Heather D’Ambrosi, MS, RD
Team Leader – Nutrition Specialist
Hillsborough County Public Schools
Tampa, FL

Heather is recognized for her enthusiastic spirit in using her role as a nutrition professional to make a difference in the lives of the students she serves. She is dedicated to preventing childhood obesity which drove the development of ‘Cooking It Up’, an innovative competition sponsored by a large grocery retailer where students write essays and develop original recipes centered on healthy eating. Finalists are selected and prepare their recipes for a panel of judges comprised of local chefs. Heather is the nutrition expert in her district and works closely with school nurses and parents to identify nutrition and allergen needs for students. She developed a communication program including nutrition cards and matching lunch trays to encourage students to select healthy meals. The cards are color-coded to match the USDA My Plate colors for fruit, protein, etc. The district received an Excellence Award from the Paperboard Packaging Council for its innovative, copyrighted tray. She is an active member of the SNA and has served as president of her local association.