Meet the Dietitian

Megan Ponke is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist with a Master of Science in Clinical Dietetics from Grand Valley State University. With her training as a dietitian and her experience as an alumna, she is positioned as a unique resource for students with dietary questions and concerns. As the Campus Dining Dietitian, Megan brings her passion for health and wellness to the Laker community. She focuses on using evidence-based research to provide the best care possible, with an attentive and individualized approach. She loves providing education on nutrition and sustainable lifestyle changes, all while promoting a healthy relationship with food.

Megan can aid students within many areas of nutrition and health, including GI problems, weight management, chronic conditions, meal planning and menu development, assessment of nutritional needs and dietary intake, food allergies and intolerances, basic nutrition education and more. Campus Dining is happy to offer free one-on-one nutrition counseling sessions for all students.

 

What’s the difference between a Registered Dietitian & a 'Nutritionist'?

Registered Dietitian's, or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist's (RD or RDN) are awarded the credentials after each individual has earned at least a bachelor’s degree in Dietetics from an accredited University, has completed 1,200 hours of supervised practice under experienced Dietitians in multiple areas of the dietetics field and passed a rigorous National Examination. Whereas, anyone with any sort of nutrition experience or interest can call themselves a ‘Nutritionist.’ 

Learn more about the qualifications RDN's hold here.

 

Contact Information:

Megan Ponke, MS, RDN 

(616) 331-8989

ponkeme@gvsu.edu 

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