The “Low-calorie Sweetener Education” Grant Program

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Virtual Grant Program

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8:00am ET

Congratulations to the recipients of the inaugural PepsiCo Health & Nutrition Sciences (H&NS) Grant Program! Follow updates on this page as the grant recipients implement their nutrition education programs.

  • Laura Kruskall, PhD, RDN, CSSD, LD, FACSM, FAND: UNLV Nutrition Center Low-Calorie Sweetener Nutrition Education ProgramAs the Nutrition Center Director and an Associate Professor at UNLV, Laura’s program will bring education on the safety, use, and types of low-calorie sweeteners to the community at and surrounding UNLV. The program will include a live lecture series, a recorded video series, handouts, and recipe development and will be hosted at a brand new on-campus facility that houses UNLV’s Nutrition Center, complete with a demonstration kitchen, and the UNLV Food Pantry.  
  • Melanie T. Burns, PhD, RDN: SoLow Cals: Raising Awareness and Consumption of Low-Calorie Sweeteners: Melanie is a professor at Eastern Illinois University and received questions about sugar-free products from student athletes the very same week the Grant Program was announced! Her program will educate students about low-calorie sweeteners through in-person sessions with label reading and sensory evaluation, informational videos on the different types of LCS, label reading, among other topics and hands-on cooking sessions. Melanie also hopes to use program materials for students with Type 1 Diabetes, and additionally, for participants of a lifelong learning cooking class program.