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Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Essays

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management offers an annual essay competition to promote the exchange of dietetics information throughout the world. The following list includes the topic and winning essay(s) for each year.

Several of the essays cover more than one topic. Each country has the possibility of adapting the ideas outlined in the projects to its needs.

2014

Describe innovative ways or an example of how to communicate the latest research or practice procedures in the field of nutrition, dietetics, and/or food service management. Examples could include: social media messaging (email, blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook pages, etc), distance learning programs as well as approaches that do not require the use of electronic devices.

2013

Describe an original approach for the dissemination of nutrition, dietetic, and/or management information to an underserved area in the world community. Examples could include: social media messaging (email, blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook pages, etc), distance learning programs as well as approaches that do not require the use of electronic devises.

  • Kristine Rose Caiafa, RD
    Experience as Education: Participatory Research as a Means for Transferring Nutrition Knowledge To Youth and Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone
  • Dixie Havlak, RD
    Mobile Health Education Kits in Rural Nicaragua
  • Terezie Tolar Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC
    Development and Testing of Educational Tool for Low Literacy caregivers of Children with Cancer Teaching About Food Safety

2012

Describe a food and nutrition system improvement coordinated with an allied partner to work toward raising the nutritional standards of a community. Examples could include (but are not limited to): foodservice, teaching or public instructions. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.

  • Nireshnee Reddy, BS
    The Health Promoting Schools Essay Writing Project on “How Do I Use Nutrition to Make My School a Health Promoting School” – collaboration between government and private sector targeting communities faced with poor socioeconomic conditions.
  • Kudakwashe Chimanya, MPH, MS, RD
    Improving Nutrition Status in Zimbabwe: A Call to Action

2011

Describe the application of innovative technologies (example solar or telehealth tools), policies or interventions to raise the nutritional health of a community. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations. The author must be a professional dietitian or nutritionist and must be involved in the actual project.

2010

Describe a plan to create a regional nutrition or dietetic association preferably in a developing country or countries or describing an effective mass feeding program for special groups such as the elderly, malnourished or disaster victims in a developing country. The project described should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.

  • Penny E. McConnell, MS, RD, SNS
    Global Child Nutrition Forum (GCNF) Country Planning Process for Sustainable School Feeding Programs

  • Diane D. Stadler, PhD, RD
    Growth Assessment and Nutritional Intervention among High-Risk Children in Rural Honduras: Partnerships among OHSU, Medical Teams International, and PREDISAN

2009

Describe an existing regional collaboration or partnership between at least two countries preferably from developing nations. The project must raise the nutritional health such as practices, education or awareness of the population served. The author, a professional dietitian or nutritionist, must be involved in the actual project. The collaboration described in the project should be easily adaptable to a variety of situations.

2008

Describe a new methodology and or technology used to transmit nutrition education or to alleviate food insecurity through sustainable agriculture.

  • Rosanna Agble
    The Ghana Experience: Given the Opportunity, Communities can Improve on their Lives

2007

Describe ADA as the link to global nutrition.

  • Not Awarded

2006

Describe innovative ideas to improve the nutritional health of the population, or a segment of the population such as the elderly, preferably in a developing country through an income generating project or projects.

  • Prisca N. Nemapare, PhD, CNS
    Helping Restore Livelihoods and Build Self Confidence through Sustainable Strengthening of Resource Base of Caregivers in Their Struggle to Improve the Well-Being of Orphans in Zimbabwe

  • Barbara L. Jendrysik, MS
    Incorporating Nutrition Education, An Affordable, Nutritious and Convenient Weaning Food And Income Generation Into an Infant Feeding Project in New Delhi, India

2005

Describe a resourceful educational food, nutrition or dietetic exchange program or study tour with an institution or organization of a foreign country.

  • Carolyn M. Bednar, PhD, RD, LD
    Mexican/American Exchange for Cross-Cultural Nutrition Education

  • Sunny Ham, PhD, MS
    An International Partnership Between the Yellow Window Association in Korea and the Mongolian University in Mongolia: From the Initiation to the Expansion of School Foodservice Programs in Mongolia

2004

Describe a new and innovative approach to solving nutritional problems in a developing country through creating policies, outcomes research or original fund raising activities.

  • Varsha, PhD, RD
    Partnerships in Action: Medical-Nutrition Synergism for Clinical Nutrition/Dietetic Practice and Nutrition Education in the Indian Subcontinent

2003

Describe an innovative international team approach to solve a nutritional problem in neighboring countries. The essay must describe the applicant’s professional involvement in a program across national borders, preferably in a developing country.

2002

Describe an international partnership to advance the nutritional well-being of a specific population. The essay must describe the applicant’s professional involvement in a program to raise the nutritional standard of a particular population group such as the elderly, children or those living with HIV or AIDS.

  • Christine Lindell Detweiler, MPH, RD
    Baby Weighings and Village Folklore Groups: Mobilizing communities to improve the nutritional health of infants and young children in rural Benin, West Africa

2001

Describe a program to eliminate food waste in a city or cities, which would then benefit the hungry directly.

2000

Describe an existing resourceful consumer education program done in collaboration with an organization, institution or the media to benefit a large segment of the population in a developing country.

1999

Describe an innovative interdisciplinary team approach, in cooperation with health, social or management professionals to solve nutritional problems in a developing country.

1998

Describe an innovative private industry project that enhances the nutritional well-being of a developing country.

  • Sal J. Attanasio, RD, LD
    FoodLinks: Promoting More Equitable, Sustainable Trade Between North and South (For the purposes of this paper, the term "North" refers to highly-developed/industrialized countries; the term "South" refers to less-developed/industrialized countries)

1997

Describe a new (preferably established within the past two years) or proposed project by a professional nutritionist or dietitian in cooperation with one or more international, national or local government agencies that works to alleviate hunger or enhance the nutritional well-being of a developing country.

  • Bernadette Lucas, MS, RD
    Amesbury for Africa and Esabalu Self Help Group: Sister Villages Ending Hunger Through Local Partnerships

1996

Describe a specific, well-organized, innovative, international distance teaching program for nutrition or dietetics professionals, preferably with a developing country.

1995

Describe a specific nutrition project that benefits the world community through global linkage of dietitians in the same practice area.

1994

Describe the benefits and potential input of a nutrition program (proposed or existing) through an international alliance with the American Dietetic Association or the International Committee of Dietetic Associations.

  • Judith A. Beto, PhD, RD
    Beneficial Nutrition Program Through International Alliance (Nutrition Foundation of India) with ADA or ICDA

1993

Propose or describe an existing program to combat world hunger in developing countries.