A Vision for a Stronger Commonwealth
Serving Fairfax County, Ms. Strong provides Family and Consumer Science educational programs specializing in foods, nutrition, and health. Programs use research-based knowledge to teach people how to make good choices for themselves and their family units. This, in turn, strengthens communities and the commonwealth.
Ms. Strong’s programs teach youth, adult, and senior residents skills to prevent chronic disease, handle food safely, and spend money wisely. Partnerships with other state and local agencies and trained volunteers help maximize the impact and quality of Virginia Cooperative Extension’s food, nutrition, and wellness programs.
Education and Experience
Registered Dietitian, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, 2008
Dietetic Internship: National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, Bethesda, MD, 2008
Didactic Program in Dietetics: Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2007
Master of Science, Human Nutrition, Foods and Exercise, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, 2007
Bachelor of Science, Psychology, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA 2000
Prior to joining Virginia Cooperative Extension in October 2011, Ms. Strong spent three years in Washington, D.C., working as a dietitian for nutrition education, research, and advocacy. At Virginia Tech and the National Institutes of Health, Ms. Strong trained in dietary assessment methods for research, as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Nutrition Care Process for clinical therapy.
As a graduate student at Virginia Tech, Ms. Strong completed a research thesis project on weight gain prevention among young adults. She taught Food Selection and Preparation and Science of Food as a graduate teaching assistant at Virginia Tech. She has developed and presented numerous short courses and presentations, including chronic disease prevention, vegetarian nutrition, home food preservation, and consumer food safety. While in school and beyond, Ms. Strong spent over ten years working in the restaurant and catering industries.