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Rathman joins GIPS in new dietitian position

Lauren Rathman joined the Grand Island Public Schools team Jan. 7 as a registered dietitian in Nutrition Services.

Rathman graduated with her masters degree in December from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has a bachelor’s degree in dietetics and nutrition exercise health science, with an emphasis in community nutrition and health promotion.

Rathman will work with special diets, nutrition education for students and staff, menu and recipe tasting and development, and student and staff wellness.

Kris Spellman, director of nutrition services, said Rathman’s position was needed to help with the many responsibilities of nutrition services. She said Nutrition Services wants to create a better meal experience for students, which Rathman will play a role in.

“This will be helpful for us to better serve the students,” Spellman said.

Rathman said she is excited to be part of the GIPS team and developing the position.

“I’m most excited for the variety of job duties in this role at GIPS,” Rathman said. “I’m also looking forward to working in the cafeterias to do taste testing and recipe development. In that responsibility, I hope to help others be more familiar with eating foods they may have never tried.”

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