National Honors and Awards

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors individuals who have advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, have exhibited leadership and have shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied fields. These honors recognize outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession.

Use the following guidelines when submitting a nomination:

  • Prepare the nomination to ensure that the nominee meets all of the appropriate award criteria.
  • Review the list of previous award recipients to identify the attributes and contributions demonstrated to make them award recipients.
  • Taking into account the award criteria, make sure your nomination presents clear and specific responses as to why the nominee is being nominated.
  • Solicit letters of support from individuals who are relatively senior and well known in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and/or profession.
    • Provide individuals offering to write letters of support with the associated award description and criteria to assist them in framing their letters.
    • Ensure that letters of support and/or print materials accurately describe the candidate’s leadership, contributions, impact and achievements for the associated award.
  • When applicable, choose supporting materials that identify the nominee's contributions directly relevant to the award qualifications.

Tips and Resources

  • Lifetime Achievement Award

    The Academy's highest honor, this is awarded to a member who has contributed through extensive, active participation and service at all levels of the Academy.

  • Nomination Tips and Guidance

    Whether you are seeking nomination or looking to nominate a colleague dedicated to the profession, these tips and guidance can help create nomination success.

  • Honorary Membership

    Honorary membership is generally awarded to two non-members every year based on their professional knowledge, technical expertise and promotion of the Academy's mission, vision and values.

  • Trailblazer Award & Lectureship

    Jointly bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the Trailblazer Award & Lectureship recognizes exceptional leaders who have advanced the science at the nexus of nutrition/dietetics and food science for at least five years.

  • Medallion Award

    This award honors Academy members who have shown dedication to the high standards of the nutrition and dietetics profession through active participation, leadership and devotion to serving others in nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied health fields.

  • Media Excellence Award

    Presented to an individual reporter, publication or program for consistent, high-quality nutrition reporting.

  • Outstanding Social Media Award

    The Outstanding Social Media Award recognizes creative, innovative and effective engagement with the public through social media platforms and blogs.

  • Excellence in Practice Awards

    These awards are meant to recognize outstanding RDNs, NDTRs and members who have demonstrated innovation, creativity and leadership in a specific area of practice.

  • 2022 Academy National Honors and Awards Recipients

    In recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the dietetics profession, 21 individuals have been selected by the Honors Committee and Board of Directors to receive top Academy honors and awards.