A recent Trident doctoral graduate, seasoned professional educator Dr. Cris Ritenour presented her dissertation research and findings during the Culture of Research and Education (CORE) webinar, “Student Health: Before and After the 'Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.”
Passionate about personal health, fitness, and teaching, these three interests conveniently transected into Dr. Ritenour’s dissertation. After her presentation, we talked to her further about how she came to choose this topic and what’s next for her scholarly research.
Trident: You've researched subject matter that impacts a large percentage of the country's population. How did you come to choose this as your dissertation topic? And why are you passionate about this subject matter?
Dr. Cris Ritenour: My interest in fitness and wellness began as a young gymnast who desired to take the best possible care of her body. This passion for exercise and nutrition then continued through adulthood and lead me to my current profession as a Health and Physical Educator.