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Spring 2012 Issue

Foundation Matters is a quarterly electronic newsletter that covers current Foundation activities. It is sent to Academy members who have donated to the Foundation.

In This Issue

  • A Message from Barbara Ivens, MS, RD, FADA, Foundation Chair
  • Foundation Scholarship Committee Provides Funding to Students
  • Annual Fund News
  • Include the Foundation in Your Estate Plans
  • Kids Eat Right Update

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Barbara Ivens

Message from Barbara Ivens, MS, RD, FADA, Foundation Chair - May 30, 2012

Greetings! What a wonderfully busy spring we are having at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Since my last letter, we have celebrated several milestones at the Foundation. The first-ever Kids Eat Right Shop-Cook-Eat Summit was a huge success, raising nearly $375,000. James Beard Foundation winner and Food Network Star, Ellie Krieger, MS, RD, served as the honorary chair and was a most gracious host. She has a strong interest in the work we are doing around kids and families. The funds raised supported the development of videos and the Kids Eat Right Shop-Cook-Eat Summit cookbook, which includes downloadable recipes at Announcements of the videos have been included in the Monday Message to Campaign Volunteers and as part of Eat Right Weekly all-member email blast.

Other accomplishments include:

  • The Foundation and General Mills Foundation celebrated 10 years of funding the Champions for Healthy Kids program. To mark the anniversary, 10 'best of the best' legacy award recipients were selected from previous Champions for Healthy Kids grantees. Each program was awarded $50,000 to continue their proven programming to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors among youth. Champions for Healthy Kids provides grants to nonprofits, schools and community organizations to develop creative ways to help kids of all ages incorporate physical fitness and good nutrition into their daily lives. "For the past 10 years, the General Mills Foundation has worked closely with nonprofit organizations across the country to increase physical activity and good nutrition among youth," said Ellen Goldberg Luger, General Mills vice president and executive director of the General Mills Foundation. "We are excited to use the on-the-ground insights we've gathered from our work with more than 400 community organizations to better shape our future childhood obesity efforts and make an even greater impact." See the ten 2012 Champions for Healthy Kids recipients. In addition to the $5 million dollars in grants that the General Mills Foundation has funded over the past ten years through the Champions for Healthy Kids Program, they have also provided funding to the Foundation for the development of the Family Champions, One Change at a Time Toolkit and the promotion of the Family Nutrition and Physical Activity Survey.

  • In order to better engage and serve young members and those new to the profession, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has created the Early Professionals Eat Right Society. This giving club, which complements the Eat Right Society, will recognize donors who have been in practice five years or less who make annual gifts of $50 or more to the Foundation. The Foundation appreciates that early practitioners are beginning their career and often paying back students loans with little discretionary income. For more information or to become a member of the Eat Right Society, please visit,

  • Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, Director of Nutrition Training, Division of Adolescent Medicine at Childrens Hospital Boston and an Instructor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School received the Lifestyle Interventions for Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Research Grant. Sonneville is the third recipient of the $35,000 research endowment grant that is funded through the Foundation's Food and Nutrition Research Endowment. Sonneville’s proposal was titled, Validation of a Mindful Eating Questionnaire in an Adolescent Sample. Sonneville said, "Obesity is widely considered one of the greatest modern threats to public health, and childhood and adolescence are critical periods in the onset and exacerbation of obesity. Although the causes of the obesity epidemic are numerous, the profound role of the obesogenic food environment cannot be ignored. This grant will allow me to conduct important formative work related to the application of mindful eating to the primary and secondary prevention of obesity during adolescence. I am so grateful to the Foundation for its support of my research and of other RD researchers and for its ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of children." The deadline for the next Foundation Research Endowment Grant is July 1. For more information, please visit As always, we appreciate the help of the Academy Research Committee for reviewing these applications.

  • Finally, as the dues renewal process comes to a close for 2012, don't forget to make a donation to the Foundation's Annual Fund while renewing your Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics dues. You can support the Foundation by checking off the Annual Fund box on your dues renewal form or by visiting Your support enables your Foundation to continue providing scholarships, research grants, continuing education awards and innovative educational programs through the Kids Eat Right initiative. Don't forget that all donors to The Eat Right Society (gifts of $250 and above) will be recognized on the Foundation website, in the Foundation's annual donor report, and will receive a special ribbon at FNCE.

Thank you for your continued support of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. We would not be here without your generosity and commitment. It has been an honor serving as chair of your professional charity.


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Barbara Ivens, MS, RD, FADA
Chair, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Foundation Scholarship Committee Provides Funding to Students

The Foundation Scholarship Committee met May 14-15 to select the scholarship recipients for the 2012-13 academic year. Since 1966 the Foundation has been the largest provider of dietetic scholarships. Funding is available for dietetic students at all levels of study and  ranges from $500 to $10,000. Scholarship funds have been established by Academy Members, State Affiliates, DPGs and corporations. Some funds have special criteria such as state of study or residence, DPG membership and major or career goals. Hear from past scholarship recipients. To learn more about the scholarship program visit:

The Foundation is grateful to Colgate Palmolive, the Commission on Dietetic Registration, ConAgra Foods and Mead Johnson Nutrition for their continued support of the scholarship program. For more than 50 years, Mead Johnson Nutrition has supported the Foundation Scholarship Program by funding scholarships to students with an interest in pediatric nutrition. Mead Johnson also sponsors the Foundation's Scholarship Committee meeting each May at its headquarters in Evansville, IN. The Commission on Dietetic Registration renewed its support of their doctoral scholarship which provides $10,000 scholarships annually to 10 students, and their diversity scholarship which provides $5,000 scholarships to 20 students. Colgate Palmolive supports an annual scholarship as well as the Colgate Palmolive Fellowship to Support Research in Nutrition and Oral Health/Dental Education.

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In addition to supporting the Foundation's annual Scholarship Program, ConAgra Foods also provides $50,000 in scholarships to dietetics students through the Food Safety Student Challenge Grant. These students are selected for their dedication to educate college students on the importance of food safety. Andrea Bortnik, a 2012 recipient of the ADA Foundation/ConAgra Foods Food Safety Student Challenge Scholarship, said the scholarship will help her pursue a combined dietetic internship and public health graduate degree from the Veterans Affairs Greater Los Angeles Healthcare Systems and the University of California, Los Angeles. "As a food safety advocate, I will promote food safety to today's internet savvy generation of college students living at UCLA's University Cooperative Housing," she said. "Since every member of UCH contributes four hours of service per week, including kitchen sanitation, food preparation, and cooking, it is important to increase food safety awareness at UCH. My intervention is to create a social media oriented campaign that also uses traditional avenues to increase awareness of food safety starting at UCH and eventually throughout UCLA." For more information about the Academy's Home Food Safety Program please visit

Special thanks to the 2012 Scholarship Committee members for all of their hard work and dedication: Rhiannon J Naslund, Chair, William Barkley, Bertrum C Connell, Susan Helm, Debra Hook Jana Kicklighter, Elizabeth Kunkel, Penny McConnell, Charlotte Oakley and Martha Taylor.

Annual Fund News

The Annual Fund generates unrestricted revenue for the Foundation to continue our efforts to move the profession forward and create a happier and healthier nation. Gifts to the Annual Fund are directed to the areas of greatest immediate need. With the support of generous Academy members, DPGs, State Affiliates and corporate partners, the Foundation has accomplished many exciting things this past year.

  • Awarded $488,650 in scholarships to 211 dietetic students for the 2011-2012 academic year.
  • Expanded the Kids Eat Right Initiative, with over 2,700 campaign volunteers.
  • Provided over $50,000 in awards to dietetic professionals.
  • Supported RD-lead research with $150,000 in grants to Academy members, which includes a $35,000 research grant related to childhood obesity.
  • Developed three new toolkits with 17 ready-made presentations for Kids Eat Right campaign volunteers.

Please consider supporting the Annual Fund today by making a tribute gift, using the donation check off box when renewing your Academy member dues, participating in a Foundation event at FNCE or visiting the Foundation's website to make a donation. If you are interested in volunteering your time to help raise awareness and funds to support the Annual Fund, please contact Amy Donatell at

Dietetic Students Raise Money for the Annual Fund

Students from Loyola University and Rush University in Chicago came together this spring to raise funds for the Annual Fund. The telemarketing/fundraising campaign was held at Academy headquarters where the dietetic students spent two evenings calling past donors and thanking them for their previous support of the Foundation. The students also shared their career aspirations as they talked about their respective dietetics programs. Lois Torgerson, a retired RD from Spokane, Washington, said she was touched that she received a personal call from a student.

For volunteering their time, the Foundation would like to thank the following students: Ellen Mills, Kasia Ciaston, Jessica Borst, Hannah Roosevelt, Divyani Sarkar, Florencia Brioni, Maegan Walrath and Annica Shumny.

Recognize Those Who Make a Difference

Want to recognize that special dietitian in your life? The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Tribute Gift Program is the perfect answer. The tribute program allows Academy members to recognize the people who make a difference and invest in the future of the profession at the same time. You can honor a fellow dietitian's achievement or milestone with a tribute gift made in his/her name. Your friend, colleague or loved one's family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement card. All tribute donations which support the Foundation’s Annual Fund will be listed in an annual Journal ad for all Academy members to read.

"Making a tribute donation to the Foundation really doubles my gift. It not only benefits the Foundation financially but also recognizes someone I want to honor," said Neva Cochran, MS, RD, LD who recently gave a tribute gift in memory of Pam Michael, MBA, RD. Michael was a longtime Academy staff member who Cochran worked during her years as an Academy leader. "What more fitting tribute to Pam than to make a gift to support the profession and association to which she had devoted most of her career?" Cochran asked.

For more information or to make a Tribute donation, contact Linda Hudson at 312/899-4773 or

Eat Right Society

Make a Gift to the Annual Fund and Join the Eat Right Society

The Eat Right Society is a giving club that was established in 2010 to recognize donors who step forward each year by contributing $250 or more to the to the Annual Fund or any of the Foundation's initiatives. The Eat Right Society recognizes individual, affiliate and DPG donors who make significant contributions to support the Foundation’s mission of advancing public health and nutrition and utilizing the expertise of Registered Dietitians. In two years, the Eat Right Society has grown to more than 200 members and counting! If you'd like to join us, visit the Eat Right Society page. There, you can also see a list of current members who have donated at least $250 to any Foundation initiative. To join or to renew your gift online, visit or contact Amy Donatell at All donors will be recognized in the Foundation's annual donor report and will receive a special ribbon at FNCE.

Include the Foundation in Your Estate Plans

If you're thinking about providing an estate gift to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation, consider doing so with the I WILL Legacy Society. The Foundation's I WILL Legacy Society recognizes those individuals who wish to provide estate gifts to the Foundation by offering Academy members and friends the opportunity to impact the dietetics profession and leave a legacy in the community well into the future. There are many ways to become a member of the I WILL Legacy Society including gifts of stocks, bonds and securities, donating a life insurance policy and naming the Foundation as a beneficiary of your retirement plan.

"I was involved with the Foundation as California's State Fundraising Chair for a number of years, so in part I felt an obligation to 'walk-the-walk' and donate," said Patsy Obayashi, MS, RD, CDE. "However, the more I learned about what the Foundation does and how our contributions are used to support what the RD does, the more I felt a true commitment to providing on-going annual support. In fact, I also have made plans to provide support through the Legacy Program."

The Foundation received $387,357 from the estate of Marie Knickrehm, a former professor at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in the Department of Nutrition Research and Food Service Management. The funds will be used for the Marie E. Knickrehm Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to graduate students from Nebraska. Sarah Coulter, a dietetics student at Saint Louis University, was the recipient of the 2011 scholarship. Coulter said she was honored to receive the scholarship which would go toward her professional goal of becoming a registered dietitian. "I was born and raised in the state of Nebraska and I have great pride in being from this state," she wrote in a thank you letter to the Foundation. "It is an honor to be receiving this scholarship from a fellow Nebraskan like Dr. Knickrehm."

Knickrehm received a bachelor's degree in dietetics and institutional management from the University of Nebraska and held a master's degree from Cornell University in institution management and a doctorate in food and nutrition from the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She taught at Nebraska from 1966 until retiring in 1983. Her dedication and passion for the dietetics profession will live on through her legacy gift to the Foundation, providing dietetic students like Sarah much needed financial support.

Top 10 Reasons to Join the Foundation's I WILL Legacy Society:

  1. Maximizes tax benefits
  2. Preserves financial assets for your lifetime and family needs
  3. Invests in the future of your profession
  4. Makes your wishes known
  5. Takes advantage of the Foundation’s planned giving services
  6. Demonstrates your philanthropy
  7. Ensures the Foundation has a secure basis of funding in the years ahead
  8. Plans for retirement income, for loved ones and professional legacies
  9. Recognizes your support to your professional organization during your lifetime
  10. Helps the Foundation achieve its mission of advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians.

For more information on any planned giving option, contact Susie Burns at or 312/899-4752.

Kids Eat Right

Kids Eat Right Update

The Academy and Foundation are extremely encouraged by the member and public response to the Kids Eat Right initiative. Since launching in September 2011, we've seen more than one million page views at the website, which hosts tips, articles, recipes, and videos to help busy families shop smart, cook healthy, and eat right. More than 3,000 Academy members have joined the initiative at:, and are making an impact in schools, community groups and work sites, and with media and policymakers to promote quality nutrition for all kids. Kids Eat Right also helps advance science by supporting, implementing and evaluating community-based projects by promoting healthy eating and physical activity behaviors with kids and parents. Here is an overview of some of the exciting Kids Eat Right activities.

Kids Eat Right Toolkits and RD Mini-Grants

In September 2011, the Foundation started providing educational toolkits, with ready-made presentations, leader notes, suggested activities, and handouts to all Kids Eat Right members download through the website. The first toolkit Healthy Breakfast. Everywhere You Go. was released in September, followed by the release of Healthy Snacking. In a Nutshell. In January 2012, the Family Champions. One Change at a Time. Toolkit,  the first of the toolkits in English and Spanish and parent cooking workshops, was released. The latest toolkit is Family Meals. Anytime. Anyplace. and will be available later this month. Each toolkit contains 19 different presentations for a variety of child, teen, and adult audiences. As an added incentive for using the toolkits, the Foundation has awarded nearly $40,000 in mini-grants to RDs to use the toolkit presentations in their communities.

Content expertise for the toolkits has been provided by members of the following DPGs: Dietitians in Business and Communications; Food and Culinary Professionals; Nutrition Education for the Public; Pediatric; Sports, Cardiovascular, and Wellness; School Nutrition Services; Weight Management. Educational grants from the following companies provided educational grants to the Foundation to support the development of the toolkits and RD mini-grant awards: The Alliance for Potato Research and Education; The American Pistachio Growers Academy Partner, The Coca-Cola Company, General Mills, and Academy Premier Sponsor, The Kellogg Company.

Kids Eat Right Programs

EB4K with Play

Six RD Nutrition Coaches are wrapping up their first year implementing the Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play (EB4K with Play) program in five elementary schools in the West Contra Costa School District in northern California, with physical activity partner, Playworks. The EB4K with Play program is designed to improve students' nutrition and physical activity knowledge, attitudes and behaviors. The behaviors promoted in EB4K with Play are the ones research shows to be the strongest indicators of a healthy diet and healthy body weight:

  • Increased consumption of fruits, vegetables, and fat free or low fat dairy products;
  • Regular breakfast consumption;
  • Improved snack choices;
  • Decreased consumption of sugar sweetened beverages;
  • Fewer meals eaten away from home;
  • Decreased screen time; 
  • At least 60 minutes of physical activity a day.

Next school year, EB4K with Play will be back, following the same students as they are in 4th-6th grades, as part of two-year research study. Funding support for the EB4K with Play program was provided by the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. More information.

RD Parent Empowerment

Twelve RDs are teaching parents in Chicago, San Francisco, and Washington, DC to shop smart, cook healthy, and eat right in the RD Parent Empowerment program. The interactive RD Parent Empowerment is a series of four workshops where the RDs use hands-on cooking and tasting activities to teach parents the importance of keeping themselves and their families healthy. This is the second pilot year of this project, funded by the MetLife Foundation. There are plans to make the program materials available to all Kids Eat Right members through

Meet the Challenge!

The Foundation is collaborating with the Iowa Department of Education in a Kids Eat Right project called, Meet the Challenge! Five RDs in Iowa are working with 40 schools in the state, providing expertise to make policy and school environment changes, and improvements in the school lunch menu, so that these schools can achieve USDA's Healthier US Schools Challenge awards.The Foundation is providing training, support, and project management for this exciting opportunity.;

Certificate of Training Program

An online Certificate of Training Program – Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity: What Every Registered Dietitian Needs to Know was created as part of the Kids Eat Right initiative. The program contains three modules, each two hours in length for a 6-hour CPE and certificate opportunity. Each module includes an impressive list of speakers, and many informative resources. To register for one or more of the modules, go to the Online Learning section. Cost is $59. To receive the Certificate of Training you will need to pass the final exam with an 80 percent. The Certificate will be emailed within two weeks from the time of completion.

Kids Eat Right Everyday Heroes

Every month, new RDs are highlighted as Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers. See April 2012 Everyday Heroes. If you are a Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteer and have a picture and a story to tell, please submit your photo and quote to

Want to Volunteer for Kids Eat Right?

Find out more about becoming a Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteer by viewing this short webinar.



RDs and Fuel Up to Play 60: Meeting the Total Nutritional Needs of Youth

With Fuel Up to Play 60, some 70,000 schools nationwide have pledged to help kids "fuel up" with the nutrient-rich foods they often lack and play 60 minutes a day. Fuel Up to Play 60– a program from the National Dairy Council and the National Football League, in collaboration with the USDA– is a comprehensive approach to preventing childhood obesity.

Across the country, RDs are offering their expertise to schools' Fuel Up to Play 60 programs. "RDs are needed now more than ever in schools to make sure we’re meeting the total nutritional needs of youth," says Jean Ragalie, RD, president of the National Dairy Council. "Quality nutrition means supplying students each day with more choices of appealing and great-tasting foods from all five food groups."

Kim Kramer, RD, LDN, from Illinois, jumped at the chance to get involved, calling Fuel Up to Play60 "one of the most rewarding things I have done in my career so far. I have seen the impact that I made with students this year that would not have happened otherwise if a dietitian was not placed in their school," she said. Added Brigett Scott, MS, RD, LD, Louisiana, "I helped kids at three schools increase their physical activity and try new foods with the help of lots of great teachers and NFL Players."

RDs working in Fuel Up to Play 60 schools are part of a large, coordinated, national movement that brings together Fuel Up to Play 60, Kids Eat Right, First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! campaign and the USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge.

"Fuel Up to Play 60 is a national movement that shows the power of people focused on a single issue: the health of children," says Ragalie.

See how RDs are supporting local schools, and find out how you can get involved by visiting