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Nutrition Assessments

The UTK nutrition department and Be Well are collaborating on an initiative that will provide free nutrition assessments to faculty and staff, while providing nutrition students a hands-on learning experience. Students will be learning and refining their skills related to conducting common nutrition assessments with supervision and guidance from faculty in the nutrition department.

What is required?

  • Must be a UTK employee
  • Must be able to commit to the entire program

 

What are the benefits?
  • Free nutrition assessments
  • Participants receive results from all assessments
  • Guided nutrition education about results
  • Providing a student a hands-on learning experience

 

Program Outline

Meeting 1- Individual

Mid-February

Interviews:
  • 24-hour recall – will ask participants to recall everything they ate and drank during the prior 24 hours.
  • Food-and-Nutrition related history- will ask participants different questions about their eating habits (if they cook, if they eat out, any signs of food insecurity).
Homework for participant:
  • Write down everything they eat and drink for 2 additional days (one week-day and one weekend day) and email/send/give to student for analysis.
Meeting 2- Individual

Mid-March

Feedback:
  • Student provides an analysis of the 3 days of intake (24-hour recall plus 2 day-record) to participant.
Interview:
  • Physical Activity questionnaire.
Meeting 3- Individual

Mid-April

Feedback:
  • Student provides feedback on physical activity assessment.
Measurements and Physical Exam (Optional in-person):
  • IF the employee wants to meet in person and is comfortable with a non-invasive physical exam. Student measures participant’s: height, weight, arm span, waist circumference, knee length (possibly also thickness of skinfold in upper arm, back and waist).
  • Student performs a non-invasive nutrition-focused physical exam looking for signs of muscle loss, fat loss, vitamin and mineral deficiencies.,
    • (If the exam takes place, the student would also give their overall assessment of their nutritional status based on physical exam and other findings from diet records).
    • If not, the student only provides information about the question the employee had.

For more questions about the program and requirements, please email Aida Miles (amiles5@utk.edu).

There will also be a virtual interest meeting held the last week of January Please RSVP below if you would like to attend.

Nutrition Assessments

    If you are selected to participate, an intro meeting will be held the last week of January via zoom. Please select your preferred availability.