Registration Open! FNCE 2020 Virtual Event

Registration is now open! Take advantage of a super savings on the registration fee this year. Advanced registration (through August 31) for members is only $195! All rates have been discounted over 50% from the live meeting for advanced registration to support Academy member participation. Registration will be available through the end of the conference. Register now for super savings and a chance to attend the major conference of our national organization!



Second Annual
Nutrition and Health Equity Summit:
The State of Black Health

Tuesday, August 25, 1-3 pm (Central Time)

Hosted by The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 
with Honorary Host 
The Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust 
Rep. Robin Kelly (Ill.), chair

Health disparities exist when there are differences in health outcomes by factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, geography or socioeconomic status. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is proud to host a conversation on the important role of nutrition in promoting health equity and reducing health disparities at the second annual Nutrition and Health Equity Summit with Rep. Robin L. Kelly (Ill.) and the Congressional Black Caucus Health Braintrust.

Register Today!

Topics Include:

  • Health Disparities and COVID-19: America’s Report Card
  • Structural Racism and Systematic Inequities: Implications for Diet and Health
  • Nutrition, Disparities and Chronic Disease: Finding Solutions After the Pandemic.

With remarks by: 
Reps. Robin Kelly (Ill.); Alma Adams (N.C.); and Danny K. Davis (Ill.).

Invited Speakers Include:

  • Jerome T. Adams, MD, United States Surgeon General
  • Sharon Cox, MA, RDN, LDN, FAND, board member, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Linda T. Farr, RDN, CSOWM, LD, FAND, president, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Angela Odoms-Young, PhD, associate professor, Department of Kinesiology and Nutrition, University of Illinois at Chicago

Denine Rogers, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, chair, National Organization of Blacks in Dietetics and Nutrition Member Interest Group, Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

The Nutrition and Health Equity Summit is open to all. Please share this opportunity with your communities by using the event flyer provided below.

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Incorrect Summary of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act

The Academy has been alerted to an incorrect summary of the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act on that inaccurately states the bill allows physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to provide medical nutrition therapy. The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act only allows those providers to refer their patients for MNT, not to provide the service themselves. summaries are created by individuals who are not directly involved in the legislation and errors sometimes occur. The Academy is working now with congressional staff to correct this summary.

Please reach out to for any questions. Thank you!


Students and Educators – SAVE THE DATE!

Whether it is for undergraduate or graduate school, are you currently a student in the nutrition and dietetics field?  How about a dietetic intern?  If so, consider applying for one of our three TAND annual scholarships:  

  • Undergraduate Academic Scholarship
  • Dietetic Internship Scholarship
  • Graduate School Scholarship

Applications will be updated soon and will be posted on our TAND Awards and Scholarship page on the TAND website.  Only TAND members will be eligible to apply.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 2nd, 2020


TAND Advocacy & Public Policy Updates

Raw Milk Legislation: SUCCESS!

Legislation that regulates raw milk in Tennessee was finally passed and signed on June 22, 2020 by Governor Lee!  TAND is grateful for all of your support and the sponsorship from Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) and Representative Patsy Hazlewood (R-Signal Mountain).  This legislation will go into effect October 1, 2020 and include the following:

  • Gives raw milk farmers the option of completing a safe milk handling course offered by the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Services. 
  • Lays out the procedures for farmers operating a herd share program.
  • Includes a process for handling contaminated milk.
  • Includes civil penalties for farmers failing to comply with this legislation.

Tennessee SNAP & School Meal Programs Need YOUR Support

Lauren Steele & Christy Davis had the opportunity to participate in a discussion with Senator Alexander’s liaison (Brandon Morton) and multiple representations across the state in support of funding for SNAP and School Meal programs.  Details of this conversation are below.  

Our state senate needs to hear from our members regarding support for a stimulus package to continue supporting these programs due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  CLICK HERE to add your name!

School meals in the next stimulus package:

  1. Provide funding relief for school nutrition programs to cover costs incurred during the pandemic response and school closures.  Currently participation is down 30-50% but there are additional costs based on the current state.  School meals have another funding source that is used during the school year but the concern is that due to the nature of current increased cost, schools will have to dip into this funding.  Brandon mentioned his strong relationships with 2nd Harvest and Feeding America. 
  2. Extend the Pandemic-Electronic Benefits Transfer (P-EBT) through the summer
  3. Provide personal protective equipment (PPE) for food service workers and other staff handling meal preparation and distribution.  Not in budgets!!  This is apparently a HUGE concern of Sen Alexander. 

SNAP in the next stimulus package:

  1. Increase the maximum benefit available to all households by 15 percent (this would provide individuals with an average of an additional $25 per month). Congress provided a similar boost during the Great Recession and it was effective at reducing hunger and poverty and providing an economic stimulus.  SNAP contributes to health and economy.  Every dollar spent with this benefit boost the economy by $1.50.  There was a reference mentioned on the call similar to the 2008-2009 economic crisis.
  2. Increase the minimum benefit per month from $16 to $30. 
  3. Suspend implementation of all administrative rules that restrict access for millions of people. Congress should also suspend the three-month time limit for adults with barriers to work not raising minors for as long as the economy is vulnerable.  Many of these rule suspensions will expire with the school year starting.  We proposed to extend these rule suspensions such as meals consumed at home vs congregate feedings and providing more than 1 meal at a time to recipients.   

Academy Action Alerts

There are currently 2 important action alerts where your voice needs to be heard!  In fact, the Academy has opened these alerts for nonmembers as well so please share with friends, family, and colleagues that may not be a part of our organization.

Stand Up for Important Nutrition Issues in Next Stimulus Package

Medical Nutrition Therapy Act 2020 

AND Members can click the link above to be directed to Advocacy Center after logging into the Academy site.  If you would like to share with nonmembers, CLICK HERE for the link!  Information regarding both alerts is available on the action alerts site.  Thank you!

UPDATE: Medical Nutrition Therapy Act

As many of you are aware, an inaccurate summary of the MNT Act was recently published on  However, the summary has been corrected and now accurately states that the bill would allow other provider types to refer their patients for MNT. The Academy worked with Representative Eliot Engel’s staff to resolve this issue. These summaries are created by individuals who are not directly involved in the legislation and errors sometimes occur.  To review the corrected information, CLICK HERE.

The Academy has also launched a story telling campaign so members like YOU can share your stories and successes of MNT.  They are primarily looking for stories about older adults that illustrate the effectiveness of MNT services, as well as stories about any time you might have been unable to see a patient due to lack of Medicare coverage for their disease state or condition.  Have a great story?  SHARE IT HERE!  

Please contact Christy or Lauren for any questions on this extensive advocacy update! (TAND President Elect) (TAND Public Policy Coordinator)


Diversity Liaison

In the effort to keep our members abreast of the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts of the Academy…. 

Here is the link to the page (you will need to sign in as a member to view it):

Here is an invitation to members who would like to share their journey/experience/struggle & effort/perseverance …

In so doing will assist with providing more transparency, increased insight and awareness of the diverse paths that fellow RDNs, DTRs, future Nutrition & Dietetics professionals have taken to achieve a shared goal…

The Food & Nutrition Magazine ® website started a series, Diverse Voices in Dietetics, in an effort to amplify the voices of people of color and other underrepresented individuals in nutrition and dietetics and highlight the experiences of RDNs, NDTRs, dietetic interns and nutrition and dietetics students. We’d like to continue posting these stories on a regular basis, so we want to share with you to get the word out.

Click here for information about how to submit. 


NAND Update

NAND is excited to kick off the 2020-2021 year with virtual networking and continuing education events! This year our goal is to offer more networking and continuing education opportunities to our members from a virtual platform. Our first networking event will take place on September 1st at 6 pm (central) with a Virtual Networking and Trivia Night!


Welcome STAND Members!

Welcome STAND members to the 2020-2021 fiscal year and soon to be academic year! My name is Ash Abro and I am the President of STAND as well as a senior dietetic student at Middle Tennessee State University. 

An email has been sent with an application to become a STAND Board member! We are currently looking for the following positions for the 2020-2021 fiscal year: 

President-elect, Secretary/Treasurer, Marketing Chair, Nominating Chair, Nominating Members (2), and Program Liaisons. In the email, you will also find the descriptions to all these positions.  

We are in the process of revising the Guiding Principles of STAND and will be seeking approval for these alterations soon. When completed, they will be sent to you in an email. 

To my fellow TAND members, I ask that if you work at/with a university or you work with dietetic interns that you encourage students to not only apply to be a board member of STAND but to also apply to be an Academy Student Liaison. Two (2) students are allotted from each program or internship and Tennessee currently reports only having one (1). To find out more please click here. Encouraging more involvement and leadership will enhance the future of the profession! 

When the 2020-2021 STAND Board positions have been filled, development of goals and a plan of action to accomplish them will follow. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting year for our student organization! 

Please email me if you have any questions regarding STAND or becoming a STAND Board member!