Andrea Rudser-Rusin, is a registered dietitian, board certified as a sports dietitian, and is a certified athletic trainer. She practices in the private sector under the title of SportWise Nutrition & Consulting LLC. Clients of SportWise include athletes and non-athletes, as well as groups associated with both for-profit & not-for-profit organizations. In addition to individual and group nutrition counseling, Andrea also teaches Nutrition & Health and Sport & Exercise Nutrition at DePaul University in Chicago.
Andrea has Bachelor's degrees in Athletic Training and Nutrition & Dietetics from the University of North Dakota. She holds a master's degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Minnesota. Her nutrition expertise includes sports nutrition, weight management, pre-& post-bariatric surgery nutrition, disease management, and lifestyle & behavior modification. Her sports medicine skills are maintained and put to good use with her ongoing work for the United States Swimming national team and her affiliation with other United States Olympic & Paralympic Committee sponsored teams and competitions.
Her athletic career began as an age-group swimmer under the instruction of internationally known swimming & stroke expert, Mike Stromberg. Andrea continued her swimming career through college, splitting her time between the University
of Minnesota and the University of North Dakota. While at UND she was a NCAA champion in the 100 and 200 yard butterfly and was awarded All-American status at both Universities in a variety of events & distances. Andrea was a member of the first University of Minnesota women's athletic team to rank in the top 10 in the country. Andrea has participated in 5K & 10K open water swimming events, ironman & 1/2 ironman distance triathlons, and various running events ranging from 5K to marathon distance.
Additional activities - Spending time with her husband & Pit Bull rescue "Swagger" and visiting her siblings and dozen nieces & nephews, as often as possible.
Words to live, train, and race by: "The pain of not trying your hardest lasts a lot longer than the pain it takes to push yourself to the limit" and advice learned early on from Coach Stromberg – “Just have fun, don't sweat the small stuff."