Letter from the President

I know we are all hoping and wishing that 2021 will be a much better year for all of us.  2020 was certainly a tough one, but as I look back on it, I see that despite difficult times, our organization has weathered through and is emerging even stronger. Your TAND board has worked diligently for the past two quarters to continue our commitment to support Tennessee dietetic professionals while serving as the nutrition experts in our great state.  

My father always taught me that surviving challenges makes one stronger.  That is what I like to think TAND has done in 2020.  We reconfigured our plans so that we are still able to accomplish our goals.  As we look forward to this new year, we will continue to share learning opportunities to our membership and recognition to those in our state who have made outstanding contributions to our organization and our profession.  Our upcoming ballot is sure to present some of these outstanding members who have stepped up to take on the responsibilities that will be asked of them in 2021-22.  Stay tuned for announcements of the unique way our annual meeting will be offered.  Our CPI planning team has come up with a novel way to provide CPEUs to our members through online conference presentations.  More to come on that very soon.  

Speaking of my dad, my holidays were saddened with his passing.  Over the last few days of his life, he told me how proud he was of me, but I reminded him that any successes I have had would not have happened without him.  He was my hero—a proud WWII vet, a college graduate himself, and a loving husband (of 70 years with my mom!), and the best dad and grandfather anyone could ask for.  2020 was certainly filled with some anxiety and sadness, but I know I also have some precious memories to treasure.  As we move into the new year, I feel a sense of relief and promise. I hope each of you will consider offering your skills and talents to help continue to make our organization live up to our reputation of being one of the best affiliates in the country.  We have so much to look forward to—-let’s make this our best year yet!

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 Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee has completed the TAND ballot for 2021.   Stayed tuned for more information!

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.

Congratulations to Beth Mills, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, on Receiving the 2020 NDEP Outstanding Preceptor Award

Congratulations to Beth Mills, MS, RD, LDN, CNSC, on receiving the 2020 NDEP Outstanding Preceptor Award for the North Central Region.  Beth is a Dietitian IV, Nutrition Coordinator at Vanderbilt Medical Center. Beth’s response: “Continuous learning has always been a career goal and receiving this award will allow me to attend FNCE 2020. The opportunity to network with colleagues and learn information techniques to precept dietetic interns is most appreciated. Attending FNCE 2020 programs will allow me to improve my knowledge skills and ability in providing high quality nutrition care to those I serve.”  Lauren Cromer (current TAND President Elect-elect), from Beth’s internship class of 2005, commented that “Beth was one of those dietetic internship preceptors you do not forget.  While trauma and in-patient clinical services was not in my vison for my future as an RDN, Beth’s energy and passion for her job made that rotation fun and left a lasting impression on me.  Today when I work with interns or young dietitians from Vanderbilt, they always mention Beth as one of their favorites!  She is still leaving that lasting impression on young minds.”  TAND is proud to salute one of our own for the excellent work she does in our state and in our organization.

Thank you to Dianne Killebrew, Med, RDN, LDN, NBC-HWC (Nashville), who nominated Beth for this award.  

Chattanooga Academy is looking forward to 2021!

We are brainstorming on ways to  attract more diversity among our group, have engaging zoom meetings, improve participation on our Facebook page,  and planning ways to connect with our local legislators.   Thanks again to Emily Maddux for coordinating our virtual Christmas party and wine tasting. She went to extra mile to deliver our wine samples the day of our wine tasting!   We are excited we have doubled our membership this year and anxiously await time in the future when we can gather in person.  Happy New Year to our friends and colleagues.

TCAND Updates

TCAND held a virtual, holiday social event on December 9, 2020.  Members had a great time together making paper snowflakes, homemade fudge, and doing a group holiday mad lib.  Everyone had a great time chatting and catching up! 

STAND Update

Happy New Year fellow STAND and TAND members! I hope you all had a wonderful time celebrating the holidays!

My name is Miriam Boutte’ and I am the President Elect of the Students of Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (STAND) for the 2020-2021 fiscal year. I am currently a senior at the University of Tennessee at Martin majoring in Family and Consumer Sciences with a concentration in dietetics; and will be graduating in the spring of 2022. 

I am also the Academy Student Liaison for the UT Martin Didactic Program in Dietetics for the 2020-2021 year. I plan to use my SL volunteer position as an opportunity to encourage my fellow peers to join STAND and TAND!

Additionally, I am a part of the University of Tennessee Extension Tennessee Nutrition and Consumer Education Program (UT SNAP-Ed: TNCEP) team where I work to provide education to families and individuals (residing in Shelby County) receiving or eligible to receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. We have had to make some recent changes in regard to how we present our nutrition education programs to the community, due to COVID precautions, however, my team and I have developed some creative ways to virtually provide nutrition education to eligible families and individuals living in Shelby County. 

After graduation, I plan to complete a dietetic internship to complete my process of becoming a registered dietitian. After completing the process to become a registered dietitian, I plan to further my education by working towards receiving a master’s degree in Public Health and Clinical Nutrition. 

Lastly, but certainly not least, I am a wife and mom of two. When I am not studying, volunteering, or working, I enjoy spending quality time with my family. 

I am greatly, looking forward to working with and getting to know all of you!

For any questions, please reach out to me at mireclay@ut.utm.edu !

Available Now: Licensure 101 Recording

The Academy’s Consumer Protection and Licensure Subcommittee recently organized the recording of the “Licensure 101: A Personal Introduction to Licensure” presentation, which highlights the importance of licensure across RDN practice areas. View the recording here.

Opportunities to Serve Survey Available

If you are interested in volunteering for an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics committee, complete the Opportunities to Serve Survey. The survey is now available and will be available through January 21, 2021.

Complimentary Event for ANDPAC Donors – Register Today!

When the 117th U.S. Congress convenes in January 2021, the Academy will need your help to educate policymakers on the importance of health and nutrition! Register today for the webinar “Eat Right Advocacy: Policy Priorities for the 117th Congress,” which will be held on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 2-3 p.m. (Eastern Time), to learn more about the Academy’s top issues and how you can get involved. This event is complimentary to all 2020 ANDPAC donors. To make a donation to ANDPAC today, click here. As a way to thank you for your continued support of ANDPAC, 1.5 CEPU are available for this exclusive event.

Online Master of Science in Community Health and Nutrition

The School of Human Ecology at Tennessee Tech plans to offer an online Master of Science in Community Health and Nutrition beginning Fall 2021, pending approval from SACSCOC. This degree is intended for two audiences: graduate students who desire to complete the experiential learning required to take the registration examination for dietitians and practicing RDNs who seek a master’s degree. 

The curriculum will provide advanced content knowledge in rural community health and nutrition. This program is accredited as a demonstration program under the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) Future Education Model Accreditation Standards. These accreditation standards integrate didactic coursework with supervised experiential learning in a competency-based curriculum designed to prepare nutrition and dietetics practitioners for entry-level practice. Program graduates will be eligible to take the Commission on Dietetic Registration credentialing exam to become a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. 

Students are not required to have an undergraduate degree from a DPD program in order to be admitted to this program, but must complete certain pre-requisite courses in order to be eligible for enrollment in the supervised experiential learning (SEL) track. The supervised experiential learning track integrates 12 credits of in-person SEL with 30 credits of didactic courses in an online learning environment. Supervised experiential learning will be completed at various clinical, food service and community sites. 

For those practicing professionals who are interested in obtaining a master’s degree in Community Health and Nutrition, but do not need the supervised experiential learning necessary to sit for the registration exam for dietitians, it is a 30-credit, online program. Both the degree and the experiential learning can be completed over a 22-month time period. 

For more information, please contact Samantha Hutson, program director at (931) 372-3865 or shutson@tntech.edu, or go to our website.