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Nutrition lab provides ACU students experience with industrial equipment

The new lab opened in the fall with funding from the Shelton Family Foundation and H-E-B.
Credit: Abilene Christian University

ABILENE, Taylor County — The Laboratory for Experiential Activities in Nutrition (LEAN) opened in the fall at The Royce and Pam Money Student Recreation Center at Abilene Christian University with funding from the Shelton Family Foundation and H-E-B.

According to an ACU press release, nutrition majors in the Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition will use the LEAN lab to learn to prepare and cook food using industrial equipment, as they might in a food setting.

The lab opens up to the recreation center lobby and can be used for cooking demonstrations.

Dr. Sheila Jones, associate professor and chair of the department, said the previous lab and equipment were from the 1970s and an update was needed.

Equipment in the lab includes an industrial vent hood, two convection ovens, a microwave with a steamer, induction hot plates and a three-compartment sink, according to the release.

The location and design provide a space where students can show food preparation, as well as talk about its benefits to attendees.

A demonstration in the lab is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 30.