Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award
The Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award is the highest honor bestowed by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and is presented to a person whose contribution to nutrition has had international significance. The 2013 recipient is Esther Myers, PhD, RD, FADA. Dr. Myer’s many accomplishments include a distinguished career in the United States Air Force (1975-2000), serving as Chief Consultant to the USAF Surgeon General and most recently served as the Academy’s Chief Science Officer (2000-2012). Dr. Myers tireless efforts to connect the Academy globally led to the establishment of a standardized language for dietetics, the International Dietetics Nutritional Terminology (IDNT). The development of this language involved the coordination of input from 12 countries. To-date 23 countries are already using IDNT and nine countries are in the process of translating IDNT for their adoption and use. Under her direction, several cross cultural research studies were done including the International Diabetes Outcomes Study that engaged Israel, Turkey and Lebanon in a ground-breaking effort.