Mount St. Mary’s University has added a new employee to its roster, hiring the school’s first-ever sports dietitian.

Lindsey Field has worked with the Mount’s athletic department for 2½ years as a sports nutrition consultant but will now focus on helping the university’s student-athletes make healthy eating choices and enhance their nutritional education, according to a press release.

“Most athletes, depending on the sport, want to become bigger, stronger, faster. If they’re not careful with what they eat and the timing of eating those foods — that can help or hurt them, depending on their goals,” Field said in a statement.

She is a registered dietitian nutritionist and trained to provide medical nutrition therapy to help manage and treat medical conditions. She has also served as an adjunct in the university’s Department of Science, teaching anatomy and physiology and exercise science classes, among others.

William Davies, vice president of business and finance for the Mount, said in the press release the university understands the important role nutrition plays for student-athletes both on the field and in the classroom.

“[Field] is a critical resource to ensure our student-athletes and all our students understand how to fuel their bodies to perform at peak levels,” Davies said.

The Mount placed Field into this role through a one-time grant of $218,000 from the NAACP to support student-athlete nutrition.

Before formally stepping into the role, Field was already focused on helping student-athletes during her time working for the athletic department. She held nutrition talks for students and answered questions in the dining hall during lunch hours, guiding students to the best food choices.

Field said what’s on their plates is not only important but also making sure the students understand why some choices are better than others.

“There are a lot of mixed messages out there, so I try to translate the latest scientific evidence into practical nutrition recommendations for performance,” Field said.

Lynne Robinson, director of athletics for the Mount, said in the announcement that they are excited for Field to expand her role in the department.

“Her passion and expertise in the area of sports nutrition have been an invaluable resource for our student-athletes and coaches,” Robinson said.

In addition to helping student-athletes, Field is also working with the university’s dining services vendor to add informational signage to the dining hall and possibly have cooking demonstrations, according to the press release.

Overall, though, her focus is on the students.

“I work for the athletes,” she said. “I want them to be happy with their performance. More importantly, I care about them as people and their overall well-being.”

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