How To Fuel Your Dancer
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Perhaps no field in medicine is fraught with as much misinformation and confusion as nutrition. This directly impacts the dance world, as many restrict the very food elements that fuels a dancer to perform. So Yasi and Steven get into it with two of Yasi's colleagues and mentors from the Sports and Human Performance Nutrition practice group, Michelle Macedonio MS, RDN, LD and Roberta Anding MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE. Joining the conversation is former professional dancer and current dietitian-in-training, Astrid Zuluaga-Lopez.

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Michele Macedonio, MS, RD, CSSD, LD: a registered, licensed dietitian and Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics, she is the owner of Nutrition Strategies®, LLC a nutrition consulting business providing nutrition communications, education, and counseling specializing in sports and human performance, cardiovascular health, and wellness. Michele works with physically active people including youth, high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Her clients have included two professional soccer teams, Xavier University Men’s Basketball team, and the University of Dayton Men’s Basketball team. She served as the Cincinnati Bengals’ team dietitian for eight years and 11 years as team dietitian with the Cincinnati Reds MLB baseball team.

Michele has served as a consultant and spokesperson for members of food and beverage industry, has authored nutrition articles and education materials, book chapters including the 3 rd , 4 th , 5 th and 6 th editions of SCAN Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals, and is co-author of The Athlete’s Guide to Making Weight.

Her professional volunteer and leadership positions have included Editor-in-chief of SCAN’S PULSE, SCAN Chair, Director of Sports-Dietetics USA, SHPN Keynote Sessions Committee, and CDR’s Board Certification Specialty Panel.

Roberta Anding MS, RD/LD, CSSD, CDE: Director of Performance Nutrition at Rice University, Assistant Professor in the Baylor College of Medicine Department of Orthopedic Surgery. She is the former sports dietitian for the 2017 World Champion Houston Astros, Houston Texans NFL franchise, Director of Sports Nutrition at Texas Children’s Hospital, and the Houston Ballet.

Astrid Zuluaga Lopez: Former professional ballet dancer with 20 years of experience in ballet training as a performer and instructor. Trained pre-professionally at Allegro Estudio de Ballet and Miami City Ballet School, and danced professionally in Ballet Nacional de Panama and Arts Ballet Theater of Florida. She is currently a ballet and Pilates instructor at Ballet and Pilates by Victoria and Ellie Paige Dance Company in Houston, Texas. She is also an MS student in Exercise and Sports Nutrition and an RDN-to-be aspiring toward a dietetics career in the fields of dance and athletics.

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