The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
The University of Idaho recognizes three students: two seniors who are completing their degrees in Boise and Moscow and one junior from the Moscow campus.
The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will recognize the Outstanding Students from Idaho State University and the University of Idaho at Opening Session of the Annual Meeting on April 25, 2019.
Please join us in congratulating these students.
Katie Akin, Senior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Idaho, Moscow
Katie Akin became interested in the impact of nutrition on the human body as a child after her father experienced a heart attack. She became passionate about good food, and plenty of it, through her experience as a competitive Irish dancer. She has been thrilled to dive into the science of dietetics! She is a self-guided learner with well-developed critical thinking skills. Katie is an incredibly generous helper, and she excited to use her future degree to partner with her family, dance students, and others. She is focused on teaching about and leading others toward joyful, balanced, and thankful nutrition.
Kanako Fujita, Senior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Idaho, Boise
Kanako loves eating! She grew up in a small town in Japan where her grandmother grew rice and vegetables in the garden. This experience led her to study food and nutrition in Japan. However, she lost her drive to pursue a career in dietetics, because she couldn’t see her clients’ perspectives. Ten years later, after experiencing a family related health issue, she saw first-hand how a career in dietetics can contribute significantly to the health of others and improve their quality of life. Kanako returned to school to complete the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at the University of Idaho with the goal of practicing as an RDN in the U.S. Kanako is a kind and compassionate person who always gives 110%. She is passionate about helping people with chronic diseases by increasing their intake of whole, plant-based foods whenever appropriate. Her dream job would be to practice as a lifestyle medicine outpatient dietitian.
Haley Smith, Junior in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics, University of Idaho, Moscow
Haley became interested in dietetics when she was exploring health professions throughout high school and college. She is very curious and job shadowed physicians and a number of allied health care providers, but was most inspired by the work of dietitians. Haley has immersed herself in as many experiences related to food, nutrition and dietetics that she can find! Her favorite experience in the coordinated program in dietetics at the University of Idaho so far has been in the advanced nutrition lab learning about how to obtain fasting blood glucose, cholesterol levels and more. Currently she is passionate about diabetes prevention, education and research.