News from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Undernutrition is a prevalent global issue, with 150 million children experiencing stunting and 20% being underweight1. In Guatemala, stunting in children under 5 years old can range from 50% to up to 70% in areas with a high indigenous population, putting these children at risk for negative developmental and economic outcomes2,3. It is important to look for feasible and realistic interventions for this global issue. Eggs are a rich source of all nutrients that the American Academy of Pediatrics considers critical for brain development during the first 1000 days of life. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation are partnering with Think Healthy Group and Wuqu’ Kawoq/Maya Health Alliance for the project: The Effects of Complementary Feeding of Eggs on Infant Development and Growth in Guatemala: The Saqmoló Study. Through the help of Wuqu’ Kawoq, study partner and non-governmental organization working with vulnerable indigenous communities in Guatemala, this study will examine the effects of a one egg per day intervention in children ages ~6-12 months in rural central Guatemala. Study planning is currently in progress and should begin later this year.
    1. Black, R. E. et al. Maternal and child undernutrition: global and regional exposures and health consequences. The Lancet 371, 243–260 (2008).
    2. Research Institute (IFPRI), I. F. P. Global Nutrition Report 2016 From Promise to Impact Ending Malnutrition by 2030. (International Food Policy Research Institute, 2016). doi:10.2499/9780896295841
    3. Malnutrition. Accessed January 21, 2020.
    Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Global Information Sharing Experience in Nutrition and Dietetics at U.S. Universities

    As a result of the very successful pilot program in spring 2019, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation (Foundation) is pleased to announce that it will again offer the Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Global Information Sharing Experience in Nutrition and Dietetics at U.S. Universities. This opportunity engages and promotes collaboration with members of the nutrition and dietetics international community 
    Collaborators from the 2019 program had positive things to say about the experience. Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa was the lead host for this project. “We were thrilled to be selected as the pilot site for the first Global Nutrition Exchange,” said Erin Bergquist, senior clinician with the Dietetic Internship Program. “Our program has a strong commitment to engage in international nutrition. We’ve partnered with…the Academy Foundation in the past and have always found it to be a valuable partnership.”
    Nathalie Neumann, the inaugural recipient of this award, noted, “Despite differences, [global dietitians’] jobs and our goal remain the same. The common desire to help people [and] to advise patients based on the latest research…I learned a lot and realized once again how useful it is to invest in international exchanges to learn from each other and to support each other.” 
    Diane Stadler, PhD, RD, LD, who hosted Nathalie at Oregon Health & Science University for the second part of Nathalie’s time in the U.S., shared, “One of my favorite observations was seeing Nathalie participate in our interprofessional culinary medicine class…She jumped right in to help a team of medical students, dental student and nursing students prepare a healthy low-cost, nutritious meal for a family of four in 30 minutes. She taught the entire class how to make whole wheat spätzle from scratch! And shared other interesting facts about the foods she liked to eat, foods that were part of holidays and traditional celebrations, and current food trends in Germany.”