Lona Sandon, Ph.D.

Lona Sandon, Ph.D.

  • Distinguished Teaching Professor

Biography

Lona Sandon, PhD, RDN, LD, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Clinical Nutrition, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center and Director of the Master of Clinical Nutrition Coordinated Program. She received the 2017 Outstanding Dietetics Educator Award from the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors practice group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (Academy).  She served as a House of Delegates representative in the Academy from 2011 to 2017 and a national spokesperson for the Academy from 2003 to 2012.  Dr. Sandon was named the 2005 Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year by the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) and received the 2006 Dallas Dietetic Association Excellence in Media Award and the 2007 Excellence in Media Award from the TAND.

Dr. Sandon holds a Doctorate of Philosophy in Health Education Studies with an emphasis in higher education and wellness programming from Texas Woman's University, Masters of Education in Education Technology from the University of Texas, Brownsville and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nutrition and Dietetics from the University of Minnesota. She completed a one-year dietetic internship at the University of Minnesota Hospital and Clinics.

Dr. Sandon has a personal and professional interest in wellness, sports nutrition, exercise, and autoimmune inflammatory conditions. She is a certified fitness instructor by the American Council on Exercise and a Level III YogaFit instructor. Daily exercise of cycling, aerobics, yoga, or weight training is just her way of life. She has nearly 20 years experience in leading fitness and wellness classes for multiple health and fitness centers. She is frequently contacted to speak for community events for the Arthritis Foundation and employee health and wellness programs.

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Education & Training
  • Graduate School - University of Texas - Brownsville (1999-2002)
  • Undergraduate School - University of Minnesota Medical School (1990-1995), Clinical Dietetics
Professional Associations & Affiliations
  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (1997)
  • Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists, Dietetics Practice Group of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (1997)
  • American Council on Exercise (1997)
  • Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (1997)
  • Nutrition Educators of Health Professionals (2003)
  • Nutrition and Dietetics Educators and Preceptors (2016)
  • Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (2017)
Honors & Awards
  • Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists Dietetics Practice Group Graduate Student Award 2015, $2,500 award to support graduate research
  • UT Southwestern Academy of Teachers, Outstanding Teacher Award 2017
  • University of Texas System Regents' Outstanding Teaching Award 2017
  • Excellence in Media Award Dallas Dietetic Association 2006, This award recognizes registered dietitians who have made significant contributions to assisting the media in providing sound scientific information to the public. Awarded by the Dallas Dietetic Association.
  • Graduate Student Poster Award 2016, Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness Nutritionists dietetics practice group poster awards presented at the annual SCAN Symposium.
  • Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year 2005, This award recognizes achievements of young dietitians in the state of Texas.
  • Excellence in Media Award Texas Dietetic Association 2007, This award recognizes registered dietitians who have made significant contributions to improving the publics knowledge of nutrition through the use of media.
  • Innovator in Practice and Education 2010, This award recognizes registered dietitians who are using innovative teaching methods in education of future dietetics practitioners.
  • Outstanding Dietetics Educator 2017, Awarded by the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Books & Publications
Research
  • Use of education technology for improving learning retention and engagement.
  • Role of nutrition and exercise in health promotion, disease prevention
  • Nutrition's role in enhancing sports performance.
  • Nutrition therapies for autoimmune and inflammatory conditions
  • Lifestyle behavioral interventions in the work place and communities for decreasing chronic disease risk factors.
  • Intensive lifestyle and behavioral counseling for overweight and obesity