Angela Bruzina, B.M.E., NFPT-CPT
Dietetics Student, Sports Nutrition Emphasis
The University of Cincinnati
Tell us yourself, education, your background, and your current interests.
Currently I am a sophomore Dietetics major with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition at The University of Cincinnati (UC). I plan to pursue a Masters in Nutrition at UC after I complete my dietetic internship in 2017. Originally from Cincinnati, I initially pursued a teaching degree in Cleveland but soon realized that nutrition was my real passion. I am a certified personal trainer, enjoy fitness as much as I love nutrition, and hope to incorporate both of those loves into my career. Besides being very busy with school, I like to craft (a lot), read, and have an adorable rescued kitten named Frankie.
How did you become interested in nutrition?
I originally chose the field of teaching as my career, but after a long year of teaching high school in a local school district, I realized that I wasn’t as passionate about the career as I had thought. I have always been passionate about teaching, but I didn’t know how to incorporate that into my career unless I was teaching in a school district. However, I have always been a “label-reader” and would take it upon myself to get educated about food. On top of that, information I posted to my blog contained healthy recipes and education about the food I was eating. After reevaluating my life goals and what I truly loved, I realized that I should have been in the field of nutrition all along, and that I could still be a teacher, just in a different way. That decision landed me at UC and I couldn’t be happier.
You are a Certified Personal Trainer and a National Figure Competitor. Tell us about those experiences and something you learned.
I am certified by The National Federation of Professional Trainers. I train clients privately at the UC's Recreation Center, and also work with UC to implement wellness programs for their faculty and staff. Additionally, I am a Natural Figure Competitor under The National Physique Committee and have worked on training and conditioning myself for the sport. I choose to train myself for the sport instead of hiring a coach because I use the experience as a learning tool as both a trainer and a pre-service dietitian. This practice has taught me a wide array of skills involving the training and diet aspects of the sport. Now I feel like I have a solid approach to losing weight effectively and healthfully. The knowledge gained also helped me know more about the conditioning aspects of the sport.
What experiences have you had in nutrition?
I am the owner and creator of a blog, Wholeheartedly Healthy, where I generate posts with healthy recipes and food options. I enjoy creating recipes that can be modified for vegan, gluten-free, or vegetarian readers. I also like to post recipes that just taste good. I try to include an educational portion in my posts, too, so my readers can learn about the benefits of whole grains and make a healthy recipe to go along with whole grains. In addition to writing recipes and cooking often, I have had volunteer experience with dietitians at UC’s Athletic Department and at a corporate wellness facility in Cincinnati. I also have worked with preschoolers teaching the importance of staying physically active and helping them decipher which foods are healthy choices.
What are your professional goals? Once you become a registered dietitian, what kind of work do you want to do?
Once I become a registered dietitian, I would like to continue my education in the Masters program at UC and ultimately conduct nutrition research. I have a very strong interest in research in the nutrition and exercise fields. I would love to model my thesis on a sports nutrition related topic. I also hope to obtain CSSD certification so that I am able to be a nationally certified sports dietitian. Upon finishing my Masters, an opportunity to continue my passion for fitness and nutrition as a sports dietitian for a sports team, either collegiate or professional, would be my ultimate dream.
Is there anything else you would like to share with other students?