The Nutrition Impact Summit, an invitation-only meeting, took place from Sept. 21-23, 2016, in Dallas, Texas, as part of Second Century planning. The Summit supported the three-year Second Century planning process by building collaboration across food, wellness and health care systems.
At the Summit, 170 thought leaders, innovators and practitioners explored and discovered opportunities to accelerate progress toward good health and well-being for all people through collaboration across food, wellness and health care systems. A focus was on increasing collaboration among key stakeholders and identifying opportunities to improve the global health trajectory.
Guided by the Appreciative Inquiry process and member feedback from an all-member survey, participants shaped the first draft of the new Second Century vision and started to identify innovative solutions to today’s unique public health challenges and opportunities for partners to collaborate and stimulate improvements in national and global health through food and nutrition.
Small-group brainstorming based on the opportunity areas presented in the Nutrition Impact Summit briefing paper led to hundreds of ideas that were turned into prototype ideas and draft innovation projects. Action plans were developed to advance the projects, and post-Summit team calls were scheduled to keep the projects moving.
As part of the Summit process, the group explored strategic partnerships among organizations at the Summit, along with additional key stakeholders that were not able to attend, that will be instrumental in continuing to build out these innovation projects and put the new vision into action.
A brief description of each opportunity area is presented to provoke inspiration and ideas, and just as the innovators highlighted do not represent an all-inclusive list, the recommended opportunities for action are not presented as a finite set of potential solutions. Rather, the ideas highlighted served as starting points for conversation and collaboration and were further developed at the Summit.
This resource is currently undergoing revisions to include Summit proceedings and outcomes and will be published in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Staff members are working as quickly as possible to finalize the paper and make it available to all members as an article in press.
External participants were selected to represent expertise across the food, wellness and health care systems. Additionally, members were selected with the goal of achieving representation across practice areas, career levels, age, gender, ethnicity and geography, as well as expertise in each of the opportunity areas that the Summit explored.
We are committed to engaging and hearing from all members in developing the strategic plan. It is important to note that the Summit is only one point of input in a robust process.
In addition, organizations present at the Summit have expressed a public commitment that aligns with the Academy’s vision, mission and strategic goals. We feel the Academy can be a positive influence and help other organizations achieve their goals as well.
Sponsorship also enables us to share science-based information and new research with members; to support Foundation programs such as Kids Eat Right and provide scholarships; and to allow the Academy to reach a wider consumer audience with our messages than would otherwise be possible.
Sponsorships are a common occurrence among nonprofit organizations. According to a 2012 study by the consulting and research firm IEG, approximately two-thirds of nonprofits either have corporate sponsorships or are seeking them.
The Academy and its Foundation are committed to creating transparent programs and partnerships with companies and corporations that share in our vision of optimizing health through food and nutrition.