Morristown, NJ (September 23, 2013) – CSE dietitians opened their food labs and recipe books to help hundreds of people learn healthy eating habits as part of the Healthy Family Fun Fair on campus September 21, 2013. The event, which included interactive events focusing on fitness, medicine and healthy living in addition to nutrition, was sponsored by Goryeb Children's Hospital, the Star-Ledger | NJ.com and Shop-Rite and hosted more than 1,000 visitors.
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"CSE is celebrating nearly 100 years in granting degrees in food and nutrition," said Monica Luby, director for the CSE Foods and Nutrition academic program and the Didactic Program in Dietetics. "More and more of our graduates are working with Shop-Rite/Wakefern as those stores expand the number of their in-store dietitians. These dietitians help the community make healthy and appropriate choices."
At the Fun Day, Jessica Guarnieri and Evelyn Minolfo – two of those CSE graduates who became Shop-Rite dietitians – gave advice to "foodies" of all ages. Some healthy recipes, which were demonstrated and sampled, included Greek pasta salad, chickpea salad sandwiches and banana-granola yogurt parfaits.
"The College of Saint Elizabeth taught me how to be a great dietitian," said Guarnieri, who completed her dietetic internship in 2009. "I learned to appreciate the amazing staff and support offered through the internship."
Minolfo, who attended CSE as an undergraduate, dietetic intern and is now in the online master's program, shared her sentiment.
"The CSE experience was affordable and flexible – key to my success as a working mother of twins," said Minolfo. "CSE helped me make the connection to the job of my dreams at Shop-Rite!"
Attendees appreciated the dietitians' advice. "This wonderful event gave us a fun opportunity to reinforce healthy living in our boys," said Vicki Ahern of Millington, N.J.
Throughout the day, attendees participated in other health-related events focusing on fitness, the fun side of medicine and healthy living that were set up at three campus sites: The Annunciation Center, Henderson Hall, Saint Joseph Hall and surrounding outside areas. Those interested in fitness worked out with the Red Bulls street team, trainers from Atlantic Sports Health and Parisi Speed School to hone their athletic skills or take classes with instructors from the YMCA to learn the latest exercise routines. Future scientists tried their hand at surgery with the daVinci robot. Other activities include a rock climbing wall, a trip inside a larger than life human heart and brain and sessions on the power of art and music in health.
Other vendors included Dannon, Dole Fresh Vegetables, Fire Safety Trailer, Red Cross, IRun New Jersey, Garden State Green Fest, Morris County Parks Commission, Nestle Waters, Spot the Tot, Get Moving Yoga, WDHA FM 105.5 and WMGQ FM 98.3.