Kara Behlke-Ungerman - Pork Checkoff

Kara Behlke-Ungerman

Vice President of Nutrition, Health and Wellness Transformation

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Kara Behlke Ungerman is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the vice president of nutrition, health and wellness transformation at the National Pork Board.

In this role, she provides strategic direction and oversight for human nutrition, health, and wellbeing initiatives including Checkoff funded research projects, communications, and marketing. Additionally, she integrates agriculture, food, health and nutrition concepts into her work with both a consumer focus and science relevant perspective.

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Prior to National Pork Board, Behlke Ungerman was employed with Schnuck Markets in a variety of positions: Director Health and Wellness Strategy; Associate Director Brand Strategy; Associate Director Brand Design Strategy Private Brands; Corporate Dietitian. She has also worked for Hy-Vee as a Registered Dietitian and the New York Beef Industry Council as the Director of Nutrition Education.  

Education & Expertise

Behlke Ungerman has a bachelor’s in Dietetics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and has completed a dietetic internship at Yale Medical Center. With a background as a family farmer and retail dietitian, Kara is passionate about all things nutritious, delicious and evidence-based. Originally from Benkelman, Nebraska, she currently resides in Des Moines, Iowa. 

Industry Involvement

Behlke Ungerman is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and has been a member of the Retail Dietitian Business Alliance Advisory Board and CEOs Against Cancer.  

Pork at the Center of the Plate

Food editors, chefs, journalists and other food trend influencers in the U.S. receive pork industry information on a regular basis. Pork Checkoff funds are also used to create information about how pork fits into a healthy diet.

Learn more about pork in a healthy diet.

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