TAND November Newsletter

November 2018 Newsletter - President's Message

This has been a very busy and exciting month for the Tennessee Academy. There were 11,000 participants in all at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo (FNCE). We got to hear from many different speakers on a variety of topics including Agriculture & Sustainability, Child Nutrition Programs & School Nutrition, Education & Training for Professional Advancement, Malnutrition, MNT, Policy & Advocacy, Public Health & Wellness, and Sports, Fitness & Performance, to name a few. TAND hosted a lovely reception for our Award Winners and two who are serving in an Academy position. Hollie Raynor (from Knoxville), was awarded the Excellence in Practice-Dietetic Research Award and Dee Pratt (from Memphis) was one of the Academy’s Medallion Award winners. Lisa Abbay (from Memphis) is currently serving as the CDR Commissioner with the Academy and Eileen Myers is serving for the Academy as the Nominating Committee National Leader. Congratulations to you all!

Additionally, on October 24th, 1,400 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Dietetic Nutritionist, Registered and students participated at the Public Policy Workshop (PPW), where we met with Legislators across the country to discuss Malnutrition. We shared how it is costly and often not diagnosed, how RDNs and NDTRs are cost- and clinically effective providers for malnutrition, and that healthcare policy must address malnutrition as a quality indicator. Tennessee had 13 RDNs representing the state!

We also learned that Nashville will be the host of the 2025 FNCE! I know that is a long way away, but I encourage you to start planning to attend. Many times the barriers to attending are the location, the hotel costs, the transportation and the time away from work. Now that you know the year, and the location, you can hopefully start planning accordingly and talking with your employers about the value of your attendance! The Academy has some fliers that can help you discuss this with your employer too, so let me know if you need help finding those materials.

In the spirit of conferences, do not forget about the one that the Tennessee Academy offers RDNs in Tennessee every year. This year, TAND’s Annual Meeting will be on February 26th with Hill Day on February 27th. More information and registration information to come very soon. We hope you plan to attend this great event in Nashville to learn about the most up-to-date nutrition trends, network with colleagues across the state and of course to meet with your Legislators, who really want to hear from their constituents.

Lastly, we have a great webinar session coming up on November 2nd at 1:00-2:00pm EST, called “The Road to Order Writing Privileges.” It will be available to all TAND members and will be presented by our Past-President, Brian Jones. This session will help RDNs across the state make sense of what it means for us to now have order writing privileges and how to discuss ways to implement it in your facility. Click here to register!

Remember to follow us on Social Media: Facebook (@EatRightTennessee) and Twitter (@EatRightTN) and to go to the website (www.Eatright-TN.org) and blog (www.eatright-tn.org/blog) to see what is going on across the state!

Thank you to all of the Board of Directors of TAND who volunteer their time and energy to make our organization what it is, and of course to our members who are working to improve the health of Tennesseans every single day. We are stronger together!


Emily Maddux

TAND Awards and Scholarships

Applications for TAND Scholarships are due November 15! This includes the

  • Undergraduate Academic Scholarship
  • Dietetic Internship Scholarship
  • Graduate Scholarship

Please check the website under "Scholarships & Awards" to view details of requirements. Applications for TAND awards are due November 30! District winners are asked to utilize the same online applications on the TAND website previously used for their districts. Further instructions & eligibility requirements can be found on the website. Please contact Ginger Carney, Education Pillar Chair (ginger.carney@stjude.org), for questions.

Record Setting PPW!

We had a record setting PPW this year with more than 1,400 Academy members participating!

TAND members, Jane White, Jessica Fentress, Brian Carroll, Sara Foley, Dianne Polly, Ginger Carney, Dee Pratt, Veronica Hnatiuk, Sara Estabrook, Monique Richard, Anna Cooper, Mary Catherine Schallert, Angie Wallick, Emily Maddox, Dee Harwell, Abigail Roche and Paige Adkins, met with aids and staff from the offices of Sen. Lamar Alexander, Rep. Jim Cooper, Rep. David Kustoff, Rep. Phil Roe, Rep. Marsha Blackburn, Rep. Steve Cohen, Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Rep. Chuck Fleischman.

TAND and the state of Tennessee was very well represented, as well as the Academy as a whole, with PPW being piggybacked with FNCE.

Our main message per the Academy was Malnutrition, but many conversations ventured into other areas such as school lunch, Meal on Wheels, WIC, and especially the Farm Bill. Most all of the offices pressed us for our opinion of it and what programs in particular we support and are interested in. They DO indeed want to hear from us!

2019 TAND Leadership Institute

The 2019 TAND Leadership Institute will be held May 18th at the University of Tennessee at Martin. There will be a 2-3 hour meeting the night before, 17th, for voting members of the Board. We are working with a local hotel to try to secure conference rates, and will also have dorm rooms available for ~$20/person. More information to follow as the time nears.

Contact Brian Carroll at bcarro18@utm.edu if you have questions. 


"Up to half of adults age 65 and older and as many as 39% of older adult patients may be malnourished or at risk for malnutrition. Malnourished adults are 5 times more likely to die during a hospitalization and 54% more likely to be readmitted. In fact, malnutrition has a substantial impact on health and disease in all community care settings and hospitals."

For more on malnutrition and a link to Academy tools and resources check out the September 2018 issue of MNT Provider. You can access this publication from the EatRightSTORE (it is free to members).

If you have any reimbursement questions feel free to contact Andrea at Andrea.KendrickRD@gmail.com.

Look at Our TN RDNs in the News!

Janet Buck was on WVLT-TV in Knoxville talking about healthy food options for kids, during Kids Eat Right month: http://www.wvlt.tv/video?vid=492390431

Nichole Reed was also mentioned in the Commercial Appeal for her work with the first school food pantry in Shelby County: https://bit.ly/2Jhvqy8

Tennessee Dietitian, Lisa Sheehan-Smith, EdD, RD, LDN, was featured by ESPN to talk about her achievements as a figure skater and her career as a dietitian. Lisa is a Professor of Nutrition and Food Science and the Director of the Didactic Program in Dietetics at Middle Tennessee State University. Read the full ESPN article here!

Way to go ladies!

Are You a Pro?

Are you a pro at...

  • promoting things?
  • engaging with people online?
  • staying up-to-date on the latest in nutrition?

... then you might be a great fit for our opening for TAND Social Media Coordinator! Interested to learn more? Contact marketingTAND@gmail.com.

Action Alert: Urge Your Congress to Support Malnutrition Treatment and Provention

At FNCE® and Public Policy Workshop 2018 in Washington, D.C. and back home in-district, Academy members are mobilizing to make their members of Congress aware of the malnutrition crisis affecting our nation.

Malnutrition is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality, especially among older adults, and is associated with significant health care costs. Up to half of adults age 65 and older may be malnourished or at risk for malnourishment. This results in an estimated economic burden of disease-associated malnutrition in the United States valued at $157 billion. RDNs and NDTRs can effectively identify, treat and prevent malnutrition and are a critical part of the interdisciplinary health care team.

We can make a difference – but only with your help. Take action today to build support with congressional members for:

  • Adoption of meaningful malnutrition quality measures
  • Inclusion of malnutrition in chronic disease legislation
  • Increasing public access to malnutrition screening and services provided by RDNs and NDTRs.

Invest in ANDPAC to help build relationships with members of Congress that make our priorities their priorities.

Thank you in advance for taking action and establishing our profession as the nation’s food and nutrition leaders.

Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
President, 2018-2019

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