Principal Sponsor…

California Walnut Commission

The California Walnut Commission was established in 1987 and today represents more than 4,000 growers and more than 80 handlers (processors). The Commission is an agency of the State of California that works in concurrence with the Secretary of the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA). California walnuts account for 99% of the commercial U.S. supply and 75% of world trade. The California Walnut Commission is mainly involved in health research, domestic health communication and export market development activities.

Walnuts are one of the few whole foods that contribute many beneficial nutrients to the diet. For example, walnuts are a source of good polyunsaturated fat (PUFA) which includes essential alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), the plant form of omega-3 fatty acids. One serving of walnuts is an excellent source of ALA, containing 2.5 grams per ounce. Walnuts also contain many antioxidants, ranking second to blackberries. To date, clinical research has been conducted in the areas of: heart health, diabetes, cognitive function, cancer, weight management, antioxidants and bone health. In fact, walnuts received one of the first qualified health claims for a whole food in 2004: “Supportive but not conclusive research shows that eating 1.5 ounces of walnuts per day, as part of a low saturated fat and low cholesterol diet, and not resulting in increased caloric intake may reduce the risk of coronary heart disease.” Information on walnuts’ health benefits, delicious recipes and more can be found at

Affiliated Sponsors…

American Institute for Cancer Research

The American Institute for Cancer Research (AICR) is the cancer charity that funds research on the relationship of nutrition, physical activity and weight management to cancer risk, interprets the scientific literature and educates the public about the results.

AICR was the first cancer charity to create awareness of the relationship between diet and cancer risk; to focus funding on the role of diet, physical activity and weight in cancer prevention and survival; and to synthesize the global research into an empowering, practical message: About one-third of the most common cancers could be prevented via healthy diet, regular physical activity and weight management. AICR has published two landmark reports that interpret the accumulated research in the field, and is committed to a process of continuous review. AICR also provides a wide range of educational programs to help millions of Americans learn to make dietary changes for lower cancer risk. Its award-winning New American Plate program is presented in brochures, seminars and on its website, AICR is a member of the World Cancer Research Fund International.


The American Heart Association

American Heart AssociationThe American Heart Association is a national voluntary health agency whose mission is: “Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.” The American Heart Association has an ambitious goal to improve the overall health of Americans by 20% and to reduce death and disability from heart disease and stroke by 20%, both by the year 2020. One of the key initiatives to support goal achievement is the Heart-Check Food Certification Program. Since 1995, the Heart-Check mark has guided shoppers to hundreds of foods certified to meet the American Heart Association’s criteria for heart-healthy food. The criteria allows for inclusion of foods that are higher sources of “better” fats, while limiting negative nutrients such as saturated fats, trans fats, cholesterol and sodium. The Heart-Check mark gives consumers an easy, reliable system for identifying heart-healthy foods that can be used to construct a sensible eating plan. To learn more about the Heart-Check mark, and to see a complete list of certified products and participating companies and the nutritional criteria, visit


Health Corps

HealthCorps® is building a nationwide health movement toward a new generation of healthy young people and communities. As a living research laboratory, HealthCorps administers a health mentoring program in 53 high schools in 13 states and growing. To achieve its goal, HealthCorps has set out to help stem the nation’s child obesity and mental resilience crises by helping Americans discover what they are really hungry for and why and then presenting a prescription. HealthCorps is helping teens find purpose and direction. Many students in the program pursue careers in health sciences and culinary arts. Co-founded by heart surgeon and Emmy® Award-winning talk show host Dr. Mehmet Oz and his wife Lisa Oz, HealthCorps engages youth as health advocates to get other teens and their families to become health agents of change where they live.

The heart of HealthCorps is the “Coordinators,” recent college graduates who are feet on the street five days a week in high need high schools. They carry out in-school and community programming centered on our curriculum of Nutrition, Fitness and Mental Strength. Coordinators carry out meaningful interventions, which are relevant and useful for students, families and schools. They have become experts in what really works in getting students to become health advocates in their schools, homes and communities. Coordinators function as a hub of excitement and best practices – partnering with public health departments, school systems, foundations, the business community and other non-profit organizations to coalesce all mutually beneficial efforts. To learn more about HealthCorps and how you can join the movement, visit  Become a fan on Facebook at and spread the word via your Facebook page. Follow us on Twitter at and share with your network.


The New York State Dietetic Association

The New York State Dietetic Association (NYSDA), state affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, is NY State’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals with over 5,500 members. Our members include Registered Dietitians (RD) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR) that are employed in various settings throughout the state such as hospitals and long term care, schools, community agencies, business and industry, private practice and research.  RD's and DTR's use evidence-based practice to help keep New Yorkers healthy.

NYSDA is governed by a nine member Board of Directors and assisted in their efforts by their Coordinating Cabinet. As a team, they work to put in place NYSDA's Strategic Plan to make our mission and vision a reality. Ten districts within our state, from Long Island to Plattsburgh, to the far reaches of the Southern Tier, allow members to participate at the local level in community projects, professional development programs, advocacy issues and other services. NYSDA is committed to optimizing the state's health by utilizing our members, the state's leaders in food and nutrition services.


The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association

The Preventive Cardiovascular Nurses Association (PCNA) is the leading nursing organization dedicated to preventing cardiovascular disease through assessing risk, facilitating lifestyle changes, and guiding individuals to achieve treatment goals. The current state of healthcare demands that nurses play a leading role in identifying and implementing cardiovascular risk reduction strategies. PCNA is committed to the continued education and support of nurses so they may successfully rise to this challenge. We do this by educating and supporting nurses through the development of professional and patient education, leadership, and advocacy. To learn more, visit us at or contact us at 1-608-250-2440 .

Silver Sponsors…

Pear Bureau Northwest and USA Pears

The Pear Bureau Northwest was established in 1931 as a nonprofit marketing organization to promote the fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington. Today, the United States is the third largest pear-producing country in the world, and Oregon and Washington comprise the nation's largest pear growing region with 1,600 growers producing 84% of all fresh pears grown in the United States. Pears grown in these two Pacific Northwest states are sold under the “USA Pears” brand.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber (24% DV) and a good source of vitamin C (10% DV) for only 100 calories per medium sized pear. Sweet and juicy with no fat, no sodium, and no cholesterol, fresh pears are a perfect choice for snacking as well as for any course of any meal of the day. There are ten delicious varieties of Northwest-grown USA Pears, each with its own color, flavor, and texture. To find mouthwatering recipes, comprehensive nutrition information, and to learn how to tell when a pear is ripe, visit


The Wild Blueberry Association of North America

The Wild Blueberry Association of North America (WBANA) is an association of growers and processors formed in 1981 to jointly promote Wild Blueberries from Maine and Canada. This unique, cross-border partnership works with the food trade to bring the benefits of Wild Blueberries to worldwide markets through promotion, health research and strategic alliances.

Wild Blueberries are recognized as a leading anti-aging superfruit thanks to their high total antioxidant capacity as measured by ORAC. Ongoing research in the areas of cognitive function, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, gut health and other diseases of aging, including Alzheimer’s disease, continues to demonstrate a wide range of health benefits. An excellent source of fiber, Wild Blueberries are a nutrient-rich food available to consumers year-round as frozen whole berries. For more information on Wild Blueberries, visit


Learning ZoneXpress

Learning ZoneXpress is an official USDA MyPlate National Strategic Partner. We are proud to join other national companies and organizations that share a health mandate consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the mission of the USDA’s Center for Nutrition Policy & Promotion (CNPP). Learning ZoneXpress is the premier source of “edu-taining” and awardwinning learning tools. Our mission is to design, create and deliver innovative messages on life skills topics including nutrition, child development, family living, character education, wellness, and career and financial management. We offer a wide variety of affordable educational DVDs, videos, posters, games, incentives, and PowerPoint presentations.