Chelsae Gordon has taken over as Campus Dietitian at Dine SNHU as of October. After working with Sodexo at the Parkland Medical Center based in Derry, NH, she began her new role.
Chelsae is a Registered Dietitian. Her educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in nutritional science from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, as well as a master’s degree in public health.
In her role on campus, she engages in many facets relating to health and wellness. Some of these responsibilities include managing the SNHU refueling station for student-athletes. She also oversees the operation of the allergen-free “Simple Servings” station in the dining hall, which prepares meals free of the seven most common allergens: milk, eggs, wheat, soy, shellfish, peanuts, tree nuts, and gluten.
However, the part of her job that she values most is using her education and experience to help students.
“I counsel students on a number of different topics, ranging from eating disorders, weight management, medical nutrition therapy, food allergies/intolerances, sports nutrition, and overall healthy eating,” said Gordon. “This type of work is my favorite, as you can really get to know the student and individualize your nutrition recommendations to really suit their needs.”
Events that build community and teach students the best ways to make healthy decisions have also been brought to campus. At last month’s session, students got to make their own trail mix bars.
“These sessions are great to get out there and meet more students, as well as provide a fun study snack,” said Gordon.
On October 25, students were able to get their hands on local apple varieties and focus on sustainable nutrition as part of Sustainability Week.
Gordon is just getting started on campus and is looking forward to hitting the ground running. “I’d love to get more involved in campus life; perhaps more nutrition education sessions or even cooking demos, that type of thing,” Gordon said.
Gordon also wants students to know that she is there for them. “Come drop by and introduce yourself. Let me know what I can do to help. I encourage any student with nutrition questions or concerns to reach out to me via email to set up a meeting,” said Gordon. Her office is located in the Dining Center, next to Just Desserts.
Students can follow her Instagram @ChelsaeRD or send her an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.