Hello, my name is Renee!
A Big HELLO from Your New Food and Nutrition Consultant-
Renee Korczak PhD, RD, LD
I am so thrilled to serve as your new Minnesota Beef Council Food and Nutrition Consultant. A big thanks to former consultant, Colleen Zenk, for a job well done! In a digital world where is it nearly impossible to meet all of our Minnesota Beef Council followers, what better way to communicate than through our blog?
To get to know me better, I am sharing my “TOP 5: Facts About Renee” >>>
1. Nutrition and agriculture has always been a big part of my life.
From the time I was little, I remember wanting to grocery shop with my mother, help her in the kitchen and experiment with food. I also wanted to know where my food came from. Now, I’ve combined my passions and made it into a career that I absolutely love.
2. I’ve moved a lot for my education and training.
My journey in nutrition began at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) where I actually started as a Pre-Med major. It was there that I worked through the core science classes, only taking nutrition classes on the side for fun.
After a UCONN Huskies sports nutrition and athletic training volunteer experience, I realized nutrition was my passion and changed gears. I then moved on to complete my Master’s Degree in Nutrition at Boston University and headed to the Midwest to work under Dr. Joanne Slavin on my doctoral nutrition research at the University of Minnesota. I’m incredibly blessed by all of the amazing role models and mentors that I’ve had in my life who’ve always encouraged me to pursue a career in nutrition.
3. I’m an east coast girl.
I grew up in the small town of Wallington, New Jersey, located in Bergen County (about 10 miles from Manhattan). I loved growing up in a small town and feeling a strong sense of community. Wallington is also home to a large population of Polish People. I’m actually 1st generation American, and my parents immigrated from Poland during the 1970’s. Thanks to my awesome parents, I can speak Polish and have learned many cultural dishes by cooking with my mother and grandmother. Last summer, I also had the opportunity to travel to Poland with my parents, siblings, husband and extended family. It was truly an amazing experience to be immersed in so much culture and see the small villages that my parents grew up in. I also got to see my Jadek (AKA Grandpa) and spend some time on his farm. He has quite the impressive setup!
4. I’m a world traveler.
I spent my entire 20’s in school working towards a Master’s degree first, and then a Doctorate degree. I would not trade my higher education for anything, but it didn’t exactly give me the time to travel. When I finished my PhD and passed my registered dietitian (RD) exam, I made it a priority to take some time to travel. To date, I’ve visited some pretty amazing countries such as New Zealand, Fiji, Italy, Switzerland and Poland. If you are wondering what countries are next on my list, I’ll leave no suspense and tell you it’s Argentina and Chile.
5. I’m a huge advocate for nutrition education and health.
In this day and age, it is so important to pay attention to your health and learn about nutrition in a way that helps support healthy living. I believe that there is a lot of information on the internet and social media, but newsflash, not all of it is credible. In my role as food and nutrition consultant for the Minnesota Beef Council, I will strive to provide you with the best information that is based on science and facts.
That’s all for now! I’m excited to share my depth and breadth of nutrition knowledge with each of you. I’m also so grateful to be a part of the Minnesota Beef Council Team! Keep following our blog, as I will be sharing more food and nutrition newsworthy information.
Until next time –
Your Food and Nutrition Consultant,
Renee Korczak PhD, RD, LD