Kaitlyn Sanders, a senior in the hospitality and food management program, is shown working in the laboratory kitchen.

Joe and Pat Johnson Nutrition Symposium scheduled for March 15

The University of Tennessee at Martin’s Joe and Pat Johnson Nutrition Symposium will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m., March 15, in room 206 of the Boling University Center. Dietetic professionals and interested community members can attend for $25, and UT Martin students and dietetic program preceptors can attend for $15. The fee includes a continental breakfast, lunch and 5.5 continuing professional education credits. Pre-registration at utm.edu/johnsonsymposium is required.

This year’s symposium will focus on “Making Nutrition Great Again” and feature 10 15-minute presentations by UT Martin dietetic interns. These students have all received bachelor’s degrees from various institutions, including UT Martin, and are now enrolled in the UT Martin dietetic internship program to complete requirements for licensure as registered dietitians. Student research topics can be found at utm.edu/johnsonsymposium.

The symposium will also feature presentations by Karman Meyer, a registered dietitian nutritionist and director of communications with the Tennessee Beef Industry Council, on beef’s role in a healthy diet; Dr. Ajit Korgaokar, assistant professor and director of UT Martin’s didactic program in dietetics, on nitrate supplementation and exercise performance; and Dr. Heidi Silver, a registered dietitian nutritionist and research associate professor of medicine at Vanderbilt University, on insulin resistance and obesity.

For more information, contact Brian Carroll, UT Martin lecturer and dietetic internship director, at 731-881-7100 or bcarro18@utm.edu.


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