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Sports Dietitian
Natalie Christensen tweets about optimizing diet to fuel performance



As Nike says,
"Just Do It!" — follow fuel_Bengals on Instagram!

Fueling Bengals in the Blogasphere

Two international students cook with in the ISU state of the art Foods Laboratory

Cross-Country, Culture, and Community

Jenifer Reader, MHE, RDN, LD 
February 2020

ISU Nutrition & Dietetics students were excited to work with cross-country athletes...

Photo by Ilya Mashkov on Unsplash

Faux Burgers: Friend or Foe

Nancy Clark, MS, RD, CSSD 
January 2020

Internationally respected sports nutritionist Nancy Clark weighs in...

Three ISU female athletes (one African American, two caucasian) enjoy a healthy snack, a fellow male athlete looks on

Pillars of Recovery

Bridgett Von Kahle, NDTR, CDM, CFPP
December 2019

Many of us have become familiar with the life of a professional athlete...

Male college track star eats cheese sandwich on whole grain bun

Macronutrient Mania

Lisa Davis, BS
November 2019

Have you recently heard the word "macronutrient" or "macros"...

ISU soccer players lie on mats in gym during mindfulness exercise

Mindfulness in Sport

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
October 2019

This year will be a good year...and I don’t just mean on the field...

Athletes snacking at fueling station at Olympic Oval: Speed Factory in Kearns, Ut

Sports Nutrition Symposium 2019

Natalie Christensen, RDN, LD, CSSD
September 2019

Each year, Dairy West holds a Sports Nutrition Symposium...

Ryan Gerulf, ISU Director of Development, participates in DairyWest Farm Tour

Zen and the Art of Cheese Making

Ryan Gerulf, MA
August 2019

In July of this year, I had the opportunity to go on a dairy tour...

Utah State fueling station

Friends at Utah State University

Natalie Christensen, RD, CSSD, LD
July 2019

Every year Sports Dietitians from around the nation gather...

Glass of chocolate milk with red plastic straw

Need to Refuel? Guzzle a Chocolate Milk

Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND
June 2019

Google chocolate milk and refueling and nearly one million hits pop up...

Dairy West dietitians visit ISU Smart Cooking on the Run Every Day (SCORE) program for college athletes

Three Weeks in the Life of a Sports Dietitian

Nicole Barron, BS
May 2019

My opportunity to get an inside look at sports-related nutrition started...

Two male basketball players participate in crock pot cooking class

Crockpot Meals Aren’t Just for Your Moms

Sydney Hubbard
April 2019

At the end of the day, all I want to come home to is my mother’s cooking...

Sports dietitian, Natalie Christensen works with students and dietetic interns at Nutrition Fair 2019 SCORE booth

'Fueling and Fitness' = Fair Fav…SCORE!

Jen Reader, MHE, RDN, LD
March 2019

To celebrate National Nutrition Month...

Three women running on soccer field in college game

Vegan Diet? Personal Choice for Athletes

Barbara Gordon, MBA, RDN, LD, FAND
February 2019

What does a vegan meal plan mean to an athlete?

Two female ISU students walking in the snow and carrying their snow shoes

Have Fun in the Snow, But Don’t Forget to Hydrate

Allisha Weeden, PhD, RDN, LD
January 2019

Snow is in the forecast and the excitement begins...



Logo for Smart Cooking on the Run Everyday (SCORE), program funded by a gift from Dairy West