Champions of Change

Garrett Berdan, RD

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Garrett Berdan is an independent nutrition and culinary educator and consultant specializing in school district child nutrition programs.  Most recently Garrett was nutrition educator and chef with the Oregon Dairy Council, where he developed and marketed nutrition education materials and programs, developed a DASH eating plan website, and lent culinary expertise to the Oregon Dairy Products Commission.  His career path also includes work as a company nutritionist for New Seasons Market in Portland, Oregon, and as a production assistant on the Food Network program Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarello

Garrett has been a temporary instructor for the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone, adjunct nutrition instructor for the International Culinary School at the Art Institute or Portland, and a guest speaker for various dietetic and public health organizations in the Pacific Northwest.  Garrett obtained his degree in Food Science and Human Nutrition at Washington State University in 2002, and completed the Accelerated Culinary Arts Certificate Program at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in 2005.  He is a member of the American Dietetic Association (ADA), the Food and Culinary Professionals Practice Group of the ADA, and the School Nutrition Association.  Garrett is currently the President Elect of the Oregon Dietetic Association and was awarded the ADA’s Emerging Dietetic Leader award for Oregon in 2010.  Garrett grew up in the middle of an apple orchard in Wenatchee, Washington.  Garrett and his wife Lynette live in sunny Bend, Oregon where they enjoy year-round recreation in the Cascade Mountains. 

About Chefs & Let's Move!

Let’s Move! is a comprehensive initiative, launched by the First Lady, dedicated to solving the challenge of childhood obesity within a generation, so that children born today will grow up healthier and able to pursue their dreams.

One of Let’s Move! initiatives is The Chefs Move to Schools program, which helps chefs partner with interested schools in their communities so together they can create healthy meals that meet the schools’ dietary guidelines and budgets, while teaching young people about nutrition and making balanced and healthy choices.

Chefs can have a tremendous impact on the health and well-being of children by adopting a school and working with teachers, parents, school nutrition professionals and administrators to help educate kids about food and nutrition. By creating healthy dishes that are also delicious, chefs have a unique ability to make good nutrition fun and appealing.

Learn how you can get involved in the effort to keep our kids healthy at LetsMove.gov.

Chefs who are interested in contributing their expertise to their community can get involved in the Chefs Move to Schools initiative.

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