September 2019 Newsletter – President’s Message

I’m going to take a break this month from the food/nutrition/TAND theme and focus on extracurricular events and activities and paying it forward.

Per social media, ok, Facebook for me, I’ve noticed a lot of our members are doing very good and profitable things in the community and around the state: helping food banks, supporting their local school athletic and academic programs, judging food contests, doing fundraisers, serving in their church, members of civic groups, et al…

I know here at UT Martin we have a plethora of RDN’s, and other professionals, who will drive round trip 4 hours or more to give of their time, talents and knowledge to both our DPD and DI programs and give guest presentations. Amy Richards, Lori Littleton and I are eternally grateful to each of them!

For those of you who give of yourselves, I stand and applaud! Thank you for your service!

For others, let me encourage you to find somewhere to volunteer and help others this coming year.
Let’s not only be great RDN’s, but great citizens, helping and serving others.



Save the Date! TAND Annual Meeting April 3, 2020 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, TN!

TAND’s Annual Meeting Committee has been working hard over the summer to kick-off planning the Annual Meeting in April 2020. We look forward to providing TAND members with multiple opportunities to network, grow professionally in the latest food/nutrition research and information, and to enjoy a new meeting location across the state of Tennessee. We hope to see you there!

If you or your employer would like to be a sponsor at this year’s Annual Meeting, please contact Elizabeth Hall, TAND Sponsorship Chair.

If you would like to see TAND provide a unique opportunity or activity at this year’s Annual Meeting, please contact Sarah Martin, TAND CPI-Chair. We want to hear from you!

Call for Conference Speakers

The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2020 Annual Conference Planning Committee is now accepting speaker proposals. Deadline for submission is September 30, 2019.

The TAND 2020 Annual Conference will be April 3, 2020 at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, TN.

This conference will bring together 200-250 food and nutrition professionals. Accepted presentations will reflect science-based research and practical applications for nutrition professionals. Speaker proposals will be reviewed and applicants will be notified by late October. Please note, all selected speakers will need to comply with our disclosure and commercialism policies.

Questions? Email Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

Lobbyist Update

Hello TAND members,

My name is Jill Talbert and I proudly serve as TAND’s lobbyist. I have been lobbying since I graduated law school in 2005 and had the wonderful opportunity to start my own firm in 2012. My clients’ interest areas range from healthcare to criminal justice reform. A big part of what I do is cull through the 1500 bills that are introduced each year to determine their impact on my clients. A bill can positively or negatively impact a client directly or indirectly. Some bills are overt in their intended goal while others are amended later in order to stay under the radar. Often times a bill has a goal that inadvertently impacts another industry. All of these bills must be monitored, and when necessary, amended or even halted through advocacy. Some legislation will garner the support of an unrelated industry that may pleasantly surprise the bill’s proponent. Rules are introduced by Tennessee departments and those can also impact an industry and also need to be monitored.

I value the important work of dietitians and am honored to serve as your lobbyist at the Tennessee legislature. Your organization has astute leadership who keep me in the loop about priority issues and concerns. When I am not at the Capitol, I am spending time with my husband, two children and our new puppy. We enjoy adventurous travel and spending time with friends and family.

I am looking forward to another impactful year representing TAND!

All the best,


MAND Event Recap

MAND member yogi’s had a zen filled evening in the park to kick off our first of many social events to raise money for our scholarship fund! A big shout out to Hannah Peters MS, RDN, LDN for chairing our fundraising events this year!

In June, both new and old board MAND volunteers met for our board switch over meeting. It was a fun night and we are already looking forward to a fun year ahead.
We have our annual fall breakfast event on September 18th, 2019 to kick off our new year!

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Advocacy News from the Academy 

Academy Urges Department of Homeland Security to Improve Nutrition at Border Facilities

The Academy is concerned about the lack of access to adequate, appropriate food and nutrition at U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facilities, inadequate nutrition and food safety standards for the food provided at these facilities, CBP’s failure to comply with their own standards and the lack of transparency regarding these issues. The Academy sent a letter last week to the Department of Homeland Security, CBP and the Domestic Policy Council, offering professional partnership and collaboration to facilitate solutions to the problems, as well as requesting a meeting with DHS leadership to further discuss these challenges and opportunities.

Donate to ANDPAC!

ANDPAC is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee — and is the only political action committee broadly focused on food, nutrition and health. Your donation to ANDPAC helps support candidates for federal office who are pro-nutrition, food and health. The easiest and most direct way to get involved in political action with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is to make a contribution to ANDPAC. Please consider even a small contribution or you can arrange automatic withdrawals of a small amount each month. ANDPAC needs you!

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