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

Next Journal Club Meeting:


Date: Tuesday, April 21st

Time: 7:00am – 9:00am

Location: Williamson Medical Center in Franklin, TN

Main Talking Points:
  1. The value/need and methods for determining advanced credentialing for clinical dietitians/nutritionists.
  2. Various methods for predicting, assessing, and treating pediatric malnutrition in the clinical setting; Comparing methods for use in the adult population.
Complimentary breakfast will be provided! This event will count for 2 CEU’s. 
Please RSVP to Collette Powers at

New opportunities for Nashville RDN’s!


Join us for our first Journal Club at The Sunflower Cafe.

March 31st from 8:00 am – 10:00 am

Earn 2 CEU hours and learn about new job opportunities!

We will learn about Eat REAL Tennessee and sustainable food practices. Eat REAL Tennessee is also looking for RDN’s to certify more restaurants.

Be one of the first 10 people to RSVP, and you will get a FREE breakfast from the delicious Sunflower Cafe. They are opening up just for us!!

Send questions and RSVP to

The Sunflower Cafe
2834 Azalea Place
Nashville, TN 37204

FREE Nutrition Month Webinars

TAND Webinar: “Communicating with your Legislators”
Presented by: Linda Pennington, MS, RDN, LDN
Date: March 5 • 12:00 pm (CST) / 1:00 pm (EST)
Credits: 1.0 CPE
**Webinar limited to 100 participants**
Option 1: Register here
  1. Type in your name (as a participant)
  2. Call into the following number for audio: 901.609.3370
  3. This option allows you to view and listen to the session but not interact with questions.
Option 2: Sign up for your own free Uber Conference Account

Register here for the following webinars:

1. Short Bowel Syndrome: Etiology, Pathophysiology, Medical and Surgical Management

Date: March 5 • 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm CST
Credits: 1.0 CCM, 1.0 RD, 1.0 RN, 1.0 CEPTC

2. Identifying Malnutrition and Applying Enteral Nutrition for Treatment

Date: March 18 • 11:00 am and 3:00 pm CST
Credits: 1.0 CCM, 1.0 RD, 1.0 RN

3. Improving Outcomes for Patients with Central Venous Access Devices

Date: March 25 • 11:00 am and 3:00 pm CST
Credits: 1.0 CCM, 1.0 RD, 1.0 RN

4. Management of Pediatric Short Bowel Syndrome

Date: March 31 • 11:00 am and 3:00 pm CST
Credits: 1.0 CCM, 1.0 RD, 1.0 RN