Amanda Hege, RD, LD

Amanda Hege

Director of Community Outreach
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


Amanda Hege joined the Department of Dietetics and Human Nutrition in September, 2014. She is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and Licensed Dietitian in the Commonwealth of Kentucky.  As the Director of Community Outreach, she mentors undergraduate students and makes strategic decisions to effectively lead the University of Kentucky’s grassroots efforts for the Universities Fighting World Hunger and Presidents United to Solve Hunger initiatives. She develops and manages student experiential learning opportunities for hunger-related activities.  Under her leadership, the Campus Kitchen at the University of Kentucky received the “2016 Campus Kitchen of the Year” from the national Campus Kitchens Project. 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.

Amanda is a cum laude graduate of the University of Cincinnati where she earned a Bachelor of Science in Food and Nutrition with a minor in chemistry. She completed her dietetic internship with Sodexo in Baltimore, MD, during this time she advocated for access to healthful foods with Feeding America’s policy team in Washington, DC. Following graduation, she served in AmeriCorps at a Feeding America Food Bank in North Carolina where she founded a nutrition program from its origin. Amanda serves as the Public Policy Coordinator for the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the 2017-2018 Chair for the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition DPG. In 2016, she was recognized as the “Young Dietitian of the Year” by the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics.

Professional Leadership and Membership:

  • Chair-Elect, Hunger & Environmental Nutrition DPG, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics  
  • Public Policy Coordinator, Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Nutrition Solutions Working Group, Future of Food Partnership, Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics, Feeding America, National Dairy Council
  • Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics
  • Tweens Nutrition & Fitness Coalition 


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

B.S. University of Cincinnati Food and Nutrition