Welcome to my dietetic portfolio. My name is Stephanie. I am a recent graduate from The University of Alabama where I majored in Food and Nutrition. I completed my degree while living in Asia.
What sets me apart from others?
For the past four years I have lived overseas in Asia with my husband and our son. I moved to Asia to teach English and learn another culture. Living overseas has accelerated my maturity and taught me how to thrive in uncomfortable situations. Being immersed in a foreign culture presents daily challenges, even doing the most mundane tasks. Yet, I enjoy meeting new, interesting people and stepping outside my comfort zone. I have collected lifelong friendships and embraced foreign cultures and traditions. New sights, smells, and people have brought new perspective to my life.
This past year I have had the mirific experience of shadowing U.S. Army RDs on a military base in Seoul, South Korea--an opportunity that is difficult to come by as a civilian. This wonderful experience was a challenge to obtain—taking me over a year to accomplish. I have been fortunate to grow from the mentorship of three eminent Army RDs, gain exposure to the Army’s excellent foodservice system, shadow in a clinical setting, and conduct workshops for soldiers. Working closely with the RD team, I led webinars concerning healthy weight management for the Army’s Fit For Performance program. I designed a behavioral change workshop specifically for the U.S. soldiers to improve weight management based on sleep hygiene. Research shows only 30% of U.S Army soldiers report getting 7 hours of sleep each night. Using evidence-based research and based on the Health Belief Model and Social Cognitive Theory, I taught soldiers how to improve sleep hygiene. I designed an activity with caffeinated beverages to teach healthy consumption habits. The RDs continue to tell me the impact of this workshop on the soldiers. These responsibilities have enabled me to organize materials and communicate effectively to audiences, thus improving my interpersonal skills. My experiences exemplify my perseverance and passion.