Women scoop up nutrition sector awards

Three North Shore women have proven to be among the country’s top nutritionists.

The New Zealand Dietetic Association awarded 13 people for their efforts in nutrition sector last week.

Senior oncologist and cystic fibrosis dietitian Lisa Guest took out an education trust award.

The Glenfield resident wants to further her knowledge of nutrition management for people with cystic fibrosis and the funds she won will cover the costs to attend a conference.

A Birkenhead resident ,Pamela Von Hurst, who works as an assistant lecturer in human nutrition at Massey University in Albany, was presented with a food standards prize.

The award was given for her research paper on the trail of vitamin D supplementation in women of South Asian descent who were insulin resistant and vitamin D deficient.

Another Massey lecturer Kathryn Beck was awarded the Neige Todhunter award for her doctoral study.

Her award included funds to help her complete a PhD in human nutrition that focuses on the iron status of young women.

The study looks at causes, consequences and possible solutions to iron deficiency.

NZDA executive director Jan Milne says the awards aim to encourage future success in the field of nutrition and dietetics.

She says the research these women are doing will benefit people in the New Zealand community.

North Shore Times