KRNC Student Spotlight Ellina Wood
Ellina Wood grew up in Auburn, Alabama and enlisted in the United States Army before attending Colorado State University where she is a senior pursuing a degree in Nutrition and Food Science. Currently, she works at a local pediatric office where she organizes quarterly wellness challenges, monthly activities, and lunch & learns with the goal to increase mindfulness in the workplace.
Wood is passionate about community and international nutrition; specifically, working with low-income populations. Her undergraduate research includes looking at the dietary diversity among indigenous women residing in rural provinces of the Ecuadorian Andes Highlands. “I am drawn to working with under-served groups of people because I want to be a part of a community that works towards the greater good and helps the voiceless overcome barriers, whether that is evaluating gaps, redefining the food environment, or increasing kitchen and nutrition literacy.”
After completing her bachelor’s degree, Wood plans to further her breadth of knowledge in community and international nutrition through a Masters in Public Health with a coordinated program in dietetics. Eventually, she would like to obtain a constantly changing and challenging Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) role with an international non-government organization.
Wood states, “As a practicum student at the KRNC, I have had the opportunity to lead various cooking classes for adolescents and adults. I love seeing the “aha” moment on someone’s face when they realize that nutritious food can delicious.”
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