Public Health Summer Institute 2015 – “Enhancing Population Health” from the University of Memphis School of Public Health



2-Day: SAS for Beginners 

August 3-4 (Mon.-Tues.) 9:00 am-4:00 pm; University of Memphis Library (Room 225)

Vikki Nolan, DSc, MPH

This interactive session will provide an introduction to SAS with practice writing code, performing basic data manipulations, and using basic SAS procedures to summarize a dataset.

Limited to 35 participants $200/person (both days; includes lunch and parking)

CPH continuing education, Nursing CEU’s available

1-Day: Quality Management

August 4 (Tues.)   9:00 am-4:00 pm; University Center Fountain View Room (UC 350)

Erik Carlton, DrPH, MS

This series of brief, discussion-focused lecturettes and team-based experiential learning activities, promises to be a fun, engaging introduction to quality management tools and techniques.

Limited to 50 participants $100/person (includes lunch and parking)

CPH continuing education, Nursing CEU’s available

Two 1/2-Days (mornings): Health Analytics

August 5 (Wed.) and August 6 (Thurs.) 9:00 am- 12 noon; Robison Hall (Room 117)

George Relyea, MS

This workshop will provide insight into the use of big data to inform population research and support healthcare transformation

Limited to 25 participants $100/person (includes parking)

CPH continuing education, Nursing CEU’s available

1/2-Day (afternoon): Data Analysis and Presentation using Excel

August 6 (Thurs.)  1:00- 4:00 pm; Robison Hall (Room 117) Bring your laptops!

Chunrong Jia, PhD

This hands-on session provides hands-on experience analyzing and presenting data using Excel.

Limited to 25 participants $50/person (includes parking)

CPH continuing education, Nursing CEU’s available

1-Day: Program Evaluation

August 7 (Fri.)   9:00 am-4:00 pm; University Center Fountain View Room (UC 350)

Satish Kedia, PhD

This engaging workshop helps participants develop evaluation strategies for their own research projects.

Limited to 50 participants $100/person (includes lunch and parking)

CPH continuing education, Nursing CEU’s available

Register at this link:  For additional information please contact Dr. Marian Levy  901.678.4514

The Ups and Downs of Congress – Public Policy Update

The bill to defund the Dietary Guidelines was passed in the House Labor HHS Appropriations Committee.  The good news is that the House Agriculture Appropriations have deferred their vote until next week. This gives more time for our members to respond to the Action Alert.  Please take a moment to reach out to your legislators about this important matter!  Click on the link below to get started.

Please direct any questions to Mary Pat Raimondi, MS RDN at
Vice President, Strategic Policy and Partnerships

The 25th Annual Renfrew Foundation Conference for Professionals


Online Registration Now Open
Feminist Perspectives and Beyond:

Honoring the Past, Embracing the Future: 25 Years Later

NOVEMBER 13 – 15, 2015

Philadelphia Airport Marriott

18 CE Credits Offered

Keynote Presentations: 

Gloria Steinem

Kathryn Zerbe, MD

Bessel van der Kolk, MD

Leigh Cohn, MAT

Michael Levine, PhD

Catherine Baker-Pitts, PhD

David Barlow, PhD

Heather Thompson-Brenner, PhD


Featured Workshops:

Nutrition and Eating Disorders: Past, Present, and Future
Sondra Kronberg, MS, RD, CDN, CEDRD & Page Love, MS, RD, LD, CSSD
Over time, nutrition professionals have become an integral part of eating disorders treatment. This workshop uses clinical examples to explore current treatment protocols, including the newest technology, and contemporary techniques for coaching and eating supervision. Discussion includes special populations (athletes, males and adults), cultural food and exercise trends. Take home tools are provided.

Current Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders and their Influence on Nutrition Therapists
Molly Kellogg, RD, LCSW & Jessica Setnick, MS, RD, LD, CEDRD
As an understanding of eating disorders increases, dietitians must remain knowledgeable about the latest research and treatments in order to provide appropriate care. This workshop reviews innovative developments such as new models for understanding eating disorders, pharmacological interventions for BED and new information on the neuroscience of body image.

Hosted by: Jodi Krumholz, RD, LDN & Trish Lieberman, MS, RDN, LDN
Please join us to meet and network with dietitians who are working in treatment centers, outpatient groups or solo practices. Participants will have an opportunity to discuss the specific challenges of their work and learn from the experience of others.

For more information or to register please visit or contact Debbie Lucker at 1-877-367-3383 or

Academy Action Alerts


We have been asked to urge our NAND members to participate in the following action alerts.  Please send your members of Congress email letters urging them to support. Click on each of the titles below to take action. It takes only a few minutes!
Older Americans Act

Treat and Reduce Obesity Act

Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

Please note: There are three separate action alerts, one for each of the legislative issues.  Be sure to identify a prefix for your contact information.

It is urgent that members of Congress hear from you. Please take action today and spread the word to encourage others to also participate. 
Linda Pennington, MS, RDN, LDN

Public Policy Coordinator, Tennessee Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

13.5 CPEU Opportunity!



Plant-based Prevention Of Disease (P-POD) conference
(2nd and 3rd annual national)
Sept. 11-13, 2015, Raleigh NC (6 pm Fri. to 12:55 pm Sun., followed by vegan farewell luncheon)
Apr. 7-10, 2016, Raleigh NC (we transition from annual fall to annual spring conferences!)
Site: North Carolina State University

WHAT?  An evidence-based review of the effects of dietary choices on risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
●Practitioners promoting health-supporting behavior change
●A collaboration of nonprofit organizations without funding or influence from any commercial interests
●Affordable continuing education for the professional
●A welcoming opportunity for students and the general public

For more information, go to:,
Twitter: @plantbasedconf

CONTINUING EDUCATION, CPEU: 13.5 CPEU’s for participation in the full weekend conference have been approved for Registered Dietitians / Registered Dietitian Nutritionists by the Commission on Dietetic Registration.

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

FREE Webinar Reminder


Join us for a free webinar, Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m. CST, to review the research behind “the learning connection,” the science-based concept that improved nutrition, including breakfast, coupled with physical activity can help lead to better academic performance. Participants will learn how to make positive changes within their communities and schools to help ensure children have a bright and healthy future.

Webinar objectives:

  • Describe the latest research on the connection between student wellness, especially school breakfast, and academic performance in the classroom.
  • Review national data related to child poverty rates, childhood food insecurity and school meals, including breakfast.
  • Discuss current outstanding examples of improving student nutrition and health in schools across U.S.

When: Thursday, April 30 at 2 p.m. CST.

Presenter: Dayle Hayes, MS, RD

Register Here