March 2019 Newsletter - President's Message
Although February was a short month, TAND wasted no time. On February 26th, 185 of Tennessee RDNs and students attended the Annual Meeting in Nashville. Between the wonderful and engaging speakers, to the poster sessions and vendors, we had a very successful meeting. Thank you to everyone who attended and to our sponsors! The following day, many of the RDNs and students attended the Tennessee Day on the Hill. Representative Andy Holt, a surprise guest speaker, Senator Richard Briggs, and our very own Nichole Reed, spoke to the group prior to charging to the “Hill” for our Legislative visits. Overall, we had about 30 visits with our legislators, and many will have follow up visits in their home districts as well. Advocating for our profession and the people we serve is incredibly important, and we greatly appreciate everyone who participated.
Now that we are in March, our organization has a great opportunity to highlight who we are and what we do! It is National Nutrition Month, and we have several initiatives that TAND is encouraging you all to be a part of. Check out the message below from Lindsey Joe, our Marketing Pillar Chair. Do not forget to let us know what you are doing in your districts too. If you highlight them on social media, please make sure to tag TAND on Facebook (@EatRightTennessee) and Twitter (@eatrighttn).
Speaking of highlighting what Tennessee RDNs are doing, we need to be doing that within our own state with other professionals too. There is an organization called the Tennessee Health Promotion Network, which is a group of volunteers comprised of multiple agencies, including physicians, dietitians, nurses, professors, etc. Volunteers work together to promote better health for Tennesseans. The organization meets quarterly, and TAND has a representative, Tracy Noerper, who attends the quarterly meetings. She would love to highlight the great things our members are doing to help improve the health and well-being of the people we serve. This could lead to future collaborations for our organization. If there is anything you want to share with the TN Health Promotion Network, please let Tracy know by emailing her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I look forward to traveling to Knoxville, Tri-Cities and the West Tennessee Districts this month to share the “State of the State” and meet the wonderful RDNs and students we have across the state!
Happy National Nutrition Month!
Emily Maddux, TAND President