In 1917, Graves and Lenna Frances Cooper founded the American Dietetic Association, what is now known as the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, for hospital dietitians to meet and discuss the public health and food conservation needs during World War I. Graves holds the distinction of serving as the first President of the Academy. While she was in office, and after her term ended, Graves was editor of the Dietetics and Institutional Food Service department of Modern Hospital magazine.
Graves was an accomplished author during her career and her work includes Modern Dietetics, Feeding the sick in hospital and home, with some studies on feeding well people (1917), Making Food Attractive for the Sick (1926), Diet in the Treatment of Diabetes (1929), Foods in Health and Disease (1932), Scientific Refrigeration in Relation to Nutrition and Health (1936), and A Dictionary of Food and Nutrition (1938, with Clarence Wilbur Taber). She also wrote articles about diet and exercise for national publications including Parents magazine.
In 1947, Graves received the ADA’s highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. In 1992, our Foundation established the Lulu G. Graves Nutrition Education Award Fund to honor Grave’s remarkable achievements and place in the history of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This Fund provides an award to support projects and programs of nutrition education. Fundable activities include a program or development of materials for use with a specific population group such as parents of grade school children, pre-school children, persons 70 years of age, etc. In 2020, our Foundation awarded the Lulu G. Graves Nutrition Education Award to Whitney Canfield, and the Georgia Food4Health program she works with. Participants of the program receive funds to be used at a local farmer’s market and take cooking classes within the program, so they can properly cook the veggies they bring home.