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University Hospitals
Prenatal

University Hospitals

Whole Health Lifestyle Care for Reproductive Well-being Pilot Program

Date Awarded
July 2023
Amount
$200,000
Duration
2 Years

The Vitamix Foundation is partnering with University Hospitals (UH) to develop a 2-year pilot project that will use Lifestyle Medicine health coaching and shared medical appointments to wrap education and support around fertility patients to yield improved nutrition, lifestyle skills, and improved pregnancy outcomes. During the first year of the 8-week program, UH practitioners will gather data and research health coaching and lifestyle changes that will impact the future of patients. These results will be leveraged in the second year to enroll more patients with the goal of the work being funded by insurance.

CDC Foundation
Research

CDC Foundation

National Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Action Collaborative

Date Awarded
June 2023
Amount
$50,000
Duration
1 Year

The Vitamix Foundation is partnering with the CDC Foundation to support the National Hunger, Nutrition, and Health Action Collaborative. The Collaborative will enable individuals and organizations to identify, share and leverage innovations, best practices and standards that support the White House’s National Strategy on Hunger, Nutrition and Health announced in September 2022. Collectively, the Collaborative will provide a platform for key partners to assemble and drive concrete actions for a whole of society approach to end hunger and build healthy communities.

Teaching Kitchen Collaborative
Research

Teaching Kitchen Collaborative

Educating Health Professionals Project

Date Awarded
June 2023
Amount
$150,000
Duration
1 Year

The Vitamix Foundation is partnering with the Teaching Kitchen Collaborative (TKC), in collaboration with the Harvard Law School Center for Health Law and Policy Innovation, and the Osher Center at Northwestern to support the Educating Health Professionals Project. They are focusing on producing a modular nutrition curriculum for health professionals in the U.S. by developing and implementing a curriculum informed by national nutrition education priorities. The resulting curriculum has the potential to be scaled nationally, impacting medical schools, hospitals, health-related training facilities, and health systems, causing a shift in how medical and allied health professionals approach the prevention and treatment of diet-related chronic diseases.

Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center
First 2,000 Days

Mary Mitchell Family and Youth Center

Heidi’s Healthy Canasta

Date Awarded
May 2023
Amount
$75,000
Duration
1 Year

The Vitamix Foundation is supporting Heidi's Healthy Canasta, a program founded by the Mary Mitchell Center. This is a sliding-scale healthy grocery delivery service for low-income families in the Bronx, NY, focused on improving access to nutritious food and promoting health throughout the community. The program delivers fresh vegetables grown by community gardens and upstate New York farms and offers "Healthy Bucks" or EBT options to pay for items. It also includes recipes and nutritional information available in English and Spanish. Heidi's Healthy Canasta will expand to engage with local preschools and kindergarten classrooms to introduce the program to parents and teachers. They will also leverage their partnerships with local hospitals to promote the program to parents of newborns and young children.

1,000 Days- An Initiative of FHI Solutions
Prenatal

1,000 Days- An Initiative of FHI Solutions

Learning from Black Birthing People to Create Better Communications and Increase Awareness of the Dietary Guidelines

Date Awarded
April 2023
Amount
$75,000
Duration
1 Year

With support from the Vitamix Foundation 1,000 Days will partner with organizations focused on people of color to listen and learn from Black birthing people about their diet and nutritional intake during pregnancy, as well as their awareness of key parts of the Dietary Guidelines. The project will capture feedback to make materials more culturally appropriate and relevant and share the learnings broadly across the maternal and infant health and nutrition community. This project builds on a successful 2022 multicultural digital campaign, funded by the Vitamix Foundation, and will focus on Black birthing and postpartum people across multiple socioeconomic levels. A secondary purpose of the grant will be to support the strategy and design of the third OHSU Moore Institute Nutrition in Pregnancy Conference.

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
First 2,000 Days and Research

The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Healthy Starts: Pacing of Children’s Introduction to New Plant-Based Foods

Date Awarded
September 2022
Amount
$323,000
Duration
2 Years

The Vitamix Foundation is supporting Healthy Starts, a pilot study being conducted by the University of Colorado Denver that is evaluating three different schedules of repeated exposure to a novel vegetable among infants 9-12 months of age. Previous studies show that repeated exposure is essential to improve acceptance of novel foods, but different patterns of repeated exposure and their effect on acceptance have not been studied. The findings from this study will yield results that can be submitted to premier publications and shared with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans Committee. To learn more about Healthy Starts and The Children’s Eating Lab click here.

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
First 2,000 Days and Research

University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

WISE Babies

Date Awarded
August 2022
Amount
$222,091
Duration
2 Years

We Inspire Smart Eating (WISE) Babies is a new program developed by the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences based on WISE, an evidence-based nutrition intervention designed to promote fruit and vegetable consumption in ECE children 3-5 years old. The new program focuses on children 0-3 years old and is being developed in response to the addition of recommendations for children ages 0-2 in the 2020-2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines. The pilot program will deliver education through classroom curricula, parent engagement, and educator training, reaching over 40 ECE staff and approximately 180 children. The research collected from the design of this intervention will eventually be used to conduct a randomized control study to evaluate the efficacy of WISE Babies.

The University of Texas Health Science
                Center at Houston, Pennsylvania State University,
                Brighter Bites
First 2,000 Days

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Pennsylvania State University, Brighter Bites

Nurturing Healthy Teachers

Date Awarded
March 2022
Amount
$500,426
Duration
2 Years

The Vitamix Foundation is supporting Nurturing Healthy Teachers, which involves the collaboration of three organizations: UT Houston School of Public Health, Penn State Better Kid Care, and Brighter Bites. This project is building off of the food insecurity challenges discovered from the Create Healthy Futures Study that the Vitamix Foundation funded from 2016-2020 (see Early Learning Healthy Teachers Program description). Brighter Bites is joining the effort to improve access to fresh fruits and vegetables as well as nutrition education to reduce food insecurity and improve diet, mental health, and cardiometabolic health among Early Childhood Education (ECE) providers. The impacts will be evaluated to determine the short and long-term effects, in hopes to scale up the intervention to a greater audience of ECEs.

Tulane Educational Fund
Prenatal & Research

Tulane Educational Fund

Examination of the effects of the preconception dietary patterns on pregnancy outcomes

Date Awarded
September 2021
Amount
$85,532
Duration
2 Years

The Vitamix Foundation is partnering with the Tulane Educational Fund to investigate the effects of preconception dietary patterns on pregnancy outcomes using data from eight PrePARED consortium studies. Their objective is to identify the dietary recommendations that best predict healthy infant and maternal outcomes. They will focus on and compare 4 general diets and 2 pregnancy-specific diets by using self-reported nutritional intake measures. The specific aim of this study is to assess the relationship between self-reported preconception diet vs more general diet and their effects on pregnancy outcomes. They will also be examining if adherence to a healthy diet alleviates the effect of obesity on infant outcomes.

Greater Cleveland Food Bank in
                collaboration with Case Western Reserve University,
                Better Health Partnership, and First Year Cleveland
Research

Greater Cleveland Food Bank, Case Western Reserve University, Better Health Partnership, First Year Cleveland

Nourishing Beginnings Pilot Project

Date Awarded
August 2021
Amount
$166,331
Duration
3 Years

The Vitamix Foundation is committed to the Nourishing Beginnings Project to improve the health and outcomes of expectant mothers and their families in neighborhoods with high rates of infant mortality and chronic diseases. The pilot project aims to develop sustainable delivery models for food, nutrition education, and navigation services, as well as measure their impact on birth outcomes, maternal and child health, and nutrition status. In December 2022, CWRU was awarded a grant of $500,000 from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Better Health Partnership was awarded $300,000 from CareSource in support of their work on this project. For more information about the project, click here.