Nevada Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sachiko T. St. Jeor to Receive Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Highest Award
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CHICAGO – Registered dietitian nutritionist Sachiko T. St. Jeor, an internationally recognized leader in obesity research and medical education, has been named the 2013 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award.
St. Jeor, a clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas, professor emerita of internal medicine at the University of Nevada – Reno and adjunct professor of nutrition at the University of Utah, will receive the Copher Award October 19 at the Opening Session of the Academy's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Houston, Texas.
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.
An Academy member since 1964, St. Jeor has made unique contributions to the development of nutrition assessment and evaluation methods for both inpatient metabolic and outpatient behavioral research studies. In the words of colleagues who recommended her for the award: "Dr. St. Jeor's work serves to underscore the importance of the registered dietitian nutritionist as an integral component of medical education and the health care team."
St. Jeor has conducted groundbreaking work in areas including the integration of nutrition into medical education; obesity; the dietary needs of kidney disease patients; cardiovascular nutrition; nutrition assessment and weight management. She has advocated for the role of dietetics and nutrition in research, serving the National Institutes of Health in three major study sections: Behavioral Medicine, Epidemiology and Disease Control, and Health Context and Behavior.
St. Jeor has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific studies, many of which were funded by NIH. She was the principal investigator of the landmark RENO (Relationship of Energy, Nutrition and Obesity) Diet Heart Study, involving 500 volunteers residing in and around Reno, Nev. The study resulted in dozens of scientific publications and a widely used clinical nutrition textbook that she edited, Obesity Assessment: Tools, Methods and Interpretations (Chapman & Hall 1997).
Her research also led to the development and publication in 1990 of the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation, which has become the standard method of measuring a person's resting metabolic rate – a critical step in the difficult process of accurately estimating an individual's daily calorie requirements.
"Dr. St. Jeor’s contributions in the development of the Mifflin-St. Jeor equation have permanently altered the manner in which health care professionals in all fields assess adequacy of intake," according to her colleagues.
Among St. Jeor's decades of work in improving the public's nutritional health, she served on the 1995 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, which was the first to offer healthy weight recommendations and to include physical activity as part of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.
Within the Academy, St. Jeor has served on the Academy's Board of Directors; in the House of Delegates; on the Council of Research, including as chair; on the Academy Foundation’s Board of Directors; on the Weight Management dietetic practice group’s Research Committee; on the Academy's Obesity Steering Group; and as the Academy's representative to the North American Association for Obesity.
St. Jeor has also served on committees of the National Academy of Sciences; the U.S. Departments of Agriculture and Health and Human Services; National Institutes of Health; and the National Nutrition Committee of the American Heart Association. She is a recognized fellow of societies including The Obesity Society, Society of Behavioral Medicine and American Heart Association, as well as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and has served on the editorial boards of 10 peer-reviewed journals.
St. Jeor is a graduate of the University of Utah. She earned a master’s degree from the University of Iowa and a doctorate from Pennsylvania State University. She completed a dietetic internship at the State University of Iowa Hospitals.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy’s Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
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.