Eddie D. Han
Eddie D. Han, University of Memphis Dietetic Intern/Graduate
How long have you been a member of MAND?
Why did you join MAND?
Joining MAND is not only inexpensive, but it also provides me with numerous opportunities to meet other Registered Dietitians and shadow several as I am finishing up my Master's in Clinical Nutrition at the University of Memphis
How has membership in MAND been of value to you and your practice?
MAND has proven to me to be an invaluable resource with its long list of members in the city of Memphis. After having met several of its members, I know I will be calling them in the future for help. Also, being a member of MAND has given me a great opportunity to build relationships with other Registered Dietitians.
Tell us about yourself, your job, and what you find most interesting about your job.
I work for a company called Global Sport Technology, Inc. My boss is Dr. Genadijus Sokolovas (Dr. G), a former USA Swimming Director of Sport Sciences. His company is world renowned for testing swimmers and the device he created has been used to test over 30 Olympic Champion swimmers. Most recently, he and I were appointed the position as FINA Staff at the 14th FINA World Swimming Championships in Shanghai, China. While we were there, we tested 180 swimmers from 110 different countries and all the swimmers we tested showed signs of improvement.
How did you get into this field?
In 2009, Dr. G and I traveled to Shanghai, China to perform several swim clinics for the Shanghai National swim team at their training base. It was there that my boss presented on the topic of “Nutrition” and its importance. Also, he noticed that the National team’s cafeteria contained lots of protein but lacked fruits and vegetables. After my boss talked to the kitchen staff, they were able to change what they served. It was that instance that sparked my interest for nutrition.
In 2009, I graduated from Rhodes College with a B.S. in Biology and a Minor in Chinese Studies. That same year, I met my wife and we got married in May of 2011. A year later our first child, Marcella Rose, was born. When I am not busy studying, I am setting up swim clinics all over the world.
Please list a few of your most recent accomplishments.
2008 Beijing Olympics US Delegate
2011 14th World Swimming Championships FINA Staff
2013 15th World Swimming Championships FINA Staff
2012 - 2013 MAND Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year award
Aside from your professional career, what would you like MAND members to know about you?
I have been a competitive swimmer for 20 years. At one point, I held 7 school swimming records at Rhodes College. During the Summer season, I teach private swim lessons to swimmers and triathletes of all ages.