Happy National Nutrition Month!
March is a special month for food and nutrition practitioners as we come together to celebrate National Nutrition Month®. This year, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will focus attention on healthful eating through its theme, Celebrate a World of Flavors, which embraces global cultures, cuisines and inclusion, while showcasing the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists. Our Academy provides us with many great resources to use throughout this month to spread these messages of good nutrition and the importance of an overall healthy lifestyle for all.
A great way to celebrate National Nutrition Month is by following the lead of the Dietitians in Business Communications dietetic practice group, who are encouraging their members to give a gift to our Foundation in honor or memory of a fellow RDN who has helped or inspired them along their career path. I know each of you has had a special mentor or someone who has helped you along your journey as a food and nutrition practitioner. We can all be proud of our profession and National Nutrition Month is the time to celebrate our colleagues. I encourage you to share a short story on your social media this month about a RDN who has inspired you and make a gift in their memory or honor by donating to our Foundation Annual Sustaining Fund.
March is also a time for students, at all levels of study, to apply for Foundation scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Our Foundation awards hundreds of scholarships each year, including our Advancing Diversity in Dietetics Scholarship that supports educational advancement of aspiring RDNs of diverse backgrounds and cultures and provides two interns with $25,000 each. Other scholarships range from $500 to $10,000. Interns and students at all levels of study are eligible, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and technician programs. The application deadline is April 29 and students who wish to get a head-start on their applications can download the Foundation’s free scholarship application checklist and view the recorded lecture "Foundation Scholarships: Setting Yourself Up for Success."
All of these scholarships are made possible by the generosity of our donors and make a difference in the lives of hundreds of students each year. Please donate today, and share this message and links with students who are pursuing careers in food and nutrition.
Becky Dorner, RDN, LD, FAND
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation