Region Events

Upcoming Region Events:

Hey Gulf Coast Region Dietitians! Let’s go to Lights of the Wild at the Hattiesburg Zoo December 17th @ 6:00pm. Bring the family for snow, Santa, food and wild animals! It will be nice to gather outside of work and meet the ones that support your dietetics career! Email so we can plan to meet.

Past events:

Webinar: Hydrate Like You Mean It – Hydration Research Within Collegiate Athletic Populations
Presented by: Samantha B. Kostelnik, PhD, RDN, LD
Thursday, April 14th, 2022


Maintaining one’s hydration status and preventing the consequences of dehydration is a well-
researched topic. In fact, several fluid recommendations have been established to aid the general
population, as well as the athletic population in this task. However, studies have shown that roughly
55% of children and 75% of American adults are chronically dehydrated. In addition, roughly 70% of
collegiate athletes start practice or competition in a dehydrated state. Dehydration among athletes can
lead to cognitive impairment, decreased alertness, muscle cramps, headaches, and a decrease in
physical performance. Therefore, this session will elaborate on the current research surrounding how to
better improve the hydration status of athletes.

Meet the speaker:
Dr. Kostelnik is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Mississippi (UM) within the Nutrition and Hospitality Management Department. She also serves as a team Sport Dietitian for the UM student athletes. Her research interests focus on evaluating ways of improving athletic performance related to hydration status and Vitamin D. She earned her PhD from Virginia Tech and her BS degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed her dietetic internship within the Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) at Virginia Tech.