The Competitive Essay Award of the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management supports the international exchange of needed nutrition, dietetics and/or management information that benefits the nutritional health of the world community. The 2013 essay topic was: Describe an original approach for the dissemination of nutrition, dietetics, and/or management information to an underserved area in the world community.
This year’s award recipients were Kristine Caiafa, RD, Dixie R. Havlak, RD and Terezie Mosby, EdD, RDN, IBCLC. Ms. Caiafa’s essay, Experience as Education: Participatory Research as a Means for Transferring Nutrition Knowledge to Youth and Community in Freetown, Sierra Leone,
describes her work with 22 Sierra Leone teens to improve the durability and reach of nutrition information. Ms. Havlak’s essay, Mobile Health Education Kits in Rural Nicaragua
, chronicles the use of nutrition training kits in underserved Prinzapolka river communities. Ms. Mosby’s essay, Development and Testing of Educational Tool for Low Literacy Caregiver of Children with Cancer Teaching about Food Safety
, discusses an education program for Guatemalan parents of children with cancer that focuses on a low bacteria diet. To read these essays or past essay submissions, please visit: http://www.eatright.org/Foundation/content.aspx?id=7031
The 2014 essay topic is: Describe innovative ways or an example of how to communicate the latest research or practice procedures in the field of nutrition, dietetics, and/or food service management to an underserved area in the world. Examples could include: social media messaging (email, blogs, chat-rooms, Facebook pages, etc), distance learning programs as well as approaches that do not require the use of electronic devices
. The author must be a professional dietitian or nutritionist and be involved in the project. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2014. The award amount is $1,000. Up to two awards may be given. For more information or to download an application, please visit: http://www.eatright.org/Foundation/content.aspx?id=6998