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Iowa Registered Dietitian Kathleen Niedert Receives Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Highest Award

2012-08-02

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

Registered dietitian Kathleen C. Niedert, a specialist in long-term and geriatric care, has been named the 2012 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Niedert, a resident of Hudson, Iowa, will receive the Copher Award October 6 at the Opening Session of the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pa.

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 the Academy (then known as the American Dietetic Association) established the award in her honor.

Niedert currently holds the position of administrator of Park View Manor, Inc., within Western Home Communities, a 750-unit continuing care retirement community in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Previously, as owner of Omega Health Associates, her work included serving as a nutrition consultant to extended care facilities, physicians, substance abuse programs, home health-care providers and private industry.

Niedert has served as an adjunct faculty member at the University of Northern Iowa, teaching courses in nutrition, human metabolism and food chemistry. A widely published author, she was the editor of the Academy’s Nutrition Care of the Older Adult (2004). She is a past president of the Iowa Dietetic Association and Mid-East District Dietetic Association and former chair of the Academy's Dietetics in Health Care Communities (formerly Consultant Dietitians in Health Care Facilities) dietetic practice group.

An Academy member since 1980, Niedert received the Academy's 2009 Medallion Award for service to the organization and the dietetics profession; the 2001 Award of Excellence in Consultation and Business Practice; and the 2000 Service Award. She also received the Iowa Dietetic Association's 1997 Medallion Award and was named the 1992 Iowa Outstanding Dietitian of the Year.

Niedert served on the Academy's Board of Directors from 2002 to 2005; and in the House of Delegates from 2006 to 2009. She is a member of the Academy's Commission on Dietetic Registration, representing members holding specialty certifications in gerontology. Niedert wrote the Academy's position paper "Liberalization of the Diet Prescription Improves Quality of Life for Older Adults in Long-Term Care."

In the words of her colleagues: "As with each individual, Dr. Niedert represents different things to many people; but universally, she is acknowledged as a leader, committed to her profession and to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that she has so ably served."

Niedert is a graduate of Iowa State University and earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Northern Iowa. She earned a PhD in health care administration from Warren National University for her research on the use of liberalized diets in long-term care settings.

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The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.