Academy Foundation Blog

April 2021 Chair Message

By Foundation Admin posted 03-31-2021 11:00 PM


Our Foundation Empowers You with Our Resources!

Our Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and is dedicated exclusively to empowering you to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. We support Academy members through our scholarships, awards, fellowships, research grants, public nutrition education programs and disaster relief efforts. This month, I would like to highlight all of the great new and free resources our Future of Food program has developed through partnerships and fellowships.

The Foundation’s Future of Food initiative was launched in 2012 when the Foundation, Feeding America and National Dairy Council came together to raise awareness for food insecurity as a public health issue and to help increase access to adequate amounts of nutrient dense food for all Americans. The Foundation’s FOF program is a platform to share free resources and CPEU opportunities to help our profession address the greatest food challenges now and in the future, including food security, malnutrition and sustainable food systems.

Our new Sustainable Food Systems Primer for RDNs and NDTRs is a seven-module resource designed to provide practitioners, educators, and students with foundational knowledge on sustainable, resilient, and healthy food and water systems. This recorded webinar series has been approved for 3.0 CPEUs.

In 2018, our Foundation released a curriculum for dietetic interns and students titled, “Sustainable, Resilient, and Healthy Food and Water Systems.” This curriculum now includes several resources that educators, preceptors, and students can utilize to support the implementation and use of this innovative, 10-week curriculum:

  • An evaluation of the first year of the curriculum’s implementation was recently published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The newly created curriculumImplementation Guide offers recommendations and guidance for integrating curriculum activities into existing dietetics education programs, including case study examples.
  • Two recorded webinars on systems thinking are available on the webinar section of the Foundation’s Future of Food page. One webinar focuses on malnutrition through the lens of systems thinking, and the other focuses on individual, policy, systems, and environmental change in food systems. Both webinars include activity templates and instructional guides, and each is approved 1 CPEU. An evaluation of these resources was recently published in Frontiers in Nutrition.
  • The “Sustainable Food Systems: Dietetics Program Directory” includes dietetics education programs that incorporate content related to sustainable, resilient, and healthy food and water systems.

These resources were made possible through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council.

In addition to the above resources, the Foundation is also currently seeking applications for our Accelerating Food Security: Food Supply Chain Innovation Fellowship. This fellowship will focus on evaluating innovative solutions that have increased the supply of nutritious food for food insecure individuals in rural, suburban, and urban communities during the COVID-19 pandemic. This opportunity is made available through an educational grant from National Dairy Council to the Foundation. Deadline to apply is 3 p.m. (Central times) on Monday, April 19, 2021. Read more information and find out how to apply.

All of these resources are available to you for free, developed and made available by generous contributions and grants that have supported Foundation Fellowships and collaborations to address these challenges. Thank you!


Margaret P. Garner, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, CIC
Chair, 2012-2021
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

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