The National Nutritional Foods Association will honor innovative individuals for notable scientific, environmental and legislative contributions to the natural products industry at the President's Reception and Awards Ceremony on Saturday evening, June 8, at NNFA MarketPlace 2002 in Las Vegas.
NNFA will honor Earl Mindell, Ph.D., supplement education pioneer, with this year's President's Award, which is presented to an individual who has made a one-time, uniquely significant impact or long-time contributions to the industry. In the mid-'80s, Mindell wrote Earl Mindell's Vitamin Bible (Warner Books Inc.), which became a best-seller and helped establish the importance of vitamin supplementation. Mindell has written many other natural health books, including Earl Mindell's Herb Bible and Earl Mindell's Soy Miracle. He also has spoken about supplements on "The Oprah Winfrey Show," "LIVE! with Regis and Kathy Lee" and CNN. Mindell, a chartered and master herbalist, a doctor of nutrition and a fellow at the British Institute of Homeopathy, is currently a director of the corporate board for the Illinois College of Physicians and Surgeons.
Alice Waters, owner of the renowned Chez Panisse restaurant, will receive the 2002 Rachel Carson Environmental Award, created to acknowledge individuals who have made outstanding contributions to environmental protection. Since opening Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif., in 1971, Waters has been committed to organic and sustainable agriculture as well as the local community. She created an edible garden in Berkeley's Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School so that children could participate in planting, gardening, harvesting, cooking and eating the foods they grew. Waters is also involved in the Garden Project, a community outreach program that teaches former San Francisco area inmates organic gardening skills. She received the "Best Chef in America" and "Best Restaurant in America" awards from the James Beard Foundation in 1992.
Jeffrey Blumberg, Ph.D., will receive NNFA's Burton Kallman Scientific Award, which recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions to the industry. Blumberg, a professor in the School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University in Boston, specializes in antioxidant research and chronic disease prevention. Blumberg has served on various committees and task forces, including the Department of Health and Human Services' Year 2000 Health Objectives Committee, the Nutritional Advisory Committee of the U.S. Olympic Committee and a national task force on food labeling. Blumberg has testified on behalf of the industry before the subcommittee on Health and the Environment at the U.S. House of Representatives and the FDA Conference on Antioxidant Vitamins and Cancer and Cardiovascular Disease.
NNFA MarketPlace 2002 keynote speaker Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio) will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award, which honors an individual outside the natural products industry who has been a political and legislative advocate of the industry for many years. Kucinich introduced the Genetically Engineered Right-to-Know Act of 1999 and the Genetically Engineered Foods Safety Act of 2000. He has also testified before the Senate committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry in support of genetically engineered food labeling. Kucinich submitted two amendments to the 2001 agriculture appropriations bill, which will provide funding for the Food and Drug Administration to assess the environmental and food safety impacts of genetic engineering.
The NNFA will also recognize people who have made notable contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success with its second annual Crusader Awards. Winners include:
Randy Dennin, the vice president of global business development and dietary supplements for Greenwood, S.C.-based Capsugel. Dennin has served as an NNFA director and Citizens for Health treasurer. He is the chairman and co-founder of the International Alliance of Dietary/ Foods Supplement Associations and was essential in creating NNFA-Japan.
Cheryl Hughes, owner of the Whole Wheatery and Natcheryl's Café in Lancaster, Calif., has served on the NNFA board of directors and was chairwoman of the Good Organic Retailing Practices committee.
Deborah Ray, host and co-founder of "The Deborah Ray Show," has been named one of the top 100 most important talk radio hosts in America by Talkers Magazine. Ray is a member of the American Society of Medical Technologists, American Society of Clinical Pathologists and Florida Society of Medical Pathologists.
Martie Whittekin, CCN, a specialist for the Center for Integrative Medicine, hosts the radio show "Healthy By Nature." The owner of Vitál Nutrition in Plano, Texas, and the author of the booklet Don't Be Fooled Into Being Fat, Whittekin has also served as an NNFA director and as NNFA president.
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