I recently had the opportunity to attend the Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Annual Meeting as a member and I was so proud of the great turnout we had, how active we are as members and how passionate we are about our profession. Many of my colleagues on the Academy and Foundation boards have also been attending their affiliate annual meetings and even sharing our Second Century and Foundation messages when given the opportunity.
What has impressed us the most is the number of students, interns and young professionals that are attending, who are as equally passionate about our profession, excited about their future and looking for ways to forge a career and make a difference in their own unique way.
That is a big part of what our Second Century initiative is all about, how the next generation of registered dietitian nutritionists will make an impact and how will we, as an Academy, and individually, accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition.
Our Academy Foundation has been helping this happen over the last 50 years, and looks forward to continuing to evolve through our Second Century, providing opportunities and resources for members, students, interns and young professionals to take charge of their career, get involved in their community and also give back by making a difference in their own unique and creative way.
- Our Foundation’s public education programs, Kids Eat Right and Future of Food, have so many free resources at your disposal to help deliver these programs in your communities and establish yourself as an expert in helping people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition. Our Everyday Heroes can show you how they have utilized these programs and resources in their communities to help get you started.
If you are a student and would like to make a difference and impact in your chose profession, consider holding a special event fund raiser on your campus like Keshia Okorie and get highlighted on the Foundation website, or young professionals can get creative and start a GoFundMe page on the Foundation’s behalf and utilize your social media network to help spread the word about what you are passionate about and why.
Our Foundation works on behalf of all members, including students, interns and young professionals. Get involved and utilize our resources, and don’t forget generous donors make all of this possible! As our Affiliates convene through their annual meetings over the course of the next several months, I would like to thank all the volunteer state Fundraising Champions at the affiliate level who are holding special events during their meetings to benefit our Foundation.
The Illinois Affiliate held their annual gift basket drawing that raised close to $1,000 to benefit our Foundation. In fact, the Pennsylvania volunteer Fundraising Champion, Jessica Bachman, PhD, MPH, MS, RD is a previous Foundation scholarship recipient and is compelled to give back by volunteering. She just recently utilized a creative t-shirt website to sell shirts and raise money on the Foundation’s behalf, great job Jessica!
Jessica Bachman, PhD, MPH, MS, RD
“I enjoy being a fundraising champion for the Foundation because receiving an award from the Foundation when I was a student was an empowering moment for me. It not only was very helpful financially but, it confirmed that I was following the right career path and it was encouraging that I was being recognized for my hard work and dedication to my studies. I want to ensure that as many students as possible can continue to have the same wonderful experience that I had thanks to the Foundation.”
Let’s all have a great spring and get involved with our local affiliates, the energy, enthusiasm and passion you will experience at your local level will remind you why you chose this great profession of ours!
Jean Ragalie-Carr, RDN, LDN, FAND
2016 – 2017 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair