The Dannon Institute developed the Awards for Excellence in Community Nutrition and the Community Nutritionary to highlight successful, community-based nutrition programs and to offer ideas and insights for nutrition leaders, educators and program planners nationwide.
In the years between 1998 and 2003, the Dannon Institute supported the Awards for Excellence in Community Nutrition program which was created to celebrate the accomplishments of local nutrition initiatives that have made a positive and significant impact on residents in the community they serve. The winning programs were diverse in scope, focus and budget. All demonstrated innovation, creativity and impact in nutrition behavior change at the community level. Programs selected as recipients of the Awards for Excellence in Community Nutrition have been featured in the Dannon Institute’s Community Nutritionary publication.
By highlighting and encouraging successful nutrition programs at the grassroots level, the Community Nutritionary helped shape thriving community nutrition programs nationwide. Each issue of this publication highlighted key learnings from programs that won the Dannon Institute Awards for Excellence in Community Nutrition, a "how-to" section, and a questionnaire to earn professional education credit.
The Community Nutritionary has been used in nutrition courses at several universities and has been distributed to thousands of nutrition staff at organizations such as Meals on Wheels. These issues continue to be available on the Dannon Institute’s website today.
The Council on Foundations awarded a 2002 Wilmer Shields Rich Gold Medal to the Community Nutritionary. The Wilmer Shields Rich Awards Program recognizes excellence in communications by foundations and corporate giving programs.
Many of the case studies that have appeared in the Community Nutritionary are featured in the textbook Community Nutrition in Action: An Entrepreneurial Approach, written by Marie E. Boyle (3rd Edition, 2003, Wadsworth/Thomson Learning Inc., Belmont, CA).