Member of MHA and fellow, Stephen Alajajian working to build gardens in area of Chutiestancia.
KERI-Kids Eat Right International
The International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) is the international arm of the USA-based, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. IAAND has over 1200 members/supporters in 84 different countries, with its mission and vision to be member-focused, collaborative and engage dietitians and members in diverse populations around the world.
One of the many programs within IAAND is the Kids Eat Right International (KERI) campaign. Launched in 2013, KERI supports public education and programs that address the health concern of overweight and obesity among many of the world’s children. Through dissemination of resources, campaign volunteers lead prevention efforts within their countries and raise awareness among national populations about the importance of quality nutrition. Consistent with the Kids Eat Right (KER) national campaign (a joint effort of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation), the international campaign efforts aim to:
- educate key audiences about the necessity of a quality diet and consequences of poor nutrition
- advocate for quality nutrition to promote growth and development
- demonstrate the food and nutrition expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists through educational programming and leadership
Each year IAAND targets different regions of the world. Middle Eastern countries developing resources were grant awardees in years past (presentations available on our KERI website.) and in 2019 the mini-grants were awarded to Spanish speaking countries. For 2020, in alignment with ICDA being hosted in Cape Town, a new opportunity will be made available to support IAAND members in Africa to adapt and use KER resources with local communities.
If you want to learn more about IAAND and KERI, or how to become involved, please email Julie Joy, at KER@iaand.org or https://eatrightinternational.org/about-us/
Interested individuals can apply for Academy membership by completing an International Membership Application and International Verification Form and returning it to the Academy with payment. Information can be found online at: www.eatrightpro.org/international-member.
Joan Schwaba, MS, RDN, LDN
Director, Strategic Management
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics