A Message from Lisa Herzig, PhD, RD, CDE, Chair

Welcome to the California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The Foundation recently updated our mission and vision to further support our community. 

MISSION: The California Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics contributes to optimizing the health and nutrition of the public by supporting Community Outreach, and Quality Dietetic Education, Research & Practice.

VISION: Empower California RD’s and Dietetic Professionals to positively impact the health of Californians.

We are excited to anounce our new initiative. On September 1, 2020 we implemented the Healthy California Iniative and are hoping to make $10,000 by September 30, 2020 for our first projcet. More infomraton below. 

Healthy California Initiative 

The California Academy Foundation of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is launching a new initiative to support Californians. This is initiative aims to raise at least $20,000 to support activities that inspire healthier communities by supporting education campaigns, films, and California based outreach. Our goal is to support projects that focus on marginalized communities, communities of color, and access to healthy food. Your donation will go to fund projects approved by the foundation board.

The foundation’s first Healthy California Initiative funds will support Mary Ann Beyster’s Film The Kitchenistas “a film about new beginnings and journeys of change through healthy food traditions. What started as a nutrition project in National City, CA for women seeking healthier diets to address a family crisis of obesity and diabetes, is a Latina-led movement to raise the health, wellbeing, and resilience of a community one healthy dish at a time.”  Mary Ann has partnered with PBS news stations to bring this film to target families and individuals impacted by health disparities in these neighborhoods and the intermediaries: RDNs, Public Health, Educators, and Doctors. Your initial support will go 100% to this activity. Donations for this project must be made by September 30, 2020.  

To submit project ideas or questions, email us at

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