NASHVILLE, Tenn. (TSU News Service) – The Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has announced Tennessee State University’s Dr. Sandria Godwin as the recipient of the 2013 Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award.
According to the award, the Outstanding Dietitian of the Year award is meant to recognize a “promoter of optimal health and nutrition in the community [who] demonstrate[s] leadership in the association or in a place of employment.”
Family and Consumer Sciences student Nataliia Johnson nominated Godwin, the director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics in the College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences, for the award.
“Dr. Godwin is not only an excellent dietetics educator, but a great person,” Johnson said. “She genuinely cares about each student’s personal growth and success.”
For Godwin, whose many accolades include induction into TSU’s Agriculture and Home Economics Hall of Fame, and Million Dollar Club along with more than 70 publications, the award is a commemoration of many years of hard work. “I am very pleased to receive this award recognizing my many years of dedication to the dietetics profession,” she said. “It was especially meaningful since I was nominated by my student.”
The award was presented by to Dr. Godwin at the NAND Winter Meeting, held on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Vanderbilt 100 Oaks Conference Room, by current NAND president Katherine Fowler.
“[Dr. Godwin] teaches classes and conducts research averaging more than $1 million each year in internally and externally funded research … and has been a consultant dietitian for the Metropolitan Action Commission Head Start Program in Nashville for the past six years, and has conducted more than 30 research studies important to the field,” Fowler said. “If all that isn’t enough, she also finds time to volunteer with the American Red Cross and other organizations.”
The Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an advocate for Nashville dietitians and the dietetic profession. They serve the public through the promotion of optimal nutrition, health and well-being.
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