SEATTLE – The University of Washington announced the hiring of new Sports Registered Dietitian Kristen Gravani. Gravani comes to Washington after spending three and a half years at Florida State University, including two and a half years as the Seminoles’ full-time Sports Registered Dietitian.
“We are excited to welcome Kristen to the Husky family,” Pat Jenkins, Head Athletic Trainer said. “She brings a wealth of experience, and will have a tangible and immediate impact on the health and training of our student-athletes.”
Gravani’s primary responsibilities at FSU included nutrition counseling, weight management, team education, team travel nutrition coordination, supplement advising, hydration protocols, and consulting with the training table chefs to provide adequate menus for student-athletes’ needs. She worked closely with sports medicine and the coaching staffs to help improve performance, recovery, and injury prevention.
“I am honored for the opportunity to join the Husky family,” Gravani said. “I am excited to take sports nutrition to the next level at UW, and to work with the performance team to help student-athletes reach and maintain their potentials.”
Originally from Ithaca, N.Y., Gravani graduated from Cornell University with a bachelor’s degree in nutritional sciences in 2009, earning honors distinction in research. During her undergraduate term she completed internships with the International Food Information Council and Athletes' Performance, where she worked on the nutrition team with professional baseball, hockey, football and NFL Combine athletes.
Gravani then completed her masters in sports nutrition with a dietetic internship and thesis at Florida State, while serving as a graduate assistant in the Department of Human Sciences and as a volunteer nutrition graduate assistant for the FSU football team.
In addition to being a registered dietitian with the American Dietetic Association, Gravani is also a licensed dietitian/nutritionist in the state of Florida, and an active member of the Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietetic Association.