The Kansas Beef Council (KBC) recently hosted beef education and media training workshops for students enrolled in dietetic internship programs at the University of Kansas Medical Center in Kansas City and Kansas State University in Manhattan. More than 40 dietetic interns and faculty members participated in the events. These checkoff-funded sessions are 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.
Future dietitians learned about beef nutrition from KBC Director of Nutrition Abby Heidari, RDN, LD. They heard firsthand how cattle are raised from ranchers Debbie Lyons-Blythe of White City, Wrenn Pacheco from Alma and Myndi Krafft of Phillipsburg. NCBA Director of Grassroots Advocacy and Spokesperson Development Ryan Goodman presented tips about responding to media questions and conducting on-air cooking demonstrations. Students practiced these skills through mock interviews about new protein research, showing the health benefits of higher amounts of protein in the diet, and through cooking demonstrations where they learned to grill top sirloin steaks and discuss on-camera how to build a healthy diet with beef.
"This is checkoff money very well spent, specifically when we think about these future dietitians giving food and health advice to consumers,” said Blythe.
This was the seventh year for checkoff-funded dietitian training sessions in Kansas.