Florida Registered Dietitian Judith C. Rodriguez Becomes 2010-11 President of American Dietetic Association
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CHICAGO – Registered dietitian Judith C. Rodriguez, of Jacksonville, Fla., professor in the department of nutrition and dietetics at the University of North Florida, begins her one-year term June 1 as the 2010-2011 president of the American Dietetic Association.
Rodriguez is ADA’s 85th president. She has served as president-elect since June 2009.
“The passage of comprehensive national health reform legislation this past spring will prove to be a landmark event in the history of nutrition and health in the United States. I am proud to serve as president of the world’s leading organization of food and nutrition professionals at this crucial time,” Rodriguez said.
“Nutrition education and services provided by food and nutrition professionals will become even more important in the coming years if we are to make progress in such vital health areas as reversing the obesity epidemic in our country, especially among children.”
An area of particular interest for Rodriguez is increasing “cultural competence” among food and nutrition professionals. “Our nation faces rapidly changing demographics, coupled with many obstacles to high-quality health care that arise from many different sources and throughout the world,” Rodriguez said.
“These include socioeconomic inequality, disability, low literacy, language proficiency and access to accurate nutrition information. ADA is committed to helping our members develop the knowledge and skills necessary to be all people's most-trusted and most often-chosen expert when it comes to food and nutrition. We must provide all nutrition professionals with a foundation of knowledge on which to build their cultural competence skills and improve the quality of care we provide to patients and clients of all backgrounds,” Rodriguez said.
Rodriguez has also served as chairperson of the University of North Florida’s department of public health and director of the undergraduate program in dietetics and the master of science in health nutrition and dietetic internship programs.
She is the author of the Latino Food Lover’s Glossary (Florida Dietetic Association 2009), The Diet Selector (Running Press 2007) and Contemporary Nutrition for Latinos (iUniverse Star 2004). Rodriguez has a variety of community and other practice experiences in nutrition and dietetics, including teaching food, nutrition and health courses at a number of colleges and universities.
She received the 2008 Women of Color Cultural Foundation Award (Education) and the 2003 Hispanics Achieving Community Excellence Award (Education) and was named Distinguished Dietitian in 2001 by the Florida Dietetic Association. Rodriguez has served as chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s Fellow Program Evaluation Task Force; as a Florida and Commission on Dietetic Registration Delegate in ADA’s House of Delegates; on ADA’s Phase II Dietetics Practice and Education Task Force; and as a reviewer for the Journal of the American Dietetic Association.
Rodriguez served on ADA’s Board of Directors representing the House of Delegates and chaired the nominating committee of ADA’s Latinos and Hispanics in Dietetics and Nutrition member interest group.
Rodriguez is a graduate of New York University, where she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nutrition and higher education. She holds a doctorate in cultural anthropology from Rutgers University.
The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. To locate a registered dietitian in your area, visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.
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