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UNLV Hosts Student-Athlete Sports Nutrition Seminar

The seminar featured keynote speaker Tim Wierman, a nationally recognized and renowned NCAA presenter.

The seminar featured keynote speaker Tim Wierman, a nationally recognized and renowned NCAA presenter.

Nov. 21, 2012

LAS VEGAS - The R.E.B.S. Program, under the pillar of Student-Athlete Affairs, hosted the Student-Athlete Sport Nutrition Seminar in October.

This all-student-athlete event took place in the Student Union ballroom on campus, where separate sessions were held for female and male student-athletes. A need for programming in the area of nutrition was identified through the Student-Athlete Affairs Needs Assessment issued last spring and thus was responded to with this event.

The event marked the first "Peak Performance" series for life skills programming, with Peak Performance Part II scheduled to take place in the spring of 2013.

The seminar featured keynote speaker Tim Wierman, a nationally recognized and renowned NCAA presenter. His program is built to assist student-athletes and teams in improving athletic performance and maintaining good health through sound and effective dietary practices and guidelines.

Among the topics discussed were fuel for the athlete (including daily caloric needs, carbohydrates, protein), gaining lean body weight, snacks and high performance foods, pre-competition meal planning, caffeine and the athlete, alcohol and the athlete, recovery fuels and refueling the muscles.

The student-athletes actively engaged in discussion and inquiry with Wierman and many have since followed-up with the speaker on an individual basis. Co-sponsoring the event alongside UNLV Athletics/The Women of Excellence was the Academic Success Center.

The R.E.B.S. Program -- Reaching Excellence Beyond Sport -- is coordinated by Marissa Nichols with additional oversight from Senior Athletics Director Dr. Lisa Kelleher.

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