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Performance Nutrition for Cheerleaders

A must have for any cheerleader, parent or coach. Get the advantage over others by learning how to fuel your body the right way!

Format: Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

  • About the Author
  • Preface
  • Cheerleading and Nutrition = A Winning Combination
  • Calories
  • Macronutrients
    • Carbohydrates
    • Protein
    • Fat 
  • Building a Performance Plate
  • Hydration
  • Alcohol
  • Weight Management
    • Body Composition
    • Weight Loss
    • Weight Gain
  • Eating Disorders
    • Common Eating Disorders seen in Cheerleading
    • Warning Signs & Symptoms
    • Effect on Health
    • Prevention: Tips for Coaches, Parents, and Cheerleaders
  • Dietary Supplements
  • Practical Cheerleading Nutrition
    • Tryouts
    • Camp
    • Practice
    • Games
    • Competition
  • Nutrition Resources
  • References

About the Author:

Jamie M. Meeks, MS, RD, CSSD, LDN

Jamie Meeks, a New Orleans native, is a 2009 graduate from Louisiana State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Nutritional Science (Dietetics). As a former LSU Cheerleader, Jamie had the chance to cheer for some of LSU’s greatest sport teams including the 2007 LSU Football National Championship team, the 2006 SEC Champions and Final Four Men’s Basketball team, and 2007 Final Four Women’s Basketball team.

After graduation, she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas to complete her Dietetic Internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. After receiving her Registered Dietitian (RD) license/registration, Jamie returned to LSU and completed her Master’s Degree in 2011 in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Physiology.
She is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (CSSD) and worked as the first full-time Sports Dietitian for LSU Athletics from 2011-2014. At LSU, Jamie not only fulfilled the team and individual nutrition/dietary needs of all 15 sports teams, but she also created the Undergraduate Sports Nutrition Internship, introduced and oversaw three Athletic Fueling Stations, assisted with the Athletic Training Table Meals, and worked as an integral member of the planning team for the Tiger Athletic Nutrition Center.

Jamie currently works as the Director of Sports Nutrition for the New Orleans Saints (NFL) and Pelicans (NBA). She works to help integrate healthy choices and optimal fueling into the daily training routines for all Saints and Pelicans athletes. She works closely with the teams’ Athletic Trainers, Strength Coaches, and Team Physicians in addition to providing individual counseling and Medical Nutrition Therapy that focuses on individual performance fueling strategies, hydration, and proper supplementation. Jamie oversees the weight room nutrition recovery station and offers team nutrition education, home and travel meal/menu management, and body composition analysis.

Jamie is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Louisiana Dietetic Association, Collegiate and Professional Sports Dietitians Association, and the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group.

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