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Press Release for Monday, May 7, 2012

Brooks College of Health Receives Winn-Dixie Foundation Grant

Media Contact: Joanna Norris, Associate Director 

Department of Public Relations 

(904) 620-2102 



The Brooks College of Health at the University of North Florida received a $1,000 grant from the Winn-Dixie Foundation to support its “Powerful Kids Rock” program offered at The Boselli Foundation Youth Life Learning Centers. 


“The Winn-Dixie Foundation funds will enable students in UNF’s Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program to enrich the “Powerful Kids Rock” program by allowing educational games and handouts that focus on physical activity, self-efficacy, nutrition and healthy snacking,” said Dr. Judith C. Rodriguez, chair of the Department of Nutrition and Dietetics. 


The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics Flagship Program at UNF developed the program “Powerful Kids Rock,” which incorporates six, one-hour lessons that will be presented by upper-level UNF nutrition and dietetics students to approximately 40 students in both middle and upper-elementary schools who attend The Boselli Foundation Youth Life Learning Centers. The lessons, offered twice during the school year, help promote health, nutrition, financial and career literacy to the students at the Centers. The first series took place last fall, while the second series is currently being planned for this summer.  


“Winn-Dixie is at the heart of the community we serve,” said Mary Kellmanson, marketing group vice president of Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc. and president of the Winn-Dixie Foundation. “We are pleased to partner with UNF as together we work to make our neighborhoods a better place.”  


The Department of Nutrition and Dietetics was named a flagship program by the University in June 2011 in order to elevate the program to the nation’s top echelon . The department’s undergraduate and graduate programs are committed to transforming students into valued professionals through the pursuit and acquisition of knowledge, skills, attitudes and behaviors essential for lifelong learning.  


Established in 1943, the Winn-Dixie Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to making the communities Winn-Dixie serves a better place to live. The Foundation awards grants to organizations that support programs and initiatives helping to foster healthy and thriving communities.  


The Boselli Foundation is a non-profit organization striving to help children living in at-risk neighborhoods on the northside of Jacksonville achieve their dreams. Established in 2007 by Angi and Tony Boselli, the Youth Life Learning Centers focus on providing children with limited financial resources a holistic, comprehensive, after-school learning environment. The Foundation is committed to helping children excel at home, at school and in their community.