CANANDAIGUA, N.Y. — New York Beef Council hosted its first two day Intern Leadership Summit in Canandaigua NY. The summit was attended by six college Dietetic Internshship Programs, which included Syracuse Unverisity, Buffalo State University, D’Youville, University of Buffalo, The Sage Colleges, and State Univeristy at New York at Oneonta. This “cream-of-the-crop” group was made up of thirty attendees, including 6 program directors, 22 interns and 2 RD media representatives of the New York State Dietetic Associaton.
Day one explored beef production with two farm tours at a cow-calf farm at Wooded Acre Farm, and a processing plant at Wilson Beef Farm. On Day two at the New York Wine and Culinary Center, the attendess received intensive media skill training with the new BeefWISE research, and cooked nutritious beef entrees with various beef cuts. The interns also learned how to do a TV cooking demonstration.
The outcomes demonstrated that the attendees gained valuable insight into beef nutrition and beef production. The favorable view of farm production increased from 35% to 52%. Those who would recommend beef as likely as other proteins jumped from 52% to 79%. Those who are less concerned about the heart health value of beef jumped from 17% to 48%.
“I loved how we got to see most of the process from farm to plate. Also a lot of my misconceptions were taken out of my mind,” commented an intern attendee.
Dr. Kay Bruening, the Internship Director of Syracuse University, commented, “This was an incredibly valuable learning experience for our interns. They witnessed beef literally from farm to table, and then a hands-on cooking experience – future RDNs with future chefs. The opportunity to be interviewed on camera about the latest nutrition research, and receive expert feedback, was beyond what we can offer in our program. We are so grateful to the Beef Council for making this possible.”
“The Summit served as a great opportuntiy for future RDs to develop valuable media skills to credibly discuss beef nutrition research to the public; and culinary skills to cook healthy meals with beef.” Cindy Chan Phillips, MS, MBA, RD, commented, “The Summit empowers future RDs in their personal growth journey. The enthusiasm and friendship gained from the experience reflect the important partnership between the farmers and the dietetic profession.” Phillips’ position as the Director of Nutrition Education with the New York Beef Council is funded by the Kansas and Nebraska Beef Councils.
For more information, contact Cindy Chan Phillips, RD email@example.com.
—New York Beef Council