By Susan Collins-Smith
MSU Extension Service
RAYMOND, Miss. — A profession as a registered dietitian wasn’t what Qula Madkin had in thoughts when she began school, however she has little doubt it was meant to be.
“I didn’t even know what a registered dietitian was once I was youthful,” Madkin mentioned. “In school, my purpose was to change into a bodily therapist.”
When the necessities to use for the bodily remedy program modified, Madkin, who was a freshman at Mississippi State College on the time, determined she wanted to pursue a special diploma to keep away from taking up extra pupil mortgage debt.
“I bear in mind it prefer it was yesterday,” mentioned the Purvis, Mississippi, native. “I went by my undergraduate course catalog and highlighted in pink the lessons I’d taken to resolve what I might main in. Lo and behold, meals, vitamin, and dietetics got here out on prime.”
As a vitamin teacher with the MSU Extension Service, Madkin helps develop, coordinate and distribute supplies associated to vitamin, wellness and the ServSafe meals security certification program. She additionally offers coaching and technical help to all Extension brokers with vitamin schooling obligations.
Madkin is a registered and licensed dietitian with greater than 17 years of expertise working with well being, wellness promotion and vitamin coordination in group, non-public, scientific and educational settings. Madkin is a licensed diabetes care and schooling specialist, and she or he accomplished coaching within the Fee on Dietetics’ Grownup Weight Administration Program.
She credit her various background for her capability to interact folks and assist them make wholesome modifications.
“My focus is all the time on the person, household or group and what their wants are,” Madkin mentioned. “I wish to assist folks higher perceive tips on how to be more healthy, not simply tips on how to shed pounds. I consider approaching a way of life change should be doable and relatable. So, my purpose is straightforward: present people with dependable data they will use that matches their existence and meets their wants.”
Madkin mentioned Extension’s mannequin is right for understanding and offering what folks want.
“Extension brokers know their counties, their purchasers, what the wants are and what works,” she mentioned. “I assist them by offering essentially the most up-to-date, evidence-based sources which are particular to or may be custom-made to Mississippians.”
Madkin is working to develop new statewide vitamin packages, Extension-developed recipes and different instructional supplies to focus particularly on native wants. She leverages Fb, Twitter and the Extension for Actual Life weblog to share research-backed messages about vitamin and more healthy existence — one thing she believes is crucial to succeed in folks.
“An increasing number of folks use social media as their go-to for all data, and there’s a lot of misinformation about vitamin and well being on the market,” she mentioned. “By social media, Extension can present trusted data associated to vitamin.”
Paula Threadgill, retired affiliate Extension director of 4-H and Household and Client Sciences, mentioned Madkin’s various work expertise makes her the right match for this function.
“Qula has labored with a wide range of purchasers on a number of dietary points, and that offers her an excessive amount of perspective for growing and evaluating our meals and vitamin packages,” Threadgill mentioned. “I’m enthusiastic about having her on this place and stay up for what she may help deliver to our communities throughout the state.”