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Kathryn Witt, PhD, RD, LDN
Kathryn Witt, PhD, RD, LDN

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Associate Professor

Kathryn Witt, PhD, RD, LDN

Chair, Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Associate Professor

imagekwitt@messiah.edu image(717) 796-1800 then dial 1 – 7104 image717-691-6046

Address:
Office: 276a Jordan Hall
Messiah College
P.O. Box 3030
One College Avenue
Grantham , PA 17027

Education:
The Ohio State University, Ph.D., Human Nutrition, 1989
Purdue University, M.S., Exercise Physiology, 1983
Hope College, B.A., Health and Fitness, Art, Religion, 1981

Professional Credentials:
Registered Dietitian (RD), Commission on Dietetic Registration, 1990
Licensed Dietitian-Nutritionist (LDN), Commonwealth of Pennsylvania , 2003

Professional Interests:
Assessment of nutrition status
Maternal and child nutrition
Sports Nutrition
Health Habits of College Students

Selected Presentations and Publications:
Witt KA, Bush EA. College athletes with an elevated body mass index often have a high upper arm muscle area, but not elevated triceps and subscapular skinfolds. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005; 105(4):599-602.

Witt KA
, Mihok MA. Lactation and Breastfeeding. In: Mitchell K. Nutrition Across the Life Span. Philadelphia, PA. WB Saunders; 2003.

Witt KA. Online Instructor’s Resource for Nutrition Across the Life Span (Case studies and problems, test bank). WB Saunders; 2003: www.wbsaunders.com/MERLIN/Mitchell/nutrition/

"Dietary Strategies for Amenorrheic Athletes”. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Society Annual Meeting. June 2, 2001

Amy B. Porto, PhD, RD
Amy B. Porto, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Nutrition and Dietetics

Amy B. Porto, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Nutrition and Dietetics

imageaporto@messiah.edu image(717) 796-1800 then dial 1 – 3938 image717-691-6046

Address:
Office: 258 Jordan Hall
Messiah College
P.O. Box 3030
One College Avenue
Grantham , PA 17027

Education:
The Pennsylvania State University, Ph.D., Integrative Biosciences, Nutrition Science option, 2004
Maricopa County Department of Public Health, Dietetic Internship, 2000.
Muhlenberg College, B.S. Biochemistry, 1997

Professional Interests:
Cardiovascular Nutrition
Nutritional Biochemistry

Environmental Nutrition

Selected Presentations and Publications:

Binkoski AE, Kris-Etherton PM, Wilson TA, Mountain ML, Nicolosi RJ. Balance of unsaturated Fatty acids is important to a cholesterol-lowering diet: comparison of mid-oleic sunflower oil and olive oil on cardiovascular disease risk factors. J Am Diet Assoc. 2005 Jul;105(7):1080-6.

Kris-Etherton PM, Hecker KD, Binkoski AE. Polyunsaturated Fatty Acids and Cardiovascular Health Nutr Rev. 2004 Nov;62(11):414-26.

Binkoski AE, Kris-Etherton PM, Beard JL. Iron Supplementation Does Not Affect the Susceptibility of LDL to Oxidative Modification in Women with Low Iron Status. J Nutr. 2004 Jan; 134(1):99-103.

Binkoski AE, Kris-Etherton PM.  Dietary Recommendations for Total Fat. Cardiovascular Nutrition: Disease Management and Prevention (Editors: Carson JS, Burke FM, Hark LA.) American Dietetic Association, Chicago , IL : 2004.

Kris-Etherton PM, Hecker KD, Bonanome A, Coval SM, Binkoski AE, Hilpert KF, Griel AE, Etherton TD. Bioactive compounds in foods: their role in the prevention of cardiovascular disease and cancer. Am J Med. 2002 Dec 30; 113 Suppl 9B:71S-88S.

Kris-Etherton PM, Binkoski AE, Zhao G, Coval SM, Clemmer KF, Hecker KD, Jacques H, Etherton TD. Dietary fat: assessing the evidence in support of a moderate-fat diet; the benchmark based on lipoprotein metabolism. Proc Nutr Soc. 2002 May; 61(2):287-98.

Clemmer KF, Binkoski AE, Coval SM, Zhao G, Kris-Etherton PM. Diet and drug therapy: a dynamic duo for reducing coronary heart disease risk. Curr Atheroscler Rep. 2001 Nov; 3(6):507-13.

Kris-Etherton PM, Zhao G, Binkoski AE, Coval SM, Etherton TD. The effects of nuts on coronary heart disease risk. Nutr Rev. 2001 Apr; 59(4):103-11.

Binkoski AE. Lipid-lowering effects of a mid-oleic sunflower oil in moderately hypercholesterolemic men and women. Presentation at National Sunflower Association Annual Meeting June 24, 2003 .

Binkoski AE, Kris-Etherton PM, Nicolosi RJ, Wilson TA, Blough ML. Lipid-lowering effects of a mid-oleic sunflower oil in moderately hypercholesterolemic men and women. FASEB J. 2003. (Poster at Experimental Biology 2003).

Mary Ann Mihok, PhD, RD
Mary Ann Mihok, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Emerita of Dietetics (Retired)

Mary Ann Mihok, PhD, RD

Associate Professor Emerita of Dietetics (Retired)

imagemmihok@messiah.edu image(717) 796-1800 then dial 1 – 2430 image717-691-6046

Address:
Office: 207 Kline Hall
Messiah College
P.O. Box 3030
One College Avenue
Grantham , PA 17027

Education:
B.S. in Home Economics (1961), Pennsylvania State University
M.S. in Public Health Nutrition (1965), University of Pittsburgh
Ph.D. in Community Nutrition (1997), University of Maryland
Dietetic Internship (1962), Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

Professional and Community Activites (currect):
Member, American Dietetic Association, Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, Central PA Dietetic Association, Dietetic Educators of Practitioners (ADA Practice Group)

PA Nutrition Education Network: Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Social Marketing Committee, Annual Conference Committee

PA Breastfeeding Coalition: Provider Education Committee

Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey (International Service Organization for Business and Professional Women): Membership Committee Chairman

Interests are in breastfeeding promotion and nutrition education.

Selected Presentations and Publications:
An evaluation of the use and impact of the enhanced food package for breastfeeding women in the Pennsylvania WIC Program (Doctoral dissertation), 1997.

Numerous presentations at professional meetings