Athens, Ga. – Lauren Kort, a second-year graduate student in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences department of foods and nutrition, has received a top award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition’s practice group.
Kort will receive the National Student Award at the national SCAN meeting in June. The award recognizes one student who has demonstrated the greatest commitment to one of SCAN’s practice areas including sports nutrition, and who has made outstanding contributions to SCAN while demonstrating extraordinary community service and academic excellence.
Kort is earning her master's degree under the direction of UGA Foundation professor Dr. Richard Lewis and is a part of the Bone and Body Composition’s research team that Lewis directs.
Kort has been involved with SCAN since 2010 and recently co-authored a sports nutrition fact sheet for the organization with FACS assistant professor in sports nutrition, Dr. Kelly Pritchett.
“I really believe in SCAN’s vision to optimize the nation’s health by providing exceptional nutrition care in sports performance and physical activity, cardiovascular health, wellness and disordered eating and eating disorders,” Kort said. “I have a lot of respect for the SCAN current and past board members, including my advisor Dr. Richard Lewis, so to say I am honored is an understatement. I hope I can follow in their footsteps and significantly contribute to the field of sports nutrition.”
Kort also has been a key part of an original research project under Lewis’s direction that studies the bone density of former NCAA gymnasts.
“Ms. Kort is passionate about the field of sports, physical performance and nutrition,” Lewis said. “Her experiences in the foods and nutrition department, UGA Athletics, the UGA Sports Medicine Leadership Development Series, her research with former NCAA athletes and her volunteer work with the Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) practice clearly group demonstrate that Ms. Kort will be a leader in the sports nutrition field.”
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