…

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