Conference Session"More Than Just a Blender - Facilitating Experiential Learning to Empower Students to be Change Agents."
Key Areas: Nutrition
Session: Session F - Sunday November 12, 2017: 8:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Platinum 4
Speaker(s): Gigi Kwok-Hinsley - Dietitian and Program Manager, NutriBullet, LLC
Objectives: Participants will identify opportunities and learn methods to empower students and children to become change agents in their family and community.
Participants will know and be able to apply Piaget's and Kolb's theory of experiential learning.
Description: NutriBullet University (NBU) is a school-based nutrition program built around the principles of Piaget's and Kolb's experiential learning style to transform students' health and to empower them to become change agents for their families and communities. In our session, we will discuss how we utilized Kolb's theory concrete experiences, active experimentation, and reflective observations to enhance and to evolved nutrition education in the classroom that includes daily practice with a 90-day Blast (smoothie) bar. We will discuss how the application of the learning style theory translated into successes and challenges. In addition, we will review methods how we empowered our students to become change agents in their homes and communities with tools like recipes, articles, and blenders in creative Blast time with loved ones - a modern take on family dinners. We will utilize videos and polling methods to engage our audience and to demonstrate skills with our past NBU teachers.
Gigi Kwok-Hinsley - Dietitian and Program Manager
Gigi Kwok-Hinsley, DrPH, M.S., R.D., specializes in adult weight management, taste sensitivity and perceptions, child nutrition, and health education. With her bachelor's from the University of California, San Diego, her master's and dietetic internship completed at California State University, Los Angeles, and her doctorate from Loma Linda University, she began her career as a clinical research dietitian at the Veteran Affairs Hospital West Los Angeles where she led a one million dollar weight management research project. She also expanded her skills in outpatient health education and weight management at Kaiser Permanente and curriculum development as an adjunct lecturer at Mt. San Antonio Community College in Los Angeles. Currently, she is a dietitian at NutriBullet where she manages and leads the research with NutriBullet University, a nationwide school-based nutrition grant aimed to increase fruit and vegetable intake through hands-on nutrition education with hopes to change in taste perceptions, health behaviors, and family dynamics.