Dorene Petersen Awarded 2014 NANP Award

Dorene Petersen, American College of Healthcare Sciences President and Founder, Awarded National Association of Nutrition Professionals Service Award at 2014 Annual Conference & Expo

From left: NANP Vice President Miriam Zacharias, ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen, and NANP Executive Director Nicole Hodson.

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Portland, OR—April 28, 2014—The American College of Healthcare Sciences (ACHS)—an accredited online holistic health college offering masters degrees and certificates in holistic nutrition—is very proud to announce that ACHS President and Founder Dorene Petersen was awarded the 2014 Service award from the National Association of Nutrition Professionals (NANP) at the NANP Annual Conference & Expo this past weekend. The NANP Service award is presented to NANP members in recognition of their exceptional efforts to grow the holistic nutrition community by building connections and mentoring. The NANP Service award is peer nominated, and the recipient is selected by popular vote. The award was presented to Petersen at the conference, which took place from April 25-27, 2014 at the Hilton El Conquistador in Tucson, Arizona.

“I am tremendously honored to be recognized by the NANP with the Service award,” says Petersen. “It’s been my great pleasure to collaborate with exceptional organizations like NANP to advance the holistic nutrition and wellness industry. I am humbled to be counted among the very best in the holistic nutrition community, among those who are making such wonderful endeavors to help our society become healthier through nutrition.”

Petersen is an innovator who is passionate about sharing her knowledge of holistic health with both her students and colleagues. Her student-focused philosophy has led to her success as an educator, and her generous willingness to mentor others has contributed to her success as a business woman—making her a model among her peers.

Her greatest accomplishments support her vision for future holistic health professions and occupations to which ACHS graduates aspire. Dorene is an active member of many professional organizations, including NANP, has served on various planning committees, and has supported the growth and development of emerging holistic health professions for more than 35 years.

Petersen attended the Conference & Expo along with staff members from the American College of Healthcare Sciences, where they met with students, alumni, and prospective students. Attendees were also able to hear valuable lectures on holistic nutrition, learn more about ACHS programs in holistic health and nutrition, meet and network with industry professionals, and enjoy many other professional and educational benefits.

To learn more about the NANP Service award and event proceedings of the 2014 NANP Conference & Expo: Transforming Health through Holistic Nutrition, as well as the NANP Awards, please visit

To request an interview with Dorene Petersen or for additional information about ACHS programs, please call (800) 487-8839 or email For more information, prospective students may contact ACHS Admissions at (800) 487-8839 or visit

About ACHS

American College of Healthcare Sciences is an accredited member of the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), and is one of the only accredited holistic health colleges offering fully online graduate and undergraduate degrees, diplomas, career-training certificates, and continuing education courses in holistic integrative medicine fields, such as herbal medicine, aromatherapy, holistic nutrition, and wellness coaching. Founded in 1978, ACHS is committed to exceptional online education and is recognized as an industry leader in innovative and online holistic health education. For more information about accredited ACHS programs and study abroad opportunities, visit, call (800) 487-8839, or visit us on campus at 5940 SW Hood Ave., Portland, OR 97239.