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You can start exploring the field of nutrition right in your own kitchen. Learn healthy ways to cook and bake. Plan and prepare meals for your family; do your own grocery shopping and learn to pick out the best produce, meats, fish, and other ingredients. And, in addition to taking family and consumer science classes at school, take cooking classes offered by other organizations in your community. Supermarkets, for example, frequently offer classes on topics such as how to prepare low cholesterol meals. Another option is to contact nutritionists and ask them about their work. Ask your school's career services office for help with locating nutritionists interested in speaking with students about their job. The school cafeteria, the local hospital, or a nursing home are all places to look for those who would be willing to participate in an information interview with you. And, of course, one of the best ways to learn about nutrition is to get a part-time or summer job in a hospital, nursing home, or medical facility where nutritionists work. In such a setting, you will be able to observe and interact with nutritionists as they work.

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