Marlei Simon ’14 receives scholarship from Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation awarded Falk College alumna, Marlei Simon ’14, the Ann Selkowitz Litt Memorial Scholarship. Simon graduated with a bachelor in May 2014, double-majoring in nutrition and public policy. As an undergraduate, she was a resident advisor for three years, board member of the Nutrition Education Promotion Association club for three years and a Literacy Corps tutor. Her career aspiration is to lobby for adequate coverage of nutrition therapy, quality food, government funded health and nutrition services. In addition to the Litt Memorial Scholarship, Simon received the William W. Allen Nutrition Scholars Award from the Allen Foundation earlier this year. Her dietetic internship placement is with the Onondaga County Department of Adult and Long Term Care Services

Litt, who passed away in 2007, was a graduate of Syracuse University’s dietetics program and worked as a nutritionist who specialized in helping young people develop normal eating habits and maintain a healthy weight. She spent many years in private practice in the Washington area and was a nutritionist for the Washington Redskins. She also was the author of “The College Student’s Guide to Eating Well on Campus” (2000, 2005), “Fuel for Young Athletes” (2004) and the American Dietetic Association Guide to Private Practice (2004). She served as a spokesman for several media campaigns, including the “Got Milk?” one, appeared on local and national television, and was quoted in numerous newspapers and magazines. She wrote a column for the Washington Parent for 10 years and was the nutrition consultant to Cosmogirl magazine.

Committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was founded in 1917 and is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.