The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (the Foundation) launched their first joint initiative, Kids Eat Right, in November 2010. This member-driven campaign is dedicated to supporting the efforts of the White House to end the childhood obesity epidemic within a generation. We know that kids need a quality diet of the right foods to optimize their growth and development and to maintain a healthy weight. Our expertise is the reason we must become more involved to improve the lives of generations to come.
Kids Eat Right is a two-tiered campaign aimed to mobilize our members to participate in community and school childhood obesity prevention efforts, and also to educate families, communities, and policy makers about the importance of quality nutrition. Kids Eat Right will provide members with the resources to become more recognized leaders in childhood obesity prevention and to raise the awareness of the need to help children meet their nutrient requirements.
Kids Need You
The first year of Kids Eat Right depends on members like you. Members will have the opportunity to get involved in Kids Eat Right in several ways. All campaign actions aim to achieve our goals to EDUCATE key audiences about the necessity of a quality diet and the consequences of poor nutrition; ADVOCATE on behalf of a quality nutrition approach to promote growth and development; and DEMONSTRATE the food and nutrition expertise of registered dietitians through educational programming and advocacy.
Campaign Volunteer Program
Members can also sign up as Campaign Volunteers. Enrollment is easy and allows members to take actions and educate families on strategies for bringing the family together for healthy meals each day. Weekly messages, shopping ideas, cooking tips and recipes are meant to be shared through social media and will be easily accessible online and ready to send, post and even personalize. Our DPG/MIG partners and state affiliates will offer their expertise and resources online to equip Campaign Volunteers to fulfill our commitment to Kids Eat Right.
Kids Eat Right Mini-Grants
See the latest news about Kids Eat Right mini-grants here.
RD Parent Empowerment Program: Now available!
The RD Parent Empowerment Program empowers parents to be healthier role models for themselves and their families. The RD Parent Empowerment toolkit is now available to download free of charge to all Kids Eat Right members at www.kidseatright.org/volunteer!
The program consists of four interactive monthly parent workshops. The downloads include leader guide, parent guidebooks (in English, Spanish, and Chinese), a training webinar, and other support materials to help members successfully implement the program in their communities.
The program was made available by MetLife Foundation.
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Kids Eat Right News Bite is a quarterly newsletter filled with pictures and stories to highlight the great work that is being done to help kids eat right around the world. Learn about the latest Kids Eat Right projects and programs and get a sneak peek into what’s to come! If you would like to submit a story and photo of what your state or DPG Kids Eat Right members are doing for submission in an upcoming News Bite, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, subject: KER News Bite.
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December 2013 Newsletter »
Meet the Challenge!
Four Kids Eat Right Campaign Members in Iowa are serving as RD Coaches for the Meet the Challenge! project. Meet the Challenge! is a collaborative project between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and the Iowa Department of Education with funding from an Iowa Department of Education Team Nutrition grant and an educational grant from the Wellmark Foundation. The RD Coaches are assisting nearly 70 schools in Iowa to meet the Healthier US School Challenge (HUSSC) criteria and to apply for an award.
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