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Kidd appointed department head for food, nutrition, dietetics and health

Friday, June 5, 2020

The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health, College of Health and Human Sciences, will enter the 2020-2021 academic year with a new department head. After conducting a national search, Dean John Buckwalter has announced Tandalayo Kidd, professor and extension specialist, as the new department head.

“Dr. Kidd brings a wealth of experience in nutrition, dietetics and extension. In addition, she has a broad background in health which is a tremendous asset given the strong prospective student interest in health and health professions,” said Buckwalter. “I am confident in her leadership and believe that she is well positioned to both tackle current challenges at the university and continue a positive trajectory related to the department's enrollment. “

Tandalayo Kidd, Ph.D., RD, LPN, has served K-State since 2004 when she began as an extension associate. Along with her extension and research responsibilities, Kidd provides expertise in and develops materials related to nutrition education, unwanted weight gain and environmental lifestyle factors affecting chronic disease risk for youth and young adults. She has significant experience with the community-based participatory research process because her approach centers on meeting the intended audience where they are, establishing trust, and then as a partnership, identifies healthier behaviors to achieve their desired goal. Since 2004, she has provided leadership and developed resources related to nutrition, physical activity, eating disorders, and sports nutrition in the child to adult population.

Kidd has a unique background in that she is a U.S. Army Veteran, a Licensed Practical Nurse, and a Registered Dietitian.  She is one of the few people in the United States who carries both the Registered Dietitian and the Licensed Practical Nurse credentials.  The two credentials have allowed her to evaluate lifestyle behaviors from multiple health perspectives.  She seen firsthand the struggles some people go through when recovering from surgeries, illnesses, and injuries, as well as dealing with the various aspects associated with many preventable chronic diseases. Their nutrition status prior to the event and during the healing phase is critical.

Kidd is a three-time K-State graduate. She earned a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition; a master’s degree in hotel, restaurant, institutional management and dietetics and her doctorate in human nutrition.

The Department of Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health discovers, disseminates and applies knowledge to promote improved food choices and nutritional status, prevent and rehabilitate injuries, understand consumer preferences and behaviors, and enhance the well-being of people via food and physical activity. They offer bachelor’s degrees in athletic training and rehabilitation sciences; dietetics and human nutrition. A variety of graduate degrees are also available through the department including athletic training; nutrition, dietetics and sensory sciences; dietetics; food science; and food, nutrition, dietetics and health.


This article was posted on Friday, June 5, 2020, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.