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HNFE's unique fusion of nutrition and exercise sciences positions us as a leader in education, prevention, research, and translational studies.

We examine the psychosocial aspects of health, behavioral interventions, human performance, and youth and adult weight management with a focus on chronic disease and prevention.

Our mission is:

  • to discover, translate, and disseminate health-related advances in the nutrition, food, and exercise sciences.

Our faculty:

  • promote health and wellness with an emphasis on translational science, service to the community, and providing quality education for students.

Department Highlights:


For the second year in a row, two HNFE undergraduate students were selected as winners for the ePortfolio Undergraduate Student Showcase. Shannon Lloyd was selected in the Learning and Service category, and Kailey Proctor was selected in the Professional Growth and Research category. Congratulations, Shannon and Kailey!


    Amy Milstead and Grace McGuirk

HNFE students Amy Milstead and Grace McGuirk won first place at the 2014 VT Engagement Poster Showcase. Their Civic Agriculture & Food Systems Capstone Project was “Learn, Grow, Thrive! and their Community Partner was Headstart in Pearisburg, Virginia. Learn, Grow, Thrive! is a four week nutrition and gardening education workshop for the 3-5 year old kids participating in the Head Start program in Pearisburg during the spring of 2014. The lessons are based on food, nutrition, and agriculture to provide an experiential learning opportunity to kids that will hopefully spark their interest and desire in establishing lifelong healthy eating habits. Congratulations Amy and Grace!


Nicolin Girmes-Grieco and Renee Selberg-Eaton were nominated by students as "Favorite Faculty." This recognition program is hosted by Housing and Residence Life and recognizes hard work, contributions to academia, and dedication to student learning. Nicolin was also recognized as "Teacher of the Week" during April 14th by The Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research (CIDER).


Student Spotlight: Kerri Bane
    Kerri Bain

Kerri Bain received an Excellence in Access and Inclusion Award on April 22.

The award, from Services for Students with Disabilities (with support from the Office of Diversity and Inclusion) recognizes faculty, staff, and students who have shown exceptional leadership in access and inclusion.

Kerri was a a note taker for six HNFE classes this academic year. She was praised for her willingness to assist with so many classes, and to be counted on to provide effective notes in a timely manner.

The department thanks Kerri for her efforts!

Faculty Spotlight: Carol Papillon
    Carol Papillon

Carol Papillon was presented with the "Distinguished Dietitian of the Year" Award by the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (VAND) on April 8

This award is presented to members who demonstrate outstanding service and leadership in the field of dietetics. 

Carol’s leadership efforts include educating and mentoring dietetic interns, working in the community to provide nutrition counseling, and creating student nutrition counselor positions. She was president of VAND in 2012.


Events & Information:

Fall 2014 Force Add Instructions


4/28: Michael Pratt, MD, MPH: journal readings & discussion (3pm, Fralin)


5/1: 3rd Annual ILSB Research Poster Symposium: abstracts accepted 3/22-4/22


5/5: Michael Pratt, MD, MPH: "The Costs of Inactivity" (3pm, Fralin)


American College of Sports Medicine Foundation Student Awards: ACSM invests in the future of sports medicine and exercise science by giving to their student members, who are eligible for grants and awards to offset the rising costs of tuition and travel.