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Hudson -- A 22-year-old intern who is working on a six-week rotation with the district's nutrition and food service department will soon be moving on to a week's tour with the Dr. Oz Show.
Brigid Titgemeier, a 2008 graduate of Gilmour Academy in Gates Mills, has been working with Maureen Pisanick, Hudson Schools supervisor of nutrition services, while pursuing her master's degree in public health nutrition at Case Western Reserve University. She will graduate in 2014.
"I just completed my second week and have already learned so much," Titgemeier said of her time with Pisanick.
After interning in Hudson, Titgemeier will spend a week with the Dr. Oz show in New York City in March.
While in New York, Titgemeier will work with Dr. Mehmet Oz's team to write scripts and research different topics, she said.
While in Hudson, Titgemeier has helped plan and prep food for a recent health fair lunch for more than 250 people.
"The theme of the lunch was raw, fresh, local, and we bought the beets from Morningside farm and the bread from Great Lakes Baking Company," she said. "The whole event was such a blast and there was a great turnout."
Titgemeier lives in Hudson with her parents, Martha and John. Her sister, Grace, 19, is a psychology major at the University of Dayton, and her brother, Jack, 15, is a freshman at Walsh Jesuit.
Titgemeier said she was "lucky" to do part of her internship with Pisanick and called the Hudson lunch program "one of the healthiest and most efficient programs in Ohio."
Pisanick called Titgemeier "a wonderful young professional."
"She has contributed her talents as a graduate students to our department resulting in successful projects, but more importantly has such a positive and fresh approach to her passion in nutrition," Pisanick said. "She is driven and very intelligent, and optimistically approaches her career field from a personal mission to helping others achieve a healthy and well balanced life."
Titgemeier knew she wanted to pursue nutrition as a career after her freshman year of high school.
"I had struggled with a medical condition for a few years that I was able to ultimately control through dietary changes that were suggested by a dietitian that my parents took me to see," she said. "It was super challenging and pretty depressing to have to change up my whole diet, but in the end, it was so worth it when I started seeing improvements. I knew I had to become a dietitian to educate others on the importance of a healthy diet and empower people to live healthier lives."
After graduation, Titgemeier hopes to become a registered dietician.
"I would like to work in the field of public health/wellness and make nutrition a little less confusing for consumers," she said. "I don't really have a set dream job, as long as I have the opportunity to provide the public credible and unbiased dietary advice, I will be happy."
SO PROUD of my fellow MIAMI UNIVERSITY GRAD!
One of our dietetic interns at Cleveland Clinic, Holly DeMarco, completed the same experience last spring, and it was a wonderful opportunity. This opportunity could not have been completed without Kristin Kirkpatrick at the Cleveland Clinic Wellness Institute, who regularly consults with the Dr. Oz Show and is featured on the show regularly. This year, another intern, Amy Gannon from Shaker Heights, OH, will complete the same experience.