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Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Awards for 2015

Each year the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND) gives us the opportunity to recognize Dietitians and Dietetic Technicians in our state who have contributed to the field and to the profession.  These awards are the Recognized Young Dietitian, Recognized Dietetic Technician, Emerging Dietetic Leader, Outstanding Dietitian, Outstanding Dietetics Student and Outstanding Dietetics Educator.  Below are the criteria for eligibility. 

Please take a few minutes to read through the award descriptions below and nominate a professional or student for one of these prestigious awards.  This is an opportunity to recognize our peers and demonstrate to the Academy that Maryland has some outstanding professionals in the field of nutrition and dietetics. Please submit nominations via email to MAND Awards Chair, Kelly Ort (kelort@gmail.com), by December 31, 2014.

RECOGNIZED YOUNG DIETITIAN of the YEAR (RYDY)

The purpose of the RYDY award is to recognize the competence and activities of younger Dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs. This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the association will develop both at the district, state and national levels.  Criteria for the selection of the RYDY:

1)      Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2)      Age limit as of May 1, 2015, 35 years or younger.
3)      Active participation in the national, state, or district association.
4)      Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.  
5)      Not previously selected as an RYDY.  
6)      Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.  
7)      Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., either in the Academy or employment.


RECOGNIZED DIETETIC TECHNICIAN of the YEAR (RDTY) 
 

The purpose of the RDTY award is to recognize the professional contributions of Dietetic Technicians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs.  Criteria for the selection of the RDTY:  

1)      Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  
2)      Active participation in the national, state, or district association.  
3)      Is a Dietetic Technician, Registered.  
4)      Not previously selected for this award.
5)      Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population. 
6)      Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, food service management, public relations, career guidance, etc., in the association or employment.

EMERGING DIETETIC LEADER (EDL)

The EDL award recognizes the competence and activities of Dietitians, regardless of their age, who have made distinctive contributions early in their dietetics careers to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  Criteria for selection of the EDL:

1)      Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
2)      Initial practice experience not less than 5 years and not greater than 10 years.  Interrupted careers or time periods not in practice are not to be considered or rationed into the 5-10 years of professional practice experience. 
3)      Active participation in the national, state, or district association for at least 5 years. 
4)      Is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or Dietetic Technician, Registered. 
5)      Not previously selected as an RYDY or RDTY 
6)      Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population. 
7)      Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the Association, community or employment.

OUTSTANDING DIETITIAN of the YEAR (ODY) 

The purpose of the ODY award is the affiliate's top member award. The criteria are set by the state affiliate.  MAND’s criteria for the selection of the ODY: 
1)      Member of the American Dietetic Association for a minimum of 5 years. 
2)      Must be 31 years or older. 
3)      Not previously selected for the award. 
4)      Must meet two of the following criteria: 
         a. Has made significant contributions to MAND, AND, and/or the profession of dietetics through active participation and service.
         b. Significantly provided a positive image of dietetics to other health care professions, peers or the community by activities such as: 
                   i.      Conduct or coordinate professional meetings, seminars, or workshops. 
                   ii.      Community service (i.e., adult or youth education).
                   iii.      Served on advisory committee and worked to influence the advancement of the profession.
        c. Served as a pacesetter or innovator for the profession (i.e., has created new opportunities for the RD); has increased public awareness and visibility of the RDs and members of ADA and MDA. 
        d. Furthered the profession by having published the results of scientific research, by interpreting nutrition information, or information about the profession through the mass media.
 

OUTSTANDING DIETETICS STUDENT

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student award is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  A student from each type of education program within a state will be selected (a maximum of 4 per state).  Criteria for selection of the Outstanding Dietetics Student: 
1)      Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must be members by January 1st of the year in which they would receive the award.
2)      Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT).
3)      Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
4)      Demonstrated leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.

OUTSTANDING DIETETICS EDUCATOR

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Educator award is to recognize the teaching, mentoring, and leadership activities of faculty in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs.  One educator may be selected from each of the four program types in each geographic area.

In addition to publishing the list of outstanding educators in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and NDEP-line, each awardee will receive a certificate and congratulatory letter from the Academy President.  Awards will be presented at the NDEP area meetings for educators each spring. Criteria for selection of Outstanding Educator:

  1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  2. Faculty with academic or supervised practice appointments in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs:
    • Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Dietetic Technician Program
  3. Demonstrated innovative teaching skills and techniques.
  4. Demonstrated mentoring as documented by letters from students (limit three letters per nominee).
  5. Demonstrated leadership; e.g., national, state, or district dietetic association activities, community service, honors received, scientific and professional presentations, publications, employment, etc.