NEW ORLEANS (WGNO) - Last spring, Jamie Meeks landed her dream job.
For the St. Mary's Dominican High School grad, sports and health have always been a big part of her life. She cheered for Rummel and for LSU.
Now, she's back on the sidelines. She's the first ever Director of Sports Nutrition for the New Orleans Saints!
That means she gets to work directly with the players.
"Whether it be education for weight loss, weight gain, building muscle, maintaining muscle. Whether it be helping them around the area with choosing the healthy restaurants, healthy menu items, maybe even get them some recipes for the home," she says.
The NFL only has 11 full-time dietitians and Jamie is one of them.
She oversees everything and anything dealing with food and nutrition at the Saints training facility.
"Sometimes that's where I feel like my office is, in that cafeteria working with the chef, working with all of the cooks, making sure that the food that's laid out here for all the of players is high quality, making sure that there's a large variety. To make sure that they're going to actually enjoy it without actually knowing that's it's doing good to their bodies," says Jamie.
She'll be at every game in the 'Dome and on the road. After all, the Saints gotta eat when they're traveling!
"I'll even meet with our airline. Our charter flight and work with them with the menus that are served on the planes themselves. whether it be hot food, or just some snacks, drinks. We're very specific on what we can serve these guys traveling to the game," she says.
Jamie's job is most critical at halftime. She has to make sure the Saints replenish all the energy they've spent during the first half. And she has to do it quick.
Her secret? Rice Krispies Treats!
Jamie says, "A lot of the times people are like, 'Rice Krispies treats?' That's not healthy!'Again it's quick sugar easy on the stomach, and it's very appealing to these guys when they come off the field."
Jamie believes the better the diet, the better the athlete.
Just don't call her the food police. She's a New Orleans girl, after all.
"If they want to splurge, let them do it every now and then. Ya know it's good for the soul," she says.