MS-AND Awards Nominations


Please complete the NOMINATIONS FORM and email it to carolball@ymail.com or laura.ewoldt@gmail.com by November 1, 2017


Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award (ODY)

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year Award (ODY) is to recognize the professional contributions of a member to the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the dietetics profession. The ODY recipient is published in a fall issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Criteria for Selection:

  • - Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and MS-AND
  • - A registered, licensed dietitian over the age of 30
  • - Demonstrates leadership to advance the profession of Dietetics legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, career guidance, public relations, community - nutrition, and management
  • - Active in the affiliate in various aspects of leadership and service
  • - One who gives "above and beyond" in service to the association's projects and duties (attends more than 50% of district and MS-AND meetings)
  • - Noteworthy community service in nutrition/dietetics (such as speaking engagements, articles in newspapers, trade magazines, or other current reliable publications)

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award (RYDY)

The purpose of the Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award (RYDY) program is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy), and to encourage their continued participation in the Academy's affairs. This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the Academy will develop at the district, state, and national levels. In addition to publishing the list of RYDYs in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, each awardee will receive a formal certificate of recognition from the President of the Academy.

Criteria for Selection:

  • - Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and MS-AND
  • - Must be 35 years or younger as of April 1, 2018
  • - Active participant in the national, state, or district association
  • - Not previously selected as an RYDY
  • - Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population
  • - Demonstrated leadership in legislation, research, education, management either in the association or through employment

Emerging Dietetic Leader Award (EDL)

This award was established by the 1996 Academy Board of Directors to recognize the competence and activities of members, regardless of their age, who are at the beginning of their dietetics careers. Members who receive this honor support the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the public through demonstrating leadership in legislation, research, education, management, and other areas related to the profession.

Criteria for Selection:

  • - Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and MS-AND
  • - 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)
  • - Active participation in the national, state, or district association for at least 5 years
  • - Is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Dietetic Technician, Registered, or Nutrition and Dietetics Technician, Registered
  • - Not previously selected as RYDY 
  • - Demonstrated leadership e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the affiliate, community, or employment

Magnolia Award

The purpose of the Magnolia Award is to recognize an individual outside the profession of dietetics who demonstrated outstanding interest, support, and contributions to the profession of dietetics.

Criteria for Selection:

  • - An individual outside the profession of dietetics who demonstrates outstanding interest, support, and contributions to the profession of dietetics
  • - One who has made significant contributions to human welfare through a profession other than dietetics
  • - One who demonstrates good will through notable service in furthering the advancement of the profession of dietetics
  • - One who promotes nutrition in a manner as supported by scientific evidence and sound nutritional fact
  • - One who displays keen interest in improving nutrition for all persons of all ages


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