Brookings, S.D. (KELO AM) - South Dakota State University's Mariah Weber was recently named the Young Dietitian of the Year by the South Dakota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Weber, a registered dietitian, is a wellness coordinator at the SDSU Wellness Center.SDAND will honor Weber at its fall conference, which is held in conjunction with the South Dakota Association of Healthcare Organizations conference, September in Rapid City.
"I didn't know I was even nominated so it was a complete surprise," said Weber, who received her bachelor's degree in 2007 and added a master's degree in 2010, both from South Dakota State. I knew about the SDAND awards given to recognize South Dakota dietitians, but never thought I'd be fortunate enough to receive one. It was a huge surprise and is an incredible honor."
In addition to serving as SDAND's new member liaison, Weber is the adviser to the HEROH (Helping Everyone Reach Optimal Health) student organization. She also is involved in the community by providing area schools, coaches and student-athletes information on nutrition as well as participating in various wellness events.Weber was nominated by Kendra Kattelmann, who was chosen as SDAND's Outstanding Dietitian of the Year in 2005.
"Professionally, Mariah is an excellent role model for dietetics students desiring to establish a practice in health promotion and wellness. She is very supportive of the dietetics academic program at SDSU," said Kattelmann.