Gannon University Supports the “Kids Eat Right” Campaign

Dawna Mughal Kids Eat Right 2013Posted: July 19, 2013

For most kids, summer is a season to double-down on junk food and sugary drinks.  Gannon University Associate Professor Dawna Mughal, Ph.D. has a better idea:  a program called "Healthy Eating from the Ground Up" presented to high school students participating in Gannon's summer Upward Bound program on July 17 and 18.

At the two presentations, which were held in Gannon's Morosky Academic Center, students learned about the foods that come from plants, why they are healthy to eat, and how to eat these tasty treats. 

The outreach effort is part of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' "Kids Eat Right" campaign.  As a member of the campaign, Mughal, a registered dietician, received one of 50 mini-grants by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation to conduct the member-driven public education campaign in Erie. 

Registered dietitians are the food and nutrition experts most qualified to help families and communities make sound nutrition recommendations that support childhood obesity prevention. "Kids Eat Right" mobilizes the Academy's more than 75,000 members to support families, schools, and communities in their pursuit of quality nutrition for all children.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics at www.eatright.org.