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M. D. Anderson Nutritionist Receives Texas Dietetic Association Award

M. D. Anderson Nutritionist Receives Texas Dietetic Association Award
M. D. Anderson News Release 06/08/00

A nutritionist at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center has received a statewide award from the Texas Dietetic Association.

Denise Elmore, a dietetic technician in the Department of Epidemiology was awarded the "Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year" award. She was one of the first dietetic technicians in the nation to become certified in a specialty that began in 1987.

"It is important to promote collaboration among dieticians and dietetic technicians to advance the field of nutrition," Elmore says.

Each year, the association selects one individual who has demonstrated concern for promoting optimal health and nutritional status of the general population, and who additionally has demonstrated leadership qualities.

This award is given someone who is not a dietitian, but who has contributed significantly to advancing nutrition and dietetics in Texas. The association honored Elmore at an awards breakfast at its annual conference held in San Antonio recently.

“We are delighted to see Denise Elmore receive this well-deserved honor,” says Dr. Margaret R. Spitz, chair of the Department of Epidemiology. "Her contributions are highly valuable to the faculty in our department and institution."

This award qualifies her to be considered for the national Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year, an honor that will be announced at the American Dietetic Association national meeting scheduled for October in Denver.

Elmore came to M. D. Anderson in 1998, and her service to the department includes working alongside registered dieticians on nutritional epidemiological research projects, including compiling information for nutritional databases, coding food frequency questionnaires and assisting dieticians with various nutrition projects.

Elmore's interest in nutrition began at age 15, when she worked as a dietary aide in a nursing home. For a decade and a half, she has held positions in Florida and Texas in food service departments or as a member of clinical staffs. She earned an associate's degree from Palm Beach Community College in Lake Worth, Fla., in 1990.

Research has shown that 30 to 40 percent of cancer deaths may be related to longstanding poor nutritional habits. Eating five servings of fruit and vegetables daily may reduce cancer risk for several types of cancer, including colon, rectal, breast and prostate.

At M. D. Anderson, multimedia nutrition information is available in The Learning Center, and the Cancer Prevention Center offers individual nutrition consultations. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the M. D. Anderson Information Line at (800) 392-1611 or check our website at For more information about cancer, call the Cancer Information Service at 1-800-4-CANCER.


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