TOPEKA, Kan. — The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) recently hosted virtual nutrition communications trainings for students enrolled in dietetic internship programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Kansas State University. Thirty-four dietetic interns and faculty members attended these checkoff-funded trainings designed to provide accurate information and practical experience with beef to aspiring professionals who will reach thousands of patients and clients with dietary advice during their future careers. Sessions with registered dietitian and KBC Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari, protein research expert Donald Layman, PhD, and registered dietitian Hawley Poinsett allowed students to apply evidence-based guidelines as they practiced delivering science-based protein recommendations in a variety of potential settings, including one-on-one patient counseling and recorded mock cooking demonstrations.
Pre- and post-surveys showed positive shifts in students’ overall perception of beef. This was the ninth year for these trainings that are part of KBC’s greater nutrition outreach program, which aims to dispel common beef myths and demonstrate how beef can fit in a healthy and balanced lifestyle.
—Kansas Livestock Association
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