Texas Bluebonnet Award Given to Dr Kridel For Contributions to Community Health
At a ceremony in Corpus Christi at the Omni Hotel on April 25th, the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation presented Dr. Russell Kridel with the prestigious Texas Bluebonnet Award.
Dr. Kridel received the award for his contributions to health care, including his efforts to reduce obesity throughout the Shut Out Sugar campaign developed during his tenure as President of the Harris County Medical Society.
Dr. Kridel created the HCMS Personal Responsibility Committee dedicated to helping address the obesity epidemic. The committee provides physicians across all specialties with tools to communicate the importance of diet and nutrition to their patients to prevent obesity, diabetes and other diseases, with emphasis on sugar sweetened beverages. Through Dr. Kridel’s leadership, the committee developed a brochure called “Shut Out Sugar” for physicians and health providers. The brochure clearly outlines simple and easy steps people can take to reduce consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages to improve their health. He also participates in key roles at the state and national level on health care issues that positively promote the role of diet and nutrition in the ever-changing landscape of health care.
Texas Academy President, Carol Bradley, PhD, RDN, LD presented the Texas Bluebonnet Award to Dr. Kridel along with Jennifer Cash, MS, RDN, LD, the Texas Academy Nominating Chair.
Dr. Kridel also received the local Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Bluebonnet Award in 2013.