Scientia 2008: Carol Lee Casciano

Carol Lee Casciano is receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She was accepted into the Coordinated Program in Nutrition and Dietetics, an accelerated program that combines the traditional four years of didactic study and a fifth year of supervised practice into a four-year program. She served as president of the Student Dietetic Association in 2006- 2007. She is a member of Delta Epsilon Sigma, the National Honor Society for Catholic Colleges and Universities, and Kappa Omicron Nu, the National Honor Society for Human Sciences. Carol Lee plans to attend a graduate program after gaining field experience to determine which program best fulfills her career goals. Carol Lee’s success would not have been possible had it not been for the love and support of her faculty, family, and friends. Carol Lee would like to thank her director, Dr. Kathleen McKee, for her encouragement and support, as well as her calming ability during panic-stricken times; Dr. Ann Bush for always believing in her and challenging her to go above and beyond; and Christina Elvidge for her greatly appreciated patience and understanding. Most importantly, Carol Lee would like to thank her parents, grandparents, sister, and brother for believing in her when she needed it most and helping her to become the person she is today; their love and support mean the world to her. Carol Lee would also like to thank her boyfriend for always making her laugh and making her feel better when she had a bad day. And last, she would like to thank her extraordinary son, Cameron, who gave her a whole new meaning of life and happiness.

The Adequacy of Dietary Intakes among Male High School Basketball Players

Director: Dr. Kathleen McKee
Reader: Dr. Ann Bush


Adolescent athletes need adequate nutrition to provide energy for sports participation as well as nutrients to support the increased rate of growth and development. Inadequate energy and nutrient intake can not only affect athletic performance, it can also lead to detrimental short-term and long-term effects, such as an increased risk of injury and osteoporosis, respectively. The purpose of this study was to determine if the male high school basketball players are consuming adequate nutrition through dietary intake and to determine a trend in inadequate intake of nutrients, especially calcium and iron. Eight male adolescent basketball players from a local high school participated in this survey study. The participants completed a 24-hour diet recall, which was analyzed by the software program Diet Analysis +, version 7.0. Descriptive statistics were then computed using the statistical program SPSS, version 15.0. The results confirmed that the diets were highly inadequate in fiber and vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin E, magnesium, and potassium, which may be due to low consumption of legumes, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. Additionally, low intakes of calcium and iron did not seem as prominent as other nutrients. The conclusion is that the participants of this study are not receiving adequate nutrition through dietary intake.

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