Stewart, left, reviews school lunch menus with food service manager Lauren
Moran and assistant manager Erin Mudra.
Leslie Stewart graduated from St. Peter’s High School in 2015 with no idea what her college major field of study should be. But it didn’t take long for her to decide once she set foot on the Ohio State University campus.
“I went to college undecided about my undergraduate degree but during my first semester at Ohio State I became interested in nutrition as a profession,” Stewart said.
graduated last spring with a degree in human nutrition and now is on the path
to becoming a licensed registered dietician. Part of that process is a
requirement that she complete 1,200 hours of supervised experience as an intern
in four rotations in professional food service environments.
Stewart’s first internship was at Avita Health System’s Bucyrus Hospital. A few weeks ago she began work as an intern in the Mansfield City Schools food service department.
“I have helped to develop some school lunch menus and studied labor costs, production sheets and delivery schedules,” she said. “I also have visited schools and observed their food service operations.”
other school districts, Mansfield City Schools must meet federal nutrition and
portion requirements when planning menus.
working with MCS food service manager Lauren Moran and assistant manager Erin
“We enjoy having Leslie with us. She is experiencing all facets of the daily operation of food service,” Moran said.
continue working in Mansfield City Schools through the first week of January,
then will complete two more internships at sites yet to be determined.
internships are completed Stewart will take the demanding registered dietician
test administered by the Ohio Commission on Dietetic Registration to earn her
What kind of
professional setting would she like to work in someday?
“I’m not sure yet,” Stewart said. “I enjoyed working at Avita and I have enjoyed working here.”
where she works one day, her goal will be the same: helping others to make good
nutrition choices as an important part of living healthy lives.