Allie Lansman, right, pictured with her mom, Angela, was presented the Outstanding Young Alum award by the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Lansman is a 2016 Iowa State University graduate in dietetics, currently on the path to become a registered dietitian. Contributed photo
Allie Lansman, right, pictured with her mom, Angela, was presented the Outstanding Young Alum award by the Iowa 4-H Foundation. Lansman is a 2016 Iowa State University graduate in dietetics, currently on the path to become a registered dietitian. Contributed photo

Iowa State alumna honored for 4-H service

On the path to become a registered dietitian, one Iowa State University alumna has stuck to her 4-H roots.

Allie Lansman (’16 dietetics) was presented the Outstanding Young Alum award, given by the Iowa 4-H Foundation at the 2017 Iowa 4-H Legacy Awards Gala. She is one of the youngest individuals to receive this award.

“It was such a surprising and amazing honor to be given this prestigious award as one of the youngest ever recipients, following distinguished alums such as Eric Hanson (KCCI Anchor) and Bill Northey (Iowa Secretary of Agriculture),” Lansman said. “I have been so humbled through all the opportunities 4-H has given me, but even more by those who have believed in me at the county, state, and national levels to give me these opportunities.”

Lansman hails from a family of women whose roots run deep in the 4-H program. It started with her great-grandma on her mother’s side, who joined the Boone County 4-H program. Her mother was a 4-H member in Greene County, and when Lansman was old enough to join 4-H, she became a member of Webster County’s program.

“It’s just something I always knew I was going to do,” Lansman said of joining 4-H.allie-lansman-outstanding-young-4-h-alumni-award

During the course of her 4-H membership, Lansman held each of the available offices in her small 4-H club, including several stints as club president. She also served on the county council and was actively involved in community activities organized through the 4-H program.

Even though she was not involved in 4-H at the state level, she decided to apply to become a national ambassador for healthy living after seeing a Facebook post made by her county youth coordinator. Lansman was surprised when she was selected as one of five people in the U.S. to serve as an ambassador.

“It was the only team of its kind at the national level that gave youth a voice,” Lansman said.

While serving as an ambassador, Lansman had an opportunity to see new 4-H curriculum before it came out. One of her favorites was yoga for kids, offered through the 4-H program. The ambassadors also designed the National Youth Summit on Healthy Living. All these activities fit alongside her studies in dietetics.
Lansman said her experience in the 4-H program has proven beneficial along her path to becoming a registered dietitian. Before she joined 4-H, she was “extremely shy,” but as she became involved in the program, she gained valuable communication skills and now feels comfortable talking in front of people.

“I love that I’m able to love giving presentations,” Lansman said.

The program also required her to set goals for her various projects, and record a timeline she would follow in order to achieve those goals. These time management and organization skills helped her get through her especially rigorous senior year at Iowa State, she said.

Even though Lansman has aged out of the 4-H program and is actively working toward becoming a registered dietitian, she plans to stay involved in 4-H by volunteering as a project leader and judge.

“I’m always going to be involved in 4-H,” Lansman said.

CONTACTS:

Allie Lansman, 2016 Iowa State University dietetics graduate, alansman@iastate.edu

Whitney Sager, communications coordinator, Department of Food Science and Human Nutrition, 515-294-9166, wjsager@iastate.edu

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