Academy Foundation Blog

April 2023 Monthly Message

By Foundation Admin posted 04-07-2023 03:49 PM


Take Advantage of Excellent Resources Developed by our Foundation Fellows!

Do you know that each year the Foundation chair sits on the Academy Board during their year as chair and the Academy’s president-elect serves a one-year term our Foundation’s Board of Directors? This makes for excellent cross over for both boards. I have been honored to serve on the Academy board this year.

Last year, our current Academy President, Ellen R. Shanley, MBA, RDN, CDN, FAND, served on the Foundation board and saw up close the impact the Foundation makes throughout our profession as the philanthropic arm of the Academy. Ellen has become a wonderful ambassador for our Foundation and never misses an opportunity to promote the excellent work of our Foundation. This month, Ellen graciously featured this work in the April issue of The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

I encourage you to read the article. It features the impact the Foundation is making as the world’s largest provider of dietetic scholarships at all levels of study as well as our dynamic and growing Fellowship program that helps address some of the world’s food and nutrition challenges.

April’s Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Page

Check out April’s Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics President’s Page, where Academy President, Ellen R. Shanley, shares how our Foundation helps invest in the future of our profession!

To build on this excellent article by Ellen, in this April message I will highlight several resources that have recently been developed by our current Fellows. Our Fellowship program deploys expert RDN leaders in the US and globally to conduct research, create resources, and provide nutrition education that improves and sustains health and nutrition, including robust dissemination activities.

Our Nutrition in Food Retail Program Development Fellow, Allison Yoder, MA, RDN, LD, and an advisory group of experts have developed new resources for the food retail sector. They are available to all Academy members:

Another great set of free resources were developed by Foundation Fellows within the Foundation’s Future of Food (FOF) initiative. FOF 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 CPE opportunities for Academy membership and our profession. Several Foundation Fellows have helped advance the FOF program and have created important resources for dietitians and students.

Our 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, which now includes additional 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 published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
  • The curriculum Implementation 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 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.

Through the generosity of our donors, we can offer Fellowships and free tools and resources that we hope empower you as food and nutrition practitioners. Please take advantage of them!


2022-2023 Chair, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

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