Nutrition masters student research focuses on adult weight management

Story by Aiko Link

Taylor LaneTaylor Lane graduated from the Colorado State University Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition with a bachelor’s degree in nutrition and food science with a concentration in dietetics and nutrition management in 2018.

Lane graduated with distinction earning a perfect GPA. “I took great pride in wearing that gold cap and gown,” she said.

Currently a graduate student working on her master’s in food science and nutrition studying community nutrition, Lane has a passion for adult weight management and chronic disease prevention.

Finding her love for nutrition

Taylor Lane's classLane’s love for the nutrition field began years ago following a bodybuilding competition when she realized, “I had a terrible relationship with food.” In the process of mending that relationship, Lane saw an opportunity to help and educate others with similar issues.

Even though Lane had found her passion, she continued to carry around doubt whether she was good enough to pursue an advanced degree. With the support of her fiancé, mom, and dad, she was accepted into graduate school and ultimately the Coordinated Master’s Program in Dietetics. Faculty members Chris Gentile and Leslie Cunningham-Sabo have joined her support team.

Lane focused her Plan B research paper on Mindfulness Practices and Type 2 Diabetes Prevention and Management and is currently completing coursework centered on personalized and precision nutrition. She is particularly interested in best practices for registered dietitian nutritionists.

Focus on disease prevention

Lane hopes to continue building her knowledge of disease prevention as the research evolves and eventually work in an outpatient clinic focusing on practices of nutrition education in relation to disease prevention and management. Lane’s end goal is to start her own private practice where she could devote her time to adult weight management.

Along with her coursework, Lane has been involved in the Kendall Reagan Nutrition Center and has led instruction in cooking classes. Lane has found her confidence and turned her passion into action. She will graduate in May 2022.

The Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition is part of CSU’s College of Health and Human Sciences.