Dietetic Internship Program Highlights
Registered Dietitians and the Murray State University Interns attended the Western
District Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics meeting held at Murray State
on Thursday, August 9th. A variety of speakers presented on topics such as ethics and considerations for
the practicing dietitian, interdisciplinary experiential learning in an enteral nutrition
workshop, nutrition information on restaurant menus, and a final presentation by Gordon
Food Service including discussion on trends and how to incorporate into meal planning,
improving satisfaction with customers, and the art of adding flavor with spices. Participants
were able to sample several food products and build spice blends for home use. The
Murray State Dietetic Interns also presented their posters on a variety of alternative
medicines to the registered dietitians in attendance.
Intern Kendra Blankenberger discusses her poster on Licorice Root with Registered
Dietitians Allison Choate and Ruth Bartolo
Intern Caprisse Johnson discusses her poster on Echinacea with Registered Dietitian
Intern Amanda Herrmann discusses her poster on Evening Primrose Oil with Registered
Dietitians Alissa Bryan and Suzanne Seeley
Chef Bob Adams from Gordon Food Service doing a cooking demonstration
Interns enjoy making their own spice mixtures compliments of Gordon Food Service
The Murray State Dietetic Interns visit Frankfort each year for the Kentucky Academy
of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative Day at the Capitol. The interns begin their
day by hearing presentations from elected officials who provide a brief background
into some of the current legislation dealing with nutrition and health care. Interns have the opportunity to meet with local and regional legislative representatives
to discuss the importance of their support for nutrition-related bills. Interns are then able to observe committee meetings and attend Legislative sessions.
A highlight of the day is when the interns are given a tour of the Capitol and hear
the history behind our state capitol and leaders.
Interns prepare a special meal for clinical training site employees.
Murray State Dietetic Interns attend The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Food and
Nutrition Conference (FNCE) when it is located within a reasonable driving distance from Kentucky. Interns are able to attend educational sessions as well as the food and nutrition expo. Interns gain valuable networking and professional growth opportunities during this