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Marianne Smith Edge

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Edge is a UK Fellow and a member of the Erikson Society at UK and the UK Capital Campaign Board of Volunteers. She was president of the UK National Alumni Association, 1997-98, and received that group’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994. She was selected as a member of the UK College of Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame in 2001. Edge was named to the UK Board of Trustees in July 2000; her term expires in June 30, 2006.

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May 29, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Marianne Smith Edge, a University of Kentucky graduate and a member of the UK Board of Trustees, has been elected president of the American Dietetic Association (ADA). Her term begins June 1.

A registered dietitian, Edge is the owner of a nutrition and food service management company in Owensboro, Ky. The ADA is the nation’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

Edge is a UK Fellow and a member of the Erikson Society at UK and the UK Capital Campaign Board of Volunteers. She was president of the UK National Alumni Association, 1997-98, and received that group’s Distinguished Service Award in 1994. She was selected as a member of the UK College of Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame in 2001. Edge was named to the UK Board of Trustees in July 2000; her term expires in June 30, 2006.

An ADA member who has held many leadership positions in the association including speaker of the House of Delegates, Edge will serve as ADA’s 78th president until May 31, 2004.

Edge noted that “as career opportunities for dietetics professionals evolve and change, ADA will be there to build awareness of our members’ options in the commercial and retail food industries and to increase their marketplace skills and education levels.”

“In the middle of a national obesity epidemic,” Edge added, “ADA will seize all opportunities to be an integral part of the solution to this problem, and to help shape the debate on the nation’s most critical health issues.”


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