by Megan Dixon
Hi, my name is Megan and I am one of the new Health Educator Interns at Inter-Faith Food Shuttle! I am currently a senior at North Carolina State University majoring in both Biological Sciences and Nutrition Sciences. Originally, I had I planned on being a nurse when I started at NCSU, so I was majoring in biology. Shortly after I discovered that I was a true foodie at heart; if I see something I have never eaten, I become obsessed with it until I actually try it. So I figured, why not take a nutrition course? After the first week of my Introduction to Nutrition class I had my “Ah Hah!” moment that I think everyone in college seeks to have. I finally found something that I was truly passionate about and was actually applicable to real life (I still do not see how calculus could be applicable in real life, but I will not give up hope!). So while I was taking my first nutrition class I immediately added Nutrition Sciences as my second major.
Since then I have taken many more nutrition courses and some food science courses. I have learned so much and I could not wait to share my knowledge with others. Last semester, I acted as chef in a Cooking Matters class put on by my Community Nutrition class. I had the privilege and delight to teach eight “tweens” how to make budget friendly, healthy, and tasty meals at home. I also worked with a small company, Delight Soy last year, where I witnessed what goes on in the food industry first hand when it came to formulating new products, good manufacturing practices, and some business elements.
During my time at IFFS, I will be teaching the nutrition portion of the Food Matters curricula at Mobile Markets. I truly enjoy my internship and always look forward to hearing how people are enhancing their lives by choosing more nutritious options. I feel like I am doing something worthwhile because everyone needs proper nutrition.