IUP Sports Performance Nutrition Services is directed by Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CHWC and staffed by graduate students of the Department of Food and Nutrition.
SPNS is sponsored by the IUP Department of Food and Nutrition in support of the Athletics Department.
SPNS provides IUP and local high school athletes and coaches with personalized and sport-specific nutrition strategies to optimize athletic performance and training.
We offer individualized nutrition coaching, team and small group presentations, newsletters, and informational bulletin boards to educate athletes about nutrition topics related to health and human performance.
Individualized counseling topics include:
Team and small group presentations typically last between 15 to 60 minutes and address relevant topics within sports nutrition, including:
Contact us for an individualized appointment or a group presentation!
Location: G21-B Memorial Field House
Office Hours: Available on the answering machine
Nicole Dann-Payne’s educational background includes a bachelor of science degree in sports nutrition and dietetics from Mansfield University and a master of science in nutrition degree from IUP.
Dann-Payne is a registered dietitian and a licensed dietitian nutritionist in Pennsylvania. Her research interests include sports nutrition, wellness, and exercise science.
Paige Finkenbinder is a registered dietitian, working as a graduate assistant in the sport nutrition office. She holds her bachelors of science in nutrition and dietetics, with a minor in psychology from IUP. She has experience in sports nutrition through
undergraduate classes, as well as completing her dietetic internship through IUP, which emphasized practice in clinical, sports, management, and community nutrition. Paige is currently completing her masters of science in food and nutrition education.
In her free time, Paige finds herself working out, traveling and being with friends and family.
Goals that Paige hopes to obtain while working in the Sports Performance Nutrition Office:
Zack King is a graduate student at IUP studying exercise science with a focus on strength and conditioning and physical therapy. He earned his bachelor of science degree in nutrition and dietetics from IUP. Currently he works as a graduate assistant for
the Sports Performance Nutrition Services. He has received prior experience through the completion of FDNT 245 Sports Nutrition and FDNT 545 Advanced Sports Nutrition as well as managing the athlete fueling station and writing Gold Medal Meals newsletters over the past three years. In his free time, Zack likes to read, strength train, and play with his cats.
Goals that Zack hopes to obtain while working in the Sports Performance Nutrition Office:
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