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UTTC leader selected for dietetic group’s Golden Grains Award
6 June 2011

BISMARCK (UTN) - A food safety educator, who promotes the value of registered dietitians and the important role they have in tribal communities, has been singled out for recognition by the North Dakota Dietetic Association.

      Pat Aune, who directs the United Tribes Technical College Land Grant Programs, was named the 2011 recipient of the group’s “Golden Grains Award.”

UTTC’s Pat Aune receives the 2011 North Dakota Golden Grains Award for promoting the work and value of dietitians from Kristi Miller, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Dietetic Association.

      Aune is an advocate for health and wellness and especially healthy eating and food safety. She is a certified ServSafe instructor and conducts food safety training and education, specifically for tribal communities, at United Tribes.

      She was presented the award May 10 at a meeting of the Bismarck-Mandan Dietetic Association. The recognition spotlights non-dietetic professionals in North Dakota who go above and beyond to promote nutrition and the role of registered dietitians. Previous recipients include North Dakota U. S. Senator Kent Conrad and former North Dakota Congressman Earl Pomeroy.

      “Pat is a wonderful educator and program planner and her work has had a positive impact on the dietetics profession,” said Kristi Miller, president of the Bismarck-Mandan Dietetic Association, in presenting the award. “Her recognition of the registered dietitian as the nutrition expert has led to an increased awareness of dietitians and the work they do in tribal communities.”

      “I think we need to continue to have dietitians working particularly in Native communities,” said Aune. “This is a wonderful recognition of that and our strong partnership with many of you.”

      She is very deserving of the award also because she works hard to make sure nutrition is at the forefront of programs offered through the United Tribes Land Grant Programs, said Jill Keith, MS, LRD, UTTC Nutrition and Foodservice Instructor, who nominated Aune.


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