Amanda Hege, MPH, RDN, LD

Amanda Hege

Director of Community Outreach

amanda.hege@uky.edu
Phone (859) 218-4912
Fax (859) 257-3707

Dietetics and Human Nutrition
222 Funkhouser Building
Lexington KY 40506

Curriculum Vitae
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Professional Profile

Biography

Amanda Hege joined the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in September, 2014. As the Director of Community Outreach she makes strategic decisions for curriculum development and experiential learning in the areas of hunger, food waste, and food system studies.  Amanda assisted in the development of four undergraduate courses and a Certificate in Food Systems and Hunger Studies that provides a cross-disciplinary approach to the impact of food systems on food security and the overall health of a community. She established and advises the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky, which has rescued 17,339 pounds of food and served 11,130 meals, and SSTOP Hunger: Sustainable Solutions to Overcome Poverty, which leads the University of Kentucky in the ‘War on Hunger’.  She provided leadership for the Inaugural Kentucky Hunger Dialogue, bringing together students, staff, faculty, and community partners from across Kentucky to create a vision for a food secure future. Previously, she worked with Feeding America’s policy team in Washington, DC, and at a Feeding America Food Bank in North Carolina where she founded a nutrition program from its origin.

Amanda's research focuses both on- and off-campus in cultivating healthy people, communities, and environments through the provision of an affordable and accessible healthful food supply. In doing so, she dedicated more than 200 hours working on small-scale vegetable farms across Kentucky to learn their primary barriers. Additionally, she studied students' challenges to accessing a healthful food supply through administering the University of Kentucky Food Access Survey and Focus Groups. 

Amanda is a nutrition advocate dedicated to improving health through a safe, sustainable and reliable food system.  Students share that Amanda provides them with not only the opportunity to serve others but also shapes an invaluable skill of effectively leading others in service.

Course Instruction

  • DHN 318: Hunger, Food Behavior, and the Environment 
  • DHN 319: Experiential Learning in Hunger Studies
  • DHN 320: Seminar in Hunger Studies
  • DHN 241: Food Service Sanitation 
  • DHN 408G: Research Seminar 

Research

  • Barriers for small-scale fruit and vegetable growers in Kentucky
  • Evaluation of food and housing security of students at the University of Kentucky 
  • Gleaning and nutrition education among food insecure children in Kentucky 
  • Engaging students in sustainability and hunger-related outreach and leadership opportunities 

Leadership

  • Chair, Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics  
  • Secretary, Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionist, Appointed by Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin 
  • Board Member, Bluegrass Double Dollars, Bluegrass Farm to Table
  • Liaison, Second Century, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Awards and Honors

  • Delta Omega, Beta Gamma Chapter, Honorary Society in Public Health, 2018
  • Community Service Award, Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2017
  • Young Dietitian of the Year, Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 2016
  • Campus Kitchen of the Year, The Campus Kitchens Project, 2016

Education

M.P.H. University of Kentucky Health Management and Policy, 
Thesis with Honors: Evaluation of Barriers for Small-scale Fruit and Vegetable Growers in Kentucky 

R.D. Sodexo Mid-Atlantic Dietetic Internship Wellness Emphasis

B.S. University of Cincinnati Food and Nutrition,  Chemistry