Food and Health Award

Susan Moores, Registered Dietitian, Earns Honors for Leadership in Food and Nutrition Field

St. Paul, Minn. – (April 25, 2016) – Susan Moores, principal of SDM Communications, LLC, has received two respected awards this spring in recognition of her leadership and innovation in the area of food and nutrition. Moores received the Minnesota Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ (MAND) Medallion Award, the association’s highest distinction, which recognizes a member who has demonstrated leadership and professionalism above and beyond job expectations, and has made outstanding contributions to the profession.

In addition, Moores was highlighted in Today’s Dietitian magazine’s “Seventh Annual Showcase of 10 RDs Who are Making a Difference.” Individuals recognized for this honor are nominated by colleagues and mentors as having made a “huge difference in their local communities, nationally, and even globally…going above and beyond their call of duty to make a positive impact in the dietetics field.”

In 2012, Moores founded an entrepreneurial non-profit food enterprise for multi-cultural youth called Roots for the Home Team®, which partners with youth garden programs to sell salads at sports venues. The organization’s mission: “Sprouting life’s possibilities for multi-cultural youth from seed to salad to stadium.” This will be Moores’ fifth season working with the gardens and the students to sell their salads at select Minnesota Twins home games at Target Field. Last year, Moores expanded the program to include several Gopher football games at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Stadium. Moores credits the Minnesota Twins and Roots’ dedicated sponsors for their support of this innovative program.

“What we’re doing is helping young people discover new opportunities for their futures,” said Moores. Before growing season in the gardens begins, participating students gather in professional kitchens to develop the recipes, specifying ingredients, dressings and even naming each salad.

During the season, the participants work at the Roots’ garden cart at the Minnesota Twins games to interact with customers and sell the salads. “Watching the personal growth and self assurance that these students gain is amazing,” said Moores. “They discover their hidden talents, their character unfolds and they’re so proud of what they’ve learned and what they now know they can accomplish.”

Moores holds a bachelors and a masters degree in food science and nutrition. She has held numerous leadership roles within the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, including a six-year tenure as a national spokesperson, participating in more than 100 print and broadcast media interviews each year on nutrition, food and health topics. Her stories have appeared over the years in countless industry and consumer publications on behalf of her clients.

Moores currently serves as Kowalski’s Markets’ nutritionist in the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul area. On behalf of the company, Moores developed the Good Foods for Good Health™ program to help customers find healthful foods within the store and guide them in eating well. A frequent guest for several years on Twin Cities’ broadcast outlets, Moores shares her knowledge with the intent of helping people feel empowered. Her goal is to turn questions and concerns about food into an understanding of how food affects health and how to use that understanding to live a vibrant life – always celebrating the great taste of good food.

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