Rockville, MD – May 28, 2020 – The American Society for Nutrition (ASN) Foundation awarded the Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship to Katie Ellison, MS, RDN, LDN. The $5,000 scholarship aims to support the research and/or clinical training of a promising student seeking an advanced degree in dietetics, nutritional science, or related fields. Sponsored by Herbalife Nutrition, the award will be presented in the weeks leading up to ASN’s virtual event, NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE.

Ellison is a PhD student in the Department of Nutrition Science at The University of Alabama at Birmingham, her research is specializing in plant-based diets for weight maintenance and metabolic flexibility.

“Through the Herbalife Nutrition Scholarship, the ASN Foundation has an opportunity to foster tomorrow’s leaders,” stated ASN President Richard Mattes, PhD, MPH, RD. “We are delighted to support Katie’s quest to develop new community interventions that promote wellness and disease prevention.”

The scholarship is directed to Registered Dietitians (RD) or those intending to become an RD who are members of the American Society for Nutrition. Herbalife Nutrition has provided a commitment to the ASN Foundation to support this annual scholarship through 2023. A call for applications for the next round of scholarship funding will open in August 2020.

“We are thrilled to partner with the American Society for Nutrition Foundation for the second year in supporting a talented Registered Dietitian. We believe that it is important to help develop the next generation of nutrition scientists, and especially so during these challenging times,” said Susan Bowerman, MS, RD, CSSD, CSOWM, FAND, Sr. Director of Worldwide Nutrition Education and Training at Herbalife Nutrition.

ASN is the nation’s leading scientific society devoted to advancing nutrition research and its clinical applications. Its Foundation enhances the Society’s efforts by fostering the development of the next generation of nutrition scientists and practitioners. Each year, the ASN Foundation distributes nearly $100,000 in awards, travel grants and scholarships to students and young investigators to support their academic endeavors.

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Originally scheduled to begin May 30 in Seattle, Nutrition 2020 has been cancelled due to the impacts of COVID-19. With support from the ASN Foundation and leading partners, plans are underway to deliver the same great content and collaboration in new ways at no charge. Mark your calendars for NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE to be held June 1 – 4, 2020. NUTRITION 2020 LIVE ONLINE will be freely accessible to anyone wanting to learn more about the science and practice of nutrition. Register today to save your spot.

About the American Society for Nutrition

About the American Society for Nutrition (ASN) ASN is the preeminent professional organization for nutrition research scientists and clinicians around the world. Founded in 1928, the society brings together the top nutrition researchers, medical practitioners, policy makers and industry leaders to advance our knowledge and application of nutrition. ASN publishes four peer-reviewed journals and provides education and professional development opportunities to advance nutrition research, practice and education.

About Herbalife Nutrition

Herbalife Nutrition is a global company that has been changing people’s lives with great nutrition products and a proven business opportunity for its independent distributors since 1980. The Company offers high-quality, science-backed products, sold in over 90 countries by entrepreneurial distributors who provide one-on-one coaching and a supportive community that inspires their customers to embrace a healthier, more active lifestyle. Through the Company’s global campaign to eradicate hunger, Herbalife Nutrition is also committed to bringing nutrition and education to communities around the world.

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