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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.

In This Issue

  • A Message from Kathy McClusky, MS, RD, FADA, Foundation Chair
  • Kids Eat Right Update
  • Join the Eat Right Society!
  • Legacy Society
  • Awards and Research Grants Program

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

Kathleen McCluskyIt is truly an honor to serve as your 2013-2014 Foundation Chair. I am so excited about the work the Foundation has planned for this year. I would first like to thank our departing board members for their exemplary service: Barbara J. Ivens, MS, RD, FADA, Glenna R. McCollum, MPH, RDN and Mary K. Russell, MS, RD, LD. I would also like to welcome the new members of our board, Evelyn F. Crayton, EdD, RD, LD from Montgomery, AL, Donna S. Martin, EdS, RD, LD, SNS, from Waynesboro, GA and Jean H. Ragalie, RD, from Rosemont, IL. Together, we have already accomplished so much, and I look forward to our future collaboration.

The Foundation has continued to raise the profile of Registered Dietitians and their important work, both in the United States and abroad. I am pleased to inform you that former Chief Science Officer, Esther Myers, PhD, RD, FADA, has been awarded the prestigious Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Award, which recognizes an individual for their outstanding contribution to the field of nutrition, thereby increasing the stature and image of the Academy and its individual dietitian members, not only in the United States, but throughout the world. It is the largest award presented by the Academy Foundation. As the winner of this prestigious award, Dr. Myers will be giving the Edna and Robert Langholz International Nutrition Lecture at FNCE®, titled Dietetics Globalization: Practicing in Harmony across Borders to Maximize Effectiveness. The lecture will be held on Monday, October 21 at 1:30 PM, and I would encourage all members to attend and to congratulate Esther on this outstanding achievement.

Our Kids Eat Right initiative has also expanded across the globe thanks to the generosity of our Foundation friends. National Education Director, Katie Brown, Ed.D., RDN, LD and Chief Science Officer, Alison Steiber, PhD, RDN, LD had the unique opportunity to travel to Ethiopia and Uganda to participate in discussions with academic institutions, medical professionals and government representatives as part of the Medical Education Partnership Initiative (MEPI). You can view photos of their visit here

I'm also proud of the Foundation's closer alignment with the Academy's Research International and Scientific Affairs team (RISA) on our International and Kids Eat Right initiatives. Another example of this collaboration is in the validation of a Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE) tool. Our Nutrition Education Research Fellow, Jenica Abram, MPH, RND, LDN, is leading the GENIE validation project with oversight by RISA and Foundation staff. The launch of the online GENIE is scheduled for early 2014, and may set the standard for quality nutrition education programs in the future.

It is always exciting when RDs are able come together to share ideas and best practices. For this reason, I am looking forward to the Foundation’s events at this year’s FNCE® in Houston, TX from October 19-22. We will have our Foundation Gala, Nutrition Symposium, a tour of the Houston Food Bank and a Kids Eat Right Breakfast Series available for our attendees. All Foundation events at FNCE® help us continue to provide scholarships, awards, research grants and public education campaigns. To learn more about Foundation events at FNCE®, please visit here

I would also like to take a moment to thank our generous affiliates, dietetic practice groups, members, and industry friends for their continued support of the Foundation. Special thanks to Colgate Palmolive Company and Mead Johnson Nutrition for their generous support of the scholarship program. Colgate also supports the Foundation through the Colgate Palmolive Fellowship to Support Dissertation Research in Nutrition and Oral Health/Dental Education, which was awarded to Terezie Mosby, EdD, MS, RDN LDN this year. For additional information on research supported by Colgate through the Foundation, please visit here. Mead Johnson, which represents specialized products that parents have trusted for more than a century to encourage healthy growth, support brain development and address common feeding issues, continues to be a valuable supporter to the Foundation through their support of dietetic scholarships and FNCE event sponsorship.

In keeping with a recent challenge from Academy President Glenna McCollum to all Academy leaders, I would like to thank every Academy member who has supported our Academy Foundation over the years. It is very important for every member to support the Academy Foundation, and equally important for each of us to actively and strongly encourage all of our colleagues and friends in the Academy to make a contribution to the Foundation. Any donation you can give is appreciated, but please consider giving $250 to qualify for membership in the Eat Right Society. With all the great work we have accomplished, we will need even more support for future projects as we continue to demonstrate our role in national and global leadership in nutrition and dietetics.

The contributions of our Foundation friends to our scholarship programs, Kids Eat Right initiatives, awards and research grants allow us to support RDs and their work every day. Thank you again for your dedication, and see you at FNCE®!

Sincerely,

Kathy McClusky, MS, RD, FADA
Chair, Academy Foundation


Kids Eat Right Update

FNCE Excursion: Innovations in Food Distribution and Nutrition Education at Food Banks

Saturday, October 19, 2013
11:30 am- 3:00 pm
Registration fee is $80, including a $20 donation to the Foundation
2.5 CPE earned for attending the session

Take an insider's tour of the Houston Food Bank, the nation’s largest Feeding America food bank. Learn about their model programs and their success with nutrition education, distribution of healthy foods and providing social services. Participate in a lively discussion on the Future of Food initiative and ways you can become involved in food security efforts in your community. Transportation and a box lunch will be provided. Space is limited. Sponsored by Walmart®. Register online at www.eatright.org/fnce/attendees under Workshops & Excursions.

RD Parent Empowerment Program: Available Now!

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 for free to all Kids Eat Right members at www.kidseatright.org/volunteer!

The program consists of four interactive monthly parent workshops. The workshops 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.

This program was made available by MetLife Foundation.

"This is a wonderful program! The workshops empower parents to plan healthy meals and help their family increase physical activity. The parents love being part of the parent empowerment workshops because there is always something new that they can learn."
Soraya Valencia, RD, LDN
Illinois

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play RD Coaches are working with K-6th grade students in two schools in the Oakland area through hands-on tasting activities, nutrition presentations, nutrition-themed games and cafeteria promotions. Find out more about this exciting program at www.eatright.org/foundation/kidseatright. The project is made possible through an education grant from the Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation.

Iowa Schools Meet the Challenge!

Through a USDA Team Nutrition grant, the Iowa Department of Education is partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to implement the Meet the Challenge! Project. With additional support from The Wellmark Foundation, Registered Dietitian (RD) Coaches are working with ten school districts in Iowa to help 30 additional schools in 2013 enhance their school wellness policies and apply for a USDA Healthier US Schools Challenge (HUSSC) award. The HUSSC awards are a key component of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. As a result of the RD Coaches’ work with the project last year, 29 schools have been awarded HUSSC awards (27 silver, 1 Gold, and 1 Gold Award with Distinction—the highest level of recognition).

Future of Food

The Future of Food project continues to work towards efforts to increase awareness of food insecurity and increasing access to healthy foods. The Future of Food partnership will soon be launching a Healthy Food Bank Resource Hub. The Foundation is leading the vetting of educational handouts to ensure that the best, most appropriate handouts are made readily available (and free!) to those working with food insecure populations. Stay tuned for more information coming soon! You can also view previous Future of Food webinars at www.eatright.org/foundation/kidseatright.

Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant Opportunity-Due September 20th!

To support the use of Kids Eat Right toolkits, fifty (50) $200 grants are available. Recipients of the mini-grants agree to give two presentations between September 30 and November 29, 2013 from any of the seven Kids Eat Right toolkits:

  • Healthy Breakfast
  • Healthy Snacking
  • Family Champions
  • Family Meals
  • Myth Busters
  • Hunger in Our Community
  • Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up.

Please see full application for details at: www.eatright.org/foundation/kergrants. Applications are due September 20, 2013 and mini-grantees will be announced September 30, 2013.

All Kids Eat Right toolkits are available at www.kidseatright.org/volunteer as a free downloads consisting of ready-made presentations, suggested activities and handouts.

This Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant opportunity was made possible through an educational grant from The Coca-Cola Company Foundation.

Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up. Receives Rave Reviews!

Over the summer, 50 mini-grantees presented the new Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up. toolkit to children, teens and parents in their communities. The toolkit, made possible through an educational grant from Kellogg, focuses on more plant-based foods. The response to the presentations was overwhelmingly positive.

"As a Healthy Eating. From the Ground Up. mini-grantee, I provided two parent presentations. My parent participants and I enjoyed great interactive discussions on easy grocery shopping tips and meal solutions for busy families. I especially liked the concrete suggestions provided for how to include more whole grains, fruits and vegetables in meals and snacks."
Tracy Noerper, MS, RD, LDN
Tennessee

Food Day October 24, 2013

To celebrate Food Day in your community, visit www.kidseatright.org/volunteer for resources and toolkits. Register your event publicly or privately at www.foodday.org/host_an_event.

Join: Kidseatright.org/volunteer
Share: Kidseatright.org


Join the Eat Right Society!

Every year, the Foundation honors our loyal donors who give a total of $250 or more to our Scholarships, Research, Kids Eat Right or the Annual Fund. This special club recognizes Academy Members, Dietetic Practice Groups, State Affiliates and friends of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. Eat Right Society members are listed in the Foundation’s Annual Donor Report and receive a special donor ribbon at FNCE®. They are also invited to an exclusive donor reception at FNCE®.

The Eat Right Society supports Foundation friends throughout every stage of their careers. As such, we have created the Early Professionals Eat Right Society, a giving club that recognizes RDs who have been practicing for 5 years or less and give $50 or more annually to Foundation initiatives. To learn more about the Eat Right Society, or to make a gift, please visit www.eatright.org/foundation/eatrightsociety or contact Amy Donatell at adonatell@eatright.org.


Legacy Society

One way you can give back to your profession is to include the Foundation in your estate plans. By joining the Foundation’s I WILL Legacy Society, you help the Foundation sustain a secure basis of funding for the years ahead, to ensure that we can continue to advance public health and nutrition. Many Academy Members have chosen to honor their careers by making estate plans with the I WILL Legacy Society.

"My decision to become a Legacy Society member was my way of saying "thank you" to the professional organization that shaped and molded my career and of assuring that others would have a chance for the same opportunities."
Judith L. Dodd, MS, RD, LDN

For more information about the I WILL Legacy Society or any other planned giving option, contact Susie Burns at sburns@eatright.org or 312/899-4752.


Awards and Research Grants Program

The Foundation is excited to present the 2013 Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship to Lauren Au, PhD, MS, RD. This Fellowship, administered by The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) provides the unique opportunity for an Academy Member to work alongside 279 other fellows on Capitol Hill.

"I am honored to be the second recipient of the Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition & Public Policy Fellowship and represent the Academy on the Hill. This opportunity will allow me to influence public policy and nutrition issues, while promoting the dietetic profession."
Lauren Au,PhD, MS, RD

The Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship is one of our newest and most exciting awards. Our 2012 Recipient, Leigh Gantner, PhD, RD, is currently serving her year as a staff member for Senator Gillibrand of New York State.

Each year, the Foundation is able to make more than $150,000 available in awards and research grants. We offer awards for Continuing Education, Recognition and Program Development. We also offer research grants with specific foci, including renal disease, childhood obesity, oral health and much more.

For more information, or to apply for a Foundation award or research grant, please visit www.eatright.org/foundation. The deadline to apply for most of our awards is February 1.


Scholarship and Award Deadlines

  • CDR Leadership Grant - November 1, 2013
  • CDR Grassroots Marketing Grant - November 1, 2013
  • Foundation Awards - February 1, 2014
  • ConAgra Home Food Safety Scholarship - February 1st, 2014
  • Foundation Scholarship - February 15, 2014
  • Foundation Research Grants – April 1, 2014
  • CDR Advanced Practice Residency Grant for Institutions - April 1, 2014
  • $35,000 Lifestyle Interventions for Childhood Overweight and Obesity Prevention Grant - July 1, 2014