Academy Letter to Director Redfield on CDC Appointment

April 13, 2018

Robert Redfield, MD
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
1600 Clifton Road
Atlanta, GA 30329-4027

Dear Dr. Redfield:

As a lifelong Georgian and a school nutrition director in Burke County, Ga., I offer my congratulations on your appointment to serve as the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and I am proud to be serving as the 2017-2018 president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the country’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. I look forward to working with you to advance innovative approaches to improve health outcomes for individuals, families and our entire nation.

In particular, I applaud the work that CDC has done to ensure that children receive the highest-quality health care – which I hope you agree must include access to healthy meals as well as food and nutrition education and services. I further appreciate CDC’s emphasis on wellness and prevention across the lifecycle, and ensuring that children grow up in healthy environments.

The Academy represents more than 100,000 health professionals, primarily RDNs, nutrition and dietetics technicians, registered and advanced-degree nutritionists. The Academy is committed to improving the nation’s health through food and nutrition across the lifecycle. Every day, the Academy and our members work with people in all walks of life, from prenatal through end-of-life care, providing lifesaving services and conducting groundbreaking research.

I hope we can meet soon to discuss our shared objectives and areas of possible collaboration between the Academy and the CDC. Your staff can contact Jeanne Blankenship at 312/899-1730 or by email at with any questions or requests for additional information.

Thank you again for your leadership and my best wishes for your continued success as we work toward our shared goal of improving all people's nutrition and health.

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND
President, 2017-2018