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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

Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is hosting a Pound class.

FREE for up to 25 NAND members! Join us for a bit of networking ahead of time or stay for a snack and water after the class- both provided by NAND.

Deadline to RSVP is Sunday, January 27, 2019.

For questions and to RSVP, contact Emily Hogan at:

Where: Centennial Sportsplex, 222 25th Ave N Nashville Tn 37203.

When: Wednesday, January 30, 2019. The class starts at 5:30 and lasts about an hour.

*Our instructor Maria will give us instructions and lead us through the class.

Class Description:  Full-body cardio jam session combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometric, and isometric poses into a 45-minute series.

A group of dietetic interns from Lipscomb University are conducting a group research project and they need your help! The purpose of this study is to investigate trends, usage, attitudes and knowledge of Herbal and Dietary Supplements among U.S. adults. Participation in this research study is voluntary and will take 15 minutes or less to complete. To participate, please click on the link included below.

The survey will close February 1, 2019.

Link to the survey:

Calling all members, the Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (NAND) needs YOU on the 2019-2020 Board! 

Elected positions available include:
– Secretary
– Treasurer
– CPI chair elect
– President elect
– Nominating chair elect

Descriptions for each position can be found on our website at:

Being on the NAND board has many benefits, including:
– 3 leadership CEUs to log in your professional portfolio
FREE year membership to NAND
– Strengthens your resume 
– Sets you up as a great candidate for TAND leadership
– Opportunity to build connections and relationships with other RD’s/board members 

Self-nominations are accepted and encouraged! 

Nominees must be an active member of AND and NAND and licensed to practice in Tennessee. 

Please email Melissa Giovanni, at, with your nominations by Friday, February 1st. 

Spots are still available for the University of Virginia Health System’s “Weekend Warrior” program taking place this Spring 2019! This 2-day program features up-to-date, evidenced-based education sessions presented by two of the nutrition support community’s most passionate and knowledgeable leaders, Carol Reese-Parrish and Joe Krenitsky. Click on this attachment for the schedule of topics and information on how to register. Information can also be found here:

*Sign up today! Registration is limited to 65 participants*

TAND Awards Applications Due 11/30

November 28, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

Applications for the Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) Awards are due November 30th!  District winners are asked to utilize the same online applications previously used for their Districts.  Further instructions & eligibility requirements can be found at:  For questions, please contact Ginger Carney, Education Pillar Chair (

TAND Voting is Open!

November 26, 2018 | Uncategorized | No Comments

The Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (TAND) ballot is out! Please take a minute to look at the candidates for the TAND 2019-2020 Board of Directors. Voting is open until December 20th, 2018.

2019-2020 TAND Board of Directors Ballot Nominees

President Elect-Elect
Christy Davis
Collette Powers
Heidi J. Silver

Council on Professional Issues (CPI Chair Elect)
Morgan Anderson
Christie Griffin 

Nominating Committee (choose two)
Leslie Ely
Debra C. Fox
Edward Han
Hannah Hill
Stephanie Horvath
Kaitlyn Philipps
Jackie Roos
Lauren Steele

Candidates Bio Link: Click Here

Survey Monkey Link for the 2019-2020 Ballot (click below):