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Support a Dietetic Internship

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Support a Dietetic Internship

The California State University Fresno, Dietetic Internship (DI) program graduated it first class of dietetic interns in 1999, over twenty years ago, serving a need for post-baccaulaurette supervised practice education for students who desire to be Registered Dietitian (RD) / Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).  Dietitians are experts in the use of food and nutrition to promote health and manage disease.  The DI program's mission is to provide future RD/RDN's experiential hands-on supervised practice with a concentration on culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention in a variety of dietetic settings within the Central Valley.  Please get involved today by donating and/or sharing about our unique program.

The Dietetic Internship (DI) program has two main goals:

  1. To provide guidance and leadership for dietetic intern graduates through an ACEND accredited program with a concentration in culturally competent health promotion and disease prevention.
  2. At completion, graduate will be adept for practice as entry-level registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and prepared to activity address the evolving health needs of Fresno County, Fresno metropolitan areas and the Central San Joaquin Valley.

Our graduates work with 18 preceptor affiliate agencies and spend their time completing 35 weeks and 1,232 practice hours in acute care hospitals, clinics, sports nutrition, schools, governmental agencies (WIC, CalFresh, Veterans etc.), and a prison.  They help provide nutrition education, meal planning, food budgeting, clinical interventions such as weight loss, quantity food production, food safety and improved overall health outcomes for many disease states.

Outcomes and Impact:

In May 2018, our program graduated its 200th dietetic intern.  Nation-wide, in 2018, reports indicate that there are 102,408 practicing registered dietitian nutritionists.  Almost ten percent of those practicing dietitians live in California, however there is a severe shortage of dietitians in the Central Valley.  Our community is home to many chronic diseases and health disparities such as obesity, diabetes, cancer and chronic lung disorders, where dietitians are vital to the success of fighting those disparities.  Our program over the last four years can report that 74% of our graduates maintain employment in the Fresno metropolitan area and/or Central San Joaquin Valley.  When interns come to our program, they stay and find work with our local community.

Why we need your help:

Our program needs additional funding to support the individual project needs and send interns to our community sites well prepared and culturally competent.  Our interns attend several training events, and are also walking along side our university professors and preceptors in research and applied knowledge.  A current project our interns are working on with a local teaching hospital is to screen patients for malnutrition before having surgery and offering an intervention to see if post-surgical outcomes improve.  They are learning innovative approached to providing Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) to our community and we need your continued support to foster this transferable skills that could potentially empower change markers for the dietetics arena.


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An Apple A Day

An apple a day will help an intern TODAY! FYI - apple trees take 4/5 years to produce their first fruit and are picked by hand in the fall - this is very similar to our dietetic internship program.


Broccoli Bushel

Broccoli was voted the most popular veggie in 39 states. The health benefits of broccoli include its ability to prevent, cancer, improve digestion, lower cholesterol, detoxify the body, and maximize vitamin/mineral uptake, very similar to how our programs dietetic interns help build the health our community and program mission.


Kale is King

Our new BFF with Benefits. Kale is the most popular "Superfood" and is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. Providing funding at this level will help our interns act as superhero’s, dramatically increasing the total nutritional profile of individuals and the community as a whole.


The "Whole" Avocado

Avocado have heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids, are loaded with fiber, contain more potassium than bananas, and are high in antioxidants. This combination makes avocados weight loss friendly, heart healthy, and last but not least, taste incredible, just like the advice our dietetic interns offer during their counseling rotations at area health clinics. The interns are also the PITs of the avocado - professionals in training (PITs)


Plant Based Protein Orchard

Almonds are edible seeds of the almond tree. Dietetic interns are the seeds that help our area hospitals screen for malnutrition and offer nutrition support. Almonds remain Fresno County’s top farm crop, however there are only 263 dietetic internship programs in the nation; help seed our program.


MyPlate Full Meal Plan

When you help at this level, you are helping our program focus on variety, amount and health for everyone. Our journey is shaped by many factors but this will help provide a colorful visual of providing the necessary food groups (i.e. Competency, experiences, rotations, etc.) for dietetic professionals to complete the program to become future Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.

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