Monthly Archives: January 2017

Volunteer opportunity at UHS for students interested in health promotion

HealthWorks, a peer health education outreach program in University Health Services, is currently recruiting student volunteers to become Peer Health Educators for the 2017 – 2018 academic year. The deadline for applications is March 3, 2017. Students from all majors are encouraged to apply.

HealthWorks peer educators work to address college health issues at Penn State, including stress, nutrition, physical activity, high-risk alcohol use, and sexual health.

This year, students have two different opportunities for promoting health among their peers:  1. One-on-one wellness services for students; and 2. Outreach and promotion through workshops and initiatives.  The one-on-one peer educators will meet individually with students to provide free wellness services.  The topics include stress and time management, physical activity, nutrition, sleep, sexual health and healthy relationships and financial literacy.

The outreach and promotion peer educators plan and implement various health promotion initiatives and efforts to encourage healthy lifestyle choices among Penn State students. Examples of HealthWorks initiatives include writing for the Healthy Penn State blog, developing health messages for print and digital formats, creating healthy cooking videos, conducting Safer Spring Break outreach, facilitating workshops on different health topics and providing HIV test counseling.

Students who apply and are accepted will receive training through a 3-credit course offered through the Department of Biobehavioral Health in Fall 2017. The course is designed to train peer health educators on health issues and health promotion theories and strategies for college students.

Volunteering in HealthWorks helps prepare students for careers in public health, nursing, nutrition, medicine, advertising and public relations.

Students can learn more about HealthWorks by viewing the HealthWorks Flyer.  To apply online, visit

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Stacy Jones, Coordinator, Educational Services & Dietitian, via e-mail at or by phone at (814) 863-0461.  Thank you in advance for your help in our recruiting efforts.

Reminder – NDAS Annual Brunch & Networking Event, Feb. 25th–RSVP required

Dear Nutritional Science students,
The Nutrition and Dietetics Alumni Society (NDAS) will be holding its annual brunch on Saturday, February 25 in the Ballroom A/B of the Nittany Lion Inn from 11:30 a.m-1:30 p.m.  
Prior to the brunch, there will be a Speed Networking event for students and alumni in the Alumni Lobby of the Nittany Lion Inn from 10:00-11:00 a.m. It is free to attend and open to all students.
The student price for the brunch is $10. Due to space and budget constraints, we can only allow 21 students to attend the brunch at the discounted rate of $10. So, I will take the first 21 students who contact me at  or 814-867-4312 and let me know that they would like to attend.  If I am able to add you to the registrant list, I will then ask you to print and complete the attached RSVP form and send that, along with your $10 (either cash or check made payable to Penn State) to me at the following address:  
Kristi Stoehr
325 HHD Buiding
University Park, Pa 16802
Or you can drop it off to my office in 318 HHD Building.
Please note: If you are not one of the first 21 to RSVP, I will add you to the waitlist. Alumni usually donate money to cover the costs for students, so if we get more donations, I can notify you and add you to the registrant list. Also, if you are willing to pay the full cost ($30), then you are more than welcome to attend.
If you have any questions about the brunch, please contact me at 867-4312 or  
Thank you and we hope to see you there!
Kristi Stoehr
Kristi Stoehr
Assistant Director of Alumni Relations
College of Health and Human Development
The Pennsylvania State University
325 Health and Human Development Building
University Park, PA 16802

Penn State Philadelphia Center Summer Internship

Penn State Center Philadelphia – SUMMER Internship 2017

Seeking Applicants for Unique Summer Internship at Penn State Center Philadelphia with Penn State Extension Nutrition Links

 The City of Philadelphia is home to many thriving community-based non-profit organizations whose work is dedicated to improving the lives of all Philadelphians. This internship is a unique opportunity for students interested in a real urban immersion experience focused on community nutrition, nutrition education, food systems, food access, urban agriculture and/or public health.

We are seeking one enthusiastic undergraduate student from the College of Health & Human Development for summer 2017. The selected intern will have ample opportunity to sharpen their knowledge and interpersonal skill sets, gain hands-on experience at inner-city partner sites and build their professional networks.

This is an unpaid internship. Spanish-speaking skills are a plus, but not a requirement. Experience with social media is an extra plus. Hours to be determined (May 30-August 4).

Application review will begin February 17, 2017 and continue until the position has been filled.

  • We are seeking a motivated self-starter undergraduate community nutrition or dietetics student from Penn State’s College of Health & Human Development for a unique urban internship opportunity with Penn State Extension in the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. Our office is located in Old City, near the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall and other major historic sites, but you will be visiting numerous Penn State Extension partner sites throughout the city.
  • The intern will work directly with Penn State Extension Nutrition Links outreach program and assist with teaching basic nutrition classes and cooking skills for under-served adults with school-age children living in low-income, inner city neighborhoods in Philadelphia County.
  • The ideal candidate must have a strong interest in all that a major urban environment has to offer, and be open to navigating the city via public transportation, understanding SNAP benefits and food access systems in a high poverty environment, and interacting and working with people of diverse socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • Student will work with Nutrition Links supervisor and partner sites on a food literacy and social media project for low-income audiences. Research components include a survey of best practices in food, nutrition and health literacy and reading level analyses of nutrition program materials. Findings will be utilized to develop innovative food and nutrition learning tools for adult food literacy program participants. Student will also prepare and teach a food and nutrition lesson for our para-professional team.

Please submit letter of interest, resumé and a favorite recipe using 1 vegetable you might find at an urban farmers market + 2 ingredients you might find at a food cupboard to:,

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Campbell’s Soup Company Summer Nutrition Internship! Applications due Feb. 3rd

Attn: Juniors in Nutritional Sciences Major

Campbell Soup Company is looking for a student in nutrition or dietetics for a 12-week internship starting in late May in Global Nutrition. The selected candidate will work under the direction of the Senior Nutrition Program Manager and gain experience on projects predominately in the Nutrition function with exposure to the Regulatory Affairs function.  The intern will gain a working knowledge of the role of nutritionists in the food industry and will interface with food and applied scientists, regulatory analysts, chefs, product developers, test kitchen staff, and marketers. Candidates must be in their junior year of a BS program in nutrition or dietetics, a senior already accepted into a Master’s degree program, or a current Master’s student returning to the program in the Fall. Students will be part of the team and will work alongside experienced professionals on critical project initiatives.

See full job description for responsibilities, specifications, and qualifications. Global Nutrition INTERN_JobDescription F17-1e6twvr

Two important points about the position:

  • The student must be in their junior year of BS program in nutrition or dietetics, a senior already accepted into a Master’s degree program, or a current Master’s student returning to the program in the Fall
  • They must have an interest in working in the food industry

To apply, submit Resume & Cover Letter to Shawnee Kelly,  by February 3, 2017!  You may address cover letter to: Alexandria Hast, PhD, RD. Application packets will be collected and passed on to Alexandria at Campbell’s.



Summer Research Opportunities at NIH — Meeting Monday, Jan 23!

If you are looking for a summer internship or additional training in research after graduation, I encourage you to attend this information session offered by Dr. Lori Colan from the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  NIH has one of the largest training programs in the country.  The session will focus on the NIH summer internships, postbac, and other undergraduate program details and requirements, including the nuts and bolts of submitting a successful application.

Her seminar is on Jan 23, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. in 100 Huck Life Sciences. Please see RESEARCH TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES AT NIH-1ldsnps  for more details and registration information.

Thanks, Dr. Coleman-Kelly

Food Service Internship at Camp Ronald McDonald® at Eagle Lake

We have five paid positions that will provide students the complete experience of Food Service in a Camp setting.    All those who have participated have found it a unique Food Service Experience that allows dietetic students the ability first hand to touch the lives of special campers through nutrition.  This experience has been quoted to be “life internship” as well.

Camp Ronald McDonald is a fully accessible residential camp for campers with special needs.  We are located in the high Sierra on the grounds of beautiful Eagle Lake.  A project of Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California, the goal of Camp Ronald McDonald is to provide confidence-building experiences to campers who are “at-risk”, disadvantaged and/or living with physical or emotional disabilities. Our programs are designed to support each camper’s individuality through the challenges of outdoor group living and teamwork in a supportive environment.

Camp Ronald McDonald opened in 1992 under the umbrella of Eagle Lake Children’s Charities.  We served 30 disadvantaged and disabled campers during that first year and began to grow steadily.  In 1997, Eagle Lake Children’s Charity merged with a McDonald’s cooperative of owner/operators in Northern California to form Ronald McDonald House Charities Northern California (RMHCNC).  (The cooperative also helped to build a Ronald McDonald House in Sacramento, providing a “home-away-from-home” for families of critically ill and injured children).  This year we are proud to celebrate our 25th  year!

If you are interested, visit our website for job descriptions and application.

Deadline for applications is February 24, 2017, 5:00PM, PST.

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FoodCorps Member Applications Open

Are you interested in making a difference after you graduate in the lives of children in under served communities?  Consider applying to FoodCorps.   Member Applications are now open.
FoodCorps, is a paid public service position building healthy school food environments that emphasizes hands-on learning, healthy school meals and school-wide cultures of health.  It provides opportunities to connect kids to healthy food in schools. Member positions are available in 17 states and in Washington, D.C.
Learn More

Join the Nutrition Habit Challenge – Win prizes!! Sign-up Deadline 1/31/17

Join the Nutrition Habit Challenge this new year!

The NHC is a community driven wellness initiative that asks individuals to commit to changing ONE nutritional habit for the better and sticking to that change for the full month of February. This challenge is scheduled to begin February 1st and run for 28 days through the end of the month.

By getting people to improve one nutritional habit for a month, the program lets individuals see how easy it can be to improve their health.  If participants commit to their habit for 25 out of 28 days, they are automatically entered into a reward drawing at the end of the month. The grand prize includes a trip for 4 to Disney World! To register:

  • Go to

  • Under the registration tab, fill out your information

  • For organization, choose Penn State College of Health and Human Development

  • Must register by 1/31

Research Positions for Nutrition Graduates at Ohio State University & Nationwide Children’s Hospital

Several new research positions to open in the Lab of Sarah Heim at the Ohio State University between now and mid-summer.  Bright, motivated individuals (recent undergrad degree through recent PhD) looking for a great next opportunity in research are needed.  Interested candidates can email Kelly.boone@nationwidechildrens.orgdirectly, sending a CV and cover letter indicating which position(s) is of interest, and we will follow-up with more details.

Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University

-Research Associate or Assistant – full or part-time potential

Full and part time Research Associates and Assistants needed for a 5-year NIH-funded, longitudinal study of mealtimes, parent-child interaction, growth and development across the toddler to preschool period. Positions involve conducting research visits in homes and in hospital setting, often in evenings and weekends. Must have experience and comfort working with young children and diverse families, experience with child developmental and behavioral testing/observation a plus.

Research Associate or Assistant

Research Associate or Assistant for a March of Dimes-funded study of maternal substance use during pregnancy and preschool developmental and behavioral outcomes. Must have experience and comfort working with young children and diverse families, experience with child developmental and behavioral testing/observation a plus. Position to be filled ASAP.

Why come to Nationwide Children’s Hospital?  Why move to Columbus OH, of all places?

Nationwide Children’s Hospital is one of the fastest growing children’s hospitals in the U.S. and the largest based on patient volume.  We have 12 multi-disciplinary Research Centers and rank in the top 10 for NIH funding among our peers. Our research is built on strong collaborative ties with The Ohio State University.

Columbus is now one of the hot cities for young professionals looking for great career growth and excellent quality of life with a low cost of living.  Learn more about Columbus, OH from Why All the Cool Kids Love Columbus, Ohio, Best Cities for Millennials, and BuzzFeed!  The most recent hires in my lab have been from New York, North Carolina, Colorado, and DC.



Attention Spring Graduates: Reminder to apply for graduation by Jan. 23rd!

If you are planning to graduate this SPRING (2017), it is time to sign into LionPath and declare  your intent to graduate (“apply for graduation”). View the tutorial here. (

The intent to graduate period is open until  January 23, 2017.  Once you apply, this begins the process of reviewing your degree requirements for graduation and receiving approval from the college to graduate.

This is also a good time to check in with your academic adviser and make sure you’ve met all degree requirements. If you have any credits from outside of Penn State that are needed to fulfill degree requirements, please have them transferred to Penn State immediately.  The admissions web site provides information on transferring credits from other schools to Penn State: You may need to have some course substitutions completed by your adviser.

Reminder: You can schedule appointments with Mrs. Eissenstat or Mrs. Kelly using

Later in the semester you will receive information about the graduation ceremony and additional instructions from the College.