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

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A Message from Kathy McClusky, MS, RD, FAND, Foundation Chair

Kathleen McCluskyI am excited to share the accomplishments of the Foundation of our profession since my last update. First of all, I would like to thank the overwhelmingly generous corporate donors who have given this past year. The Academy Foundation would like to thank the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) and the Iowa Department of Education, as well as the following companies for their support:, Dannon, Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation, Kelloggs, Newtritious, and PepsiCo,.. Our sponsors make our diverse and extensive initiatives possible.

I would like to give a special thank you to the Commission on Dietetic Registration, which continues to be an outstanding supporter of efforts for innovation in the dietetic profession. CDR administers rigorous valid and reliable credentialing processes to protect the public and meet the needs of nutrition and dietetics practitioners, employers and consumers. We are grateful to them for their support of the Foundation Scholarship Program and the Advanced Practice Residency, Leadership and Grassroots Marketing Grants. Through the Simulation Grant, CDR has provided funding for interactive practice simulations that address Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) supervised practice competencies. The winners of this year’s grant were projects from The Pennsylvania State University and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Penn State's Mary Dean Coleman-Kelly, PhD, RD, was awarded for her project titled, "Inspiring Dietitians to Elevate and Advance (IDEA) their Roles as Leaders in Nutrition Care using Computer Simulations." Coleman-Kelly aims to create the IDEA gaming simulation in order to improve the self-efficacy and decisional balance of RDNs in the healthcare setting. Our second winner was The Academy’s Chief Science Officer, Alison Steiber, PhD, RD, who was awarded for her project "Interactive Virtual Reality Dietetic Internship Rotation." The goals of the project are to publish a simulation-based course suitable for application as educational and experiential content for a clinical rotation in a specialty area, especially for the development of skills that may be otherwise difficult to obtain in internship programs. These new projects will continue to advance the dietetic profession technologically and provide resources for educators and students.

The Foundation is proud to advance the profession using technology, as well as through public policy. Last year's Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship winner, Leigh Gantner, PhD, RD, recently completed her time on Capitol Hill. During her fellowship, Gantner worked under New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand. Ganter says that her experience with the fellowship has transformed her professional trajectory to focus much more on public policy. Learn more about Ganter's experience here. We are also proud to announce that this year’s recipient of the Ostenso Fellowship is Lauren Au, PhD, RD. Au, who completed her PhD in Food Policy and Applied Nutrition at Tufts University, continues to complement her extensive academic and research experience with direct legislative experience. She will also be spending her fellowship working under Senator Gillibrand. Her contributions to the field will benefit both the AAAS Congressional Program and the Academy. To read more about Lauren’s work on Capitol Hill, click here.

The Foundation continues to be the largest provider of scholarships to the dietetic profession, thanks to the generous support we receive from members and our corporate partners. Mead Johnson has provided over 1 million dollars in support of the scholarship program, and sponsors the Scholarship Committee meeting each year. This milestone represents Mead Johnson's long-term commitment to support dietetic education. For more than a century, Mead Johnson has led the way in developing safe, high-quality, innovative products to help meet the nutritional needs of infants and children. Mead Johnson is committed to advancing the science of pediatric nutrition around the world. The scholarship committee is currently reviewing applications for this year. To learn more about our scholarship program, please visit

Academy member generosity is hugely responsible for all that we do. Diane Heller, MSSc, RDN, LD, former Foundation Chair, has donated $50,000 to the Foundation in remembrance of her mother. Her donation truly speaks to her passion for nutrition for all children and families, as well as her commitment to the Foundation. Over the course of her career, Diane has served the dietetic profession in many capacities, including her leadership positions in the Georgia Dietetic Foundation, Atlanta Dietetic Association, Georgia Dietetic Foundation, Academy of Nutrition Dietetics, and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Her donation supported the creation of a new Kids Eat Right toolkit: Healthy Schools. It's A Team Effort. For more information and to download the toolkit visit, We thank Diane for her generous support.

We are also grateful to our members who chose to support the Foundation through their estate plans. This year, Martha Snavely and Jill Billyead included the Foundation in their estate plans. Martha Snavely, who passed away in June 2013 at the age of 96, gave more than $500,000 to the Foundation. Snavely was a lifelong contributor to the dietetic profession, beginning her career as a WWII dietitian to the troops in the European Theater. A named fund will be established in her honor to support public education activities of the Foundation, including Kids Eat Right initiatives. Jill Billyead, who also passed away last June, at age 99, contributed nearly $27,000 to support Foundation activities. Billyead also served the US army during WWII as a lieutenant, in Fort Collins, CO. She then worked for decades as a dietitian at her alma mater, Indiana University. Both of these women were wonderful contributors to the dietetic community, and they will be missed. However, their legacy will live on through their contributions.

We encourage all of our members to join the Legacy Society, by naming the Foundation in your will through your estate plans. These gifts are meaningful because they create a legacy that lives on within the Foundation. For more information about the Legacy Society, please visit To learn more about Academy Foundation initiatives, or to make a donation, please visit

I would like to invite you to attend our Foundation Group Donor Call taking place on Friday May 23rd, from 1:00 until 2:00pm (Central Standard Time). The purpose of this call is to provide you, our supporters, with an update on Foundation programs. We would also like to take this opportunity to answer any questions you have If you would like to participate on the call or if you have any questions please contact Beth Labrador at

I hope you enjoy reading the following Kids Eat Right update as well as the Foundation Hero Profiles. Thank you for your leadership and for supporting the Foundation of your profession.

Ask your dietitian colleagues at any meeting how many of their lives were impacted in some way by gifts or grants from the Foundation. Numerous hands will rise. It becomes obvious that an investment in the Foundation is truly an investment in our profession and in our future.

Best wishes,

Kathy McClusky, MS, RDN, FAND
Foundation Chair

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Kids Eat Right Update

New Toolkit Available: Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort.

The latest Kids Eat Right toolkit: Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort is now available! This toolkit was developed with content experts from the School Nutrition Services DPG and is designed to educate school and community stakeholders about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for academic success.

The toolkit includes:

  • Two PowerPoint presentations—one for adults and one for teens
  • 10 minute activity suggestions
  • Coordinating handouts

Download the toolkit at

The Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort. The toolkit was made possible through an educational grant to the Academy Foundation from Diane Heller, MMSc, RDN, LD, past Chair of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

Hunger in Our Community Mini-Grants

To support the use of the Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do. toolkit, twenty-five (25) $200 mini-grants were awarded to Kids Eat Right members in February. Mini-grantees agree to deliver two presentations from the Hunger in Our Community toolkit in their own communities by May 2014.

This Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community Mini-Grant Opportunity is part of the Future of Food partnership of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Feeding America and the National Dairy Council. The toolkit and mini-grant opportunity was made possible through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council.

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play: Empowering Teachers in California Schools

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play RD Coaches are working with K-6th grade teachers in two West Contra Costa Unified School District Elementary Schools in Richmond, California. The RD Coaches work directly with teachers and students to help empower teachers to lead nutrition lessons and games with students. RD Coaches are leading School Wellness Committees to enhance the school wellness environment, and the committees are taking action steps towards meeting USDA’s HealthierUS School Challenge criteria. Read the latest EB4K with Play newsletter.

The EB4K with Play program is made possible through an educational grant from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation. The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation promotes ways to help people achieve a healthy weight through energy balance–calories in and calories out. It focuses its efforts on two critical areas—families and schools. For more information please visit the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.

Your GENIE is Here!

The Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE), is a validated online checklist tool now available to help program planners and program evaluators! GENIE identifies characteristics associated with strong nutrition education programs and allows you to complete a self-assessment of your program and provides resources for strengthening any areas that may be missing from a proposal. GENIE was developed through an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Nutrition Education Research Fellowship awarded to Jenica Abram, MPH, RDN, and was made possible through an educational grant from the ConAgra Foods Foundation. ConAgra Foods is one of North America's largest packaged food companies. ConAgra Foods collaborates with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics on the Home Food Safety program dedicated to raising consumer awareness about home food safety ( Access GENIE online.

New Kids Eat Right Tip Sheets!

Check out the new Kids Eat Right Tip Sheets at

  • How to Talk to Your Child about Weight: Developed in collaboration with the Weight Management DPG
  • Sleep & Your Child: Developed in collaboration with the Weight Management DPG
  • Feeding "Picky Eater" Preschoolers: Developed in collaboration with Kids Eat Right Crew members from Nebraska and South Carolina

Free Live Webinar for Academy Members

Successful Synergies
Tuesday, April 29, 2014
1-2pm Central Standard Time (11am-12pm PST, 12-1pm MST, 2-3pm EST)
Register here. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Get inspired to connect with local organizations to help fight hunger and improve access to healthy foods in your community by hearing many innovative examples of projects big and small. Learn practical tips for forming collaborations that become successful synergies. Understand the important role that health care and food bank partnerships can play in improving the lives of families facing food insecurity.

This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation webinar is planned with Feeding America through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council. The National Dairy Council® is the nutrition research, education and communications arm of Dairy Management Inc™. Established in 1915, NDC is dedicated to educating the public on the health benefits of consuming milk and milk products throughout a person's lifespan. For more information, visit

Live Webinar for Academy Members

Using Social Media with Kids Eat Right
Thursday, May 15, 2014
1-2pm Central Standard Time (11am-12pm PST, 12-1pm MST, 2-3pm EST)
Register here. Once the host approves your request, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meeting.

Learn how to effectively use social media to promote Kids Eat Right messages. Kids Eat Right spokesperson, Kristi King, MPH, RDN, CNSC, LD, will introduce the various Kids Eat Right social media platforms and provide specific suggestions to engage in each of them. Kids Eat Right members of all social media skill levels will especially appreciate her 5 hot tips! This webinar was made possible through a gift to the Academy Foundation from Diane Heller.

Parents from 20 Iowa School Districts Participate in "Empowered Parents for School Wellness" Workshops

Over the past two years, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and Iowa Department of Education Team Nutrition have collaborated on the Meet the Challenge! project through educational funding from USDA Team Nutrition. RD Coaches over the past two years have worked with 70 schools on implementing changes, including increasing nutrition education, PE time, improving the nutritional quality of school meals, adopting wellness policies and submitting applications for USDA's prestigious HealthierUS School Challenge awards. This year, RD Coaches are leading 20 parent workshops throughout the state to increase parents' understanding of the nutritional value of school meals and empower parents to be champions of school wellness.

Kids Eat Right Toolkits

Kids Eat Right now has eight toolkits with 27 different presentations available at

  • Healthy Snacking. In a Nutshell.
  • Healthy Breakfast. Everywhere You Go.
  • Family Champions. One Change at a Time.
  • Family Meals. Anytime. Anyplace.
  • Myth Busters. For Parents.
  • Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do.
  • Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up.
  • Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort.

Join the Kids Eat Right Group on LinkedIn
For KER Updates, follow: @kidseatright on Twitter

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Foundation Hero Profiles

General Mills Foundation

The General Mills Foundation was created in 1954 to focus the company's philanthropic resources on community needs. Its mission is to provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that create sustainable community improvement in the areas of youth nutrition and fitness, social services, education, arts and culture. General Mills has given over $1 billion back to the global community since it was established.

This year, the General Mills Foundation has continued their support of the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program with a $1 million contribution. This donation will allow the Foundation to award 50, $20,000 grants to non-profit organizations that work with RDNs to improve the health and wellness of America’s children. This investment is part of the General Mills Foundation’s longstanding commitment to improving the lives of children and families. They have been an essential piece of the Champions for Healthy Kids Grants program for 12 years.

"Through this funding, we will empower community members with the skills to prepare healthy meals for their families on a budget and to advocate for changes in their built environment that will enable them to have a more active lifestyle."
- Dr. Beverly Gor, RD, LD, program director for CAN DO Houston, 2013 General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids grant recipient

The Foundation thanks the General Mills Foundation for their generosity over the years and was proud to award them the Corporate Award in 2013 for their exemplary commitment to the Foundation’s mission of advancing public health and nutrition using RDN expertise. For more information about the Champions for Healthy Kids grant program, please visit:

Tracey Ledoux, PhD, RD, 2013 Foundation Research Endowment Grant Recipient

The Foundation presented the most recent $35,000, Lifestyle Interventions for Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Grant to Tracey Ledoux, PhD, RD, for her research project titled, "Teaching Parents to feed their Preschoolers by Example." Based at the University of Houston's Department of Health and Human Performance, her project focuses on the relationship between overeating behaviors in the early family unit. The goals of the project are (1) to use formative research methods to identify parent-child feeding interaction scenarios that parents would be most interested in learning and (2) to create evidence-based videos for RDNs that exemplify desirable and undesirable authoritative feeding behaviors. Ledoux says that she saw a need for more extensive research on behavior change regarding nutrition in the family unit after consulting with her own patients. "I became interested in the early family unit because research shows that eating behaviors are tracked through life."

Ledoux's interest in research started during her first job as a Clinical Nutrition Manager in a community hospital in Memphis, TN, when she decided to get a second MS in Counseling. She enjoyed the program so much that she decided to continue on and get her PhD in Counseling Psychology. At the same time she became interested in the research process and decided to move into the research field, with long-term goals of academia. She went on to complete a Clinical Health Psychology Postdoctoral Fellowship program at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. The one-year fellowship provided her with the supervised clinical experience necessary for psychology licensure. By the end, she passed her national and oral examination and became a licensed psychologist in Texas. She then went on refine her research skills as a postdoctoral fellow at the Baylor College of Medicine and USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center.

She is currently teaching undergraduate nutrition classes and conducting behavioral nutrition research with an emphasis on obesity prevention in the early family unit at the University of Houston. Ledoux truly loves her job and takes great pride in the many accomplishments of her students. In the past year, she has found a new inspiration, her eight-month-old daughter, Hadley. Ledoux enjoys the process of introducing table food and has gotten some research ideas as a result.

She is proud and honored to have received the Foundation grant and hopes that parent feedback on the videos will prompt more research questions and lead to future opportunities in the field. "The Academy Foundation is probably the number one research funding source for RDNs. No other funding agency understands so intimately the value of the RDN and the type of research that is needed to inform evidence based practice. If RDNs want to continue to fit in the current health care system providing evidence based care, then we need more funding from organizations like the Academy Foundation."

For more information about Foundation research grants or to make a donation, please visit

Dr. Mildred M Cody RD LD, Dietetic Educator, Food Safety Advocate and Foundation Donor

Mildred (Missy) Cody has always had a fascination with food and enjoyed biochemistry. Her early career as a faculty member at NYU and a Science Advisor to the Food and Drug Administration helped her to focus on building capacity within the profession and to help make food safety decisions in a broad context. “Everything that I have done since, built on this foundation.” Looking back, Cody is proudest of her students who have excelled in their communities, professions and professional service. "It makes me feel very good to see how strong our profession is through their work." She is also a proud mom. It gives her great joy to see her daughters productive and happy.

Cody is honored to have served on numerous Academy committees including serving as Chair of the Academy's PAC and Legislative and Public Policy Committee. She is also a longtime Foundation donor and a member of the Eat Right Society. When asked about her commitment to the Foundation, she said, "The Foundation has evolved by expanding into program areas, such as Kids Eat Right. It has continued to support growth of pre-professionals and professionals, too." She also reminds people that, "By supporting the education of nutrition and dietetics students, it continues a tradition of excellence. I give now by providing the very best I can to our profession and clientele, and I give to the future, through the Foundation, to help others do the same."

The Foundation is grateful to the generous contributions of Academy members like Missy. With the help of member support last year, the Foundation awarded nearly $462,000 in scholarships to 369 dietetic students.

To learn more about other giving opportunities and to learn how to become an Eat Right Society Member like Missy, please visit:

ConAgra Foods and ConAgra Foods Foundation

ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation have shown an exemplary commitment to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation by supporting scholarships, research and public education, particularly around the issue of home food safety and family nutrition.

More than $75,000 has been donated by ConAgra Foods for the Academy Foundation’s Scholarship Program. These dollars allow the best and brightest to continue their academic careers in the field of dietetics. ConAgra Foods has also partnered with the Academy for the ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety Program – a web-based initiative that provides content developed by Registered Dietitian Nutritionists to educate consumers about how to prevent food borne illness in the home ( Their sponsorship includes $50,000 in scholarships awarded annually through the ConAgra Foods Home Food Safety Student Challenge Grants. These scholarships are awarded to college and university students studying in the field of nutrition who develop innovative strategies to promote food safety on their campuses.

ConAgra Foods was a sponsor of the Kids Eat Right Summit and the first exhibitor to raise money at their booth during the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE) to benefit the Foundation's Nutrition Education for the Public Fund. In addition ConAgra Foods is an annual sponsor of the Academy Foundation Gala that takes place each year during FNCE.

Through an educational grant from ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation, the Academy Foundation sponsored a story mapping workshop to develop a framework for a message map to help Academy members communicate the connections between hunger and obesity. One of the outcomes from this session was the development of the Nourish to Flourish infographic. In addition, twenty five $200 mini-grants to lead Hunger in Our Community, What We Can Do presentations were made available to Kids Eat Right Campaign Members through ConAgra Foods' and the ConAgra Foods Foundation's support.

Most recently, ConAgra Foods Foundation supported the Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE) which was developed through the ConAgra Foods Foundation's Nutrition Education Research Fellowship. GENIE is a validated online checklist available for nutrition educators and program evaluators. It identifies characteristics associated with strong nutrition education programs and allows users to complete a self-assessment of an existing program and provides resources for strengthening proposals. "ConAgra Foods Foundation is truly positioning itself as a major facilitator in creating and delivering effective nutrition education" Katie Brown, Ed.D., RDN, LD, National Education Director, The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.

The Academy Foundation would like to thank ConAgra Foods and the ConAgra Foods Foundation for their valuable support.

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