Stephanie Horvath’s eyes lit up when freshman Trey Smith walked into her office for the first time.
It wasn’t just the size of the 6-foot-6, 313-pound Tennessee offensive lineman that impressed Horvath. It was Smith’s hunger to learn everything possible about how his diet could maximize his performance on the football field.
As five o’clock nears on Duke’s West Campus, student-athletes begin making their way towards newly opened Blue Devil Tower in Wallace Wade Stadium, and though the building is a major draw for fans of Duke football on Saturdays during the fall, these student-athletes are motivated by another force. Food.
Without exercising, student athletes would not be able to perform to their maximum potential. However, in order for them to get the energy to perform, the student-athletes must concentrate on one of the most important factor of athletics: nutrition.
Jana Heitmeyer, director of performance nutrition, is responsible for nutrition education, body composition analysis and diet analysis for all Baylor student-athletes.