In Episode #106 of the LEO Training Podcast, I interview Liz Fusco MS, RDN, Sports Performance Dietician for USRowing and Wellness Editor for SCAN Nutrition DPG.
Liz received her Bachelors in Dietetics with a minor in Kinesiology at the University of Rhode Island in 2011. While at URI, she assisted with nutrition, exercise, and eating rate research. After a teaching assistantship in her mentor’s sport nutrition course, she was determined to pursue sport dietetics as a career. While pursuing her master’s degrees in Exercise Physiology and Nutrition Science at San Diego State University, Liz began an assistantship at the Chula Vista Olympic Training Center in 2012. She worked primarily with Rugby, field hockey, volleyball, water polo, and canoe-kayak, along with launching the @Nutr4TeamUSA twitter, writing recipes, publishing articles, contributing to protocol papers, and working in the dining hall. At SDSU, she taught food science and conducted sponsored research on carbohydrate metabolism.
After graduating from SDSU in May 2014, she completed her dietetic internship at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, TX. She returned to the Olympic Training Center in April 2014 as a sport nutrition consultant to rowing, track cycling, BMX, triathlon, archery, and rugby. Liz was hired as a full time staff member of USRowing after the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
Liz likes to make all aspects of sport nutrition as practical and approachable as possible. Her goal is to show her athletes that healthy eating can be simple, delicious, and performance enhancing!