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Press Release for Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Past American Dietetic Association President Speaks at Annual Us Luncheon

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director

Department of Public Relations

(904) 620-2102


The University of North Florida’s Us Group, along with UNF’s Brooks College of Health, will feature Dr. Judith Rodriguez, who served as the American Dietetic Association president during 2010-2011, at its annual educational luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 6, at the UNF University Center Banquet Hall. She will discuss “Weigh Your Choices: Eat Right for Lifelong Health and Weight Management.” Check-in and registration begins at 11 a.m. The Aetna Foundation is the Grand Presenter sponsor of this year’s luncheon.

Rodriguez, a Southside resident, serves as chair and professor in the Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program in the Brooks College of Health at UNF. She received a Ph.D. from Rutgers University as well as a master’s and bachelor’s degree in nutrition from New York University. Additionally, Rodriguez completed an internship in dietetics from Beth Israel Hospital in Boston. During the past 30 years, she has been involved in a variety of community and professional activities related to nutrition education, food and culture, health disparities and cultural competence. 

“Dr. Rodriguez is very well respected nationally and internationally for her nutrition expertise,” said Dr. Pam Chally, dean of UNF’s Brooks College of Health. Since she travels the globe on speaking engagements, the University is thrilled that she will be presenting to the Northeast Florida community at this year’s event.”

Rodriguez has authored the “ Latino Food Lover’s Glossary ” and “The Diet Selector.” She has received numerous awards and recognitions, including the Florida 2001 Distinguished Dietitian award as well as an award by the Girl Scouts of Gateway Council during its 23rd annual Women of Distinction luncheon for her leadership role in public health awareness and the advancement of her profession.

This is the ninth annual women’s health event sponsored by the Us Group, a volunteer organization promoting health for Jacksonville’s women and girls through special initiatives, which supports the UNF Brooks College of Health. All proceeds support the endowment fund for the Women and Girls Health Research Professorship, focusing on health and education for women and girls in our Jacksonville community.

In addition to the Grand Presenter, Aetna Foundation, other event sponsors include; Brooks Rehabilitation, Dairy Council of Florida, WJCT Public Broadcasting and HealthSource magazine. Tickets for this event are $50 per person ($25 tax-deductible gift)or $400 for sponsored tables of eight ($200 tax-deductible gift). Tickets can be purchased by calling the UNF Ticket Box Office at (904) 620-2878. To reserve a table of eight, go to .

For more information about sponsorship, exhibitor tables or this event, contact Christina Levine, UNF Brooks College of Health, at (904) 620-1240 or by at .