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Body and mind: Pursuit of heath leads to nutrition education

Twins Breanna and Bailee Chavez, first-generation college students pursuing bachelor’s degrees in nutrition through the Department of Nutrition in Texas A&M’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, have been interested in health and wellness since sixth grade.

Breanna and Bailee Chavez with Karen Beathard, Ph.D., standing in front of Student Research Week banner
Breanna and Bailee Chavez with Karen Beathard, Ph.D., who oversees the RD Mentorship Program. (Texas a&M AgriLife photo)

“We’re both perfectionists and are serious about taking care of our bodies,” said Bailee. “But my real interest in proper nutrition started after I developed an eating disorder in seventh grade. That led me to being more passionate about nutrition. It also led me to adding a psychology minor.”

Bailee said she sees nutrition as a “holistic” endeavor involving both body and mind.

“It took both my mind and body to overcome my eating disorder, so with a major in nutrition and minor in psychology, I feel I will be able to help others

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