Leah is a senior dietetics major from Southern Illinois. 

Why did you choose to study Dietetics?

From a young age, fitness has been a passion of mine. I have grown up playing various sports, but the closest to my heart was swimming. I loved being able to push my body to new limits and accomplish goals in the pool.

In high school, I realized the importance of diet as it related to my performance. I loved learning what foods gave my body energy and what foods made me feel sluggish. I realized that I wanted to spend my future educating on proper nutrition and helping find a life of wellness.

What is your favorite part of studying Dietetics at UK? 

There are so many different things I love about studying dietetics!

I would have to say my favorite part has been learning how nutrition plays a major role in health diseases and disorders.

I also really love my classes, which has reaffirmed that being a Registered Dietitian is what I want to do in my future.

What are your plans after graduation? Professional goals?

After graduation, I plan to participate in the University of Kentucky's DHN Dietetics Internship program. Once I have completed that, I plan on sitting for my RD exam and passing!

My short term goal is to gain clinical experience as an inpatient dietitian. My long-term goal is to work as a private practice dietitian to improve nutrition and lifestyle behaviors. 

Leah previsouly attended Asbury University where she was on the swim team for three years. She also participated in the Student Athletic Advisory Committee and was part of Residence Life. While at UK, Leah has been a member of SDNA and has served as a research volunteer. Leah is also an active community volunteer at Southland Christian Church with their middle school ministries.