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K-State doctoral student receives American Dietetic Association award for research

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

MANHATTAN -- A Kansas State University doctoral student has been recognized with a national award to support her research in nutritional epidemiology.

Allisha Weeden, doctoral student in human nutrition, St. Francis, is the recipient of the Jean Hankin Nutritional Epidemiology Research Grant from the American Dietetic Association. The award was presented at the association's recent 2007 Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.

The grant provides financial support to a doctoral student working on a dissertation in nutritional epidemiology. Recipients must be registered dietitians who are in a doctoral program in nutrition or nutritional epidemiology.

Weeden, who also is a program assistant in K-State's department of human nutrition, will use the award to support a research project investigating the use of dietary supplements and dietary intake of older adults. The project is being conducted with Valentina Remig, assistant professor of human nutrition at K-State.

"We are specifically looking into whether older Kansans are taking dietary supplements in self-treatment of chronic conditions, as well as the impact dietary supplements have on dietary intake," Weeden said.

Weeden received her bachelor's degree in food science and industry from K-State in 2002. She earned a master's in dietetics from the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2004. She is the daughter of Dennis and Sonja
Weeden, St. Francis.

Source: Allisha Weeden, 785-532-4603, amw1566@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Beth Bohn, 785-532-6415, bbohn@k-state.edu

This article was posted on Wednesday, November 14, 2007, and is filed under Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.