September Means Scholarships and a Focus on Malnutrition!
To me, September always feels like a month of transition, with kids returning to school and the weather gradually changing to autumn temperatures. This year, September is also when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation awarded its scholarships. In Academy member surveys, year after year, it’s our scholarship program that’s singled out as a source of pride for our donors and one of the most recognized and appreciated benefits of the Foundation. We have made an impact on thousands of Academy members over the years by providing financial support at all levels of study. Thanks to our donors, partners, and the individual members who have established scholarship funds, we recently awarded nearly $450,000 to 235 deserving students. The Foundation is also committed to increasing the number of RDNs with doctoral degrees to help meet the needs of educating the next generation of graduate-level dietitians. This year, we were proud to offer the Second Century Scholarship in memory of for Constance Geiger, past Foundation Board member and longtime donor.
This September as well, the Academy is spotlighting malnutrition to increase awareness of this issue and to underscore the role that RDNs and NDTRs play in its prevention and treatment. Academy materials on this topic deal with malnutrition in pediatric, adult, and senior populations, in special populations, as well as discussing the global nature of this problem. The Academy will feature free webinars, events, and research and practice resources throughout the month. More information on the Academy’s efforts can be found here.
The Foundation is involved in efforts to combat malnutrition, in part due to your generous contributions to the Second Century Fund. From its partnership with the Academy’s Research, International, and Scientific Affairs team and its current Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics study, to securing Second Century donations from DPGs that will fund critical research and fellowships in malnutrition, the Foundation is helping make a difference in combatting this global challenge.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation’s Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award recognizes up to four Academy members annually working in a hospital setting who have made significant contributions to improve awareness of, and take action to address malnutrition, with an award of $1,400. This year’s winners are: Valarie Chudzinski, MA, RDN, LDN; Anne Coltman, MS, RDN, LDN, CNSC; Kathy Irwin, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC; and Byron Richard, MS, RD, CDE. Please join me in congratulating these impressive individuals, as well as all the 2018 Foundation scholarship recipients.
Thank you for your generosity to the Foundation. The above-mentioned scholarships, awards, research, and programs are a great example of how your sacrifice makes such a difference.
Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBI, RDN, FAND
2017 – 2019 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Chair