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Grow Education “Faces of Food” in New Bedford: Samantha Therrien, MS, RDN, LDN

Samantha Therrien, MS, RDN, LDN, Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition services at New Bedford Public Schools

Meet Samantha Therrien, MS, RDN, LDN is the Assistant Director of Food and Nutrition services at New Bedford Public Schools. She and her team are working to better the quality of school breakfasts and lunches by connecting with the community and learning about new menu items as well as making new relationships with vendors that carry the best foods for the students of NBPS.

What energizes you and brings you excitement?

Reaching a goal –whether it’s a personal or professional goal, I always feel energized and excited when I’ve reached a goal.

How do you like to be active?

I enjoy indoor cycling and yoga during the colder months but as soon as it warms up, my favorite form of movement is hiking with my partner and our two dogs.

What’s your favorite breakfast food?

Smoked salmon eggs benedict or a Belgian waffle with strawberries.

 If you could grow an endless supply of something, what would it be?

 Absolutely avocados!

What do you wish you learned about food when you were in 3rd grade?

As a third grader, I wish I had learned the different functions of foods or food groups and what roles different nutrients play in our bodies. Whole grains, fruits and vegetables are packed with fiber that helps make us feel full and satisfied. Lean sources of protein provide amino acids, important building blocks for growth in children. Milk is an excellent source of calcium and vitamin D, two nutrients that are essential for strong bones.

What’s something you’ve learned about food that you found interesting or useful?

All foods fit! It’s all about balance.

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