Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition - A dietetic practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

2015 SCAN Awards & Nominations

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All Nominations Due by: Friday, Febraury 6, 2015, 5:00 PM CST


Excellence in Practice Award

Each year SCAN recognizes the outstanding practice of a SCAN member in one of SCAN’s four practice areas (cardiovascular dietetics, wellness/health promotion, disordered eating, or sports dietetics). The practice area in which the award is given rotates each year based on the nominated candidates.   A member may receive the award for efforts as an individual, part of a group, or part of an organization. Practice may include clinical practice, public health practice, consulting/corporate practice, program development, research, publication, education, or volunteer practice.

Achievement Award

Each year SCAN recognizes a SCAN practitioner who has played a significant role in the evolution of SCAN through both outstanding service to SCAN and professional accomplishments in the field.

Student Award

The SCAN Student Award recognizes a student member who has unmistakable commitment to at least one of SCAN’s practice areas (nutrition for cardiovascular disease, wellness and weight management, disordered eating and eating disorders, or sports and physical performance), as evidenced by outstanding contribution to SCAN, extraordinary community service, and academic excellence. The award will be presented annually at the SCAN Symposium, unless no candidate is nominated or meets the award criteria in a given year.

Distinguished Ambassador Award

The purpose of the SCAN Distinguished Ambassador Award is to acknowledge and bestow an honorary award on a well-respected professional who has consistently advocated for and promoted the registered dietitian as the only food and nutrition expert. Eligible candidates would be non-RD professionals who hold a position of pre-eminence in their specific area of expertise such as education, business, industry, public policy, consumer relations, research, etc. The rationale for this award is to honor a professional who has consistently demonstrated excellence in promoting the expertise of registered dietitians to varied audiences in ways that we cannot do ourselves. This form of promotion is priceless and deserves commendation. 

Distinguished Scholar Award

The SCAN Distinguished Scholar Award recognizes an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to research or the practice of dietetics as a result of continued commitment to scholarship.



Excellence in Practice: Tara Coghlin Dickson, MS, RD, CSSD

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SCAN is proud to present the Excellence in Practice Award, which is one of SCAN’s highest honors, to Tara Coghlin Dickson. Tara has been a clinician, researcher and educator at Stanford University Medical Center for over 25 years. She is the sports nutritionist for Team USA Synchronized Swimming, St Francis Memorial Hospital's Center for Sports Medicine, Dominican University of California and for nearly a decade for Stanford University Varsity Sports.

Tara received her BS in Nutrition Science from University of California at Davis, MS in Nutrition and Biology from University of Bridgeport. She completed tutorial studies in Oxford, England and dietetic internship at the Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston and became a CSSD in 2006.

Tara has played a significant role in SCAN through both outstanding service to the organization as a SCAN volunteer and professional accomplishments in the field as a practitioner. Tara served as SCAN Chair, Nominating Committee Chair, Director of Member Services and SD-USA volunteer for years. Additionally, she has original publications, coauthored a book and contributed to numerous articles. With students, clients and sports teams, Tara has practiced outstanding sports dietetics while exhibiting recognizable integrity and excellence.

Achievement Award: D. Enette Larson-Meyer, PhD, RD, LD, CSSD, FACSM

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In conferring this year’s Achievement Award, SCAN recognizes Dr. Enette Larson-Meyer. Dr. Larson-Meyer teaches and conducts research at the University of Wyoming. Her research interests focus on how nutrition influences the health and performance of active individuals at all stages of the life cycle and at all levels of performance--from the casual exerciser to the elite athlete. Recently, she has become interested in vitamin D status in athletes, and in appetite regulation following exercise. Dr. Larson-Meyer is the former Director of the Health and Fitness Center at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Baton Rouge, LA, a former sports dietitian for the University of Alabama at Birmingham Blazers, and is the author of Vegetarian Sports Nutrition (Human Kinetics, 2007). She has served as a SCAN Volunteer for many years and was SCAN Chair in 2011-2012 and SCAN Symposium Chair between 2006 and 2009. Her personal interests include trail running, flat-water kayaking, Irish Step Dancing and chasing her three athletic teenagers.

Student Award: Lauren Kort

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SCAN’s Student Award recognizes Lauren Kort, a SCAN student member, who has unmistakable commitment to SCAN’s sports practice area as evidenced by outstanding contribution to SCAN, extraordinary community service, and academic excellence. Lauren is a graduate student and dietetic intern at the University of Georgia. She works in the UGA Bone & Body Composition Laboratory under Dr. Richard Lewis, and is conducting an original research project that studies bone density of former NCAA gymnasts. Previously, Lauren spent two years as a sports nutrition assistant in the UGA sports nutrition department, and oversaw nutrition outreach to the swimming and diving, women’s tennis and equestrian teams. Lauren’s first exposure to sports nutrition, and SCAN, was when she was as a sports nutrition intern at the University of North Carolina.

Lauren has been an active member of SCAN since 2010, and her current involvement includes being a social media volunteer, writing PULSE Research Digest summaries and recently co-authoring a sports nutrition fact sheet with Dr. Kelly Pritchett. Lauren has a deep respect for the current and past SCAN board members, and hopes she can follow in their footsteps and significantly contribute to the field of sports nutrition.



Past Excellence in Practice Award Recipients:

1997 Mary Dodds Spoon
1998 Denise Ferko-Adams
1999 Karin Kratina
2001 Melinda Manore
2002 Sondra Kronberg
2003 Susan Kundrat
2004 Brenda Davy
2005 Marilyn C. Holmes
2006 Nancy King
2007 Karen Balnicki Wetherall
2008 Nancy Clark
2009 Lisa Carlson
2010 Reba Sloan
2011 Karen Daigle
2012* Karen Collins, Alisa Krizan, Nanna L. Meyer, Eileen Myers
2013 Satya Jonnalagadda
2014 Tara Coghlin Dickson
*The practice area for this award rotates each year. However, in honor of SCAN's 30th anniversary, the award was given in each of SCAN's four practice areas in 2012.

Past Distinguished Ambassador Award Recipients:

2009 Dan Riley
2011 Patricia M. Babjak

Past Distinguished Scholar Award Recipients:

2007 Louise Burke
2008 Robert Murray
2011 Melinda Manore

Past Sports Dietetics-USA Meritorious Service Award Recipients:

2010 Suzanne Girard Eberle

Past Achievement Award Recipients:

1985 Merle Best
1986 Jean Storlie
1987 Marilyn Schorin
1988 Jackie Berning
1989 Penny Kris-Etherton
1990 Georgia Kostas
1991 Nema Frye
1992 Nancy Clark
1993 Dan Benardot
1994 Ellen Coleman
1995 Kristine Clark
1996 Lori Valencic
1997 Linda Zorn
1998 Nicki Zeidner
1999 Lynn Umbreit
2000 Karen Ross
2001 Ruth Carey
2002 Julie Burns
2003 Rita Johnson
2004 Marty Yadrick
2005 Karen R. Dolins
2006 Marie Dunford
2007 Michele Macedonio
2008 Chris Rosenbloom
2009 Nancy DiMarco and Patti Steinmuller
2010 Ingrid Skoog
2011 Roberta Anding
2013 Christina Scribner
2014 D. Enette Larson-Meyer

Past Student Award Recipients:

2013 Sara Shipley
2014 Lauren Kort