Terese named outstanding La. dietetic senior

Tobie Blanchard  |  5/3/2016 4:32:29 PM

(04/28/16) BATON ROUGE, La. – Julia Terese, of Shreveport, Louisiana, an LSU College of Agriculture senior studying nutrition and food sciences, received the Irene Toliver Pyburn Merit Award from the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The award is given to an outstanding Louisiana college senior focused on dietetics.

Terese, who graduates in May, said she was “humbled and honored to receive the recognition.”

In August, Terese will begin a 10-month internship with the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston.

The scholarship she received with the award will help her financially while she is in the internship program, she said. Completing a supervised internship is required before she can become a registered dietitian.

She will rotate through four aspects of the dietitian internship: food service, community, research and clinical.

Terese already has a bachelor’s degree from LSU in creative writing. She said she decided to pursue a second degree because food and health were something she was interested in.

“I’ve worked with food banks and soup kitchens. It’s just something I’ve done,” she said. “I want to help people who aren’t already healthy.”

Terese said she hopes to work with people who face social and economic inequality.

“The simple fact that my community's most vulnerable – children, the elderly, the disabled – cannot access a sustainable, reliable food supply drives my desire to become a dietitian,” Terese said.

As a student, Terese has worked as nutrition assistant for the LSU Office of Wellness and Health Promotion where she authored the cookbook “Beyond Ramen Noodles,” which she describes as having recipes adapted to dormitory and campus cooking.

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Julia Terese, an LSU College of Agriculture senior studying nutrition and food sciences, received the Irene Toliver Pyburn Merit Award from the Louisiana Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. (Photo by Tobie Blanchard)

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