ADAA is delighted to announce its partnership with Pedestal Foods and the launch of Project Thrive. The Project Thrive initiative is rooted in positive psychology and was launched in a high school in Nashville, Tennessee. The photo pictured to the left is the “shout-out” wall from the first day of the project. The “Shout Out” Wall is a place for students and Pedestal Foods staff to post notes about gratitude, good humor, kindness, and friendliness.
Pedestal Foods is a contract food services company with clients in higher education, assisted living and K-12. Pedestal Foods and their customers have identified student wellness, specifically in the area of anxiety, depression and suicide, as a major challenge and opportunity. ADAA and Pedestal Foods are taking action together to address these issues.
Under the leadership of President Karen Cassiday, ADAA has created an evidence-based protocol for the company to train their staff and create experiences in the dining areas that promote student mental wellness. This initiative — Project Thrive — rooted in positive psychology, will help create moments of joy for students and offer resources for those in need of support.
ADAA is pleased to announce that Jamilah R. George, MDIV, Post-Graduate Research Associate at Yale University, OCD Research Clinic, is the recipient of a $1,700 grant to serve as a data analyst for Project Thrive.
For questions about this project, please contact Helen Heymann, ADAA Senior Education Program Manager.