Letter from the President

Hello TAND Members and Happy Holidays!

Where has this year gone??  So much has happened to our world in 2020…. in some ways it seems that it has taken so long to get through this tough year, and then it also seems to have flown by!  But reality says 2020 is coming to a close, and it is truly bittersweet.  As much as we have had our troubles with everything that has happened in our country this year, I feel that TAND is weathering the storm and continues to find ways to accomplish all our goals through the hard work of our committed board and talented members throughout all of our six districts.  We have learned a lot so far this year which has included a virtual annual meeting last spring, and we will repeat the virtual format again in 2021.  Hill Day looks to be virtual also and will certainly be different than what we have done in the past.  One of the benefits of living in a virtual world is that it does give more of our members a chance to participate since travel is not an issue other than walking to a computer closeby!  I hope that more members will realize the exciting things that the Academy and TAND do to promote and support our dietetics profession.  There are so many opportunities for us as nutrition experts and dietetics professionals to take advantage of through these organizations.  Continuing education, networking opportunities, leadership development and career advancement are just a few of the benefits of being a TAND member.  I urge everyone to welcome your colleagues into TAND and encourage them to become a member.  We are only as strong as our members and I hope we will continue to grow and strengthen as an organization.  More members will make it easier for us to achieve our mission to serve the public by promoting optimal nutrition, health and well-being for all Tennesseans.

During this holiday season, I want to wish everyone the joy and excitement it brings.  It will no doubt be a little different than usual, but the spirit of the season is the same.  I hope you will remember its true meaning and reflect on the many blessings we all have.  ‘Tis the season of giving, so let us share our knowledge and expertise to those who need our help and support.  That is the gift we have to give to others.  May God bless you all.  

See you in 2021!
TAND President, 2020-21

TAND 2021 Speakers Needed

TAND 2021 speakers needed, if you are interested in presenting at TAND 2021 fill in this request form. We will be presenting virtually in April 2021.

Call for Sponsors!

TAND is seeking companies, organizations and individuals whose views align with our mission and vision, as well as whose products and/or services interest our members to sponsor our virtual annual meeting in April 2021. 

As a sponsor of the TAND annual meeting, your business/program gains statewide exposure while expressing support for the activities of TAND to improve the health and health care of Tennesseans. This provides you with the unique opportunity to engage with TAND members virtually and enhance the content and quality of learning opportunities that the annual meeting provides our TAND membership. 

Being a non-profit organization, TAND offers a variety of choices for sponsorship opportunities to fit every budget. To learn more or if you are a TAND member with ideas for potential sponsors, contact Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, TAND Sponsorship/Fundraising Chair. Contact Email: elizabethhall.rd@gmail.com

TAND Nominating Committee

TAND Nominating Committee is seeking names of potential members to fill the positions of President Elect-Elect (4 year commitment), CPI Elect-Elect (3 year commitment) and Nominating Committee (member with the highest vote becomes Chair Elect and serves 2 years).    Please feel free to nominate yourself or a peer! Send nominations to Debbie Fox (dfox101@earthlink.net)

TAND Advocacy & Public Policy Updates


There are currently 4 action alerts where your voice is needed. CLICK HERE to view the Academy’s Action Center to take action today!  Options are available for Members & Nonmembers.HELP STOP MEDICARE PAYMENT RATE CUTSSupport Diversity in Nutrition & Dietetics in Allied Health ProfessionsSupport Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition ServicesMedical Nutrition Therapy Act of 2020Public Policy & Legislation Webinar 11/5/20 
TAND thanks all who participated in the webinar last month!  If you were not able to attend, you can access the recording and slides by CLICKING HERE OR logging into the TAND website and selecting “Webinar Recordings” from the Members tab.

Next Steps for Advocacy as a TAND MemberCongratulate your representative!  Now that the election is over, this is great time to reach out to your representative to introduce yourself and TAND.  You can find your representative by reviewing the TN General Assembly Site.  You can also find Tennessee’s members of Congress (House and Senate) by reviewing the US Congress Site.  Finally, the Academy has a sample letter template you can download and customize to send to your elected officials.  Donate to ANDPAC!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee offers members the opportunity to explore many of the issues and activities involving political action and dietetics.  In fact, it is the only political action committee broadly focused on food, nutrition and health and ranks among the top health professional political action committees in the country!Take the Member Policy Survey!  The Academy will use these responses in identifying interest areas, level of policy and advocacy experience and established relationships with legislators. Information collected will be kept confidential and used to better engage members in the Academy’s policy and advocacy activities.Stay tuned for more information on TAND’s Virtual Hill Day plans!  Please reach out to ChristyDavis@iammorrison.com or Lauren.Steele@STJUDE.ORG for questions.  Thank you!

House of Delegates Update

Hello TAND!  

The recap document for the 105th meeting of the House of Delegates has been published and I am privileged to share it with you here (page 1page 2).  As you can see, the Academy takes the issues of diversity, inclusion, and health equity very seriously and is committed to taking the necessary steps towards improvement. Please take a moment to read the recap document and don’t hesitate to reach out tot me with any questions or concerns. 

It is my pleasure to represent you in the House of Delegates,
Mary Catherine Schallert 

Become a Member of Eat Right Advocacy and Help Support the Future of Our Profession

Every job in nutrition and dietetics is affected by food and nutrition policy. ANDPAC is committed to supporting pro-nutrition candidates for federal office. A strong ANDPAC is essential to the future of the profession. Learn more about ANDPAC and become a member of Eat Right Advocacy here

District and State Awards

Know Someone Excellent?  Give them something to celebrate this year by nominating them for a TAND District or State Award!  Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 year or younger; nominations only accepted at district levelEmerging Dietetic Leader – for those leaders in practice more than 5 years, yet less than 10Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year – for DTRs who demonstrate leadership in their fieldOutstanding Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 years and above with a minimum of 10 years in practiceOutstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year – for faculty leaders in ACEND accredited programsPreceptor of the Year – nominations only accepted by ACEND Accredited Program DirectorsOutstanding Dietetic Student Awards – 5 student categories (CP, DI, DPD, DT, FEM)Iris Award – for a non-RDN that contributes significantly to the dietetics fieldFull descriptions for each award can be found on the TAND website.  All nominees must be TAND affiliate members.

Final applications for State TAND awards are due by February 22nd.  Please visit your district website for deadlines at the district level.

Email Lauren Cromer (elpetr77@yahoo.com) to submit a nomination for a State TAND Award and we will reach out to your nominee.  Self-nominations are welcome for all categories except Preceptor of the Year.

NAND Update

NAND has been very busy virtually this year! In October we gathered virtually via Zoom for our fall meeting. We had the distinct honor of hearing from national speaker, Lynette Broom, RDN. Her lecture titled “Eating Disorders and Black
Women” covered topics including a general overview of eating disorders, eating disorders with black women, and different treatment modalities. We had a great turn out and were able to offer continuing education credits for those in attendance!

In addition to our Fall Meeting, we have wrapped up a networking and trivia event over zoom, earned extra CEU’s during a virtual education event, and most recently we had one of the best turnouts for our fall Journal club where we discussed Health at Every Size and Intuitive Eating.

Coming up on December 10th, NAND will be hosting a virtual journal club titled, Nutrition Support and the COVID-19 Patient. Our own NAND board member, Jamie Flick, RD, LDN, CNSC will discuss the current recommendations for nutrition support in the COVID-19 patient. For more information or if you are interested in attending, please contact jamiemflick@gmail.com.

TCAND and Food City

Food City, a food retailer in the Tri-Cities area, promoted healthful shopping and eating patterns for individuals with diabetes throughout the month of November in celebration of American Diabetes Month. 

Food City Registered Dietitian and TCAND Member, Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, provided digital and written content and TV interviews to local media bringing awareness to lifestyle factors that impact diabetes risk and management.
The Food City Wellness Club, a free loyalty program for customers, provided two FREE virtual diabetes education events for the community in which registered dietitians and a Food City pharmacist discussed prevention and management of diabetes.

STAND Update

Happy holidays fellow TAND members. Before we signoff for 2020, STAND is happy to announce it has secured its Executive Committee. The following are the outstanding individuals of 260+ members across the state who have joined STAND leadership.

President Elect – Mariam Boutte
Secretary/Treasurer – Ashley Feltner
Marketing Chair – Katherine Arnette
Nominating Chair – Beth Heise

Look forward to hearing from each of them in the spring!

Special thanks to Lauren Cromer and Carrie Kiley for working with STAND last month to remind our members of the scholarship opportunities for students offered by TAND.

Until next year, take care and be safe!

Ash Abro, STAND President