TAND September Newsletter


September 2018 Newsletter - President's Message

It is with great pleasure to welcome you to the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND).  Whether you are new to our organization or have been with us for many years, you are valuable to our profession.  As you are aware, there is a lot of misinformation out there, to which consumers don't know what to believe or to follow.  That is where we, as the nutrition experts, come in to help!  I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming year in your Districts.  Some meetings are already scheduled, so please plan to come out to hear my "State of the State" address.    

As you will see from the other items in this newsletter, the summer has started our TAND year off with a bang!  One huge success for RDNs in Tennessee was the rule change and approval for RDNs to have order writing privileges.  This has been an ongoing effort by many of our past and present board members.  I will continue to work with the Academy to provide you with resources as you work to implement this in your facilities.  Additionally, you have a fabulous Board of Directors, who have been working hard already to keep our organization moving forward.  Each board member has been working on Action Plans for the year ahead, including planning for the Annual Meeting and Hill Day, as well as marketing and social media strategies to best meet our members needs.  Speaking of marketing and social media, make sure you are following us on Facebook (@EatRightTennessee) and Twitter (@EatRightTN), and checking out the website (www.Eatright-TN.org) and blog (www.eatright-tn.org/blog) frequently to stay current on what we have going on.  Our goal is to send out a newsletter once per month, which will also update you.  Don't hesitate to reach out to your board members to share your ideas or concerns.  Remember, we are here for you!

I would like to challenge each and every member to attend at least one of your district meetings, whether it is a social event, or one for continuing education.  Networking and collaboration with fellow colleagues is invaluable for personal and professional growth, as well as expanding our reach and impact on the communities we serve.  We are stronger together!  

Last, but not least, we are very thankful to have our new Executive Director on Board.  Carrie Kiley comes to us with a business background and has worked for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for six years.  She focuses on helping leaders succeed in managing their affiliates and has been a huge asset to our organization thus far.  Welcome Carrie! 

New Earlier Dates for Scholarship & Award Applications This Year!

Please check the Scholarship & Awards page to find out when applications are due for TAND awards and student scholarships. With the annual meeting in late February, the deadlines for applications have been moved up. Districts will need to forward the names of their awardees to TAND by September 30th! This is only a short time period so everyone should move fast! Please contact Ginger Carney, Education Pillar Chair (ginger.carney@stjude.org) for questions or more information.

Become a Student Representative

Welcome back to school Students and Interns! On behalf of Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (STAND), I would like to invite you to become a student representative for your program and join us in activities throughout the year. STAND was created in 2016 with dietetic students and interns in mind. The goal of STAND is to connect dietetic students and interns across the state of Tennessee by encouraging networking and volunteering activities. STAND also works to empower and encourage dietetic students and interns to become future leaders in food and nutrition. STAND connects our members using a student representative from each of the 10 DPD programs and 8 Dietetic Internships to coordinate our yearly events. Past STAND activities have included events such as canned food drives, volunteer events, penny war competition between student and internship programs, and a fun run at the annual TAND conference.

Membership and participation in STAND is based on membership in The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. More information can be found at http://eatright-tn.org. You can also email STAND directly at studenttand@gmail.com. We look forward to hearing from you.

Kecia Caldwell
STAND President

TAND Reception at FNCE

Please join us at the TAND FNCE reception as we honor our TAND members, including Dee Pratt, Medallion Award winner, Hollie Raynor, who received the Excellence in Practice--Dietetic Research Award, Lisa Abbay, serving as the CDR Commissioner and Eileen Myers, serving for the Academy as a Nominating Committee National Leader.

Beverages and Refreshments will be served.

The event will be on October 22nd in the Treasury Room at the Marriott Marquis, Washington, DC.

Join a TAND Group at Tennessee Tuesday

When the Senate is in session, Senator Corker and Senator Alexander hold an informal breakfast on Tuesday mornings for Tennesseans visiting Washington.

Tennessee Tuesday provides a great opportunity to speak with both senators and schedule meetings with their staffs to discuss legislation important to you or your organization. A Senate photographer attends regularly to take photos.

Contact Brian Carroll, bcarro18@utm.edu, if you would like to join a group from TAND on October 23rd or would like more information.

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