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Award Helps Create World-Class Kiwi Nutritionists

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Award Helps Create World-Class Kiwi Nutritionists

Auckland, 17 June 2008 – The New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and Kellogg New Zealand today announced the re-launch of a major award which has already helped 10 leading Kiwi professionals achieve further skills and knowledge in the nutrition field.

The Nutritionist Development Award was first established in 1994 to promote academic and professional development support in the New Zealand Nutrition landscape, with the goal of improving the nutritional status of New Zealanders.

With the nutrition sector still in hot debate over the rising costs of food, the obesity ‘epidemic’ and the concerns of healthy nutrition constantly in the media, the New Zealand Nutrition Foundation and Kellogg’s New Zealand have reinstated the award in an effort to boost the career, knowledge and skills of Kiwi Nutritionists.

Sue Pollard, CEO, New Zealand Nutrition Foundation, says reinstating this award is going to significantly benefit New Zealanders.

“New Zealanders pride themselves on healthy and active lifestyles. This award recognises the efforts and ambitions of our local nutritionist talent who aim to help us stay healthy, by supporting them to learn new skills to be better professionals in their field”.

The winner will use the prize to attend an agreed overseas conference or course.

Past winners have gone on to work in such diverse areas as nutrition communication to consumers and heath professionals, public health consultancy, academic research and nutrition programmes. Their initiatives include the free fruit to primary schools pilot study, obesity prevention programmes and research studies into topics such as cardiovascular disease, Type 2 Diabetes, breakfast eating habits of adolescents, Folate and Vitamin B12, glycaemic index, lipids and carbohydrates.

The award entrants’ applications include a short paper describing how they believe they could contribute to improving the nutritional status of New Zealanders, along with providing their curriculum vitae and two references.


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