Lenna Frances Cooper's leadership as co-founder of the American Dietetic Association in 1917 and first president of the Michigan Dietetic Association has cemented her legacy within the nutrition and dietetics profession. She was a nurse by training who, under the tutelage of Dr. John Harvey Kellogg and his wife, Ella Eaton Kellogg, at the Battle Creek Sanitarium in Michigan, became a staunch advocate for health care through diet and a pioneer in the field of vegetarian nutrition. Her first book, The New Cookery (Good Health Publishing Co. 1913), featured a then-novel concept of nutritionally balanced and wholesomely prepared vegetarian recipes for good health. She became the first director and dean of the school of home economics and the head dietitian at the Battle Creek Sanitarium, from which more than 500 dietitians graduated during her tenure. At the Sanitarium, she oversaw the development of all the medical nutrition therapy menus for the patients, which were entirely vegetarian. She also served on the staff of the U.S. Surgeon General and created the department of dietetics at the National Institutes of Health.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture honors an Academy member who has been recognized as a notable and inspiring speaker. The member chosen to deliver the Cooper Memorial Lecture is an experienced speaker with the ability to communicate expert knowledge to a broad audience, as well as a dedicated Academy member whose unique experiences and contributions to the profession make him or her a role model in the field of nutrition and dietetics.
- A member of the Academy.
- Be a recognized speaker:
- Ability to relate area of expertise to a broad audience.
- Spoken to diverse professional groups within the last three (3) to five (5) years.
- Reputation as a speaker of note .
- Has professional recognition and conduct:
- Contribution to the profession through service at the national, state, dietetic practice or member interest (DPG/MIG) groups or district/local levels.
- Unique experiences which are of unusual interest to the profession.
- Source of inspiration and outstanding role model.
- Topic to be selected by the speaker should be of widespread interest to Academy members and one normally associated with the speaker's work.
- A recognized speaker: (75 points)
- Expresses the ability to relate area of expertise to a broad audience.
- Spoken to diverse professional groups:
- Must include titles, topics, dates, organization and size of audience of five (5) major presentations with summary of attendee evaluations.
- Reputation as a speaker of note:
- Must include a list of five (5) diverse professional groups spoken to with dates, names of organizations, size of audience and topics within the last five years; these should be different from any already provided.
- Professional recognition and conduct: (25 points)
- Describes contributions to the profession through service at the national, state, dietetic practice and member interest (DPG/MIG) groups or district/local levels.
- Provides unique experiences which are of unusual interest to the profession.
- Describes sources of inspiration and outstanding role model.
The Lenna Frances Cooper Memorial Lecture is selected one year prior to the presentation. The recipient of this year's award will present at next year's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.™