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Health Plus: Dietitian interns get real world experience

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WATERLOO (KWWL) -

Many of us take what we eat seriously, but for aspiring dietitians, nutrition is a career commitment.

In Health Plus, how one eastern Iowa hospital is helping them connect with real patients.

Jessica Wernberg likes to talk about food.

The 23-year-old goes to college in Wisconsin, but she's spending six months in Waterloo doing a nutrition internship.

"It was a lot different than doing it in class because everything is by the book. But in real life it's not by the book. You have to be flexible. You have to adapt to what people tell you. And every patient is different," she said.

The experience is a win-win for Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare.

It allows students to gain real world experience on the path to becoming a licensed, registered dietitian.

And it connects patients to the latest science and research behind what goes on their plates.

 "Nutrition is always changing and this provides us the opportunity to set the record straight on a lot of topics that people are very confused and frustrated with," said Mary Steffensmeier, a licensed dietitian.

"Meeting with a dietitian sets you up for a lifelong success in dieting, nutrition and weight loss because it's something that you can actually do the rest of your life," said Jessica.

Jessica studied at the university of Wisconsin Steven's point.

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