Letter from the President

Happy Spring TAND Members!

I know we are all happy to welcome spring this year and see the promise of better weather and hope for the end of the pandemic in sight. This month we also are hosting our “annual meeting,” although this year it will be a virtual series of educational seminars, so a chance for more members to tune in and take advantage of coming together to learn and share. The CPI team has done a great job in recruiting some wonderful speakers to keep everyone current with updates in our field.  They have also worked hard to acquire sponsorships to support us financially. The virtual seminars will be offered in a 2-hour window each Thursday in April.  If you have not already registered for the meeting, please check the TAND website to sign up. The cost is extremely affordable with discounted fees for TAND members. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear about a variety of topics of interest for us in the field of nutrition and dietetics.  

The spring is also the time we begin renewals for Academy membership.  Many of us have already received reminders from the Academy to renew early, but remember it expires May 31st.  As you re-join for the 2021-22 year, don’t forget to designate Tennessee as your affiliate.  This is the only way part of your Academy dues is rebated back to TAND.  If you know someone who lives in another state but works in Tennessee, or has recently moved to our state, please encourage them to claim the Tennessee affiliate to ensure that they are counted in our membership.  You will also have the opportunity to make a donation to the Foundation and ANDPAC as part of your membership renewal—it’s easy and convenient!  Help TAND be recognized as a supporter of these important arms of our professional organization.

I have enjoyed visiting all 6 of our districts in Tennessee and presenting the “State of the State.”  For those of you who listened, I hope you realize the many opportunities available to be involved in our organization.  If you are interested in any area of TAND to offer your expertise or gain leadership experience, let us hear from you!  There is a plethora of outstanding nutritional professionals from all areas of our state, and I look forward to having these members involved as we begin our planning for next year.  If you want to find out about different opportunities available, feel free to reach out to me (ginger.carney@stjude.org).  I would love to talk to you!

TAND President, 2020-21

Results of TAND election 2021-2022:

We are excited to announce the results of the 2021-2022 TAND election:

President-Elect-Elect:  Lisa Abbay
CPI Chair-Elect:  Marissa Black
Nominating Chair-Elect:  Collette Powers
Nominating Committee:  Kristie Holt
State Marketing Chair:  Brandy Goble

Congratulations and we look forward to another great year for TAND!

The Intersection of Culture and Nutrition: Our Role in Elevating DEI and Sustainability in Dietetics

The Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine (DIFM DPG), the Vegetarian Nutrition (VN DPG) & the International Affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAAND) are hosting a collaborative virtual joint symposium on the topic of diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability entitled The Intersection of Culture and Nutrition: Our role in elevating DEI and sustainability in dietetics and would be honored if you would join us on April 10, 2021 from 10-3pm CST. 

As you are aware, it is apparent the opportunity to explore deeper discussion and critical solutions related to diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in our profession as well as sustainability and DEI in nutrition need to be addressed within our dietetic community. In this joint symposium, each group will present a topic related to our theme, followed by a live, moderated panel discussion. We’re taking on important issues while forging a path forward together with our colleagues and it is our vision that this will establish a broader expanse of dialogue, inspiring action and would love to have you and your state affiliate members be a part of it.
For more information please click here.
If your schedule permits, we sincerely look forward to having you in attendance!
Kory DeAngelo (DIFM Chair
Parul Kharod (VN DPG Chair)
Monique Richard (IAAND President)


Perfect Pairings: The Art and Science of Food and Wine Pairings

As more consumers make wine part of healthy dinner they are also looking for advice on food and wine pairings. Join this event with Laurie Forster (aka The Wine Coach) and the Tennessee Beef Council, and learn the keys to food and wine pairing. The Wine Coach will teach us how wine reacts with common food components like salt, acids, and fats, and different styles of wine will be discussed. Participants will have the option to sip along with Laurie and cook a delicious beef recipe to pair with one of the wines. 

The first 30 people to register will be eligible for reimbursement of food costs so be sure to sign up early! There’s also a discount code available for Wine.com for attendees which will be sent after registration. Link to register: https://forms.gle/HZ8RgM35C8w1AtT76


The May 1 Virtual House of Delegates Meeting Registration is Now Open

When: Saturday, May 1, 2021
Time: 11:00 am CT – 3:00 pm CT 
Topic: A Culture of Positive Behaviors to Increase Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) and a Recap of 2020-2021 Year

Register in advance for this meeting

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

2016 Hill Day Throwback

Brittany Roberts Emery, Brian Jones, and Dee Harwell with Senator Bo Watson.   We continue to foster our friendship.  CAND appreciates Senator  Watson’s  ongoing support.

Meet Nutrition Rock star, Lela Watson

Lela slept in this chair in the dietary office for 4 nights to make sure nursing home residents , hospital patients, and employees were served meals during ice storm last month. She declined to sleep in hospital room chair because she wanted to be available as needed in kitchen. 

She also worked a double shifts during this time because a fellow employee couldn’t make it to work and the dietary mgr was out with CoVid. 

She has been lead cook at Bledsoe Co Nursing Home for 35 years. She is an excellent cook and we are thankful for her dedication. 

MNT works- Success story…

Brian Dvorak was married with a daughter, started a new job and his life became busy. Meeting with CAND member, Laurie McGuire,RD of Dynamic Dietetics he was able to lose 61 pounds, from 276 to 215. He lowered his blood sugar to 5.7% from 11%. He reversed his liver disease from stage 4 to 0, improved his blood pressure to 118/70 (without medication!) Plus, he was able to get his kidney function back to normal with gradual changes in his diet and physical activity.

CONGRATS to Brian . As health professionals we can appreciate your commitment. Best wishes!

Congratulations, Jaimee Cooper!

CAND congratulates  Jaimee Cooper MS, RD, LD on her new entrepreneurial pursuit.  She is a Performance dietitian working with middle school, high school, collegiate and professional  soccer players. She is the Founder of Cooper Nutrition Solutions, LLC.   Services include:
1-on-1 nutrition coaching and team nutrition talks

She can be contacted by email: contact@coopernutritionsolutions.com  
Phone Number: 423-521-5336  
Follow her on Instagram: @soccer.nutritionist

Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

Across the country, there have been reports of impostors posing as regulators and threatening medical professionals with license suspension. The Academy recently received notification from a member who was the victim of an attempted – and unsuccessful – identity theft scam that could have put the member’s license at risk. The FBI has shared tips on how to protect yourself from fraud. Notify the Federal Trade Commission immediately if you find yourself in a similar situation. 



COVID Telehealth Survey Manuscript

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated a dramatic shift from delivering nutrition care in person to delivering nutrition care with telehealth. This manuscript describes self-reported changes in registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) practice related to delivery of nutrition care via telehealth shortly after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn about current practices, questions and needs at https://jandonline.org/article/S2212-2672(21)00036-8/pdf 

Join the Payment & Reimbursement Online Discussion Board

Did you know that as an Academy member, you have a space to network and share ideas and practice management tips related to coverage and reimbursement for MNT services? Join this newly re-vamped discussion board that also provides a venue for exchanging best practices to help advance coverage of nutrition services with health plans, employers and third party payers.

Link: https://www.eatrightpro.org/payment/getting-started/becoming-a-provider/join-the-payment-reimbursement-online-community 

Looking for information on payment for nutrition services? Check out eatrightPro!

Whether you operate a private practice or provide MNT services in an ambulatory care setting, you probably have questions about coverage, billing, and payment for nutrition services in both traditional fee-for-service and newer value-based payment models. Find your answers – including critical new information on the Medicare Quality Payment Program, the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program, and Alternative Payment Models – under Payment on eatrightPro. www.eatrightpro.org/payment

Continue Your Academy Benefits into 2021- 2022: Renew Your Membership

The Tri-Cities Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics held their Spring Virtual Meeting on March 18, 2021.  The meeting was jam packed with three interesting and informative presentations.  TAND president Ginger Carney started the night off with a “TAND: State of the State” update followed by a presentation by Mary Catherine Schallert discussing state delegates and the focus for the year.  Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN presented on “Plant Based Power: Choosing Sustainable Foods that Support your Health, Environment, and Agriculture”.  TCAND revealed the RD gift for National Nutrition Month to their members during the meeting.  Members received a plate with the NNM theme, “Personalize Your Plate”, on it to use as a decorative item or a teaching tool in their practice.

Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN, Food City Registered Dietitian and president of TCAND, provided two TV segments and a social media video promoting National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day! Elizabeth also wrote a blog post that was sent through a Food City customer e-newsletter and created messaging promoting National Nutrition Month for radio commercials and to play over the intercom in Food City stores. She hosted an “Ask the RDN” session for employees of Food City and provided resources for customers and employees to connect with local dietitians through TCAND.  Links to these segments provided below. [photo attached]

WCYB: https://wcyb.com/station/news-5-at-noon/healthy-living/healthy-living-presented-by-food-city-march-is-national-nutrition-month
WJHL: https://www.wjhl.com/daytime-tri-cities/food-city-friday-national-nutrition-month/
Food City Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/FoodCity/videos
Food City blog: https://www.foodcity.com/content/107/

Congratulations to all our amazing TAND winners!

Congratulations to all our amazing TAND winners!  To those who were nominated and to those who won – we have a large group of outstanding members!

Outstanding Dietetic Educator of the Year 
Whitney Bignell, PhD, RD, LD
East Tennessee State University

Preceptor of the Year
Amanda Erickson, MS, RD, LDN
Lipscomb Dietetic Internship Program
Tristar Southern Hills Medical Center

Emerging Dietetic Leader
Elizabeth Hall, MS, RDN, LDN
K-VA-T Food Stores Inc.
Doctoral Candidate, PhD in Nutritional Sciences at UT-K

Outstanding Dietitian of the Year 
Sara Foley, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND
University of Memphis

Outstanding Dietetic Students
DPD Student 
Heidi Hunnicutt
BS in Nutrition at University of TN, Knoxville
Expected Date of Graduation – May 2021 

Dietetic Internship Student
Peter Malanowski
MS in Clinical Nutrition, ETSU
Expected Date of Graduation 2022
BS in Dietetics, Eastern Kentucky University, 2020
BS in Education, Kinesiology, and Health Promotion, UKY, 2009

TAND Advocacy and Public Policy Updates

April 2021


To date, our member participation in action alerts is 2.34%.  These alerts are created by the Academy to make it simple and quick for members to bring policy issues to the attention of members of Congress and/or the Senate.  We strongly encourage your participation in the following:

Updates from the Tennessee Capitol

Check out the Academy’s State Legislative Tracking Map to see current bills and legislation in Tennessee.

TAND’s Lobbyist, Jill Talbert, has provided detailed updates on applicable bills being reviewed at this time.  IMPORTANT!  This includes the Chronic Weight Management Task Force which is progressing through the legislature.  Refer to the attachment to learn more!

Passionate about Nutrition Coverage and Reimbursement/Payment?

TAND is looking for a member that would be interested in serving on the board as the Nutrition Services Payment Specialist (previously known as the Reimbursement Chair).  This person would work with the TAND President Elect and Public Policy Coordinator as a resource for members that have questions about coding, coverage, and payment issues.  Please reach out to Christy if you are interested!

Public Policy and/or Advocacy Questions: 

ChristyDavis@iammorrison.com OR Lauren.Steele@stjude.org

TAND Calendar Week

Message from STAND President:

Fellow TAND members, I hope you all had a wonderful National Nutrition Month! I wanted to remind the students of TAND about two upcoming available opportunities. The TAND Annual Meetings and leadership applications with STAND make for an exciting April!

The TAND Annual Meeting this year will be a virtual series and is FREE for STAND members. The registration page, for the Annual Meeting, can be found under “Events & CEUs” on the TAND website. The series starts April 1st and will be hosted every Thursday until the end of April. This is a great chance for students to enhance their knowledge, and hear from some great dietitians!

STAND will be taking applications for the following leadership roles for the 2021-2022 fiscal year.

  • President Elect (must be able to serve as President the following year)
  • Treasurer/Secretary
  • Marketing Chair
  • Nominating Chair
  • Nominating Member (2)
  • Program Liaison (each program in the state can have 1)

A description of each position, and how to apply will be sent directly to student members this month!

If you have any questions, feel free to email me at aa2mb@mtmail.mtsu.edu.

TAND Advanced Practice Certification Scholarship

Have you recently completed an Advanced Practice Certification? TAND awards two Advanced Practice Certification Scholarships each year for up to $1,000 for reimbursement!  Applications and details for the scholarship can be found on TAND’s website under Awards and Scholarships. 
DEADLINE FOR 2020-2021 APPLICATIONS= May 1, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact Lauren at elpetr77@yahoo.com.

Chattanooga Update

Chattanooga CAND member, Danielle Townsend, RD coordinated trivia, nutrition questions, and games to promote National Nutrition Month at Primary Healthcare Centers. She is with Ashley Hickman, Nutrition Sudoku winner.

Continue Your Academy Benefits into 2021- 2022: Renew Your Membership

You can renew your Academy membership for the June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2022, membership year, and renew or add dietetic practice groups, member interest groups and other Academy groups. Sign in to your account on the Academy’s website or call the Member Service Center at 800/877-1600, ext. 5000 (weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time). International callers can call +1-312/899-0040, ext. 5000. If you prefer to submit your dues by check, watch your mail for printed renewal materials in mid-April, or print an invoice after signing in to your account. New this year: The Academy has implemented an installment payment option. By starting earlier, you can make smaller payments spread over more time. Call the Member Service Center to enroll.