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Biographical Sketch Of Our First Lady

Teresa Turner Smith,



Teresa, a registered and licensed dietitian, has worked in the field of health education and health promotion for 30+ years. She received both her Bachelor (1982) and Master of Science (1985) degrees in clinical dietetics and nutritional sciences respectively from the University of Kentucky.


Teresa’s professional experiences include healthcare administration, medical nutrition therapy, community health and wellness, weight management, population health management, staff development and training, curriculum and program development, and grant writing.


Currently, Teresa is the Executive Assistant in the Office of the Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, University of Kentucky. She was formerly the Director of Community Education and Baptist HealthwoRx with Baptist Health Lexington for 23 years. She is a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.


She co-chairs the marriage ministry and sings with the Pilgrim Baptist Church Choir. Her family is her greatest source of inspiration and joy.


Teresa’s philosophy for good health is… “All things in moderation”. And her life’s guiding scripture is “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Philippians 4:13.

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