Success on the field starts in the kitchen.

That's why Northwestern hired sports dietitian Katie Knappenberger in June as part of an effort to help the University's student-athletes avoid injuries and perform at the top of their game.

"In general, Northwestern students love to learn," Knappenberger says. "So if we can talk about the why and the science behind the food, and they understand how it's going to help them on gameday and on training days, they're really receptive to it. They're very committed to the program and doing the best that they can. They're looking for every competitive advantage that they can, and if it's there, they'll take it."

Northwestern wide receiver Kyle Prater says Knappenberger has been a valuable addition to NU's athletics department.

"She's done a great job," Prater says. "I think everybody's bought in."

To learn more about Knappenberger and her work with Northwestern's student-athletes, please read Skip Myslenski's feature story on

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