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Manuscripts by Subject - Health / Medicine - #10786

Title:   North Dakota Nutrition Council. Records                                                    
Dates:   1978-2010

Collection Number:  MSS 10786

Quantity:   2 feet

Abstract:  Consists of minutes, member lists/directories, correspondence, history, by-laws, policies, mission statements, annual reports, treasurers' reports, grant applications and information, scholarship material, Award of Excellence material, newsletters, publications and advertisements, conference/convention material, and promotional material.

Provenance:    The records were donated to the State Historical Society of North Dakota by Jill Leppert and Eunice Sahr on August 28, 2000. A number of additions were made to the collection between 2004-2010. The collection was processed, and the finding aid created by Emily E. Schultz in January 2011.
Property Rights: The State Historical Society of North Dakota owns the property rights to this collection.
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Citation:  Researchers are requested to cite the collection title, collection number, and the State Historical Society of North Dakota in all footnote and bibliographic references.     



By Marilyn Hoff, Past President, 2002-2003 (from Box 1, folder 4)

North Dakota Nutrition Council was formed in response to the increasing interest in nutrition in the early to mid 1970s. Nutrition programs and nutrition education were on the rise. Pubic interest in nutrition and its relation to good health was growing.

The missing piece was an organization for the promotion and distribution of reliable nutrition information. In addition, nutrition education professionals and paraprofessionals had a need for a common meeting ground for the exchange of ideas, mutual help and support, and educational opportunities.

In response to these concerns, a group of NDSU faculty gathered to discuss the formation of a statewide organization. The concept of North Dakota Nutrition Council (NDNC) was born.

The first official organization meeting was held June 6, 1978 in the Student Union at Minot State College. Thirty-five people attended. Membership during that first year grew to nearly 100.

The founding purposes of NDNC were to promote and distribute accurate and current nutrition information to the public and professionals, and to create an arena that encouraged dialogue among those interested in nutrition. The 1978 goals remain valid today. The current mission statement was revised and adopted in April 1999. It states:

The purpose of the Council is to improve the nutritional health of North Dakotans through the promotion of accurate and current nutrition information, and to support nutrition professionals in their roles as educators and health advocates.

One of the founding principles of NDNC is that the organization be accessible to and representative of the citizens of North Dakota. The first and the current bylaws require that the state conference be alternated among east and west locations. The presidents-elect are also selected on an east-west alternating basis.

The tradition of accessibility is maintained through a modest membership fee, the member newsletter, a web site, National Nutrition Month projects, and the pre-conference public forum. Members are eligible for small grants for nutrition education projects that further the goals of the NDNC.


(phase box)     Scrapbook, 1979-1997

Box 1:
1 Minutes, 1981-2001
2 Member lists and directories, committees, Board members, officers, 1979-ca 2008
3 Correspondence, 1981-1999
4 History, by-laws, policies, mission statement, 1979-2010
5 Annual reports, 2003-2007
6 Treasurers’ reports, 1978-1995
7 Mini grant applications and reviews, correspondence, 2001-2003
8 Mini grant applications and reviews, correspondence, 2005-2007
9 Scholarships, 2004-2009
10 Award of excellence, 2002, 2005-2009
11 Newsletters, 1980-2007
12 Publications/advertisements, 2007 & n.d.
13 Convention/conference material, 1979-2007
14 Promotional material, n.d

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