Andrea Steward didn’t start out intending to go to graduate school. She was the first person in her family to go to college, so earning an undergraduate degree seemed rewarding enough.
Originally a business major, Steward shifted direction after taking biology and organic chemistry courses. It was a conversation with her organic chemistry professor that turned her toward nutritional science. She became fascinated with how nutrition and exercise make a big difference in people’s lives and decided to pursue a master’s degree in MSU’s exercise physiology and nutrition program.
Steward is currently working with MSU Professor of Health & Human Performance, Dr. Mary Miles, investigating if the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages offsets glycemic control benefits normally generated by exercise in individuals who are moderately obese.
She wants to help people live healthy lifestyles and, if possible, without prescribed medications. Steward said, “My goal is to improve the quality of life for people by proactively teaching the vital balance between food and exercise.”