The Washington State Dietetic Association has given its annual Community Practice Award for Excellence to Sue Butkus, a College of Pharmacy nutrition and dietetics professor based at WSU’s research and extension center in Puyallup. The award was established in 1990 to acknowledge the professional contributions of dietary practitioners in the state. Butkus has made major contributions in community dietetics programs, particularly for underserved populations. Specifically:
- Food Stamp clients are receiving nutrition education; her work has contributed to development of this education, nationwide.
- Butkus also developed WSU Extension’s Diabetes Awareness and Education Program, which has measurably improved the diets of more than 2,500 medically underserved, high risk adults in Washington.
- Butkus is known for her work nationally in the area of improving the nutritional intake of low-income clients and has co-authored a number of peer-reviewed research articles.
- She also has been an active participant in the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Extension Research and Education program, the Nutrition Education Network and the Society for Nutrition Education.
Butkus is a registered dietician and has a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary studies from WSU.