Meet the Dietitian

(Photo by Duane Zehr)

Matt Hawkins
October 30, 2017

Austin Youngman is in his second year as Bradley University Dining Services’ dietitian. As the campus dietitian, he serves as a resource for students who have questions about healthy eating habits, food allergies and any other nutritional concerns. He also ensures that nutrition information is available and accurate for meals at each of the University’s food service areas.

Here are his thoughts about his role on campus:

Why did you want to work on a college campus?
It was an opportunity for me as a young dietitian to expand my reach into the community. It’s an atmosphere I’m comfortable with, but it’s given me a different perspective of what dietitians can do.

How valuable is a dietitian to a college campus?
It’s extremely valuable, especially on college campuses. This is a time students are responsible for their food choices for the first time. It’s valuable to students to have a dietitian who can help guide them to making healthier choices.

What do you wish more people knew about you?
I wish all students knew I’m there for them. I’m not just there for students with allergies or illnesses. I’m here for anyone whether they have actual nutritional concerns or just want to know more about the options available through campus dining.

What is the most interesting part of the job?
Being relatively new to Bradley, I’ve come into contact with a lot of things I wouldn’t see otherwise. I’ve learned so much more about food allergies and how to label things I wouldn’t have learned in another professional setting.

What do you enjoy most about working at Bradley?
I enjoy getting to talk to students. When they come in with issues, I enjoy feeling I can make a difference in their overall college experience. I enjoy seeing the business side of dining as well, with the ordering and menu planning processes. It takes a lot more time and effort than I anticipated.