Throughout the month of March, we will be highlighting alumni of our DPD program as part of National Nutrition Month®.
This week we feature alumus Nate Nyquist, who graduated from the program in 2017.
Where are you currently working, and what are you doing in that position?
I am currently working at the Minneapolis VA as a home-based primary care dietitian. I provide medical nutrition therapy, counseling, and education to veterans in their home with the goal of improving quality of life and managing their chronic diseases. I manage the nutrition care of veterans with multitudes of diseases including diabetes, CKD, cancer of several varieties, dysphagia, malnutrition, dementia/Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, PTSD, and spinal cord injuries.
Why did you choose Nutrition at the University of Minnesota?
I absolutely loved the University of Minnesota growing up and enjoyed several visits to the Twin-Cities area as a kiddo when I lived in Wisconsin. I knew I wanted to attend the U of M, and as my passion for food and how to fuel my body properly kept growing, the program here was a no brainer when choosing to enroll! During my time at the U of M, I never had any regrets in my decision to go there as I was surrounded by excellent and knowledgeable professors and mentors who helped me get to where I am now.
What was your favorite class(es)?
MNT I and II
What is something you wish you had known during your time as a student?
The one thing I wish I would have heard about earlier in my career as a student was the competitiveness and existence of dietetic internships. I was fortunate enough to prepare myself early and start boosting my application profile as a sophomore. Basically the earlier the better it is to know the importance of getting involved, whether it be volunteering or working in the food/nutrition field.
Favorite Healthy Snack?
Apple and peanut butter!
Funniest question (that you have heard since becoming an RDN?
How many bowel movements is healthy and what should they look like?