Friday, June 27, 2014

The Insightful Intern: Week 1 and 2





          Today marks the completion of two week of interning at Kindred Nutrition and I already love it! Although I was nervous on my first day, I had absolutely no reason to be! This is already one of the best and most eye opening experiences in terms of all that I am observing but I still understand that I have a lot left to learn.
          I’m enjoying each and every session that I am shadowing in. So far I have learned so much from the Kindred clients regarding health and wellness. Amy really takes a realistic approach when counseling patients, which is enlightening to see because each plan is very feasible. She is also showing me how to make the plans flexible to work for each patient’s unique schedule.
          Probably one of my favorite experiences so far was on my first day when I got to witness my first RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate) test being given in person. This test measures the amount of calories a person burns while literally doing no activity. This is something that I have been learning about and calculating in many of my dietetic classes so it was great to see something that I have been studying, actually put into motion.
         While I am still not sure what I specifically want to focus on when I become a dietitian, these last 2 weeks I have really been centering on eating disorders. I am trying to learn as much about them as I can because although Kindred focuses a lot on disordered eating, I don’t have much experience in the field yet. So like a sponge, I’ve been trying to absorb as much as I can from the opportunities I am given.

Two exciting weeks down and many more to come!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Spotlight: Introducing New Kindred Nutrition Intern



            Hi all! I’m Carly Francis and I am the new intern at Kindred Nutrition for the summer. I am thrilled to be chosen for this experience and can’t wait to get started! A little about myself: I am going into my senior year at Florida State University as a Dietetic major. When I’m not pouring over books at the library, you can find me running outside, trying out new Pinterest recipes or enjoying downtime with my favorite TV show “The Office”. I am new to blogging though so bear with me!
             I became interested in nutrition after I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at age 9 so when it was time to pick a college major and career path, I had no doubt in my mind that I wanted to be a Dietitian! My goal is to help someone one day as much as Dietitians have helped me along the way.
            I interned last summer at the Frederick Memorial Hospital Wellness Center and found that I gained so much knowledge and experience that they don’t teach you in the classroom. I am hoping this summer I can gain more hands-on experience at Kindred while learning as much from Amy as possible. I am also hoping to leave here with a better perspective on the day- to- day life of a dietitian and everything that goes with it.
            I am looking forward to the next few weeks with getting more comfortable in the office and I can’t wait to see what is to come over the course of my time here at Kindred. Stay tuned for my summer blog, The Insightful Intern!



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