FROM THE ACADEMY
Andrew S. Narva, MD, FASN, and Michelle Obama Awarded Honorary Memberships
HE ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS HAS BEEN GRANTING HONORARY MEMBERSHIP TO NONMEMBERS FOR their distinguished contributions to the ﬁeld of dietetics since 1954. Every year, up to three nonmembers are named honorary members of the Academy based on their professional knowledge, technical expertise, and promotion of the Academy’s mission, vision, and values.
Those chosen as honorary members have also demonstrated good will through notable national or international service, promoted nutrition and dietetics practitioners as contributors to the optimal health and nutritional status of the public, and aided in the advancement of the profession and the Academy. In October 2017, at the 100th annual Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Chicago, IL, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics awarded honorary memberships to Andrew S. Narva, MD, FASN, and Michelle Obama.
Andrew S. Narva, MD, FASN In recognition of:
Michelle Obama In recognition of her actions as First Lady and:
His dedicated focus to improve the nutrition care of underserved populations most at risk for chronic kidney disease throughout his career with the Indian Health Service and the National Kidney Disease Education Program at the National Institutes of Health. His vision, clinical insight, and expertise, used to inﬂuence health systems change to reduce the burden of chronic kidney disease by implementing interdisciplinary care for people with kidney disease in the primary care setting, including care from the registered dietitian nutritionist. His tireless efforts to educate, both within and outside the federal government, the primary care team and the public about the beneﬁts of chronic kidney disease medical nutrition therapy and the role of the registered dietitian nutritionist as a key member of the interdisciplinary care team. His innovative development and promotion of unbiased, simple, and easy-to-use evidence-based patient educational materials and professional resources to support patient self-management, shared decision making, and training in chronic kidney disease nutrition management. His unwavering support and mentoring of registered dietitian nutritionists to assist in the development and promotion of national nutrition education and training programs in chronic kidney disease. His enthusiastic sharing of knowledge and skills with the nutrition community.
Her promotion of many policy changes to improve the nutritional health of Americans and actions that advance the Academy’s vision of optimizing health through food and nutrition. Her announcement of and involvement with the Let’s Move campaign, which identiﬁed realistic and comprehensive strategies to guide children on a path to a better future by giving parents useful information and fostering environments that support healthy choices. Her positive role modeling of healthful behaviors, specifically encouraging better food and beverage choices and increased physical activity for both children and adults. Her consistent and enthusiastic support of registered dietitian nutritionists as food and nutrition experts and reliance on evidence-based strategies to address childhood obesity. Her public advocacy for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which updated school nutrition standards for the ﬁrst time in 15 years. Her installation of the ﬁrst White House garden since Eleanor Roosevelt’s in 1943, which has sparked a national conversation around nutrition, health, and wellness and has promoted growing fresh fruits and vegetables in home and community gardens.
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