Academy Names New Media Spokespeople

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Names New National Media Spokespeople for 2015-2018

Editors: Please note local interest.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has appointed two registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople: Nancy Farrell, MS, RDN, of Fredericksburg, Va., and Kristen Gradney, RDN, LDN, of Baton Rouge, La. The Academy's nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 registered dietitian nutritionists who conduct thousands of nutrition and healthful eating interviews each year on behalf of the Academy with print, broadcast and online media.

As registered dietitian nutritionists, Academy spokespeople are the food and nutrition experts. They have fulfilled specific requirements, including having earned at least a bachelor's degree (more than half of the spokespeople hold advanced degrees), completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination — in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.

"As Americans show a continued interest in utilizing food and nutrition to improve their health, it is imperative that they have timely, accurate and science-based information from trusted sources," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy President Dr. Evelyn Crayton. "The Academy and our volunteer media spokespeople are dedicated to ensuring everyone, consumers and media alike, know where to turn when seeking this credible information."

"As recognized food and nutrition experts, these 30 registered dietitian nutritionists serve as the face and voice of the Academy in the media, providing consumers with information they can use to eat right, live better and make knowledgeable and healthful food choices," Crayton said.

The following registered dietitian nutritionists have been appointed as new Academy spokespeople for 2015-2018:

  • Nancy Farrell, MS, RDN, Fredericksburg, Va. (Public Policy and Advocacy Specialist)
    Farrell is a private-practice RDN providing individual assessment and counseling services as well as workplace-based group nutrition seminars and workshops. She is the state policy representative for the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and an adjunct professor at Germanna Community College and the University of Mary Washington.
  • Kristen Gradney, RDN, LDN, Baton Rouge, La.
    Gradney is the director of nutrition and metabolic services at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center and a former manager of nutrition services at Woman's Center for Wellness. She is the state policy representative for the Louisiana Dietetic Association. She specializes in meal planning, healthy shopping, family nutrition and disease management.

Additionally, the Academy reappointed three spokespeople for 2015-2018:

  • Kristi King, MPH, RDN, LD, CNSC, Houston, Texas
  • Angela Lemond, RDN, CSP, LD, Dallas, Texas
  • Jennifer McDaniel, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, St. Louis, Mo.

More information on the Academy and its spokespeople, including full biographies and headshots, can be found in the Academy's downloadable 2015-2016 Media Guide.

Journalists seeking interviews with Academy food and nutrition experts may contact the Academy's Media Relations Department at 800/877-1600, ext. 4769, or email [email protected].

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at eatright.org.