Nutrition of Manoomin/ Wild Rice Zoominar Event with Dr. Emily Onello

Nutrition of Manoomin/ Wild Rice Zoominar Event with Dr. Emily Onello

Nutrition of manoomin/ wild rice zoominar event

Date: Friday August 27th, 2021

Time: 5:30-6:30 pm CST

Join us in learning some of the many health benefits of manoomin! This event will kick-off our project's goal of distributing a series of educational modules related to the historical, health, cultural, environmental & economic benefits of wild rice in local food systems and the ecology, harvesting & processing of wild rice.

Emily Onello, MD

Assistant professor, department of family medicine and behavioral health, university of minnesota duluth

Dr. Onello received her medical training at the Mayo Medical School and completed a residency in family medicine in 1998 at the Mayo Graduate School of Medicine in Rochester Minnesota.  She is a family physician who has practiced with underserved populations in both rural and urban settings. 


Since 2012, she has been a member of the faculty of the University of Minnesota Medical School’s Duluth Campus. There, her work has focused on training future physicians for medical practice in rural and tribal communities. Her research interests gravitate toward issues that can influence the health of rural and tribal communities, including food access, security, distribution and quality.


Current evidence suggests that wild rice, or manoomin, has significant health benefits. Dr. Onello’s scholarly work has included studying the individual and community health benefits of wild rice consumption.  She was honored to participate in the Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa’s 2018 landmark Health Impact Assessment entitled Expanding the Narrative of Tribal Health: The Effects of Wild Rice Water Quality Rule Changes on Tribal Health. She is currently involved in several collaborative research projects that examine the nutritional and cancer-preventing aspects of wild rice.

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