Learning about the culture of nutrition in Ecuador

Alexandra Thompson studies the role cultural traditions play in nutrition and health care administration in Ecuador.

Alexandra Thompson studies the role cultural traditions play in nutrition and health care administration in Ecuador.

Alexandra Thompson learned a lot more than Spanish during her global education experience in Ecuador.

Thompson, a senior from Hebron, Connecticut, majoring in human nutrition, foods, and exercise, studied in a program at the Universidad San Francisco de Quito where she had the opportunity to learn about nutrition as a social science.

Thompson, who hopes to attend medical school and study preventive medicine, examined the obesity problem in urban centers, where processed foods have crept into the diets of city dwellers and replaced more traditional fare.

“We’re really going to need more of a preventive approach in the future — not just in the United States but across the globe,” she said.

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