Farryl Bertmann has received the Excellence in Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Leadership Award from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for her work in food security and nutrition assistance, and global food sovereignty. The award was presented by the Academy’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition (HEN) dietetics practice group in recognition of Bertmann’s leadership.
A senior lecturer in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences and in the UVM Food Systems program, Bertmann instructs many hunger and environmental nutrition food courses and serves as a mentor and research advisor for a number of graduate and undergraduate students on nutrition-related projects. Her research focuses on developing and evaluating nutrition programs that are sustainable, inclusive, culturally-driven and resilient.
Most recently, she served as co-principal investigator on six studies evaluating the impacts of the COVID-19 on food systems, food insecurity, and public health, both in Vermont and nationwide. The latest findings from these studies show food security in Vermont has reached record levels during the pandemic with nearly one in three Vermonters experiencing food insecurity since March and disproportionate impact on low-income families. Households earning less than $50K per year were six times more likely to be food insecure.
Bertmann is passionate about addressing the many long-standing inequities within the food system and has also been involved in work to advance diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives both within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and in her professional spheres. She was recently appointed to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Diversity and Inclusion Committee Advisory Group where she will work to recommend policies and strategies to enhance the recruitment, retention and inclusion of, and leadership development for, individuals from underrepresented groups.
Bermann has also supported the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in various volunteer capacities including as President of the Vermont Academy, Chair-Elect of the Global Member Interest Group, Vermont Public Policy Coordinator and HEN Education Committee Chair.
An announcement from HEN regarding her award noted Bertmann is “an exceptional leader, advocate, teacher, researcher, and mentor making her very deserving of this leadership award.”