Lisa Yamashiro, MEd, RD

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Instructor:  Lisa Yamashiro, MEd, RD
Health Education Department - Nutrition Assistant Program

John Adams Center, 1860 Hayes St., Room 127

San Francisco, CA  94117

 415-561-1971 (VM)

lisa.yamashiro@mail.ccsf.edu (preferred method of contact)

About me...

(On sabbatical leave Fall 2017)


Welcome! My name is Lisa Yamashiro and I am a Registered Dietitian and Program Coordinator of the Nutrition Assistant Program at City College of San Francisco. I started out as part-time faculty, then In 2004 became the Program Coordinator of the Nutrition Assistant Program, and in Fall 2007 became full-time.


Since Fall 2015, I have also taken on new responsibilities at the Educational Technology Department to provide training and support to CCSF faculty and staff, for online teaching and learning, as Distance Learning & Teaching Specialist, and previously as co-coordinator of the Technology Learning Center. Excited for these new opportunities and milestones in my teaching career! Click here to see the Ed Tech webpage: http://tlc.populr.me/ccsf-technology-learning-center


Other professional experiences include University of California Cooperative Extension in San Francisco/San Mateo Counties (1999-2007) overseeing the nutrition education outreach programs - Expanded Food & Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP) and Food Stamp Nutrition Education Programs (FSNEP) for limited-resource families and youth, and previous experience as a nutrition consultant for various multicultural senior nutrition meal programs in San Francisco.

As a nutrition professional and educator, I live what I teach. I am committed to leading by example by modeling high standards of professionalism, a positive work ethic, a passion for food, and a healthy, sports-active lifestyle.

My Educational Philosophy

My aim is to help students master real life skills in order to succeed in both their personal and professional lives, and to make the course content practical and relevant to their real life situations, while using 21st century technology skills to further enhance teaching and learning. I am committed to innovation and continuous improvement; belief that a good teacher is a facilitator of learning; hands-on learning that engages all the senses, particularly with food as a medium to connect to my learners; and encouraging active participation, collaborative learning groups, and a spirit of camaraderie among my students.

I strive to uphold an educational philosophy that is a combination of:
  • a "gardener", by planting seeds of knowledge and inspiration (I also grew those salad greens in the banner above!);
  • a "challenger", by providing encouragement and setting high expectations of myself and my students;
  • a "travel guide", by assisting students along the journey to higher education, career goals, or lifelong learning; and
  • a "crafts person", by incorporating creative ways to optimize learning, with an open attitude towards change, technology, and innovation.

Nutrition Assistant Program

The Nutrition Assistant Program values the promotion of healthy living through education, nutrition resources, meal programs, support & referral in our diverse multi-ethnic populations. The program is committed to train students to provide culturally sensitive, quality nutrition care to help clients achieve optimal health & well-being at every stage of life.

Become a Nutrition Assistant

Help others improve their health. Earn a Certificate of Achievement. Work at these locations. Graduates of the program work as entry-level nutrition staff in public health, community, or health care settings.

Next Program cycle starts Fall 2017!


If you are looking for a career that is exciting, challenging, and allows you to succeed, excel, and feel good about what you do, then consider the Nutrition Assistant Program, a two-semester certificate program designed to develop competency in the delivery of nutrition-related services for paraprofessionals.


First Semester (Fall):
HLTH 170 Introduction to Dietetics Profession (1 unit)

HLTH 171 Nutrition for Health (3 units)
HLTH 172 (pre-req HLTH 170) Foodways, Nutrition & Health (3 units)


Second Semester (Spring): all these course have multiple pre-reqs
HLTH 173 Life Span Nutrition & Assessment (4 units)
HLTH 174A Clinical Nutrition (2 units)

HLTH 174B Community Nutrition (2 units)

HLTH 175 Nutrition Assistant Field Experience (4.5 units)

HLTH 175L Nutrition Assistant Clinic (0.5 units)

Fall 2016 Courses

  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 170 Intro to Dietetics Profession (CRN 72108, 1 unit), T/Th 9-10:50 a.m., John Adams Center, Room 103 (T 8/16 to Th 9/13, 9 meetings)
    Focuses on the scope and nature of work in the nutrition field, including higher education pathways, career opportunities, professional roles, skills, responsibilities, ethics. Includes guest presentations by various nutrition paraprofessionals and networking opportunities with registered dietitians.
    Instructor: Lisa Yamashiro, RDN
    HLTH 170 COURSE PAGE


  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 171 Nutrition for Health (CRN 72110, 3 units), T/Th 9:10-11:00, John Adams Center, Room 103 (starts T 9/20/16)
    A practical approach to the study of nutrients with emphasis on their physiological roles, food sources, and health implications. Basic principles and tools for planning a healthy diet, and nutrition issues of current interest will be analyzed. This course satisfies General Education Area G1: Health Knowledge
    Instructor: Lisa Yamashiro, RDN

NOTE: HLTH 171 is part of the Nutrition Assistant Program curriculum, or can be taken on its own for credit or transfer. Articulates with SFSU's DFM 253 "Nutrition in Health & Disease" course; equivalent to CCSF's Nutrition 12 course.

HLTH 171 COURSE PAGE


  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 172 Foodways, Nutrition & Health (CRN 72109. 3 units), T/Th noon-1:50, John Adams Center, Room 103 (starts T 9/20/16)
    A study of the cultural and socioeconomic influences on the food habits of different ethnic groups in the United States and their diet-related health risks and implications. Cross-cultural counseling strategies, food service sanitation and safety, and optimal use of food dollars will also be covered. Pre-req: HLTH 170
    Instructor: Lisa Yamashiro, RDN

Spring 2017 Courses

Check back for more details!

  • HLTH 177 Intro to Child Nutrition (3 units)
    New! fully online, no required on-campus meetings
    Overview of child nutrition issues, with an emphasis on practical skills and approaches to influence positive eating behaviors that promote optimal health and nutrition. Topics include basic nutrition principles, planning healthy meals and snacks, food safety, childhood obesity, physical activity, nutrition education, child nutrition programs and food assistance resources.
    This course satisfies General Education Area G1: Health Knowledge
    Instructor: Lisa Yamashiro, RDN
    HLTH 177 COURSE PAGE


  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 174A Intro to Clinical Nutrition (2 units)
    T/Th 9:00-11:50, John Adams Center, room 103
    2/28 to 4/13/17
    (late-start, short-term, 12 meetings)
    Focuses on the principles of medical nutrition therapy and on nutrition applications in public health.
    Pre-reqs: HLTH 171, 172
    Instructor: Teresa Leu, RDN

  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 174B Community Nutrition (2 units)
    T/Th 9:00-11:50, John Adams Center, room 103

    1/17 to 2/23/17
    (short-term, 12 meetings)

    The Community Nutrition component covers basic skills in delivering nutrition services in community health settings with emphasis on nutrition education. Intended for those planning careers in the field of nutrition.
    Pre-reqs: HLTH 171, 172

    Instructor: Sylvia Lau, MPH, RD, CDE


  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 173 Life Span Nutrition & Assessment
    (4 units), T/Th 12:30-3:20 p.m., John Adams Center, room 103

    1/17 to 4/13/17 (short-term, 24 meetings)
    Nutritional needs and special nutrition issues common at different periods of the life cycle from conception, infancy, childhood, adolescence, young, middle, and late adulthood, including pregnancy and lactation. Also covers nutrition screening parameters to assess nutrition risk for each age group.
    Pre-reqs: HLTH 170, 171, 172

    Instructor: Sylvia Lau, MPH, RD, CDE


  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 175L Nutrition Assistant Clinic (0.5 units, co-requisite, 3.5 hrs lecture, 16 hrs lab)
    Pre-reqs: HLTH 172, 173, 174A, HLTH 174B with a grade of C or higher
    Days/Times: 1 class meeting on T 5/16/17 9-12:20; Clinic hours TBA
    Instructor: Teresa Leu, RDN
  • NUTRITION ASSISTANT PROGRAM
    HLTH 175 Nutrition Assistant Field Experience (CRN 33597, 4.5 units, 35 hrs online lecture, 160 hrs-work experience)
    Days/Times: TBA
    Learn entry-level, job-specific skills and competencies in the delivery of nutrition care and services under the supervision of registered dietitians while placed at various field experience sites such as Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Supplemental Nutrition Programs, Head Start, senior nutrition programs, public health agencies, or other health care settings.
    Pre-reqs: HLTH 170, 171, 172, 173, 174A, and 174B with a grade of C or higher
    Co-requisite: concurrent enrollment in HLTH 175L
    I
    nstructor: Lisa Yamashiro, RDN

HLTH 175 COURSE PAGE



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