Our Foundation continues to do great things for Academy members and our profession. I have a number of things to share with you this month that will have a significant impact on individual Academy members, our profession, communities across the country and even the overall public health of kids and families. All of what I am about to share was made possible through your support!
August is Kids Eat Right Month™! The Kids Eat Right program was created by the Academy and our Foundation in 2014 and mobilizes registered dietitian nutritionists in a grassroots movement to share healthful eating messages to help families adopt nutritious eating habits. I urge you to check out all the great, free Kids Eat Right resources that you can use to bring this great program into your community. Also, utilize the Kids Eat Right social media toolkit and share messages with your followers to emphasize the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and their families. This is a great program we all can get behind as Academy members. I encourage you to promote the program in your community and on social media.
Next, I would like to share with you some great news about our latest round of Foundation scholarships. This spring, we had a record number of applicants, more than 1,120 Academy member students, at all levels of study, apply for scholarships. I am proud to announce we have awarded 240 students more than $512,000 in scholarships, which will allow them the opportunity to continue their education and pursue a career in nutrition and dietetics. Year after year, the Foundation is able make an incredible impact our fellow Academy members and help them continue their education. For those who did not receive a scholarship this year, I urge you to apply next year. I also ask everyone to remember to donate to the Foundation each year to help us meet this demand…because with your help, we can do even more!
Lastly, I would like to announce the launch of our Food Security Solutions Toolkit. Food security is a global issue with significant effects on human health. Each community has unique needs, existing programs, multiple possible interventions to address food security and limited resources. This free, downloadable toolkit, was developed by Foundation Fellows that have been supported by grants from the General Mills Foundation. It is both a toolkit that provides guidance and worksheets, as well as a process that allows groups to assess community needs, identify gaps, develop and prioritize suggested food security solutions and identify the best place to start. Please visit the webpage to learn more and share with your community!
Kathy Wilson-Gold MS, RDN, LD, FAND 2019 – 2020 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair