As I write this message, our good friends up north are celebrating Canada Day, and in particular, the 150th anniversary of Confederation, as we in the USA celebrate Independence Day. It’s a time to be grateful for the courage and steadfastness of those who went before us. What has always characterized both nation’s citizens is our generosity and our willingness to sacrifice. At the recent Foundation Board meeting, armed with excitement and optimism regarding the Academy’s Second Century, we made revisions to our strategic plan and approved a new Vision and Mission. The new Vision mirrors that of the Academy: A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition. The new Mission is: Through our philanthropy, empower current and future food and nutrition practitioners to optimize global health. This clearly reflects the importance of our generosity in helping students, dietetics professionals, and researchers to be able to achieve their goals.
You are the one that makes the difference! Examples of how your generosity can make a difference are through scholarships, research grants, and donations to the Second Century Fund. Last year, your Foundation provided more than $670,000 to dietetics students, RDNs, and researchers. The Second Century Fund will build upon the Foundation’s 50 plus years of success supporting dietetics professionals locally and nationally through scholarships, research grants and awards and community education — accelerating these efforts and providing additional opportunities on the global stage. Priority will be giving to programs and initiatives to demonstrate significant impact in: Prevention and Wellness, Health Care and Health Systems, & Food and Nutrition Security..
At our recent meeting, the Board approved a request to fund:
A Sustainable Nutrition Research Fellowship, to position us as “… respected contributors in defining and advancing nutrition sustainability, along with other leaders in agriculture and environmental sustainability.”
A Transitions of Care Technical Implementation Guide which will assist electronic health record vendors in creating templates that include RDN Documentation via the Nutrition Care Process in patient data exchange across care settings.
A Second Century Scholarship in memory of past Foundation Board member, Constance Geiger, with preference given to a PhD student who has an interest in global or regulatory research.
These scholarships, grants, and critically important projects would not be possible without that great quality of generosity that exemplifies our citizens, and especially those in our profession. As we give thanks for our freedom, I give thanks for your unselfishness and your generosity.
Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND 2017 – 2018 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair