Annual Award Information

The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics honors individuals who have advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, have exhibited leadership by standing out among their peers, have shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics as well as allied fields, and have demonstrated a true passion to fostering a healthy community, state, nation, and/or world. Click here to view past award winners.

2022 Award Application - please submit your award application along with a current resume and at least three letters of recommendation to Margery R. Ruch, RDN, LDN at [email protected]


Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (ODY) Award

The ODY Award recognizes the commitment to excellence made by an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and service to the profession. 

Deadline: January 15, 2022 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Active participation in the national, state, or district association. 
  • Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or the equivalent in their own country if an international member.
  • Not previously selected for this award in current or any other affiliate.
  • Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the Association, community or employment.

Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) Award

The purpose of the RYDY program is to recognize the competence and activities of younger dietitians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs. This group will be an additional resource from which the leadership of the association will develop both at the district, state, and national levels.

Deadline: January 15, 2022 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information 
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Age limit as of May 1deadline, 35 years or younger.
  • Active participation in the national, state, or district association.
  • Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or the equivalent in their own country if an international member.
  • Not previously selected as an RYDY in current or any other affiliate.
  • Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
  • Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., either in the Association or employment.

Recognized Young Dietetic Technician of the Year (RDTY) Award

The purpose of the RDTY Award is to recognize the professional contributions of dietetic technicians in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and to encourage their continued participation in association affairs.

Deadline: January 15, 2022 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information
  • Active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 
  • Is a Dietetic Technician, Registered.
  • Active participation in national, affiliate, or district association.
  • Not previously selected for this award in current or any other affiliate.
  • Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
  • Demonstrated leadership, e.g., legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, food service management, public relations, career guidance, etc., in the association or employment.

Emerging Dietetic Leader (EDL) Award

The EDL Award recognizes the competence and activities of dietitians regardless of their age, who have made distinctive contributions early in their dietetics careers to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Deadline: January 15, 2022 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • Initial practice experience not less than 5 years and not greater than 10 years. Interrupted careers or time periods not in practice, are not to be considered or rationed into the 5-10 years of professional practice experience.
  • Active participation in the national, state, or district association for at least 5 years.
  • Is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist or Dietetic Technician, Registered or the equivalent in their own country if an international member.
  • Not previously selected as a Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) or Recognized Dietetic technician of the Year (RDTY) in your current or any other affiliate.
  • Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
  • Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the Association, community or employment.

Outstanding Dietetics Student Awards

The purpose of the Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program is to recognize the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited dietetics education programs and encourage their participation in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. A student from each type of education program within a state will be selected.

Deadline: December 15, 2021 - no late entries will be accepted

Criteria for Selection: Click here for more information
  • Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Students must be members by January 1st of the year in which they would receive the award. Students must supply their membership number; membership identification numbers will not be provided to a third party (i.e., educators).
  • Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT, FEM, IDE/FDE).
  • Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
  • Demonstrated leadership and professional potential, e.g., honors, student dietetic association activities, community service activities, etc.

Award Recognition

  • A certificate of recognition will be sent to the selectees together with a congratulatory letter from the President of the Academy. 
  • The list of recipients for the year will be published in a fall issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics provided information is submitted to the Academy by May 1st. 
  • The Illinois Academy will recognize awardees year long on our website and individual recognition at Spring Assembly.
Click here to view past award winners