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The Browning Public School Food Service

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Kristen Anderson, MS-MPH, RD (Montana)

We are incredibly excited to be one of the recipients for this year’s General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Grant! Northwest Montana is a tough place to grow fruits and vegetables—and almost impossible without the use of a greenhouse to get things started for our 60 day outdoor growing season. The CHK grant will allow our school to repair its small green house, purchase curriculum and supplies so that kids can routinely learn about growing and eating healthy foods in their classrooms throughout the school year. We hope to empower more people to grow foods locally, children to choose fruits and vegetables more often, and improve food security in Blackfeet Country!


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Child Development Institute

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Dena Herman, PhD, MPH, RD (California)

(From left to right in photo) Executive Director of CDI, Joan Maltese, Dena Herman, PhD, MPH, RD, Associate Professor at California State University Northridge, and Allie Baldassari, Screening and Service Learning Coordinator

I am excited to lead the Healthy and Fit Together program at the Child Development Institute. With this grant, we will be able to ensure that parents have the knowledge, support and resources to provide healthy food choices and opportunities for physical activity for their children. We are creating a two-way learning experience where kids remind their parents about making healthy choices just as often as their parents emphasize healthy and nutritional food to their children. It’s a win-win experience while having fun and learning together.


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Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

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Trisha Hardy, MPH, RD (Georgia)

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta is excited to be a recipient of the Champions for Healthy Kids grant. With this funding, we will be working with 100 youth to complete community projects that promote healthy eating and increased physical activity. Additionally, our partner Gwinnett Parks & Recreation has adopted wellness policies extending these healthy messages to community members. Through our Strong4Life movement, we strive to reach all Georgia families with the information, tools and support they need to get and keep their family healthier and stronger, while making nutrition and physical activity habits fun.


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Christian Activity Center

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Tanya Smith, RDN, LD (Missouri)

Children in East St. Louis cannot readily access fresh foods. Financially and demographically, these foods are not available to our kids. The Champions for Healthy Kids grant is providing edible gardens and daily physical exercise to our 200+ urban, African-American children who are physically at-risk for obesity and hypertension. CAC is remarkably grateful to the General Mills Foundation and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for giving healthy starts to children in East St. Louis!


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Clemson University

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Katherine L. Carson, PhD, RD, LD (South Carolina)

We are excited to be implementing the Nutrition and Obesity Prevention Education (NOPE) Program through the Champions for Healthy Kids grant. Through NOPE, we will provide a hands-on training for professional teachers that will equip them with curriculum and tools to implement fun and interactive lessons. More than a thousand elementary school age children will receive nutrition education, resulting in a positive impact in student knowledge and behavior in healthy eating and active living.


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La Grange School District 105

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Sarese Hranicka, RD, LDN (Illinois)

The Champions for Healthy Kids grant is such a wonderful gift for LaGrange School District 105 in Illinois! By incorporating the technology students use every day, we are going to better connect the concepts of nutrition and fitness. Additionally, we are focusing on opportunities for this education to trickle into the students' home life in an effort to build a more health conscious community. Everyone is very excited!


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Namaste Charter School

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Sandra Meister, MS, RD, LDN (Illinois)

The Champions for Healthy Kids grant will allow students to enjoy cooking demonstrations and Zumba lessons in the classroom. Students will engage in "Nutrition Conversations" with the Manager of Health & Wellness and Registered Dietitian, where they can voice their feedback regarding the School Breakfast and Lunch menus. This feedback, from students and parents alike, will be used to develop healthy, tasty, "kid-approved" recipes.


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New York Presbyterian Hospital

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Beth Freedman, MPH, RD, CDN (New York)

On behalf of New York Presbyterian Hospital, I would like to thank the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for its Champions for Healthy Kids grant in support of the expansion of our Healthy City Kids program to East Harlem. We are excited about using the Champions for Healthy Kids grant to make a difference in the lives of East Harlem Head Start pre-schoolers and their parents by engaging them with culturally-relevant information and tools that will help them make healthier nutrition and physical activity choices.


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Nutra-Net

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Erin Laurie, MS, RD, LD (Kansas)

Nutra-Net is thrilled and humbled to have been named a Champions for Healthy Kids grantee! It is such an honor to have been given this opportunity. This grant will enable Nutra-Net to provide the Kids Safari After-School Program in Independence, MO with a Wellness Club that focuses on healthy eating and physical activity. Many children in this district participate in the after-school program and because of this funding, the children will be able to experience in a hands-on approach, the many benefits of preparing healthy foods and being active. In addition, this grant will be used to provide Spanish recipes to families that have Spanish only speaking parents. This is a great way to include these families that usually feel left out of their children's school activities.


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Pillsbury United Communities

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Karena Johnson, MS, RD, LD (Minnesota)

Pillsbury United Communities' Oak Park Youth and Family Center are thrilled to have received a Champions for Healthy Kids grant. This funding will allow us to continue our Families in Motion program, which targets youth nutrition and physical activity, as well as family engagement. Our Champions for Healthy Kids grant helps us reduce health disparities and create a community-wide focus on improving youth health in North Minneapolis.


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Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta

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Patricia Garrett, MS, RDN, LD (Georgia)

Receiving notification that our grant had been accepted for the Champions for Healthy Kids made my day! The partnering organization, Refugee Resettlement and Immigration Services of Atlanta is an amazing organization that is dedicated to serving low-income children and their families in the Atlanta community, most of whom have been in the United States for less than 5 years. The choices at the grocery store can be overwhelming and confusing for the youth and their families and the opportunities to participate in fun, educational activities promoting good nutrition and active play are limited. We look forward to posting updates and photos!


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SEEDS

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Diane Roach, RD (Michigan)

Left to right on photo: Diane Roach, RD and Jana Lanning, SEEDS Outreach Coordinator

I am excited and grateful to receive the Champion for Healthy Kids Grant and partner with SEEDS in our area.


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Sierra Nevada Alliance

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Lynn Norton, MS RD (California)

We are thrilled to receive such a generous "Champions for Healthy Kids" grant! This project is truly a multi-organization community project coming at the perfect time. There has been ground work done in the past few years to heighten gardens/greenhouses throughout the community and the schools. Thank you so much for supporting the efforts of many committed South Lake Tahoe residents.


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St. Mary's Catholic School

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Beth Lowe, MS, RD, LDN (Tennessee)

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We are so pleased to receive the General Mills Foundation and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Champions for Healthy Kids grant for St. Mary's School. This grant will enable us to construct a one-half mile fitness trail on the campus; this will allow the physical education classes and after-school running club to be moved from the school’s parking lot and driveway to a running trail. We also will be able to focus energy on promoting better nutrition for the students and families by demonstrating easy solutions for healthy food from the school garden and locally sourced seasonal foods. It is our hope that this project will serve as a model for others to recognize that these are very do-able concepts in any school.


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St. Mary's Hospital for Children

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Jessica Schreck, RD and Doreen Sikoscow, MS, RD,CDN (New York)

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We are grateful to the General Mills Foundation and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation for supporting Farm-to-Table and Fitness at St. Mary's Hospital for Children. Your support will help children with medically complex conditions garden, cook, stay active, and socialize all while advancing important therapeutic goals--and most importantly, having fun. This program is a big hit among our children and has successfully advanced important rehabilitation, nutrition, and wellness goals. It would not be possible without support from funders like you!


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The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan

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Carolyn Jennings, MPH, RD, CDE (Michigan)

The National Kidney Foundation of Michigan's kids programs are centered around preventing childhood obesity and helping kids get the right start in life, including teaching them about good nutrition and exercise. So we’re thrilled to receive the Champions for Healthy Kids grant which will help us give kids healthy and bright futures.


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The Nutrition Center

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Peter Stanton MS, RD, LDN (Massachusetts)

The Champions for Healthy Kids grant allows us to focus on two elementary schools in the county’s most underserved communities and to provide comprehensive programming -- physical activity, nutrition messaging, cross curricular concepts. The most exciting part is the huge potential for impact because we can reach both the students and the parents and really have this becomes part of the overall culture for these kids. We want to reach all aspects of their lives so that real food becomes the new norm.


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University of Michigan Health System

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Susan Aaronson, MA, RD (Michigan)

I was thrilled to learn that we received a Champions for Healthy Kids grant! Our schools and principals in Detroit were incredibly appreciative to learn that the work that Project Healthy Schools is doing in their schools promoting healthy eating and exercise, will continue for another year.


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