President’s Message

Greetings TAND Members!

As I sit here on this early fall day, it makes me think about how so many things have changed in our world this year.  The slight drop in temperatures and cool breezes remind me of the excitement of the a football season which is like no other.  Will so few fans in the stands affect our beloved teams?  I hope not!  I also think about how I would normally be getting ready to attend FNCE, but this year I will be attending it virtually.  Will this platform be a success, and will it be as exciting?  Although  don’t know the answers to those questions yet, I think a virtual meeting will give more of our members a chance to at least get a “taste” (pardon the pun!) of the annual Food & Nutrition Conference and Expo.  If you have never been to FNCE or not been to too many, now is your chance to get a little insight to what FNCE is all about.  I see that some groups are even having virtual gatherings and networking sessions!  If you have not already signed up for the meeting, please consider it.  There are many sessions that all TAND members can take advantage of and learn from, whether you are an active RDN or NDTR, or a student, there are things that will spark your interest.  Learn to broaden your view of what affects you as a nutrition professional.  Topics this year range from malnutrition to combating weight bias, from nutrition in the NICU to preparing for healthy aging, from writing public policy to writing your own nutrition blog, and even hearing about artificial intelligence and dietetics to learning how RDNs can thrive amidst the unknown—there is something for everyone!  The registration fees have been drastically reduced this year, so this is your chance to attend FNCE.  I hope many of you will take advantage of this exciting professional opportunity.  I would love for Tennessee to be represented in a big way and look forward to next year in New Orleans when we can all get together in person to celebrate!

I hope everyone read the recent letter from our Academy president, Linda Farr (a friend and sorority sister of mine), regarding threats to RDN licensure in some states around the country.  This has happened recently in Florida, and although an argument from a health coach claimed that RDN licensure violated her First Amendment right to freedom of speech, the case was dismissed.  The federal court judge held that Florida’s licensure law protects the health and safety of Floridians by requiring a license to practice nutrition and dietetics.  This dismissal has been appealed and the ruling is expected at any time…so this threat still lurks.  Adversarial groups can spread inaccurate media narratives and threaten dietitian licensure.  The Academy is working hard to protect consumers from harm and communicate our position to the public, health care professionals, legislators and the news media.  We have strong advocacy and consumer protection efforts going on in Tennessee and we will keep you informed of our activities.  We need all TAND members to help us in these efforts.  Reach out to the media and to your legislators whenever you have a chance—this election season is a prime time to do this.  And remember to vote in the upcoming election to advocate for the principles important to us in our profession and as active citizens in Tennessee.

Happy fall, y’all!!
Ginger Carney
2020-21 TAND President

TAND ScholarshipsWhether 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 ScholarshipDietetic Internship ScholarshipGraduate School ScholarshipOnly TAND members will be eligible to apply.  To apply visit our TAND Awards and Scholarship page on the TAND website.  

DEADLINE TO APPLY: November 2nd, 2020

TAND Nominations 2021-2022
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)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 (

Free Webinar from TAND and ACEND

Myths and Realities about Future Requirements for Registered Dietitians
Presented: by Melinda Anderson, PhD, RDN, LDN

Date: October 29, 2020 
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm ET/11:00 am-12:30 pm CT

In this presentation, the Commission on Dietetic Registration 2024 Graduate Degree registration eligibility requirement and the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics Future Education Model will be reviewed. The presentation is designed to clarify realities and dispel myths held by current practitioners regarding these initiatives.

Learner Objectives:Differentiate education program accreditation, professional credentialing and state licensureDispel myths about future education and credentialing of registered dietitian nutritionistsIntroduce ACEND’s Future Education ModelClarify expectations in ACEND’s 2017 Standard and Future Education Model Standards
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CAND Updates

CAND and KAND districts collaborated with successful first virtual meeting on eating disorders. CAND held it’s first webinar to keep our members connected and to learn about eating disorders as requested. Special thanks to Focus Treatment Centers and Courtney Phifer, MS, RD and Addie Bramlett, CEDRD, LDN

CAND President, Dee Ann Harwell attends local community meeting in Ooltewah, TN to hear Senator Bo Watson speak.  TAND appreciates Senator Watson’s support on the Hill. 


NAND Updates

Join us for our annual NAND fall meeting! 

This year we will gather virtually via Zoom and have the distinct honor of having Lynette Broom present her lecture titled Eating Disorders and Black Women. Topics to be covered include a general overview of eating disorders, eating disorders with black women, and different treatment modalities. We hope you join us for this great educational opportunity. 

Topic: Eating Disorders and Black Women
When: Thursday, October 8th, 2020 at 6:00 pm
Where: ZOOM conference
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This event is open to any NAND member who registers. Non-NAND members are welcome to attend for a small fee.

Tri-Cities UpdatesTri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TCAND) members attended a fall social event in which we discussed the documentary “What the Health!” Members watched the documentary separately and answered a pre-determined list of discussion questions. We then had a zoom meeting to talk about our thoughts and answers to the questions. It was a great way to connect with other members and students and to discuss controversial topics in a professional setting. It was a hit and members expressed interest in having similar social events in the future! 

Register Today! FNCE 2020 Virtual Event
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