Renowned Scientists Join Research to Help Underpriveleged Kids

Researchers Unite with The Healthy Foundation to supervise Congressional Study

Murrieta, CA – Some of the most distinguished names in nutrition research have stepped forward to assist in the Better Student Research Initiative, a study mandated by Congress to substantiate previous findings: vitamins can dramatically increase the academic performance, behavior and health of undernourished children.

Late last year, Congress appropriated $500,000 to The Healthy Foundation to formally research the effects of vitamin intake on school aged, at-risk children. Since then, The Healthy Foundation has been developing a high caliber Research Oversight Committee to ensure conclusive results of its assignment from Congress.

The Healthy Foundation has formally announced the members of the committee. They include:

From Harvard Medical School -
Ron Kleinman, M.D. was most recently an investigator in a study documenting the negative effects of hunger in U.S. children by showing a link between participation in the National School Breakfast Program and improved academic performance and psychosocial behavior.

He currently is the Associate Chief of Pediatric Services at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Associate Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School and the past chair of the Committee on Nutrition of the American Academy of Pediatrics.

From Baylor College of Medicine -
William Heird, M.D. is a Professor of Pediatrics at Baylor’s USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center and specializes in the need for specific fatty acids and amino acids during infancy.

Dr. Heird was awarded the “Nutrition Award” by the American Academy of Pediatrics and recognized for his “Distinguished Career in Clinical Investigation” at Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center.

Theresa Nicklas, Ph.D. also a Professor of Pediatrics at USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center at Baylor and recently conducted a detailed study of the relationship between eating patterns and obesity in children and young adults.

From Southern California University of Health Sciences -
Betsy B. Singh, Ph.D., is committee chair of The Healthy Foundation’s Research Oversight Committee and former Director of Research for the Complementary Medicine Program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

She also serves as an advisor to RAND for the AHQR sponsored Evidenced Based Practice Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

From the University of Iowa, College of Public Health -
Dr. Linda Snetselaar, R.D., Ph.D., is Associate Professor and Chair of Preventive Nutrition Education at the Department of Preventive Medicine & Environmental Health at the University of Iowa’s College of Public Health.

Principle Investigator for Nutrition in Teens (SONIT) and for NIH Nutrition Academic Award, she also has over 31 published peer-reviewed articles.

From the medical journal - Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine –
David Riley, M.D. is the Editor in Chief for Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine, a peer reviewed medical journal indexed in the National Library of Medicine and is the founder of the Integrative Medicine Institute.

Dr. Riley was the principle investigator on the first International Integrative Primary Care Outcome Study and has conducted more than 65 clinical trials.

“The Healthy Foundation is thrilled with the high caliber of scientists who have agreed to share their time and their expertise to ensure that this key study is conclusive,” says Hyla Cass, M.D., president of The Healthy Foundation.

Through its Vitamin Relief USA™ programs, The Healthy Foundation provides high quality, chewable multi vitamin/minerals to nearly 10,000 kids a day, in 36 states through 175 collaborative partner sites, including public schools.

Program sponsors include Longevity Science, Tishcon Corp., Rexall-Sundown, Capsugel, Natural Factors, Rx Vitamins, Nutrition Formulators, Elan Intl., SETCO, Tim Plastics, Creative Image, Disc Graphics, MedCorps Intl., the Fetzer Institute, Best Label and New Hope Natural Media.

The Healthy Foundation is a tax-exempt, 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation committed to improving the health status of children, adults and seniors through vitamin supplementation. To support The Healthy Foundation or for further information, please call 909-696-0552 or log onto

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