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Linda T. Farr Elected 2019-2020 President-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


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CHICAGO – Registered dietitian nutritionist Linda T. Farr began her one-year term on June 1 as the 2019-2020 President-elect of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Farr, of San Antonio, Texas, will serve as the Academy’s president-elect during 2020-2021.

Farr is the owner of Nutrition Associates of San Antonio (doing business as Nutritious Table), which she founded in 1995. As an entrepreneur and certified specialist in obesity and weight management, Farr provides personalized medical nutrition therapy to teens and adults, media interviews and public speaking. 

A former clinical dietitian and hospital foodservice director, Farr has more than 35 years of experience in medical, surgical, mental health, physical rehabilitation and private practice settings. She is a Medicare and insurance provider and a preceptor for several dietetic internships, focusing on reimbursement and business practices. 

She was named a 2005 San Antonio Healthcare Hero by the San Antonio Business Journal. Farr was appointed to the San Antonio Mayor’s Fitness Council and a volunteer for the city’s Por Vida!healthy restaurant initiative. 

Farr was instrumental in developing nutrition guidelines for diabetes-friendly restaurant choices and healthful vending criteria that were praised by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as well as former First Lady Michelle Obama. 

In the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ House of Delegates, Farr served on the House Leadership Team and as a two-term Texas delegate. She was Speaker of the House of Delegates in 2016-2017. Farr is a Fellow of the Academy and has served on the Diversity, Quality Management, Finance and Audit, Legislative and Public Policy and Evidence-Based Practice committees. She is a founding member of the Weight Management dietetic practice group and is a member of several other DPGs and member interest groups.

Farr is a past president of the Academy’s Texas, San Antonio and Dallas affiliates and was the Texas Academy’s 2011 Distinguished Dietitian of the Year.

Farr is a graduate of Iowa State University and interned at the University of Iowa.


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