TAND and Academy Elections

It’s election time again! We are excited to have so many qualified candidates seeking election to serve on our TAND board. Please take the time to submit your ballot by February 15, 2020. Make sure your voice is heard and vote today if you haven’t already. You can view all the candidate information at https://eatright-tn.org/2020-2021-elections/

The Academy’s election is also taking place at the same time. Please see information on this election below, and click to vote. Remember to participate in BOTH elections!

  • The ballot, candidates’ bios, photos and videos are posted at www.eatright.org/elections. Members can visit this site to virtually “meet” the candidates and vote beginning February 1, 2020. When you cast your ballot you will receive a coupon good for $10 off your next purchase from the eatrightSTORE.
  • The voting period is February 1-15, 2020.
  • Absentee ballots are available to those who will not have internet access during the voting period, such as during overseas travel. This may be requested by contacting nominations@eatright.org.
  • For questions regarding campaigning, please review the Campaign Rules and visit www.eatright.org/elections to listen to the Campaign Rules webinar.


2020 Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Hill Day

Hill Day is an annual TAND event designated for members who are constituents in the state to visit their legislators at the state Capitol in Nashville. This time is dedicated to advocate for important nutrition policy and to bring attention to the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist as the nutrition expert.

TAND members will also hear personally from some legislators in a group setting about current legislation from those directly involved in public policy in Tennessee.

TAND members will meet their respective legislators in groups according to their home address. Meetings are set up by the local public policy/advocacy chair for usually no more than 30 minutes at a time. This time is dedicated to discussing topics that are important to us in the dietetic profession and any relevant legislation that might affect us as dietitian nutritionists.

This is the time to make our voices heard and strengthen relationships with our elected officials!

We look forward to seeing you in Nashville on February 12, 2020! Registration opens in January. See website for registration details!

Once you sign up, please email Lauren.Steele@StJude.org with your current address.

Registration for the TAND 2020 Annual Meeting is now open!

Sign up today to attend our Annual Meeting at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Chattanooga, TN on April 3, 2020. Please check out our pre-conference options available with registration. Early bird deadline is March 15th. We look forward to seeing you there!

TAND Annual Meeting Updates

We are excited to announce two pre-conference events on April 2nd in Chattanooga, TN.

Farm Tour at Crabtree Farms
Observe a local farm in action and explore the grounds of Crabtree Farms. Hear from dedicated staff how they participate in the Farm to Table movement, practice sustainability, and promote seasonal local foods in Chattanooga.

When: April 2, 2020 at 3:30pm
Where: Crabtree Farms 1000 E 30th St., Chattanooga, TN 37407
Cost: $8/person

Registration for the event will be available when registering for Annual Meeting. More information to come!

Wine Pairing Event with the Wine Coach, Laurie Forster
Laurie Forster is one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. Laurie is a Certified Sommelier, National Speaker and TV personality who is not afraid to tell you her first wine came from a box. Join us for an evening of delicious food, wine, and conversation with fellow dietetic professionals as we learn from The Wine Coach.

More details to come! Registration for will be available for this event when registering for Annual Meeting.

Knoxville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (KAND) 70th Anniversary Celebration

KAND is turning 70 this year. Please join us for KAND’s 70th Anniversary Celebration and Wine Tasting Event.

Date: Thursday April 23, 2020
Time: 5:30PM
Place: UT Culinary Institute & Creamery; 2712 Neyland Dr. Knoxville, TN.

What’s Happening?
Enjoy a wine education, training and tasting by Sommelier and UT Professor Emeritus Carol Costello (tasting of 4 wines). A trip back in time highlighting KAND activities and award winning RDNs over the past 70 years. A delicious 3 course meal paired with wines.

Crispy Polenta Cake with Locally-sourced Goat Cheese and Microgreens served with a light Champagne Vinaigrette paired with Sauvignon Blanc

Honey and Soy-glazed Salmon and Chicken Ballotine with Balsamic Reduction. Served with Sundried Tomato and Wild Mushroom Risotto and Roasted Broccolini paired with Pinot Noir Dessert Triple Chocolate Brownie with Homemade Vanilla Custard and Port Wine Reduction

Note: Gluten-free and Vegetarian options are available.

Price: $35 for KAND members; $45 for non-KAND members.

Registration details will be available on the KAND website in February. www.eatrightknox.org.

One CPEU has been applied for through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. We’d love to have you join us in the celebration! Everyone is welcome!

STAND Update

Hey there fellow TAND members! My name is Amanda Steele, and I am the Treasurer of the Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (STAND) for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. I am a post-baccalaureate student with a previous degree in Food and Nutrition and minor in Psychology from the University of Tennessee at Martin. I am proud and honored to say I am set to graduate again this May with a degree in Dietetics from my alma mater.

I have the privilege of working at various sites for a mental health company spanning the upper West Tennessee region where I provide care and support for inpatient clients. I am involved in goal setting for clients, leading physical activity groups, as well as working in our in-house kitchen where I am involved in food preparation, recording of plate waste, and creating meal substitutions for those with dietary restrictions. In my spare time I write for the University of Tennessee at Martin health blog which strives to raise awareness and provide education and support for various health and nutrition related topics. My endeavors have been an excellent platform for cultivating my growth and blessing me with real life scenarios to apply my knowledge and skills. After graduation I plan to complete a combined master’s and dietetics internship program, which will allow me to continue my dream of becoming a registered dietitian.

As the treasurer of STAND, I would like to again remind students of the goals of STAND and the volunteer and leadership opportunities available through the organization. Student members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are automatically members of TAND and thereby are considered members of STAND. We at STAND strive to connect dietetic students across the state by promoting networking, leadership, and volunteer opportunities. Our board, along with our faculty advisor, have and continue to work diligently to increase the awareness of this organization and the participation in STAND, because we know it can provide you with some fundamental opportunities when seeking a future in dietetics.

At this time, we have two upcoming opportunities I’d like you to keep in mind:

  1. STAND will be holding elections at the annual TAND meeting in April. Open positions will include: President-Elect, Social Media Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.
  2. STAND will be hosting an event at the annual state meeting. So, stay tuned for details that are sure to be included in the March Newsletter. I hope to see you all there!

On a final note, don’t be afraid to reach out and connect. You are more than welcome to contact me at amacstee89@gmail.com. It would be my pleasure to answer any questions you may have.

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!

Quarterly Financial Update

First Horizon Account Balances:
Checking – $65,556.62
Savings – $18,677.91

Largest payments for the last quarter were to wrap up the website update. Other major expenses were general operating of executive director and lobbyist.