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Myers recognized as Young Dietitian of the Year

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The Missouri Dietetic Association has named Jessica Myers, R.D., L.D., a clinical dietitian at University of Missouri Health Care, as its 2013 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year. Each year, the Missouri Dietetic Association honors one young dietitian, age 35 or younger, for his or her leadership, expertise and efforts to improve the nutrition and health of the state's population. 

Since 2012, Myers has served at Children's Hospital, where she specializes in pediatric genetics. She works with children, parents and school employees to teach them about the unique nutritional needs of kids with inherited diseases related to metabolism. People with genetic metabolic disorders often are unable to metabolize certain components of food, such as fats and amino acids. They must follow special diets to help manage their disorders.

            "The kids and families of Children's Hospital are fortunate to have such a dedicated dietitian as Jessica," said Karen Derrick, R.D., L.D., manager of clinical nutrition at MU Health Care. "She is devoted to improving the nutrition and health of Missourians. As her colleagues, we're proud of her for achieving this well-deserved honor."

Myers received a bachelor of science degree with an emphasis in dietetics from the University of Missouri College of Human Environmental Sciences in 2011. Myers also serves as secretary of the Central Missouri Dietetic Association and as the association's state licensure liaison, educating lawmakers about the importance of nutrition for Missourians and the role of dietetic professionals.