Hospital hosts dietary students

From Press Reports

Brittney Baylot of Vicksburg and Leslie Carr of Collierville Tenn., graduated from Mississippi State University with degrees in food and nutrition.

Before graduating, students are required to obtain 150 hours of field experience in clinical, community and food service nutrition. Brittney and Leslie worked with Connie Black, Ph.D, RD, LD at North Mississippi Medical Center-Eupora.

One of their projects included community nutrition education with the 4-year-old class at WebsterCare.

Brittney explains, “With the rate of childhood obesity on the rise, it is necessary to teach children the importance of nutrition.” They chose to talk about fruits and vegetables because they wanted to educate on the importance of healthy snacking and to see first hand if children their age know the different fruits and vegetables.

Leslie explains, “We made a craft demonstrating healthy food can be fun. Excitement about healthy choices can make the children open and enthusiastic about nutritious options. The children loved our Martian Men craft.”

After the presentation, Leslie and Brittney had a chance to speak with Amanda Dean, the childcare director, about the food they provide daily.

The students agreed, “It was a great experience, and we would love to do it again!”