Press Release for Tuesday, March 29, 2011

UNF Nutrition Professor Honored at Women of Distinction Luncheon

 Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102  

UNF Nutrition Professor Honored at Women of Distinction Luncheon  


            Dr. Judith Rodriguez, a Southside resident and professor in the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics at the University of North Florida, will be honored by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council at the 23rd annual Women of Distinction luncheon. The luncheon will take place from noon to 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, at the Hyatt Regency Jacksonville Riverfront.  


            Each spring, Girl Scouts of Gateway Council honors local women whose lives exemplify the values of Girl Scouts. Honorees will be recognized for their accomplishments in career and/or community service. Rodriguez is among six local women who will be honored this year. She was chosen for her leadership role in public health awareness and the advancement of her profession. 


            “We are excited for this year’s class of honorees” said Sandra “Sam” Tysver, chief executive officer of Girl Scouts of Gateway Council.  “They are all excellent role models for girls, and the epitome of strong female leadership.” 


            For the past 30 years, Rodriguez has been involved in a variety of activities related to nutrition education, including serving as director of the BSH and MSH/Dietetic Internship Nutrition programs at UNF; directing internship experiences for master’s level students; teaching nutrition to future home health aides; developing nutrition education programs for inner-city children; and training health care workers. She also currently serves as the 2010-2011 president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. 


She is the author of “The Diet Selector” and “Contemporary Nutrition for Latinos” and was awarded the Florida 2001 Distinguished Dietitian award. Rodriguez has also been active in several community and professional service-related activities. She is a Fellow of the ADA and has served as a board member for the Association, in addition to having served on the Commission on Dietetic Registration. 


Rodriguez’s interests focus on health disparities, minority health issues, food and culture, the life cycle and nutrition education. She has worked as a consultant to various public relations firms and other companies on issues concerning the Latino consumer market.  


She received a Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at Rutger’s University in 1988. She also earned a master’s and bachelor’s degree in Nutrition from New York University as well as completed an internship in dietetics from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. 


Girl Scouts of Gateway Council provides more than 18,000 girls annually in North Florida with programs that help them discover their personal best and prepare for a positive future, connect with others in an increasingly diverse world, and take action to solve problems and improve their communities. Together with committed adult volunteers, Girl Scouting builds girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place. 


Headquartered in Jacksonville, Gateway Council serves 16 counties in North Florida: Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Dixie, Duval, Flagler, Gilchrist, Hamilton, Levy, Nassau, Putnam, St. Johns, Suwanee and Union.