Brittany Cermak

Brittany Cermak

Summary

Diet and nutrition is becoming more important every day, and I strive to continually increase my knowledge in these areas. I am eager to help serve my community and other communities around the world, and live out my ultimate goal of being a devoted dietitian. I enjoy getting to know each individual personally, and encouraging them to set and attain their goals. There is a world full of people in need of dietary changes and confidence boosts. I will be the dietitian who is warm-hearted, relatable, encouraging, and dedicated in order to help my patients reach their own goals.

Awards

Alpha Lambda Delta

-For attaining 3.5 GPA or higher during the first year of higher education

Ashland University Triathlon Club

-Awarded "Rookie of the Year" by the Ashland University Sports Club Council 

-Displayed outstanding performances, enthusiasm and team leadership throughout the year

Dean's List

-For attaining 3.5 GPA or higher during a given semester

-Fall 2011, Spring 2012, Fall 2012

Dietetics Experience

Cleveland Clinic

-Shadowed Pediatric Support Dietitian- Andrea Rumschlag RD

-Completed rounds in the NICU at Fairview Hospital- August 7th, 2012 

-Cleveland Clinic Volunteer as of December 2012 

-Shadowed and completed rounds in Pediatrics units at Cleveland Clinic Main Campus- December 2012

-Student Research Internship at Independence Family Health Center with Dr. Eileen Kennedy Psychologist and Fit Youth program director.  

-Began December 20th, 2012-January 11th, 2012 

-Revised the Fit Youth Manual 

-Entered Data for the 2012 Outcomes Studies for Fit Youth participants 

Total Volunteer Hours: 65 hours

Parma Community General Hospital Internship- Summer 2012

-Began May 7th, 2012 – August 9th, 2012

-Hospital Orientation May 23rd, 2012

-Global Health and Fitness Day

-MyPlate- handouts and created poster of plate

-Hospital healthy options (aka VIVO) displayed to mirror MyPlate

-Open to whole hospital (in front lobby)

-Completed rounds on every floor in the hospital alongside Dietitians

-“Decoding the Food Label and Nutrition During and After Cancer Treatment”

-Talk given to Breast Cancer Survivors Support Group- June 20, 2012

-Thank You Letter from Support Group

-Research on cancer and the food label

-PowerPoint handouts (Dr. Oz handouts & table)

-Made healthy smoothie- recipe found in Betty Crocker Cancer Cookbook

-Shadowed Diet Clerk- Daca Mijailovic.

-Shadowed Food Service Supervisor- Michael Adams

-Worked in the kitchen on the Food Line

-Viewed food and tray production, retherming process, and tray delivery

-Shadowed Speech Therapist- Rebecca Lembke

-Shadowed Metabolic Weight Loss Clinic

-Gave “Decoding the Food Label” talk as the education portion of their clinic

-Shadowed Doreen Cudnik RD in the Cardiac Rehab Clinic

-Shadowed Bariatric Clinic/Bariatric Counseling (pre-surgery) with Doreen Cudnik RD

-Attended Senior Resource Network Meeting- July 26, 2012

-Gave “Fiber: Food, Facts, and Fads" talk (presented along with Claudia Ulintz RD)

-Handouts 

-Attended the hospital’s Wellness Committee meeting as student intern

Total Volunteer Hours: 72.85 hours 

-Continued work with Parma Hospital- January 2013 

-Presentation of "Eating Well with Parkinson's Disease" to the Parkinson's Support Group at The Health Education Center- Parma, Ohio (presented along with Claudia Ulintz RD) 

Worksite Wellness

September 21, 2012, October 5, 2012

-Practiced public speaking as information was presented to Whitaker-Myers Insurance Agency as a paid work experience on various health and wellness topics including: BMI, Waist Circumference, Blood Pressure, and Smart Goal Setting. Brochures were made for each topic and given to all. 

-Conducted to educate the employees on areas of health and wellness before they undergo health screenings by Registered Nurse.

-Ongoing quarterly visits will occur to continue education and to keep employees on track with their health goals.

Extra Curricular Activities

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

-Student Membership 7/2012 to Present 

-Student Scoop Newsletter Writer

-11/12- "How to Find Your Dietetic Passion" 

Alpha Lambda Delta

-Founded in 1924, Alpha Lambda Delta is an honor society for students in their first year at an institution of higher education. 

-Alpha Lambda Delta's mission is to "encourage superior academic achievement... to promote intelligent living and a continued high standard of learning, and to assist students in recognizing and developing meaningful goals for their unique roles in society."

-Inducted March 25th, 2012 because I attained a 3.5 or higher GPA in my first year in higher education.

Ashland University Student Dietetic Association

-Membership 8/2011 to Present

-Speaker Committee (2011-2012)

-Seek Registered Dietitians to speak to our SDA 

-Vice President (2012-2013)

-Our SDA donates half of the money fund-raised to the Ashland Food Bank

-New London School District (4/12)

-Created Nutritional Education videos for the faculty and staff in the New London School District (Ohio): 

-Substitutions

-Whole Grains

-Nutrition Newsletter (11/11, 1/12, 3/12, 10/12)

-Write nutrition related articles for our quarterly newsletter that is published and copies are found around campus in order to inform students and faculty. 

-NIRSA Health Fair (2012)

-National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Fair hosted in the Recreation Center.

-SDA had a table with information about food substitutes such as black beans & prunes in the

place of oil in cupcakes.

-Educated the student body and faculty about how food substitutes can be easy and the end

product still tastes just as good if not better.

-"Health Beliefs and Dietary Fish Consumption among Young-adults"

-Provided students with oral information about the fish and the health benefits of eating fish.

-Aided in this research experiment as a surveyor.

-Surveyed students who ate the fish offered in the school dining hall.

-Ashland University Dietetics Blog (9/12 to Present)

-Write weekly blog posts on hot topics in nutrition and dietetics

Ashland University Triathlon Club

-Membership 8/2011 to Present

-Competing in Local and Statewide competitive triathlons and running races

-Community service/philanthropy project

-Our team collects Coke product tops and enters the My Coke Rewards Points. At the end of each semester we donate the points to a organization of our choice.

-Relay For Life 

-2012- Team Triathlon Club

-Members fund-raised to support the Relay for Life cancer research

-Top fundraiser on the team in 2012

-Vice President 8/2012 to Present

-Plan and host team meetings

-Aid in Recruitment

-Fundraising planning and part taking

-Seek local and corporate companies to sponsor the elite triathletes that make up our team

-Our sponsors include: Ashland University Sports Clubs, Bikesmith Cycling and Fitness, Wal-Mart,

Ride On, Wendy's, Goodfellows Pub, Chase Bank, Bawls Guarana Energy Drinks and Paragon Racing Group

Newman Catholic Campus Ministry 

-Service Ministry Leader (1/12-8/12) 

-Planned service events 

-Began a partnership with ACCESS homeless outreach program in January 2012 

-Ashland Community Church Energency Shelter Service (ACCESS)

-Houses the homeless in local churches providing shelter, fellowship, meals, clothing, and career mentoring. 

-Trained ACCESS student

-Served meals at the churches

-Provided friendship and comfort to the guests in the program 

-Recruited other students in Newman to become trained and to volunteer 

-Made weekly schedules for student volunteers 

Ohio Dietetic Association 

-Student Member 7/2012 to Present. 

Ohio Nutrition Council 

-Student Member 9/2012 to Present 

PPOW

-Peers Promoting Organized Wellness (PPOW) is a 100% student-run peer educator organization that is open to all academic majors

-PPOW members plan, promote, and host campus wellness events

-Membership 9/2012

-Research Committee Member

-Research is done in order to make informational bulletins that are posted throughout the recreation center and campus. Each month has a different health focus, and research is conducted accordingly.

-Members visit Greek organizations, Lifetime Wellness classes, and other campus organizations to educate and promote wellness on Ashland University's campus

-Wellness topics include: nutrition, fitness, mental health, sexual health, drug & alcohol abuse, tobacco awareness, leadership, goal setting, and other social aspects of wellness

TEC

-Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) is a recognized movement of the Roman Catholic Church, offering to youth and young adults an experience of the Paschal Mystery of Jesus. Through evangelization and catechesis, this intergenerational movement facilitates spiritual growth of youth and young adults with a community of adult mentors. TEC calls forth one’s goodness for service in the Church and world.

-Retreat Leader on multiple retreat weekends (7/2010 to Present)

-Planned and hosted meetings in preparation of the retreat

-Coordinated activities on the retreat

-Gave talks on faith and my spiritual journey 

-North Coast Spirit TEC Board 

-Chosen to serve as a youth representative because of demonstrated enthusiasm, dedication, and hard work ethic

-Served as a youth representative on the Board (8/10-7/11)

-Planned social and religious events for the TEC community 

-Helped make decisions in which to change or alter the religious program 

Work History

Work History
May 2009 - Present

Lifeguard/Swim Lesson Instructor/Swim Team Coach

Seven Hills Recreation Center

-Served as a summer swim team coach for the past two summers, beginning in the summer of 2011. 

-Wrote and distributed Swim Meet guidelines to the swimmers and parents in order to prepare them for attending the swimming competitions. 

-Helped swimmers in groups and individually to develop their swimming skills and strokes to better their abilities. 

-Ran practices and team meetings in order to prepare our team to compete. 

-Earned 5th Place in the Suburban League Championships in 2011. 

-Earned 4th Place in the Suburban League Championships in 2012. 

May 2010 - Present

Lifeguard/Swim Lesson Instructor/Child Caretaker

Ridgewood YMCA
Apr 2012 - Present

Head Lifeguard

North Royalton YMCA

-Created monthly schedule and submitted payroll hours for lifeguard staff

-Trained all new lifeguards on YMCA processes and procedures

-Coordinated and ran the "Splash" water safety and skills weekend clinic in July 2012 

Aug 2011 - Present

Lifeguard/Swim Instructor

Ashland University Recreational Services

This student work study position has allowed me to practice time management as well as staying current with my certifications during the school year. 

Aug 2009 - Jun 2011

Lifeguard for Normandy High School

Parma City School District

-Lifeguarded the swimming sessions required by the Physical Education classes

-Demonstrated swimming strokes and skills in the water and on land

-Tested students on required skills

-Taught water safety to students 

Education

Education

Certifications

Certifications

Oxygen Administration

American Red Cross

CPR/First Aid

American Red Cross

Lifeguarding

American Red Cross