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Julia Budniak

Sports Nutritionist

Julia was recruited by USC from Poland as a national 3000m steeplechase champion. She has run track most of her life, combining her passion for food and sports. After obtaining her BS in physical education at the Academy of Physical Education in Poland, she transferred to USC where she got her BS in 2007 in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and her MS from California State University Los Angeles in Nutritional Science in 2013.
At USC, Julia became the first All-American and school record holder in the 3000m steeplechase.

As an athlete, she traveled the world competing. This year (2016) she placed 3rd in the LA marathon with a time of 2:44.44. Her passion for sport lead her to coach 3 years of cross country and track at Cal State LA, where she successfully applied her knowledge of sport and nutrition.

Julia’s experience ranges from working with middle school girls for USC’s PLAY program, speaking at leader’s conference for Student run LA, teaching the national French track & field team, 4 years of teaching cooking classes to USC athletes, teaching parents and children fitness and nutrition classes at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and working with a lot of individual amateur and professional athletes and Olympians. She has also worked as a clinical trials coordinator at USC school of gerontology on feasibility, safety and effects of fasting on cognitive and immune functions in humans.

Julia is currently finishing her dietetic internship at San Joaquin Community Hospital, the final step in her path to becoming a Registered Dietitian.

Julia strongly believes in the saying: “food can be your strongest medicine, or the slowest form of poison”