RecTalks | Health, Nutrition & Recreation

Wednesday, March 10
7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Signature Events


Deadline: Closed

What to expect

RecTalks are a free webinar series designed to engage our community in conversations around different health-related topics. Sponsored by HydroFlask.

Eating well and making healthy choices around food is important for our health, but what does it mean to eat well and what dictates a healthy food choice? Join our panel of experts while we explore these questions to better understand our relationship with food and how we can use it to build a strong foundation for our health and overall wellbeing. 

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Beth McCall

Director of Sports Nutrition
Duke Athletics

Beth McCall (formerly Miller) is a Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics located in Durham, NC. Beth currently serves as the Director of Sports Nutrition for Duke University, where she began the first-ever sports nutrition department in May 2017. In this role, she is responsible for planning, developing, implementing and managing all performance and clinical nutrition services provided to student-athletes representing all Varsity athletic teams. Beth provides individual as well as team nutrition education and counseling to enhance the health and performance of all athletes. She also coordinates meals, snacks and competition fueling for all competitions. Beth serves as a founding member of the Duke Integrative Performance Excellence Group, through which she coordinates with a multidisciplinary team to service all of the health, wellness and performance needs of all student-athletes through a well-rounded approach.


Franca Alphin

Associate Professor / Director of Nutrition Services
Duke Student Health

Franca Alphin is the Director of Nutrition Services at Student Health, an Associate Professor with the Department of Community and Family Medicine, and adjunct faculty in the Department of HWPE. She is one of ​two Student Health dietitians, and has worked at Duke for over ​30 years.  She has an Associate Degree in medical technology and a Bachelor of Science degree in Community Nutrition from the University of Maryland.  Franca received her Master’s degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill in 1989. Franca is a registered and licensed dietitian, board certified in sports nutrition as well as a specialist in eating disorder treatment, and gourmet cook.  Franca has worked with professional, collegate and amateur sports teams however has a primary focus on ensuring that all Duke students receive the dietary support they need as well as the nutrition knowledge they want.  Franca serves as an undergraduate academic Pre-Major Advisor and is also faculty in the Masters of Biomedical Sciences Program.

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Chris Policastro

Director of Recreation Facilities
Duke Recreation & Physical Education

Chris joined the team in 2018 as the Director of Recreation Facilities for Duke Recreation and Physical Education. Prior to Duke, Chris served as the Director of Fitness, Wellness, and Recreation at Manhattan College from 2014-2018. Before his time in New York, he served as the Assistant Director of Fitness and Wellness at the University of Pennsylvania from 2010-2014.

Chris earned a Bachelors in Exercise Physiology from West Virginia University in 2007 and a Masters in Sport and Athletic Administration from West Chester University of Pennsylvania in 2009.

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Aaron Williams

SAPLINGs Coordinator
SEEDS Durham

Aaron is a Miami native, but Tarheel bred. As a Carolina Firsts student, he graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2018 as the first in his family to go to college, with a bachelor’s degree in Peace, War & Defense. Seeking a way to use the peace building skills he learned about in his study of international relations, he began his journey into food justice work at Anathoth Community Garden in Cedar Grove, NC. This would be his first experience farming and reshaped his ideas about our relationship with food, land, and each other. Combining the flavors of his grandmothers Southern cuisine with the Caribbean flavors of Miami, Aaron seeks to use food as a medium to build community through cooking, teaching, gardening, and storytelling together. In his spare time you can find him dancing bachata, reading, or traveling around the world.



RecTalks are informative and influential discussions with experts in their industries of sport, recreation, physical education and wellness. Hosted by Duke Recreation and Physical Education, our goal is to provide resources and information that promotes the physical, environmental, and mental well-being of our global community. Learn more about past and present RecTalks here.