Nominate a colleague for an Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member Award

The board encourages all members to participate in our Affiliate Awards selections by nominating colleagues.

Nominations can be made any time during the year but must be received by March 1st.  Awards are presented at the Annual Meeting each spring.

Chair of 2022-2023 Awards Committee:  Char Byington, Past-President and Awards Chair.  Send letter(s) of nomination to:

The Awards Chair appoints at least three members, including at least one from each state region, to serve on the committee.  Committee members are, when possible, prior award recipients.  Members who have submitted a nomination for the current year are not eligible to serve on the current year’s committee.

Criteria for Affiliate Awards from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year, Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year, Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, and Emerging Dietetic Leader)

Outstanding Dietetics Student Awards are selected by the Universities using the criteria from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Outstanding Dietetics Student Awards (

Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Lifetime Achievement Award (Idaho-specific award,  formerly the June Yerrington Award). The June Yerrington award was established in 1980 to honor the memory of a beloved Idaho Dietetic Association Member.  The award was renamed by the voting members of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board in December 2021.  Prior award chairs provided comments to the board. The criteria for this award did not change. The rationale for the name change is described here: 

  • The Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Lifetime Achievement Award, formerly known as the June Yerrington Award, is the highest honor the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics bestows on one of its members.
  • The Award honors an Idaho Academy member who has contributed to the profession through extensive, active participation and service to the profession of nutrition and dietetics.
  • The Lifetime Achievement Award recipient is someone whose unique contributions have created new opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists and nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered; inspired others to take on leadership roles, and promoted the Idaho Academy’s mission, vision, and goals.
  • This award also honors the respect the recipient has earned from his or her colleagues.
  • Criteria: Member of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for at least 10 years and at least three letters from Idaho Academy members explaining why the nominee is deserving of the award are requested for the nomination.

Gem Award (Idaho-specific award) 

  • The Gem award recognizes nonmembers of the Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics that have promoted and/or encouraged good health with an emphasis on sound nutrition habits through efforts to educate the public. In addition to financial contributions, this can be done through an individual, company, or organizational efforts.

Idaho Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Preceptor Award(s) are selected by the Universities.

Additional awards may be presented per special nominations and circumstances in that year given the Affiliate’s goals and activity (for example, Award of Merit, Outstanding Service).