Volunteer spotlight: Amanda Kischuk

October 11, 2010 at 8:31 pm Leave a comment

This month, we’re featuring Amanda Kischuk, who did an Eating Right class for us in the summer and is signed up for her second class at Redford Interfaith food pantry. She recently received her dietitian tech certification and is currently pursuing a dietetics internship while working full time, and of course volunteering for us! She took some time off from her busy schedule to answer a few questions.

OFL Detroit: Where do you live?
Amanda: Allen Park

OFL: Where did you go to school? What is your degree in?
Amanda: I graduated from Central Michigan University with a Bachelor of Science, Major in Dietetics.

OFL: Why did you go into dietetics and nutrition?
Amanda: I decided to major in Dietetics because it is a field that gives you the opportunity to truly help people. I wanted a job that I felt good going to every day, not one that is just about the paycheck. I have been fortunate enough to be raised with a healthy lifestyle and I want to share my knowledge and passion for nutrition with as many people as I can.

OFL: Where do you work now?
Amanda: A health and wellness company called Summit Health.

OFL: How did you hear about OFL?
Amanda: I discovered OFL while I was searching for nutritionist jobs. I’m so glad that I did! (So are we!)

OFL: What do you like best about volunteering for OFL?
Amanda: My favorite thing about volunteering with OFL is answering the questions the participants have about eating right. There is no better feeling than seeing the light bulb turn on above their head when I explain something to them. I think the most important thing people take from the nutrition part of the class is learning to read and understand a nutrition facts label.

OFL: What do you do in your spare time?
Amanda: I look for jobs and opportunities to get my feet wet in the nutrition world! I also love running, playing tennis, and anything else that keeps me active and outdoors.

OFL: Do you like to cook at home?
Amanda: Yes. I love having the Eating Right book at home as a matter of fact. The recipes are easy enough for me and very affordable!

OFL: Can you give us a nutrition tip or share a healthy recipe with us?
Amanda: I can give you a lot of nutrition tips, but I’ll keep it short. When planning meals make fruits and veggies the focus of the meal and throw in lean protein, whole grain carbs, and healthy fats for extra nutrition. Everything in moderation, of course.

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