The student follows his brothers and sisters at UM for the double major


Cesar Hidalgo (left), a junior from Meridian, meets with counselor Susan Tyler to review her curriculum in exercise science, dietetics and nutrition. Photo by Thomas Graning / Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Miss – A trip to the chiropractor and a passion for helping his mother open her own restaurant prompted Cesar Hidalgo, a junior at the University of Mississippi at Meridian, to pursue a dual major in exercise science, in dietetics and nutrition.

“I went to the chiropractor, and it caught my attention,” Hidalgo said. “I was like, ‘This is actually quite interesting.'”

After reflecting on his visit to the chiropractor, he realized how involved kinesiology, or exercise science, is in chiropractic work. He shared his interest in kinesiology with his family, and his sister Carolina, a biology major at UM, told him about the Department of Health, Exercise Science and Exercise Science program. of leisure management.

The science of exercise is the study of human movement performed to maintain or improve physical fitness and improve health outcomes. An average of three to five students per year take chiropractic training as part of the program.

In addition to keeping busy with his classes, he is heavily involved in the School of Applied Sciences Ambassador program, where students represent the school at campus visit and orientation events.

“Cesar is so involved with the Ambassador program,” said Kelley Jenkins, assistant dean of the School of Applied Sciences. “If we host an event, he’s always the first to volunteer and does a great job. Caesar is fantastic.

Susan Tyler, Counseling, Recruitment and Retention Coordinator, echoed Jenkins’ praise for Hidalgo.

“From the first time I met Cesar, it was obvious how dedicated he was to his family and his studies because they are so important to him,” Tyler said. “It is everything you are looking for in a student of the School of Applied Sciences.”

Hidalgo plans to use both majors in one profession after graduation. He wants to use his knowledge of exercise science to open his own chiropractic practice, and he also aims to become a registered dietitian so that he can offer nutritional advice to patients who request a consultation.

Dietitians translate the science of nutrition into practical solutions for a healthy lifestyle.

Beyond his desire to integrate nutrition services into his chiropractic clinic, Hidalgo said he also chose to specialize in dietetics and nutrition due to a personal interest in cooking and his focus on cooking. ‘help her mother make a dream come true.

“My mom wants to open a restaurant and I love to cook myself,” he said. “I want to help her with this dream.”

Hidalgo is close to his family, including three siblings: his older brother Jesús, his sister Carolina and his younger brother Aaron, all of whom are dating Ole Miss.

Carolina signed up first and her brothers followed in her footsteps. She attended Meridian Community College before coming to UM and her intention is to become a cardiovascular physician. Jesús graduated in Accounting and Aaron is a freshman, also studying Exercise Science with the goal of becoming a physiotherapist.

For more information on diet and nutrition programs at UM, visit For more information on the science of exercise, visit


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