Food and nutrition expert receives highest honor from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
SUSAN T. BORRA, AUTHORITY ON COMMUNICATION, EDUCATION AND FOOD AND NUTRITION POLICY, RECEIVES GREATEST HONOR FROM NUTRITION AND DIETARY ACADEMY
Newswise – CHICAGO – Susan T. Borra, registered dietitian-nutritionist and national authority on nutrition and food communication, education and policy, has been named the 2021 recipient of the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award, the highest distinction awarded by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.
The Copher Prize is nominated for a start of 20e– a pioneering century in dietetics that was recognized by the British and French governments for its service during World War I. After the war, Marjorie Hulsizer Copher was head dietitian at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. After her death, a gift from Copher’s Husband to the Academy (then known as the American Dietetic Association) created the award in her honor.
Borra, of Burke, Va., Is a nationally recognized leader with over 40 years of experience in strategically leading issues, policies, strategies, communications programs and resource management in matters of nutrition and food safety for national organizations representing the retail and food processing industries.
Borra retired in 2019 as Director of Health and Wellness at FMI: The Food Industry Organization (formerly Food Marketing Institute), where she worked for over a decade and as Executive Director of the IMF Foundation. Previously, she was IMF Senior Vice President for Communications and Strategic Planning.
Prior to IMF, Borra was executive vice president and general manager of nutrition, food and wellness at public relations agency Edelman; Executive Vice President of the International Food Information Council and Foundation; and president of the IFIC Foundation. Previously, she was Senior Vice President and Director of Nutrition at IFIC. Borra worked as Director of Consumer Affairs at the IMF and as Director of Professional Health Services for the Dairy Council of the Upper Chesapeake Bay, MD.
Borra has served the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in numerous leadership positions at the local, state, and national levels. She was president of the Academy in 2001-2002; director and president of the Academy Foundation and member of the Foundation’s Nomination Committee; Chairman of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee and member of the Academy’s Board of Trustees. Borra represented Maryland in the Academy’s House of Delegates and was a founding member of the Academy’s Diet, Food and Culinary Practice Group.
Borra has also held senior volunteer positions with the American Society of Nutrition, the Institute of Food Technologists, the Society for Nutrition Education, the Retail Dietitians Business Alliance, and the American Heart Association. She is a member of the board of directors of the Partnership for Food Safety Education. She served on the National Academy of Sciences subcommittee on the interpretation and use of Dietary Reference Intakes.
In the words of a colleague: “Opportunity is Sue Borra’s favorite word. In the many years I have known and worked with Sue, she has always rallied her team with words of encouragement to tackle challenges by looking for opportunities to create something great. Whether she’s investigating trends in the health and wellness of supermarket shoppers, nutrition labeling, childhood obesity, food as a medicine, or a host of other nutrition-related issues, Sue includes many different voices and points of view to ensure the best possible thinking. a project. She sets an example through her strong work ethic, which includes fun. She reminds us that it is important to have burst out laughing before 10 a.m. every day.
Borra is a graduate of the University of Maryland and completed her coordinated undergraduate program in dietetics at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore.
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