Dr. Lauri Wright, assistant professor in the University of South Florida College of Public Health, is one of 10 newly named national media spokespersons for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Each is selected to serve a three-year term on the 30-member board of registered dietitian-nutritionists. Collectively, they conduct more than 3,000 nutrition and healthful-eating interviews each year with print, broadcast, and online media. The Academy appoints 10 new spokespersons every year.
Everyone chosen to be an Academy spokesperson has completed a supervised practice program and passed a registration examination, in addition to maintaining continuing education requirements for recertification.
“It is an honor to be chosen as an Academy spokesperson,” Dr. Wright said. “With the popularity of nutrition in all forms of media, it is vital that the public receive accurate, science-based information they can trust. I see my role as an Academy spokesperson as an extension of my role as a professor – teaching the community about nutrition in order to help improve their health.”