Anne Cundiff, RD, LD
Working on improving wellness policies and environments with various schools in Iowa has been such a joy! I am bias, but working with the key players in school nutrition and wellness in the great state of Iowa, really reinforces how much our schools care about our children. I have never seen so much passion about providing kids healthy and great tasting food, offering a variety of fun physical activity and carrying out health education in and out of the classroom. I feel so lucky to be a part of this project!
Diane Duncan-Goldsmith, MS, RD, LD
It has been a wonderful opportunity to work with school staff on improving school wellness, providing guidance and giving suggestions as to what changes can easily be implemented. The skill and knowledge set RDNs bring to this project, ranging from nutrition, wellness, and management to organization and communication help contribute to the success of this project.
Sara O’Tool, RD, LD
This is my first year working with schools to improve their wellness policies. I have learned quite a bit about school nutrition in the short amount of time I have been involved and have met some very nice people along the way! I am very excited to continue working in school nutrition.
Kathryn Thompson, RDN, LD
For the past seven years I’ve had the privilege of leading an awesome team of RDNs in the state of Iowa. In this time we’ve impacted hundreds school wellness communities through workshops, webinars, special school events, and district meetings. I’ve witnessed firsthand the smiling faces of school staff members as they received funding for taste testing opportunities or received a USDA HealthierUS School Challenge: Smarter Lunchroom award, and simply from hearing encouraging words from their RDNs like, “You’ve done a great job! You’re a wellness champion!” These smiles are the reason I love my job!
Diane Thovson, RD, LD
The real heroes are the school staff members that are implementing wellness changes in their schools! I visited one school with a school store selling candy and other items that were not “smart snacks.” They also had a vending machine with regular soda just outside the office door in view of all students that came in the front door. The next time I visited, there were smart snacks in the school store and the vending machines had been moved to an employee only area. I enjoy the opportunity of helping staff see areas for improvement that can be accomplished quite quickly and that have a positive impact on healthy choices for children.