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Spring 2013 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 Diane Heller, MMSC, RDN, LD, Foundation Chair
  • Annual Fund News
  • Foundation Scholarships, Funding the Future of the Dietetics Profession
  • Kids Eat Right Update

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Message from Diane Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, Foundation Chair

Dear Foundation Donor,

As my time as Foundation Chair comes to a close, I am so proud of the work our Foundation has accomplished this year. With your help, we have been able to award over $460,000 in scholarships to dietetic students, and devoted over $500,000 to support RD research and continuing education awards, thereby improving the nutrition of children and families around the world.

One of the accomplishments I am most proud of is the establishment of the ConAgra Nutrition Education Research Fellowship, awarded to Jessica Abram, MPH, RDN, LDN. This new fellowship will enable the Foundation to develop a checklist tool for program planners and evaluators to measure the success of their nutrition education programs.

Speaking of successful nutrition education programs, the Foundation’s Kids Eat Right initiative has continued to grow exponentially. Did you know that Kids Eat Right has more than 10,000 followers on Twitter? KER’s webinars, toolkits, and RD-Parent Empowerment programs are helping RDs across the nation provide powerful, accurate nutrition information to their communities. Our new collaboration with Feeding America and the National Dairy Council will help Americans access adequate amounts of healthy foods and reduce food insecurity in the U.S. and has provided an important opportunity for Kids Eat Right and the Foundation. We’re looking forward to building on the momentum of this project as the Academy’s House of Delegates also addresses food insecurity in the U.S. and we consider opportunities for addressing hunger globally.

The Academy Foundation would like to thank the following companies for their support this past year: SoyJoy, Share our Strength, DIFM, Mars, and McCormick. We would also like to thank our many generous donors and volunteers. Without your continued support, all that we have accomplished this year would not have been possible.

If you have not already renewed your Academy member dues, please consider including your Foundation support along with your renewal.  The Foundation of your profession is working hard to reach its year end goal of raising $75,000 by June 1, 2013. It is not too late for your to help us reach our goal!

Reflecting back on my year as Foundation Chair, I couldn’t be more proud to be a RDN, a member of the Academy and a Foundation donor. Again, thank you for your support, and we hope for your continued support in the future. It has been an honor serving as your Foundation Chair.


Diane Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD
Chair, Academy Foundation

Annual Fund News

Support the Foundation of Your Profession

Your support of the Annual Fund allows the Foundation to provide scholarships, research grants, continuing education awards and innovative educational programs through the Kids Eat Right initiative. Academy Premier Sponsor, SOYJOY®, will match up to $10,000 of member contributions in May. Visit to make a donation today.

Thank You! Dietetic Students Raise Money for the Annual Fund in April

The Foundation thanks students from Loyola University and Rush University in Chicago for helping with the spring telemarketing/fundraising campaign. The following students exhibited true dedication to the dietetic profession and to the Foundation: Lauren Bedore, Jessica Borst, Theresa Corsentino, Alexis D'Ascenzo, Olivia Kresach, Charanya Sundar and Maegan Walrath.

Support the Foundation and have fun at FNCE!

The Gala is the social event of FNCE. Mingle with industry professionals, Academy leaders and peer industry leaders. Your participation in the Gala and other Foundation activities at FNCE helps us provide scholarships, awards, research grants and public education campaigns. Learn more about the gala or other Foundation events at FNCE.

Foundation Scholarships, Funding the Future of the Dietetics Profession

The Foundation Scholarship Committee met May 21-22 to award over $460,000 in scholarship funding to dietetic students enrolled in internship, undergraduate, didactic, graduate and PhD programs. Special thanks to the Scholarship Committee for their hard work and dedication to the future of the dietetics profession. Foundation Scholarship Committee members are: William C Barkley MBA, RD, LD, FADA, Bertrum C Connell PhD RD FADA, Dorothy C Chen-Maynard PhD RD, Susan E Helm PhD RD, Mary E Kunkel PhD RD FADA, Penny E McConnell MS RD SNS, Rhiannon J Naslund RD LDN, Charlotte B Oakley PhD RD FADA, Kelly R Walsh PhD MBA RD, and Martha L Taylor PhD RD FADA LDN. The annual deadline to apply for a Foundation scholarship is February 15th. To learn more about Academy Foundation scholarships please visit

Kids Eat Right Update

Kids Eat Right Free Webinars

Kids Eat Right has archived webinars on food insecurity, school meals, and many more topics for members and the public at These webinars are made possible through educational grants from Mars, PespiCo, and the National Dairy Council® (NDC). PepsiCo, one of the world's largest food and beverage companies, operating in nearly 200 countries, and employing more than 168,000 people worldwide is committed to giving back to communities. For more information, visit

You can also view live webinars for CPE credit. Attend one of the upcoming Future of Food webinars created in coordination with Feeding America and made possible through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council. National Dairy Council® (NDC) is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™, and provides science-based nutrition information to a variety of stakeholders committed to fostering a healthier society. For more information, visit Registration details will be made available through July at

Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do.

In coordination with Feeding America and through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council, a new Hunger in Our Community toolkit is available consisting of two presentations—one for adults titled, “Hungry and Overweight: How is it Possible?” and one for teens titled, “Rage against Rumbles: Student-Led Actions to Help End Hunger.” The toolkit, which includes PowerPoint slides, notes pages, optional activities, and handouts can be downloaded at

RD Parent Empowerment Project: Coming soon to!

Since February, parents in Chicago, San Francisco, Tennessee, and Washington, DC have been learning about how to eat right through monthly workshops. Interactive RD Parent Empowerment workshops, led by Registered Dietitians and Kids Eat Right Campaign Members, are made possible by an educational grant from the MetLife Foundation. Through this grant, the MetLife Foundation has continued their commitment to building secure futures for individuals and communities worldwide. Click here for more information. By August this year, it is anticipated that the RD Parent Empowerment program will be posted to the website for members to download and use in their communities!

Kids Eat Right Crew

The Kids Eat Right Crew, comprised of 28 members from 19 states, including Puerto Rico, and eight DPGs/MIGs/Special Interest Groups, has increased Kids Eat Right campaign membership by nearly 25% since October. The Kids Eat Right Crew project is made possible through an educational grant from The Coca-Cola Company. The Coca-Cola Company is committed to beverage innovation and sustainable growth including the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness and global initiatives. To learn more, visit If you haven’t signed up as a Kids Eat Right Campaign Member yet, join at

Congratulations, Kids Eat Right Family Meals Mini-Grantees!

Congratulations to the thirty-six Kids Eat Right Campaign Members selected to receive a Kids Eat Right Family Meals mini-grant. Each mini-grantee will receive $200 to lead two presentations from the "Family Meals. Anytime. Anyplace." toolkit. This Kids Eat Right Family Meals Mini-Grant Opportunity was made possible by an educational grant from the Alliance for Potato Research and Education, a nonprofit organization dedicated to translating scientific research into evidence-based policy and education initiatives. For more information, please visit: The Family Meals toolkit is available at

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play

RD Coaches are helping kids understand energy balance through the interactive Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play (EB4K with Play) program in schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond, California through an educational grant from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, whose goal is to reduce childhood obesity by 2015.The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation (HWCF) promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance For more information, please visit: The project is part of a two-year project and evaluation with researchers from UC Berkeley. Read the monthly EB4K with Play newsletters at

Meet the Challenge!

Kids Eat Right Campaign Member RDs in Iowa are working in 30 schools to establish Energy Balance Teams to improve the schools’ wellness environment and assist in applying for USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge awards. The RDs will work with schools the entire 2013 calendar year by improving wellness policies, assisting in menu revisions, and helping schools identify new community partners to meet nutrition and physical activity standards to be eligible for an award. This Meet the Challenge! project was made possible through two educational grants from the Iowa Department of Education (supporting 20 schools), and The Wellmark Foundation (supporting 10 schools). The Iowa Department of Education works with the Iowa State Board of Education to provide oversight, supervision, and support for the state education system. For more information, visit:

Champions of Youth

The Foundation has been in a partnership with General Mills over the past 11 years with the Champions of Youth grant program. This important program awards 50 annual $10,000 grants to grassroots projects and programs at nonprofit organizations that promote healthy eating and physical activity. One of the requirements of the grantees is that a Registered Dietitian must be actively involved in every project. To date, the General Mills Champions of Youth program has awarded over 5 million dollars to support these projects across the United States. As the world's sixth largest food company, General Mills is committed to nourishing lives through health and wellness .The General Mills Bell Institute of Health and Nutrition provides nutrition expertise and guidance and serves as a resource for health professionals. For more information, visit:

New Kids Eat Right Toolkit!

Through an educational grant from The Kellogg Company, Kids Eat Right released a new toolkit in April, titled, “Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up.” The toolkit was created in collaboration with the Nutrition Entrepreneurs (NE) DPG and focuses on easy and delicious ways to eat more plant foods. To promote the use of the new toolkit, 50 mini-grants were awarded to Kids Eat Right members to deliver two presentations from the toolkit in their communities. The Kellogg Company’s focus on health and wellness is a cornerstone of the company’s mission. They are committed to helping consumers maintain a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. For more information, visit:

Congratulations, Jenica Abram, MPH, RDN, LDN, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Nutrition Education Research Fellow

This Fellowship supports a 1-year; full-time position to complete the development and validation of a checklist tool that identifies the strongest evidenced-based qualities incorporated into successful nutrition education programs. The tool, which is scheduled to be released in 2014, will be easy to use, beneficial to program planners and program evaluators, and widely available for use. The Fellowship is funded through an educational grant from ConAgra Foods Foundation.