University of Illinois Extension

Mekenzie Riley, MS, RD
Extension Educator, Nutrition and Wellness
Henderson/Knox/McDonough/Warren Unit
180 S Soangetaha Rd, Ste 108
Galesburg, IL 61401-5595
Phone: 309-342-5108
FAX: 309-342-1768

As a Nutrition and Wellness Educator, Mekenzie Riley's primary responsibility is to help individuals acquire the knowledge and skills to improve and maintain their nutritional well-being. She delivers educational programs with emphasis on food buying and preparation, healthy lifestyles, food safety, and disease prevention.

Riley has a bachelor of science degree in family and consumer sciences - emphasis dietetics from Eastern Illinois University. Also while at EIU, Riley completed her master of science in dietetics, a program emphasizing nutriton education, granting her the additional title of "Nutrition Education Specialist." To obtain her MS, Mekenzie spent 9 months as a Dietetic Intern at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL where she focused on medical nutrition therapy for the hospitalized population.  Also to complete her masters program, Mekenzie authored her graduate thesis on research based in sports nutrition. Upon completion of her Masters Degree, Mekenzie obtained her License as a RDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Riley grew up in rural Moultrie County where she became acquainted with Extension through her late mother, a soil conservationist for the USDA. He passion for health and wellness evolved from her deep seeded passion for sports and physical activity growing up, namely competitve swimming. She currently resides in Tazewell County with her finace.

Visit Mekenzie's blog, Lifestyle Choices for Wellness, on the Unit 10 and 11 homepage for helpful tips to create and keep healthy habits!

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