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NAND Intern Reception Invitation

August 21, 2019 | Meetings & Events | No Comments

Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics invites you to a reception to welcome 2019-2020 Dietetic Interns in the Middle Tennessee area.

Who: Dietetic Interns for 2019-2020 calendar year in the middle Tennessee area. Interns do not need to be a member to attend this event. We welcome all who want to learn more about NAND and our events this year.

What: Reception welcoming interns to NAND, informing interns of events for 2019-2020 year and ways that they can be involved. The first portion of the event will be a short yoga fusion fitness class, please wear comfortable clothing. *Also if you own a yoga mat please bring one.

Where: Lipscomb University – Student Activities Center

              1 University Park Drive

   (Please see attached map for further directions)

When: Thursday, September 5th, 2019 5:30-7:00 pm

Questions? Please email any questions or concerns.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting. Light refreshments will be served.


Feminist Relational Perspectives and Beyond: Discerning Truth
NOVEMBER 8 – 10, 2019
Philadelphia Airport Marriott
18 CEs/CMEs Offered

Please see below for more information. To register, please visit or contact Kelly Krausz at 1-877-367-3383 or

As we continue to address the challenges we face as a professional community, we recognize the importance of discerning truth in our current climate of “fake news”, unsubstantiated claims and slanted rhetoric. These forces have contributed to rising levels of distrust and vulnerability among our clients with eating disorders.  Conference 2019 will examine the ways in which we, as clinicians, can help clients develop skills to enhance critical thinking, emotional regulation and relational connection. At the same time, it is incumbent upon us to explore our own biases and capacity for taking others’ perspectives, utilizing empirically-based, justice informed science and research. Discerning Truth will focus on cognitive and psychological flexibility, neuroscience and the developing brain, compassion, and the healing qualities of the therapeutic relationship.

Keynote Presentations:
Open Heart, Open Mind
Lisa Ling, award-winning journalist, Executive Producer and host of This is Life on CNN

Discerning Truth: Tackling Biases and Blind Spots in Eating Disorder Science and Research
Research Panel: Kelly L. Klump, PhD (moderator);
Carolyn Black Becker, PhD, ABPP & NiCole Therese Buchanan, PhD

Polarization in Civic and Intimate Life: How Therapists Can Help
William J. Doherty, PhD

Doing Better: Rejecting Antiquated Conceptualizations of Mind-Body-Weight
Jennifer L. Gaudiani, MD, CEDS, FAED

Featured Workshops:

Atypical Anorexia in Higher Weight Clients: Stigma, Intersectionality and Advocacy
Kara Anne Emery, PsyD, CEDS & Jessica Wilson, MS, RD
This interactive workshop is designed to improve clinician skills in the assessment and treatment of higher weight clients with atypical anorexia. It highlights barriers to treatment, including shame, stigma, and provider bias, and describes how an exploration of intersectionality, body politics, and patient advocacy can improve patient outcomes.

DBT and Radically Open DBT for Eating Disorder Dietitians
Stefanie Boone, MS, RD, CEDRD
This workshop is designed to teach EDRDs how to integrate core skills from DBT and RO-DBT into nutrition therapy, to increase empathy, strengthen the therapeutic relationship, and facilitate nutritional healing.

The Missing Link…Binge Eating Disorder and Insulin Resistance
Carolyn Hodges Chaffee, MS, RDN, CEDRD & Amy Enright, RD
This presentation examines the incidence of IR in individuals with BED, including those in higher weight bodies. Case studies will illustrate the medical and nutritional management of individuals with BED and IR.

That’s Fake News! Or is it? Media Literacy in the Cyber-age
Alexandra Raymond, RD, LD; Millie Plotkin, MLS  & Carrie Arnold, MPH
This presentation describes the different types of online information and resources, including social media, and examines how these resources affect patient understanding of recovery and nutrition. It also discusses techniques clinicians can use to evaluate online materials and process misleading information with patients in the office.

Nutrition for Therapists: Disseminating the Truth and Dispelling Myths
Flavia Herzog Liebel, MA, RD, LDN
This workshop offers basic nutrition information every therapist can use to discuss nutrition with clients in a knowledgeable and informed manner, while avoiding disseminating inaccurate or “FAKE” information. It also provides suggestions on how to gently persuade a resistant client to work with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN).

Girl, Wash Your Facebook Feed
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RDN, EP-C & Melissa Toler, PharmD
This ACT-informed interactive workshop explores how to help patients discern harmful communications disguised as empowerment, clean social media feeds, set better boundaries to enhance the recovery process, and use psychological flexibility to deal with online oppression.

Networking Breakfast For Nutrition Therapists
Hosted by: Becky Mehr, MS, RDN, CEDRD-S, LDN & Lindsay Friedman, RD, 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.

Attention students! Looking for ways to get more involved with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? Check out this recent article for tips on how to get involved at the national level, 

Stay tuned for emails this Summer/Early Fall with more information on how to get involved with the Nashville Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics! In the mean time, refer to our student section for local volunteer and leadership opportunities.

Senators Roger Wicker, Shelley Moore Capito, Sherrod Brown and Kyrsten Sinema introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act (S. 1608) in the Senate and Representatives Ron Kind and David McKinley introduced the Promoting Physical Activity for Americans Act (H.R. 2891) in the House. The bills would direct the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to prepare and promote physical activity recommendations based on the latest scientific evidence at least every ten years.

S. 1608/H.R. 2891 would also direct HHS, five years after the release of each set of recommendations, to publish a midcourse report highlighting best practices and continuing issues relating to physical activity among Americans. Given the strong base of science and medicine that shows the benefits of exercise, every American needs to know the current physical activity recommendations to promote health and combat obesity.

Please click Send Message and enter your information. From this information, your elected officials will be listed on the next page, a form letter will be provided, asking your senators/representative to cosponsor S. 1608/H.R. 2891. Feel free to use the sample language provided, or to edit the subject and text to reflect your individual views.


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!