Georgia Registered Dietitian M. Josephine Martin Receives American Dietetic Association's Highest Award
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CHICAGO – Registered dietitian M. Josephine Martin, a nationally recognized authority on school foodservice and child nutrition programs, has been named the 2010 recipient of the American Dietetic Association's highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award.
An ADA member since 1948, Martin has been described by colleagues as "one of the handful of Americans who paved the way for implementation and sustainability of the nation's school feeding programs." Martin, a resident of Decatur, Ga., will receive the Copher Award on November 6 at the Opening Session of ADA’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Boston, Mass.
The Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award is named for an early 20th-century pioneer in dietetics who was recognized by the British and French governments for her service in World War I and was chief dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis. After her death, a gift from her husband to ADA established the award in her honor.
Martin is president of the Josephine Martin Group Inc. She worked for more than 30 years at the Georgia Department of Education, including as area school lunch supervisor, administrator of the school food and nutrition program, director of the local systems support division and associate state superintendent of schools. She also worked as executive director of the National Food Service Management Institute at the University of Mississippi, where she remains a consultant, and as an instructor at Georgia State University and the University of Georgia.
Martin's work with Congress is credited with passage in 1970 of the first law to require free and reduced-price meals to economically needy children based on uniform eligibility. The law also created the first national support for nutrition education as well as a national advisory council. Martin’s expertise continued to be sought by legislators; in 1999, she was asked to provide background information for child nutrition legislation being introduced in the U.S. Senate.
According to the Senate's Select Committee on Nutrition and Human Needs: "Those of us in legislative roles turned to Jo Martin time and again for her expertise in matters ranging from politics and policy to intricate questions of drafting and implementation. No unelected person played a larger, more intelligent and more constructive role in the expansion of our food and nutrition programs than she did. Never taking credit to herself, never uttering an unhelpful word, never taking her eye off the prize of healthier, wiser, happier American children, Josephine raised us all to her level."
Martin has edited or co-authored four books including the widely used Managing Child Nutrition Programs: Leadership for Excellence (Jones and Bartlett 2007). Martin is a graduate of the University of Georgia. She earned a master's degree from Columbia University and a doctorate in education administration and leadership from Georgia State 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. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.