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Sauer assumes president-elect role for Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Friday, June 12, 2020

On June 1, Kevin Sauer assumed the role of president-elect for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. He will serve as the 96th President in 2021-2022 and is the third faculty member from K-State to serve in this prestigious role.  The most recent person to serve in this capacity, via the former American Dietetic Association, was Grace Shugart, just over 50 years ago.

Sauer is a professor in the department of food, nutrition, dietetics and health, College of Health and Human Sciences, and co-director of the national Center for Food Safety Research in Child Nutrition Programs. He specializes in administrative dietetics and has previous experience in health care food and nutrition services, school nutrition and university dining. Sauer is an accomplished educator and researcher who has been honored locally and nationally for his work including the K-State Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Kansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2015 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year Award, the 2019 Mentoring Award and the Outstanding Educator Award. His extensive service to the Academy includes being a former chair of the Commission on Dietetic Registration and the CDR's Examination Panel as well as the chair of the 2020 CDR RDN/NDTR Entry-Level Practice Audit. He was adirector at-large on the Academy’s Board of Directors in 2017-2020 and served on the Council on Future Practice; House of Delegates Evolution Design Team; Council on Research; Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors Council; Research Priorities and Development Task Force; Code of Ethics Revision Task Force and the Academy Foundation’s Healthy and Sustainable Food Systems collaborative. He earned his undergraduate, master’s and doctoral degrees from K-State.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917, by a visionary group of women dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public's health and nutrition during World War I. Today, the Academy represents more than 100,000 credentialed practitioners — registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered, and other dietetics and nutrition professionals holding undergraduate and advanced degrees in nutrition and dietetics, and students — and is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Members of the Academy play a key role in shaping the public's food choices, thereby improving its nutritional status, and in treating persons with illnesses or injuries. Members offer preventive and medical nutrition therapy services in a variety of settings. As a leader in food and nutrition issues, the Academy provides expert testimony at hearings, lobbies Congress and other governmental bodies, comments on proposed federal and state regulations, and develops position statements on critical food and nutrition issues.

This article was posted on Friday, June 12, 2020, and is filed under College News, Food, Nutrition, Dietetics and Health.