The Dish on a New Contributor
Hello Dairy Dishers!
My name is Amy Viselli, I am a registered dietitian and Manager of Nutrition Outreach for United Dairy Industry of Michigan. Before I get started blogging, I want to take a little time to introduce myself, so you get a better feel for who I am and why I’m here. I’ve been excited about health and wellness my entire life and I’m happy to be able to share some of the great information I’ve learned about the importance of good nutrition and regular physical activity throughout the years!
Growing up in a small mid-Michigan town, it was important for us to have “family dinners,” to try new foods together, and to be involved in activities that promoted physical activity, health, wellness, and togetherness.
I spent a lot of my free time participating in gymnastics and diving, so when I was given the opportunity to attend Michigan State University and be an active member of their Women’s Swimming and Diving Team, I dove in head first! During my time at MSU, I studied dietetics and kinesiology with a health promotion specialization. After college, I moved to the big city of Chicago to complete my dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago, where my passion for nutrition grew exponentially.
I started my career as a clinical dietitian in a small town hospital and realized that I desired to work in a community setting, encouraging healthy lifestyles through health promotion. A well balanced diet, which includes milk, cheese and yogurt, has always been an important part of my life, so as a registered dietitian it was a perfect fit when I started working with UDIM two years ago.
I look forward to having the opportunity to share scientific, evidence-based information with you on the Dairy Dish. Just the other day I came across a great article that highlights the benefits of chocolate milk, a childhood favorite of mine!
I think Dr. John Pfenninger put it best when he wrote, “Milk may be the most nutritious item that many children receive, especially those of low income who are at high risk of malnutrition.” He goes on to explain, “Low-fat or no-fat chocolate milk does have the potential for a slight increase in calories in a child’s diet, but provides a very high nutrient value, especially when compared to sodas/pop and sugar sweetened fruit juices.”
Until next time…