Erika Wong

B.S. Nutrition Cal Poly, 2005
M.S. Clinical Nutrition, Tufts University, 2007
Registered Dietitian 2007 - present

What she does now:

Assistant Manager, Registered Dietitian California Health & Longevity Institute
www.CHLI.com
As an RD/Assistant Manager at the California Health & Longevity Institute, my role includes individual nutrition counseling (for weight loss, diabetes, disease prevention and longevity, pediatrics, sports nutrition, etc.). I am also lucky enough to be able to teach hands-on healthy cooking classes in our Wellness Kitchen. Here, our guests don aprons and cook a full, healthy meal that is entirely plant-based. We focus on things like how to make vegetables taste good, using grains like farro and barley, and what 4 ounces of protein looks like on a plate. I love love LOVE this part of my job, which has allowed me to expand my culinary knowledge. In addition to the counseling and cooking, there are numerous ongoing projects including our efforts to promote healthy school lunches in the local school districts.

Why she recommends Cal Poly's Food Science and Nutrition Department

"I HIGHLY recommend Cal Poly's Food Science and Nutrition Department for many reasons, but most of all, the experience I had in the Applied Nutrition program prepared me for the future. While at Tufts, I gained a new appreciation for the knowledge and experiences I had at Cal Poly because I realized what a great foundation I already had. The powerful combination of amazing faculty, small class sizes, and hands-on experiences creates the perfect environment to help students succeed. Thank you!"

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