Education and Experience beyond the Classroom: University Dietetic Students Involvement in a Nutrition-related Workplace Wellness Program

By Emily Shupe and Lorri Kanauss.

Published by The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education

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Published online: November 14, 2014 $US5.00

Research skills are important for all students, including undergraduates. The nutrition-related workplace wellness program provided an opportunity for students to participate as assistant researchers. This research project provided hands-on experiences that allowed students to incorporate their knowledge and skills into actual situations, reflect on outcomes, and make necessary and appropriate changes. Students participating in this project had the opportunity to develop educational material, script and tape a broadcasted nutrition message, develop healthy recipes, and prepare samples of the recipes. At the research site, the students had direct interaction with the participants twice a month. The students obtained monthly weights and food consumption surveys, as well as provided samples of their healthy recipes. The reactions from students and participants were overwhelmingly positive. The students were passionate about sharing their knowledge and seeing results first-hand. The participants expressed enthusiasm with learning from the students and were always excited to try new samples. This experience has proven to be a positive educational tool even though it required extensive time and planning. As the students applied their knowledge and skills, they had a more accurate understanding of their strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in knowledge. Therefore, this project enhanced the overall undergraduate educational experience.

Keywords: Undergraduate Students, Student Researchers, Skill Enhancement

The International Journal of Learning in Higher Education, Volume 21, Issue 1, December 2014, pp.1-6. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: November 14, 2014 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 410.809KB)).

Dr. Emily Shupe

Instructor, Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality Department, Western Illinois University, Macomb, IL, USA

Dr. Lorri Kanauss

Associate Professor, Dietetics, Fashion Merchandising, and Hospitality Department, Western Illinois University, Macomb, Illinois, USA