RD Naomi Trostler to Receive Academy's Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award at FNCE

October 5, 2016

CHICAGO – Registered dietitian Naomi Trostler, PhD, RD, FAND, an internationally recognized authority on dietetics education and practice-based research in dietetics, has been named the 2016 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award.

Trostler, a resident of Israel, will receive the Copher Award October 15 at the Opening Session of the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass.

The Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award is named in honor of an early 20th-century pioneer in dietetics who was recognized by the British and French governments for her service in World War I. Copher served as chief dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. After her death, a gift from her husband to the Academy (then known as the American Dietetic Association) established the award in her honor.

An Academy member since 1969, Trostler has dedicated her career to the advancement of education and practice-based research in the practice of dietetics in her home country of Israel, and she has supported practice-based research in dietetics and the implementation of the Nutrition Care Process in a number of other countries around the world.

Trostler is a retired faculty member and former director of the School of Nutritional Sciences at Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where she worked from 1970 to 2004. Her career features strong involvement in dietetics, research, public policy and global nutrition.

As a researcher, Trostler studied the nutrition and health of teens in the Middle East and Africa. In 2005, she received an award from Tene Bruit, a nongovernmental organization in Israel dedicated to helping Ethiopian immigrants who have developed excess weight, heart disease and diabetes as a result of changes to their lifestyle.

Trostler co-founded the American Overseas Dietetic Association, the Academy's international affiliate. She received AODA's Outstanding Dietitian Award in 2005 and the Distinguished Service Award in 2006. Trostler served for 11 years as AODA's representative to the Academy's House of Delegates, where she was a member of the Academy Positions Committee and the Diversity Committee. Her service to AODA also includes chairing the Scientific Committee.

Trostler was instrumental in creating the Academy's Dietetic Practice Based Research Network. She is a member of the Nutrition Care Process and Terminology Committee and the International Nutrition Care Process and Terminology Work Group. She received the Academy's Medallion Award in 2007 in recognition of her service to the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession.

Trostler co-founded the Israel Dietetic Association and has served as its president. She helped establish licensure for dietitians in Israel and was a representative to the International confederation of Dietetic Associations and is the delegate to the European Federation of Associations of Dietitians.

Trostler is a graduate of the University of California – Berkeley and UC – Davis and received a doctorate from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


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