Award Winners

Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) presents two annual awards to its members: Outstanding NE Member - who demonstrates originality and dedication to entrepreneurship in nutrition; and Student Award. Information about the awards and how to apply is available in the members-only area. We will open the awards for 2018 in March.

NE proudly applauds its members receiving these distinguised awards, plus those bestowed on NE members by our parent organization, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Congratulations!

2017 Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneur Award Winner

Juliet Rodman, RDN

Juliet is a registered dietitian, fitness professional, and co-founder of Wellness Corporate Solutions, a global provider of corporate wellness programming. As an expert in health promotion and wellness coaching, Juliet’s mission is empowering employees to live healthier, more productive lives while reducing their risk for chronic disease.




2017 Professional Development Student Award Winner

Whitney English Tabaie, MS, RDN, CPT

Whitney is a recent graduate of the University of Southern California’s Nutrition, Healthspan & Longevity program. Whitney owns and operates the wellness website, To Live & Diet in L.A. She has a passion for disseminating evidence-based nutrition information and dishing up delicious recipes.


Past Outstanding Nutrition Entrepreneurs Award Winners

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Academy National Awards 

Recognizing outstanding registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered, who have demonstrated innovation, creativity, and leadership in a specific area of practice

Academy 2016 Media Excellence Award Winner


This award acknowledges Melissa Joy Dobbins, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, for her significant contributions to the nutrition profession. With more than 20 years of extensive media experience, Dobbins has been a spokesperson for healthcare, grocery and food industries. She is a former spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and a state media representative for Illinois. As the CEO of Sound Bites, Inc., Dobbins promotes “sound science, smart nutrition and good food,” helping people make health decisions based on facts, not fear. Dobbins has been praised for her media training workshops that empower and support other dietitians so they can enhance their careers, promote the dietetics profession and provide information to the public that is credible, engaging and actionable. Her “Sound Science Toolkit” helps dietitians communicate evidence-based information, and her Sound Bites Podcast interviews dietitians and other health experts about the science, psychology and strategies behind good food and nutrition.


Academy 2016 Consultation and Business Practice Award Winner

The opening statement in the Food & Nutrition article from April 2016 stated:   When Carol H. Elliott, RDN, LDN, FAND, opened her private practice in 1979, few if any nutrition counseling services were available. "Everyone was surprised because I was thinking outside the box, but I think it was the best decision," she says. "I have touched the lives of many and hope to continue for several years."   
Since the publishing of the Food & Nutrition article, Carol has been awarded with the Academy's prestigious Consultation and Business Practice Award and is well-deserving of it.