UGA professor named vice-president elect of American Society of Nutrition


Obesity Initiative at UGA

Mary-Ann-Johnson-cropUGA professor Mary Ann Johnson has been voted vice-president elect of the American Society of Nutrition.

Johnson, the Bill and June Flatt Professor in Foods and Nutrition at the College of Family and Consumer Sciences, will begin serving her four-year term on June 1. She currently serves as the organization’s national spokesperson.

The American Society of Nutrition has more than 5,000 members, including some of the world’s leading researchers, clinical nutritionists and industrial scientists.

During her term, Johnson aims to support the application of nutrition science research to improve public health, clinical practice and policy. She also wants to promote graduate education and training of physicians, dietitians and other health professionals.

“ASN’s strength lies with the diverse expertise among our membership in basic and applied sciences that we can apply to address complex domestic and international nutrition concerns,” Johnson said. “In this new role, I plan to help ASN members meet the changing needs of society and to generate and apply the best nutrition science available to improve health and well-being.”


At UGA, Johnson also serves a leadership role in the Obesity Initiative and has recently helped launch a new graduate certificate program in obesity and weight management.