Awards and Honors

AWARD CATEGORIES

Criteria for AZAND Award Selection:

Emerging Dietetic Leader (EDL) Award

1 candidate selected
1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2. 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.
3. Active participation in the national, state, or district association for at least 5 years.
4. Is a Registered Dietitian, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, or Dietetic Technician, Registered.
5. Not previously selected as an RYDY or RDTY in your current or any other affiliate.
6. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the population.
7. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the
Association, community, or employment.


Outstanding Dietetic Student Award(Dietetic Internship, Didactic Program in Dietetics, Dietetic Technician Program)

1 candidate selected from each program
1. 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).
2. Student enrolled in ACEND-accredited dietetics education program (CP, DI, DPD, DT, FG, FB,
IDE/FDE).
3. Demonstrated academic achievement as documented by letters from program faculty or preceptor.
4. Demonstrated leadership and professional potential; e.g., honors, student dietetic association
activities, community service activities, etc.


Outstanding Dietitian of the Year (ODY) Award

1 candidate selected
1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
2. Active participation in the national, state, or district association
3. Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist
4. Not previously selected for this award in current or any other affiliate
5. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., in the
Association, community, or employment


Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year (RDTY) Award 

1 candidate selected 
1. Active membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2. Is a Dietetic Technician, Registered.
3. Active participation in national, affiliate, or district association.
4. Not previously selected for this award in current or any other affiliate.
5. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the
population.
6. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., legislation, research, education, clinical dietetics, food service
management, public relations, career guidance, etc., in the association or employment.


Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year (RYDY) Award

1 candidate selected from each district  
1. Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
2. Age limit as of May 1 deadline, 35 years or younger.
3. Active participation in the national, state, or district association.
4. Is a Registered Dietitian or Registered Dietitian Nutritionist.
5. Not previously selected as an RYDY in current or any other affiliate.
6. Demonstrated concern for the promotion of optimal health and nutritional status of the
population.
7. Demonstrated leadership, e.g., in legislation, research, education, management, etc., either in the
Association or employment.
*The award application deadline is March 31st, 2021