VILLANOVA, Pa. – Denice Ferko-Adams, MPH, RD, LDN, Director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education at Villanova University’s College of Nursing, will receive the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ prestigious 2012 Medallion Award Oct. 7, in recognition of her outstanding leadership and service to the Academy and the dietetics profession. The award will be presented at the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, Pa. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976.
The Academy’s Medallion Award recognizes Ferko-Adams’ leadership and dedication to the Academy at the national, state and district levels. She has held many roles, including president of the Pennsylvania Dietetic Association, Chair for the Nutrition Entrepreneurs Dietetic Practice Group (DPG), and Professional Issues Delegate in the Academy.
Ferko-Adams has also played an instrumental role is helping to move the dietetics profession in new directions. As president of Wellness Press LLC, for over 20 years, she has been a visionary in the area of wellness through her innovative team-based weight management and health campaigns for worksite employees. Throughout her career, Ferko-Adams has impacted the lives of thousands of consumers, worksite employees, RDs, future RDs, and other healthcare educators and professionals.
In her current position as Director of the MacDonald Center for Obesity Prevention and Education (COPE) at Villanova University’s College of Nursing, Ferko-Adams continues to demonstrate how dietitians can work collaboratively with others and continue to build partnerships outside of the dietetic profession. The Center serves as a locus for interdisciplinary collaboration in the prevention of obesity through education and research, supporting and developing educational programs and evidence-based services for health professionals, educators, students, families, community groups, worksites and the public. Click here for more about COPE.
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