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Sports Performance Nutrition Services

  • The IUP Sports Performance Nutrition Services (SPNS) 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 and the Athletic Department.

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    SPNS provides IUP and local high school athletes and coaches with personalized and sport-specific nutrition strategies to optimize athletic performance and training.

    Goals of SPNS

    • To assist athletes and coaches by providing evidence-based, sport-specific nutrition coaching.
    • To assist the Department of Food and Nutrition and Sports Medicine with educated dietetic students and student athletic trainers about sports nutrition instruction.
    • To provide sports nutrition education and practical experience to Food and Nutrition graduate students.

    Services Offered

    SNPS 2We 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:

    • Enhancing athletic performance
    • Safe and effective weight loss or weight gain
    • Evidence-based information about sports supplements

    SNPS 1 Team and small group presentations typically last between 15 to 60 minutes and address relevant topics within sports nutrition, including:

    • The importance of carbohydrates
    • Fluid replacement
    • Protein consumption
    • Eating on-the-road
    • Pre- and post-competition nutrition
    • Ergogenic aids

    Contact us for an individualized appointment or a group presentation!

    Sports Performance Nutrition Office

    Location: G21-B Memorial Field House

    Phone: 724-357-3094

    Office Hours: Available on the answering machine

    Faculty Coordinator

    Nicole Dann-Payne

    Nicole Dann-Payne, MS, RDN, CSSD, LDN, CHWC


    Office Location: 117B Ackerman Hall

    Office Phone: 724-357-3283

    Sports Nutritionist

    Jason Nepa, RDN  

    Jason Nepa, RDN


    Jason Nepa is a registered dietitian nutritionist and works as the graduate assistant sports nutritionist for Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Jason has a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics with a minor in communication media from IUP. He completed a 1,300-hour dietetic internship with clinical, management, and community rotations, and is completing a Master of Science degree in Food and Nutrition. Jason is a soldier of 15 years and is the regimental master fitness trainer. 


    • To gain experience working with sports teams and collegiate athletes in performance nutrition.
    • To improve on product development and marketing of newsletters and bulletin boards in terms of information and aesthetics.   
    • To complete the necessary qualification requirement to become a CSSD.  

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