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Dittrick Museum of Medical History Spotlights Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ First Century

Posted on May 17, 2017

Centennial of the Dietetics Profession: New Exhibit at Dittrick Museum
of Medical History Spotlights Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ First Century

CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917. To commemorate the Academy’s centennial, a new exhibit at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University vividly depicts the Academy’s century of bringing nutrition and health to the public, in the U.S. and throughout the world.

The exhibit, “Celebrating the Centennial of the Dietetics Profession in America: 100 Years of Optimizing Health through Food and Nutrition,” will run from May 1 to 22. The exhibit includes original photographs, archives and commemorative items documenting the organization’s first century.The Academy’s Foundation provided a grant to Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to create the exhibit, which also includes materials depicting the history of the dietetics profession in Cleveland and Ohio.

“In 1917, a group of courageous women gathered in Cleveland with a powerful vision,” said Lucille Beseler, a registered dietitian nutritionist and the Academy’s 2016-2017 President. “Dedicated to addressing the leading health challenges of the day during World War I – conserving food at home and feeding the troops abroad – these dietitians created an organization and a profession that changed the course of nutrition and health.”

More information on the Academy’s centennial is available at http://www.eatrightpro.org/history-timeline. Details on the Academy’s Second Century initiative are at http://www.eatrightfoundation.org/why-it-matters/second-century.

Note to media:

Members of the media are invited to preview the exhibit during the week of April 24. Please contact Jennifer Nieves, registrar/archivist, at 216/368-3648. A reception for Academy leaders, members and guests will be held May 17 at 7:15 p.m. at the Dittrick Museum, 11000 Euclid Ave. The reception is open to media coverage, and Academy leaders and members will be available for interviews.