President’s Message

Wow! How was that for National Nutrition Month!?

I want to give a huge shout out to the TAND Board of Directors for coming together on such QUICK notice to hold an emergency meeting on March 13th and to make what might go down as the most difficult Board decision ever, and that is to cancel the Annual Meeting. It was a crazy week!

As this COVID-19 thing started to gain momentum, but hadn’t yet reached pandemic proportions, I sent an email out to the Board on the morning of March 10th reassuring them we were still on for the meeting. Many replied and agreed with me.

The next morning, March 11th, UT Martin put a travel ban on all employees, faculty and staff. I quickly started communicating with Carrie Kiley, Emily Maddux, Ginger Carney and Christy Davis to advise them I would not be able to attend. Things changed FAST that day with COVID, and by the end of the day the conversation had turned to a discussion on whether to even have the meeting and the Board was contacted and the meeting was set up. At 5:30 CST on March 11th the entire UT system shut down face-to-face classes and went to 100% online teaching.

Long story short, at the Board meeting teleconference first thing Friday morning, March 13th, the extremely difficult and painful decision was made to cancel our Annual Meeting. Sarah Martin, Elizabeth Hall, Karen Smith and Carrie — Thank you all VERY MUCH for the hard work you put into this meeting. It is noted and appreciated!

We are looking at having at least some of the presenters do a webinar for us as well as having the posters downloaded on our webpage to review. We are exploring our options for attaching CPE’s to both.

For those of you not on social media, this is my Facebook post for the day:

“DID YOU KNOW: For every patient on a VENTILATOR there is a REGISTERED DIETITIAN spending significant time calculating a tube feeding, monitoring at least daily weights, labs, meds and vitals?

SALUTE to y’all!!! 🥇🏆”

May God bless you, your families, patients and residents in these difficult days.

Brian Carroll

Executive order from Governor Limiting Non-Emergency Healthcare Services

Please be sure to stay up to date with the state as well as your local health departments for the latest guidelines in place. You can access the Governor’s proclamation here. The Academy has also put together resources to help RDNs navigate the ever changing guidelines. Stay up to date by following the news at

You can also find consumer-based resources from the Academy in their COVID-19 Nutrition Resource center here:

TAND Needs Your Opinion – Make our In Person Events BETTER!

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for our 2020 TAND Hill Day in February. We are so disappointed not to be able to offer our Annual Conference this year. We hope everyone is staying safe, and finding ways to fill their time as we are spending more time physically distanced from each other. Please be sure you are still reaching out to people via electronic communications!

As we start planning for next year, we know these two events are our biggest in person initiatives TAND engages in. To make them better, please take this short 2 minute survey to let us know what works best for you.

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Updates from the Academy

Webinar Recording Available: Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know
Recorded March 26, 2020 – As a hospital-based dietitian, are you being asked to provide remote outpatient counseling? As a private practice dietitian, are clients asking to meet with you from their home? As our nation faces an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. Whether you are new to delivering care via telehealth or want to learn more about the special guidelines from payers unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar is for you. Join Academy staff experts who will share information on the latest updates and answer questions.Available now – click here:

CDR Deadline Extended to July 15
The Commission on Dietetic Registration is extending from May 31 to July 15 the deadline for CDR-credentialed practitioners to complete continuing professional education needed to finish their PDP requirements. CDR is communicating with practitioners affected by this extension.Learn More:

Changes to Dues Deadline, New Payment Options Announced to Help Support Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic
In a time when we are faced with more questions than answers, the Academy is listening to government agencies, experts and our members—and adapting and executing business strategies to meet the ever-changing COVID-19 pandemic.Recognizing that the annual renewal cycle coincides with a time of uncertainty, membership renewal has been extended through June 30, 2020. In addition, CDR will be holding off invoicing registration maintenance fee until mid-July.The Academy also has implemented a two-installment payment option, with the first payment due June 30 and the second due by September 15.For individuals experiencing a financial hardship that threatens their ability to maintain Academy membership, an application for a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction is available.Members may use the two-installment payment plan or request a Financial Hardship Dues Reduction application by calling the Academy Member Service Center by phone 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (M-F; 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Central Time) or by email for assistance.

Academy Foundation – Donate for a Chance to WIN!
The Academy Foundation is proud to have been able to provide $60,235 to Tennessee members and students since 2017 through our scholarship, award, and research grants programs.


The Foundation has issued a challenge to all affiliates. Affiliate with the highest percentage of its members contributing to the Foundation when renewing their Academy member dues before June 1, 2020 will receive a $1,000 scholarship in their name to be awarded to a student member of their affiliate in the 2021 membership year.

The State Fundraising Champion from the winning Affiliate will also receive free registration for FNCE 2020 in Indianapolis.

Through your support the following people have received funding since 2017. Congratulations to the following recipients!

Carmen Bell, Marissa Black, Kendre Brown, Marissa Castano, Sarah Ferguson, Lauren  Fischer, Miranda Fulmer, Margo Grover, Elizabeth Hall, Katherine Irwin, Kaela McIver, Sade Meeks, Rebekah Miller, Kaitlyn Moorhead-Hill, Emily Murray, Tracy Noerper, Jennifer Pate, Marleah Payne, Kaitlyn Philipps, Caroline Pruente, Evelyn Reilman, Abigail Rider, Lauren Saxena, Jennifer Smith

These scholarships, awards, research grants and fellowships are made possible through the generosity of our donors. Thank You!

Renew Your Membership

TAND Financial Update                                                    Budgeted            Actual                Remaining
FY Total Revenue                      $75,750.00         $46,597.48           ($29,152.52)
FY Total Expenses                   ($98,466.00)       ($26,598.78)           $55,717.22
FY Net Revenue Expenses      ($22,716.00)        $19,998.70            $26,564.70

STAND Updates

Hello fellow TAND members! My name is Natalie Brandenburg and I am the Social Media Co-chair for STAND for the 2019-2020 year.

Inspired by the entrepreneurial culture of San Francisco, much of my dietetic experience has involved helping dietitians with creating social media content, developing recipes and shooting food photography. My favorite experience has been developing a food product with a pasta company headquartered in Parma, Italy. I have maintained a love for the creativity and design behind food product development and plan to continue in that field once I have become a registered dietitian while also maintaining my hobby of photographing food, architecture, and design.

After graduating from San Francisco State University with a bachelor of science in nutrition and dietetics, I packed my bags and moved away from the moody San Francisco weather in California to the growing city of Nashville, Tennessee in order to attend the Vanderbilt University Medical Center dietetic internship.

Currently, I am most likely pre-reading for my next clinical rotation or meeting fellow interns at a local coffee shop. If you need recommendations, I have you covered!

As you may have heard, the STAND meeting at the annual TAND conference has been cancelled due to current social-distancing protocols. However, we still have opportunities for you to be involved in STAND. We are currently looking for applicants to serve on the 2020-2021 STAND Board. This is a wonderful opportunity to connect with peers across the state of Tennessee and network with wonderful professionals who also serve in our field. Available positions include President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, and Social Media Chair. The responsibilities of each position can be found in the current Students of the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Guiding Principles, found on the TAND website here.

Students are encouraged to apply to run for a position to gain unique leadership experience. For those interested, please email your current resumé and a paragraph explaining why you wish to serve in this position/why you would be a good candidate for the position to our President, Olyvia Norton, at for the STAND Board to review.  Applications are due by April 30th.

Thank you for your interest and we look forward to reading many wonderful applications!


Happenings in CAND:

Congratulations to CAND President, Char Schmidt PhD, RDN, LDN for her award as Outstanding Dietetics Educator, Brittany Roberts, RDN, LDN, Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year Award and Lauren Barber, Outstanding Dietetic Student of the Year, UTC.

February 12th brought a speaker from Derry, Ireland, Glenn Hinds, SW, on the topic of Behavior Change and the Importance of Affirmations to West Campus at UTC.  A few photos are attached of Glenn and Emily Maddux, MS-MPH, RD, LDN, ACE® CHC, (lecturer, dietetics) and dietetic students/local RDN professionals who attended from around the Chattanooga area.

National Nutrition Month is being recognized in several ways at UT-Chattanooga including Fresh Start Mondays with senior dietetic students highlighting nutritious foods and handing out samples with nutrition information and Aramark Food Service Events which include Plate Waste and Rethinking your Drink.

The Coronavirus-19 response cut a few of our “face to face” activities short and we will hopefully pick up on more events in April if we are able to fully return to campus.  

CAND Outstanding Student of the Year, 2020

Congratulations Lauren Barber!


Survey on COVID-19

The University of Tennessee Knoxville is conducting research on food and health beliefs/practices related to Covid-19. Please complete this survey and send to your colleagues/patients/clients to help us capture information to determine the impact on food security and other health-related topics during this pandemic!

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