Letter from the President


What an exciting time to be a registered dietitian nutritionist!  Everyone seems to be buzzing about the new administration in our country, and whether you voted for these new politicians or not, the fact is that our country and our state is embarking on a new path.  New legislation will be presented and as dietetic professionals, we must be alert and aware of anything that could affect our profession or our mission.  It is of utmost importance that we support what promotes our work and let our voices be heard about things that will negatively affect us and the nutritional health of our neighbors in Tennessee.  

A great place to start doing this work is to be a part of TAND’s Hill Day activities this month.  Our Advocacy Pillar has designated Monday, February 22nd as our kickoff to a week of what will hopefully be filled with many virtual visits with our elected officials in Nashville.  That Monday proves to be informative and motivating so that we will be prepared when conversing with our legislators.  We will also have the opportunity to hear from Jill Talbert, our TAND lobbyist.  I am so grateful for her work which keeps us informed of legislation that might affect us, as well as helping us understand the pulse of what is happening in the Tennessee Assembly.  It is certainly an interesting and dynamic environment.

If you have not signed up yet to participate in Hill Day, please look for the information from our TAND advocacy champions who are working hard to make this a successful event.  We need EVERYONE to participate so that we can make an impression about our knowledge, skills, and expertise in our field.  Legislators need to understand that we are who should be contacted when they are faced with a food or nutrition issue included with any legislation they may be involved with.  I urge you to be a part of this exciting event that only happens once a year.  Remember….if we’re not at the table, we’re on the menu!

I also want to encourage members to vote in the Academy elections.  We have one of our own on the ballot this year.  SUSAN BRANTLEY (KNOXVILLE) is running for National Leader with the Board of Directors.  Go Susan!  Tennessee has traditionally been a state with one of the lowest percentages of participation in our national elections.  We are determined to see our percentage increase this year. Please encourage your colleagues to help us with this effort.  As a reminder, Academy elections run from February 1st through February 15th.   “TAKE A STAND WITH TAND AND VOTE!”

Lastly, this is February, the month of love—Happy Valentine’s Day!  Let us always be kind and show love for one another—in the community, at work and at home.  We are all unique and special.  I hope TAND members will recognize and respect that.  Good luck with all the amazing work that you do—you make me so proud and honored to serve as your president.

TAND President, 2020-21

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 Annual Hill Week 2021
If you would like to participate in Hill Week, please complete THIS FORM so we can begin planning for attendees and appointments.  DEADLINE = February 9, 2021.Mark your calendars for Monday, February 22, 2021 at 10:00am CST / 11:00am EST for our Virtual Annual Hill Day Kick-Off!  CLICK HERE to REGISTER!

Because these events will be virtually hosted, there will be no charge for the events related to Hill Day this year.  However, we would not be successful without the support, guidance, and materials from the Academy and their Advocacy Leadership.  Therefore, I’d like to encourage you to consider donating to Academy’s Political Action Committee (ANDPAC).  If you are not familiar with ANDPAC and the vital role of this branch of the Academy, please CLICK HERE to learn more and provide a small donation as a token of our appreciation for their leadership and support!  Thank you!

Christy Davis, TAND President Elect / Advocacy Chair  (ChristyDavis@iammorrison.com)
Lauren Steele, TAND Public Policy Coordinator  (Lauren.Steele@StJude.org

Chattanooga PPC: Emily Maddux (emily-maddux@utc.edu) Brian Jones (brian_j82@hotmail.com)
Knoxville PPC: Lisa McCune (lfmccune7@gmail.com)
Memphis PPC: Racheal Bennett (rachealbnntt@gmail.com)
Nashville PPC: Robin Winkler (youtritionllc20@gmail.com
Tri Cities PPC: Crystal Woods (westcd0543@gmail.com
West TN PPC: Brian Carroll (bcarro18@utm.edu)

Final call for TAND Awards!  State Award Deadline is Feb 22nd!  

Submit your application for the follow TAND Awards:
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 year or younger; nominations only accepted at district level
Emerging Dietetic Leader – for those leaders in practice more than 5 years, yet less than 10
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year – for DTRs who demonstrate leadership in their field
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year – leaders 35 years and above with a minimum of 10 years in practice
Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year – for faculty leaders in ACEND accredited programs
Preceptor of the Year – nominations only accepted by ACEND Accredited Program Directors
Outstanding Dietetic Student Awards – 5 student categories (CP, DI, DPD, DT, FEM)
Iris Award – for a non-RDN that contributes significantly to the dietetics field

Full descriptions for each award can be found on the TAND website.  All nominees must be TAND affiliate members.

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.

TAND 2020-2021 Scholarship Winners

TAND would like to congratulate the following scholarship winners:

Undergraduate DPD Winner – Kathryn  Phillips
Currently a Senior at Lipscomb University, expected graduation date of May 2021 

Graduate Student – Caleigh Kohel
Currently working on a MS in Clinical Nutrition at East Tennessee State University, expected graduation date of May 2022

Dietetic Intern – Erin Lancaster 
Currently working on a MS in Clinical Nutrition and appointed internship placement at the University of Memphis

Board of Licensure Meeting

The spring Board of Licensure Meeting for the Dietitian/Nutritionist Board is scheduled for Friday March 5, at 9AM. At this time, it is scheduled to be virtual. More information when available can be found by clicking here or by contacting Marilyn Holmes, CPC at Marilyn.c.holmes@vanderbilt.edu.

Free Nutrition Education Events

Food City, a local grocery store chain found in the Tri-Cities, Knoxville, and Chattanooga area, is hosting two FREE nutrition education events for American Heart Month this February! The program is virtual, so feel free to join no matter where you live and invite your patients and clients!

Program: Eating WELL for Heart Health – Virtual Store Tour
Two Date Options: February 23, 6pm EST & February 25, 10:30am EST
Description: Join us for a virtual store tour as we learn about ways to support your heart health through food and nutrition! To register, go to https://secure.gethealthie.com/appointments/embed_appt?dietitian_id=566708&require_offering=true&offering_id=50113

Contact Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, Food City Registered Dietitian & TCAND President for more information!
Email: halle@foodcity.com

KAND Update

KAND members celebrated the holidays on December 17th with a virtual social event. Members enjoyed catching up with colleagues they had not gotten to see since before the pandemic started.  KAND then kicked off 2021 with a great membership meeting on January 19th. Elizabeth Hall, MS, RD, LD provided helpful tips on plant based eating. 

Congratulations Monique Richard!

Congratulations to TCAND member, Monique Richard MS,RD,LDN,IFNCP, who recently earned the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Certified Practitioner (IFNCP) credential.  Monique is the owner of Nutrition-In-Sight and specializes in counseling, consulting, and nutrition communication services.  She is the current president of the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) and past Chair of the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM).

Monique was recently featured in a news segment discussing healthy eating for the New Year and encouraged individuals to add more fruits and vegetables in their diet and find meaningful goals that can be sustained throughout the year.  She has lately been working with clients who have been “stress eating” through the pandemic.

UT Martin Virtual Nutrition Symposium March 26th

Click here to view the agenda.

Support the Future of the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession
In 2021 and beyond, help support the future of the nutrition and dietetics profession.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is the only charitable organization devoted exclusively to supporting nutrition and dietetics professionals, by empowering them to help consumers live healthier lifestyles. The Foundation serves as the philanthropic arm of the Academy and does not receive any portion of member dues, relying solely on donations to thrive.

Luckily, there are many ways to support the Foundation! The simplest way to donate is to make a gift of cash, which is tax deductible under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and can be specifically designated to one or more Foundation programs. These may include the Annual Fund, scholarships or
research funds. You also can make a planned or estate gift through charitable annuities and trusts, beneficiary designations of IRAs and other qualified plans, or an IRA charitable rollover.  Or, honor someone who has made a difference in your career with a tribute gift to the Foundation. Your friend, colleague or loved one’s family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement letter. This is a great idea during National Nutrition Month® or on Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day!

Another easy way to support the Foundation is to make a donation when renewing your annual Academy membership dues. You can do this starting February 1, 2021, when Academy membership renewal opens online.  Throughout the year, encourage your fellow nutrition and dietetics professionals to support the Foundation and spread the word on social media!