Help Support Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker


Dr. Ruth Williams-Hooker, a faculty member within the Clinical Nutrition unit in the School of Health Studies at The University of Memphis has been selected as one of 200 finalists, out of 2000 applicants, in the State Farm Neighborhood Assist® program! Her submission, along with the other finalists, are live at Anyone with a valid email address can log on and vote for her cause. The 40 causes that receive the most votes will be announced on November 30th and a $25,000 grant will be awarded to the affiliated nonprofits to implement the solution. Each email address can be entered to vote 10 times a day for 10 days.  Please click on the link below to vote directly for her cause.

The  cause is to provide nutrition education classes in public libraries in low income, minority areas of Memphis. By doing this, we hope to decrease the incidence of obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes among low income, minority residents of Memphis.  The money will be used to purchase a portable teaching kitchen, food for cooking demos, handouts, and other supplies.

Please support Dr. Williams-Hooker and her colleagues by voting for her cause  every day, 10 times for the next 10 days. Also, please share with everyone you know, as she needs at least 100,000 votes in 10 days.

Thank you for your consideration.

Ruth Williams-Hooker,  MS, RD, EdD, FAND
Associate Professor | School of Health Studies
Director, Clinical Nutrition Masters\Dietetic Internship

The University of Memphis
161A Roane Fieldhouse
Memphis, TN 38152

Journal Club–Wednesday, October 26th–2 CEUs


Please join us for this educational opportunity!

Topic: Pediatric Weight Management

Led by: Kristin Pressnell, RD, LDN – TAND scholarship recipient for childhood and pediatric weight management certification

Location: Green Hills YMCA (4041 Hillsboro Cir, Nashville, TN 37215)

Date: Wednesday, October 26 Time: 5:30 – 7 pm

NAND Journal Clubs are free for members and $10 for nonmembers. Each journal club will provide 2 CPEUs. Contact Stephanie at with questions or to RSVP.

2016-2017 Award Nominations


A leader doesn’t always have a fancy title like CEO, director or manager! A leader can be defined as a difference maker or someone who isn’t satisfied with status quo. Each year, the Nashville Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics takes time to celebrate and honor the accomplishments of both members and community leaders who make a difference in the lives of others.

We ask for your participation in the selection process. Nominate a NAND difference maker today!

We are accepting nominations for awards in these categories:

  • Outstanding Dietitian
  • Recognized Young Dietitian
  • Emerging Dietetics Leader
  • Outstanding Dietetic Educator
  • Outstanding Dietetics Student Award
  • Iris Award (Honoring a NON-TAND member that has contributed significantly throughout the year to the field of nutrition/dietetics in TN)
  • NAND Scholarship

Please follow the link for more detailed information and be sure to email your nominations to NAND’s Awards Chair, Kristen Xiong at no later than Wednesday, November 2nd!


Recipes Needed!


NAND has been asked to develop recipes using fresh vegetables in an effort to assist community-based organizations. OneGenAway has a food truck that distributes donated foods throughout middle Tennessee ( They are looking for recipes to pass out with their food donations that include fresh vegetables. Recipes should be easy, incorporate only a few ingredients, and of course be yummy and healthy!

One Gen Away

NEXT DISTRIBUTION – Cleveland Park 610 Vernon Winfrey Ave Nashville, 37207

Please send recipes, or direct any questions to Emily Hogan at