Summit League and Sanford Health Debut Sports Nutrition Blog

Summit League and Sanford Health Debut Sports Nutrition Blog

ELMHURST, Ill. – The Summit League and Sanford Health have teamed up to provide a Sports Nutrition Blog to enhance the healthy nutrition and lifestyles of Summit League student-athletes.  The blog provides an additional resource with weekly updates of the most current information and guidelines for proper nutrition for collegiate athletes.

The blog is written by Hannah K. Nelson, MS, RD, CSSD, LN, a sports dietitian at the National Institute for Athletic Health & Performance at the Sanford USD Medical Center. Nelson completed her undergraduate degree at South Dakota State University and earned a master’s in nutrition and health science from the University of Nebraska.

Nelson kicked off the initiative by speaking about sports nutrition to the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) at its annual meeting in July.  The blog will provide continued interaction throughout the year between Nelson and Summit League student-athletes.  Student-athletes will gain knowledge of a wide-range of sports nutrition topics through Nelson’s posts, while also having a platform to ask questions or leave comments on any nutritional issues or concerns they face.

Entering its fourth decade of Division I athletics, The Summit League offers 19 championship sports and has a combined enrollment of over 144,000 at nine universities, four of which are located in top 58 U.S. metro populations (Detroit, Indianapolis, Kansas City and Omaha). Member institutions include: Fort Wayne (Indiana University-Purdue University-Fort Wayne), IUPUI (Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis), Kansas City (University of Missouri-Kansas City), , North Dakota State University, Oakland University, Omaha (University of Nebraska Omaha), the University of South Dakota, South Dakota State University and Western Illinois University. Previously known as the Mid-Continent Conference, The Summit League rebranded in 2007 and has since produced 54 All-Americans, 37 Academic All-America selections and seven NCAA Championships. For more information about the league and its history, visit or follow on Twitter @thesummitleague.


Sanford Health is an integrated health system headquartered in the Dakota’s and is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit health care system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Ghana, Israel and Mexico.

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals, 140 clinic locations and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota. The system is experiencing dynamic growth and development in conjunction with Denny Sanford's nearly $700 million in gifts, the largest ever to a health care organization in America. These gifts are making possible the implementation of the several initiatives including global children's clinics, multiple research centers and finding a cure for type 1 diabetes and breast cancer. For more information, please visit