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NNFA Announces 2004 Award Winners

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., February 4, 2004—NNFA is proud to announce the 2004 recipients of its Burton Kallman Scientific Award, Rachel Carson Environmental Award, President’s Award, and the NNFA Crusader awards. These awards are presented to outstanding individuals who have made significant contributions in various areas of the natural products industry including scientific, environmental, and legislative. Recipients will be honored at NNFA’s trade show and convention, NNFA 2004, July 16 – 18, in Las Vegas, Nev. Additional award winners will be announced in the coming weeks.

Burton Kallman Scientific Award

Winner: T. Colin Campbell, Ph.D
The Burton Kallman Scientific Award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding scientific contributions to the natural products industry. Campbell holds an endowed professorship of nutritional biochemistry at Cornell University and is world-renowned for his research of chronic degenerative diseases, particularly as they relate to nutrition. He is perhaps most known for an ongoing, 16 year research collaboration in China, focusing on the effects of nutrition and other lifestyle factors on the incidence of cancer and other chronic diseases. Although his research focuses on how diet influences disease, his recent findings – that Americans will not reduce their rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease and other chronic, degenerative diseases until they shift away from an animal-based diet to a plant-based diet – are also relevant for obesity. Previous winners of this award include Drs. Walter Willett, Jeffrey Blumberg, and Lester Packer.

Rachel Carson Environmental Award

Winner: Lynda LeMole
This award was designed to honor individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the protection of the environment. A pioneer in natural foods, LeMole has grown, cooked, written, and taught about organic and macrobiotic foods. She is an herbal tea professional and has worked to change how medicinal herbs could be marketed and sold. She worked to bring herb companies together in association to raise the standards and ethics of the herb industry. LeMole currently serves as executive director for United Plant Savers, where she works to preserve, conserve and restore native at-risk medicinal plants and their habitats. Over the last three decades, she has fought against food irradiation, set an example of waste reduction in industry, and encouraged sustainable growing and manufacturing practices. Previous winners of this award include Frances Moore Lappé, Alice Waters, and Katherine DiMatteo.

President’s Award

Winner: Arthur Rudolph
This award was created to recognize an individual who has made long-time contributions to the natural products industry, or has made a one-time, uniquely significant impact on the industry. Rudolph is founder of NBTY, Inc., a vitamin, mineral, and food supplement corporation, which manufactures and distributes its products through wholesale and retail markets, domestically and worldwide. As chief executive officer and chair of the company board, Rudolph established NBTY as one of the leading vitamin and nutritional supplement companies in the country. Because of Rudolph’s consistent dedication, hard work, and unwavering commitment to success, the company is now a leading public corporation on the New York Stock Exchange. Although Rudolph’s son Scott took over as CEO and chair of NBTY in 1993, Rudolph continues his involvement as a member of the board and consultant. Previous winners of this award include Loren Israelsen, Dr. Earl Mindell, and Beatrice Trum Hunter.

NNFA Crusader Awards

The NNFA Crusader Award recognizes individuals who have made notable contributions to the natural products industry above and beyond commercial success. Recipients of the 2004 NNFA Crusader Awards are Marlene Beadle, Elwood Richard, and Patrick Toomey.

Marlene Beadle
As the owner of Marlene’s Market & Deli and an industry member for 27 years, Marlene Beadle has done much to further the education and well-being of her customers. Her commitment to the industry includes serving a number of terms on the NNFA Northwest Board of Directors, as secretary/treasurer and as a state representative. She was a founding member of Citizens for Health and is currently on the board of the Campaign to Label Genetically Engineered Foods.

Elwood Richard
Elwood Richard has been in the health industry since 1960. As president of NOW Foods, he leads the multi-million dollar family business that encompasses an A-rated GMP-certified manufacturing facility as well as a chain of health food stores in the Chicago area. Richard and his brother co-founded the NNFA Standards Committee. Also reflecting his belief in science based quality, NOW Foods employs one of the finest teams of product quality experts in the supplements industry.

Patrick Toomey
Patrick Toomey has been a natural products retailer in Ohio for the past 29 years. He and his wife Mimi are founders and owners of Toomey Natural Foods in Milford, Ohio. Toomey has served on both the national and Midwest regional boards of NNFA. In 1998 he was voted president-elect of NNFA’s national board and served as president of the association from July 1999 to June 2001. Currently, he is on the Past President’s Council and Long-term Planning Task Force.

Previous winners of the NNFA Crusader Award include Max Huberman, John Mackey, Joseph Pizzorno, and Travis Tabor (2003); and Randy Dennin, Cheryl Hughes, Deborah Ray, and Martie Whittekin (2002).

For more information regarding registration and trade show activities for NNFA 2004, call (800) 966-6632, ext. 247 or e-mail [email protected].

The National Nutritional Foods Association ( is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 5,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids. With national offices in Washington, D.C., and Newport Beach, Calif., NNFA has seven regional offices throughout the United States and is governed by a 22-member board of directors representing all industry segments.

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