TROY, NY – The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce that its Nutrition Science department has been awarded a $50,000 grant from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation. The funding has provided significant support to initiate renovations and equipment purchases for Sage’s Nutrition and Physical Assessment Laboratory, which will provide for the expansion and enhancement of the program and its curriculum.
Officials from Sage and Hannaford today gathered on the Russell Sage campus to unveil and name the renovated lab in honor of the Hannaford Charitable Foundation. Faculty and students were also present to demonstrate the new state-of-the-art equipment.
“This generous gift from the Hannaford Charitable Foundation reinforces Sage’s position as a leader in Nutrition Science education in the greater Capital Region with a facility equipped to expertly educate registered dieticians in the area of nutrition assessment while also providing a place for them to participate in continuing education opportunities,” explained Susan C. Scrimshaw, president of The Sage Colleges. “We are very grateful to Hannaford for its generosity and more importantly, for its partnership in helping to provide our students and health professionals in our community with the most advanced learning opportunities possible. In recognition of this wonderful gift, the lab will be named the Hannaford Nutrition and Physical Assessment Laboratory at Sage.”
“Hannaford is deeply committed to promoting health and wellness in the communities we serve. The new Nutrition and Physical Assessment Laboratory at Sage provides the next generation of leaders with the tools they need to become highly-skilled dieticians and health counselors,” said Brian Fabre, regional community relations specialist for Hannaford Supermarkets. “Hannaford is thrilled to equip Sage with this new cutting-edge equipment and we look forward to seeing the impact it has on not only the education of Sage students, but also the individuals those students will help achieve their nutritional goals in the future.”
“Sage applauds Hannaford’s commitment to healthy living and nutrition and we are honored to partner with them in this endeavor,” said Nina Marinello, chair of Sage’s Nutrition Science program. “This newly equipped lab will increase our students’ exposure to innovative practical experiences such as allowing them to make nutrition-focused physical assessments.”
Nutrition-focused physical assessment is a cutting-edge discipline in the field of dietetics practice and research. Nutrition-focused physical assessment encompasses nutritional status, which includes medical history, dietary history, physical examination, anthropometric measurements, and laboratory data. Skilled professionals rely on it to make critical evaluations regarding various health and performance interventions ranging from patient malnutrition to sports performance.
The grant from Hannaford has established a strong foundation upon which Sage can build, allowing faculty to enhance the curriculum, offer continuing education for area registered dieticians, strengthen the students’ training, and graduate highly-skilled dietitians who will provide top-notch counseling to their patients and clients in multiple venues including hospitals, outpatient facilities, fitness centers, WIC programs, and other community settings.