One of the perks of working at Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield is our focus on nutrition and wellness.
We’re fortunate to have Stephanie Jones, our wellness consultant, who keeps us on track with tips and advice. For her work, she was recently awarded the 2022 Outstanding Dietitian Award on behalf of the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition.
The Outstanding Dietitian Award is offered to those who have demonstrated leadership in legislation, research, education, management within the organization, community or employment. Registered dietitians are nominated, and only one is selected to win the award by the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
“I am honored and humbled to be nominated for this award, let alone winning it!” Stephanie said. “I am thankful to have the opportunity to work with so many great registered dietitians within the State of Arkansas. I want to thank everyone who has made an impact in my career and has supported me along the way.”
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of nutrition professionals. It was founded in 1917 and has more than 112,000 credentialed practitioners. Members play a crucial role in shaping their communities’ food choices and improving nutritional status. Stephanie serves as the current president of the state-level affiliate, the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Registered Dietitian Day
The first Registered Dietitian Day was celebrated in 2008 and commemorates the dedication of registered dietitians as advocates for advancing the nutrition status of Americans and people worldwide. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics created it to increase awareness of registered dietitians as indispensable providers of food and nutrition services.
“Working with Governor Hutchinson has been a pleasure and I am thankful on the behalf of the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to be able to have an official proclamation day to celebrate registered dietitians and what we do for the communities we work with,” Stephanie said. “Registered dietitians play an integral part in improving the nutritional status of those we work with and can make a meaningful impact on their health and wellbeing.”