When you start taking a lot of classes that directly or indirectly deal with nutrition, health and the inner workings of the human body, there’s going to be some overlap. Biology and chemistry (because every living creature relies on infinite, continuous chemical reactions). Epidemiology and biostatistics (both deal with what it means when a behavior, such as eating lots of vegetables, is associated with an outcome, such as lower rates of heart disease). Biochemistry and anatomy/physiology (how the human body works in intricate detail). Public health nutrition and health services (social and environmental determinants of health). You get the idea.
This term, that sort of synergy is ramped up several notches. My Nutrition and Metabolism class is all about vitamins and minerals this term, but we’re also looking at recommended intakes of these nutrients and how they relate to chronic disease in my Nutrition and Chronic Disease class. Both Nutrition and Chronic Disease and Nutrition Counseling are teaching us about various methods of assessing a person’s dietary intake and nutritional status, albeit in slightly different ways. And Nutrition Counseling and Nutrition Education both get at the heart of how to move past bestowing nutrition knowledge to a place where we can actually help people overcome barriers to making healthy changes (whether those barriers be due to time constraints, beliefs, lack of family support, fear of failure, or what have you).
This is very exciting, because I’m building the skills I need to really help people. And that is what keeps me going through these days and weeks and months of having very, very little time to do anything frivolous. It’s just another example of how, if you are really motivated to reach a goal, the previously unthinkable becomes totally possible.
That’s all I have to say about that. For now.