$1 Million in Champions for Healthy Kids Grants Awarded by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation
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CHICAGO – The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation today announced the recipients of the 2014 Champions for Healthy Kids grants, provided through an educational grant from the General Mills Foundation. To support grassroots programs promoting healthful eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families, 50 nonprofit organizations from 27 states each were awarded $20,000.
For the past 11 years, the General Mills Foundation has annually provided $500,000 for Champions for Healthy Kids Grants. This year, the General Mills Foundation doubled its commitment to this program to $1 million, awarding fifty $20,000 grants.
To view the 50 Champions for Healthy Kids recipients and a description of their programs, visit www.eatright.org/foundation/championgrants.
"We commend the General Mills Foundation for recognizing the value of these locally based programs that draw on the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered in helping children get and stay healthy," said registered dietitian nutritionist and Academy Foundation Chair Terri Raymond. "Programs funded by Champions grants are an integral part of moving the needle forward on the health of our nation's children."
Champions for Healthy Kids grants support nonprofit organizations to implement new or expanded programs that encourage good nutrition and physical activity for kids and their families. All programs must utilize the expertise of a registered dietitian nutritionist or dietetic technician, registered member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
All registered dietitians are nutritionists – but not all nutritionists are registered dietitians. The Academy's Board of Directors and Commission on Dietetic Registration have determined that those who hold the credential registered dietitian (RD) may optionally use "registered dietitian nutritionist" (RDN) instead. The two credentials have identical meanings.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity devoted exclusively to nutrition and dietetics. It funds scholarships and awards, public awareness and research projects and Academy strategic initiatives, and is the largest provider of scholarships and awards in the field of dietetics. The Foundation's mission is Advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of Registered Dietitians. Visit the Academy Foundation at www.eatright.org/foundation.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.