Today the Adelle Davis Foundation honors the birthday of the late Adelle Davis. Born February 25 1904, Davis claimed a place in history in the development of the nation’s health and continues to do so through her legacy, her books, and helpful tips that families have been using for generations. Davis dedicated her life and focus to changing the nutritional mindset of America.
Adelle Davis, one of the country’s best known nutritionists, studied at Purdue University, graduated from University of California at Berkeley, and took postgraduate work at Columbia University and the University of California at Los Angeles before receiving her Master of Science degree in biochemistry from the University of Southern California Medical School. Throughout her career, she worked with physicians, beginning in New York with dietetics training at Bellevue and Fordham hospitals, and her first job at the Judson Health Clinic.
Later in Oakland, California, and then in Los Angeles, she worked as a consulting nutritionist with physicians at the Alameda County Health Clinic and the William E. Branch Clinic in Hollywood as well as seeing patients referred to her by numerous specialists. After planning individual diets for more than 20,000 people suffering from almost every known disease, she gave up consulting work to devote her time to her family, writing, and lecturing.
At the Adelle Davis Foundation, located here in Santa Barbara, CA, our mission is to support a program of education and developmental activities relative to the field of nutrition, as well as granting scholarships to qualified undergraduate and postgraduate students majoring in nutritional science. We are extremely active in the nutrition departments and health & wellness programs at both SBCC and UCSB. The Foundation’s website also provides an online health and wellness magazine that features the latest health and nutrition news as well as healthy recipes and wellness tips. The magazine also has student pieces and articles, where they have the opportunity to share their love for healthy living and writing in the community. The Foundation is always looking for guest writers and awards scholarships annually.