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May 9, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Melissa Giovanni, MS, RDN, LDN owner of Balance Nutrition Counseling, PLLC and current NAND Nominating Chair presented at Portland High School to several nutrition classes. Topics discussed included dieting, eating disorders, intuitive and mindful eating and Health at Every Size. Students asked a lot of great questions and participated in a mindful eating activity. Way to go Melissa!

In honor of National Nutrition Month, NAND is getting a group together to volunteer at Second Harvest. Please see details below for more information and to RSVP. We hope you can join us! This is a great opportunity to network with other members, obtain a few volunteer hours if you are a student, all while giving back to community.

*This event is capped at 15 people so RSVP early*

When: Saturday, March 16th from 9:00am-11:30am.  
Where: Second Harvest Food Bank, 1958 Almaville Rd Smyrna TN 37167
RSVP to:Bailey at

Don’t forget to vote in the Academy’s 2019 Election! Participation from Tennessee has been steadily declining over the past few years, noted at 12% participation in 2018. We want to change that! Please consider taking a few minutes to view the slate of candidates below and cast your vote today. The last day to vote is February 15th.

View the slate of candidates and vote electronically here. Receive a coupon good for $5 off your next purchase from the eatrightSTORE when you cast your ballot!

TAND is offering scholarships up to $1000 each to qualified applicants interested in pursuing specialty practice certifications. Scholarship recipients are required to complete the training and certification by May 1, 2019 in order to apply for reimbursement. Deadline for scholarship applications is May 1, 2019 with notification of awards by June 1, 2019. More information regarding eligibility criteria and application requirements can be found on the TAND website at For questions about the application process, please contact Ginger Carney.

Dinner and CEU Event January 29th

January 24, 2019 | Uncategorized | No Comments

You’re Invited!

Learn more about clinical support of blenderized diets for enteral patients at our upcoming dinner presentation.

Real Food Blends is hosting a free dinner and presentation about the clinical importance and positive benefits of a blended, real food diet for people with feeding tubes. The presentation, given by Melissa Blandford, MS, RD, CSO, LDN, Business Development Manager for Real Food Blends, also includes a free CEU credit. See the details below–

Topics include:
* All of the latest clinical research supporting blenderized enteral nutrition.
* Formula intolerance symptoms
* In depth review of the blended diets used in clinical research
* The importance of nutritional variety in enteral diets
* Taking a mealtime approach to tube feeding.
If you work with enteral patients this presentation will help identify why
some many patients and caregivers are now using an all natural diet.

6 pm – 7:30 pm January 29, 2019
Amerigo Italian Restaurant
1920 West End Ave
Nashville, TN 37203

For more questions and to RSVP: Please contact Melissa Blandford, MS, RD, CSO, LDN at