Opportunity to make a difference in our State and Communities

The Tennessee Obesity Task Force is folding into the Heathier Tennessee initiative for Healthier Communities.

Registered Dietitians are encouraged to lead local efforts to improve the health outcomes for individuals and families in TN.

This is an excellent opportunity to get dietitians to the table, on the boards/committees/forefront so that WE are helping to drive this initiative rather than waiting to be noticed or invited.

The initiative will bring communities together to work collectively toward a common goal. Across our state, the towns, cities, counties, and neighborhoods are forming committees to lead local efforts to improve the health outcomes for individuals and families in Tennessee.

I want to encourage our membership to be a part of this exciting new initiative and be officially designated to a Healthier Community.

To join the movement or to find out more, go to


Your Feedback is Requested:

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND) is recommending a new education model for the future preparation of nutrition and dietetics practitioners based on its environmental scan and data from more than 9,500 stakeholders.

A copy of the Rationale Document can be found on the ACEND website:

Feedback is encouraged and can be provided at the Survey Monkey® link:

Also posted on the website is a Frequently Asked Questions information sheet to address expected questions about the recommendations and a recorded webinar that describes the recommended model and the rationale for proposed changes. ACEND board representatives and staff will be conducting special sessions at the area NDEP meetings to provide opportunities for educator input.

Meet the Candidates Forum

The Academy is hosting two webinars for an unique opportunity to meet the Academy’s president-elect and speaker-elect candidates on the 2015 ballot. Past President, Susan Laramee, MS, RD, FAND will pose questions to the candidates to help members gain insight to their perspectives and views.

Meet president-elect candidates Lucille Beseler MS, RDN, LDN, CDE and Nancy Lewis, PhD, RDN, FADA, FAND

    • Tuesday, January 27 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST.
    • To register for the president-elect webinar please click here.

Meet speaker-elect candidates Linda Farr, RDN, LD, FAND and Kathleen McClusky, MS, RD, FAND

    • Wednesday, January 28 at 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM CST.
    • To register for the speaker-elect webinar please click here.
The Meet the Candidates Forum webinars are free to Academy members.
1.0 CPEU hour is available for members attending each live webinar. 

NAND Board Nominations

The Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics needs YOU on the 2015-2016 Board!!
Being on the NAND board has many benefits, such as:
– 3 leadership CEUs to log in your professional portfolio
– FREE year membership to NAND
– Strengthens your résumé
– Sets you up as a great candidate for TAND leadership

Self-nominations are encouraged!
Nominees must be an active or retired member of AND and NAND and licensed to practice in Tennessee. Please email Lisa Sheehan-Smith ( by December 23, 2014 with your nominations.

For more information, please click here.


Immediate Action Alert!

Dear NAND Members,

We need your assistance today! We are asking that you send an email to Senator Lamar Alexander’s key staff member regarding the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act.  The letter we are asking you to send can be found below or by clicking this linkThis is a time sensitive issue, so please take action today! 

Please send the following email message to:
Dear Senator Alexander,
As a constituent and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics I urge you to support and pass the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (S. 539).  The National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (S. 539) will address the enormous economic and human toll caused by diabetes and the complications of the disease.  The estimated total cost of diabetes has increased nearly 50% in five years, totaling $322 billion annually, according to new research published in the December 2014 issue of Diabetes Care.  The research also reveals that between 2007 and 2012, the cost of prediabetes increased 74% and the cost of undiagnosed diabetes increased by 82%.  The report underscores the need for new approaches to diabetes and prediabetes to reduce the burden of the disease and the urgent need to take action now.  For more information on the newly published research, please click here.
There are 24 co-sponsors of S. 539 who believe that a Commission to address diabetes and the complications of the disease is warranted given the magnitude of the diabetes epidemic.  Passage of the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Actwill be an important victory for individuals with diabetes and the healthcare professionals who treat them.  The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics includes 1463 dietitians who see the need for this legislation now in our state.
I urge you to take action now and pass the National Diabetes Clinical Care Commission Act (S. 539).
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