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 healthiertn.com

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: http://www.eatrightacend.org/ACEND/Standards.

Feedback is encouraged and can be provided at the Survey Monkey® link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/educmodel2015

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.