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Dietetics Alumna Volunteers to Teach Health and Heritage

Fontbonne University dietetics alumna Tyronica Dowdy, ’13, was recently featured in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch for her work with the A Taste of African Heritage wellness program. Launched in 2012, the program was created by Oldways, a nonprofit organization based in Boston that promotes healthy eating by educating participants about the foods of their ancestors.

As she told The Post-Dispatch, Dowdy began volunteering for the program for the same reason she decided to return to school to get her degree in dietetics from Fontbonne – diet-related diseases such as high blood pressure and diabetes were affecting her own family, and she wanted to help.

Dowdy tells The Post, “Less than three percent of dietitians are African-Americans, and African-Americans are disproportionately affected by these diet-related diseases. As I learn more, I now feel obligated to help my community and share my skills and my knowledge to help them make better choices and improve their health.”

Read more about Tyronica Dowdy and A Taste of African Heritage here.

Learn more about Fontbonne’s dietetics program.