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July 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Tuesday, July 18, 2017








July 2017 Newsletter


Greetings to all of our Members of MSAND! 

Dr. Connie Black and I were given the opportunity to attend the Public Policy Workshop in Washington D.C. this past month. We spent one day in conferences with our National Academy Presidency learning about the items we were going to discuss on the Hill the next day. The 3 main items were wanted to focus on with our respective representatives were: 1. Continue support for the Farm Bill, 2. Continue support for the Prevention Fund, and 3. Recognizing the Academy for 100 years of dedicated service. We met with representatives for Senator Wicker and Senator Cochran took some time to meet with us personally. He even provided a verbal confirmation that he would support the Resolution to recognize the Academy for 100 years of service. We also able to meet with representatives for all of our Congressmen and received one verbal confirmation of support for the Resolution to recognize the Academy for 100 years of service from Congressmen Palazzo's Office.

We had a great team of dietitians to represent Mississippi including myself, Dr. Connie Black, Brent Fountain, Linda Pennington and Elise Smith

This was a great opportunity to share our concerns and views on behalf of our profession and our state. I challenge all of you to get involved with your local and national representatives so they can see the importance of our field and how many Dietitians call Mississippi their home.

"IF NUTRITION IS YOUR PROFESSION, PUBLIC POLICY SHOULD BE YOUR PASSION!"

Best,
Ashley Thomas, MS, RDN, LDN
President 2017-2018, MS-AND

MS-AND Volunteer Needed - Nominating Committee

Would you like to get to know other dietitians practicing in Mississippi? Serving on the MS-AND Board of Directors is a great way to do that! There are several positions to fit a variety of skill sets such as Secretary, Chair of the Council on Professional Issues, Nominating Committee member, and several more. The Board of Directors meets about 5 times a year (a couple of the meetings are conference calls and the others are face-to-face). The Academy’s fiscal year begins June 1 to May 31st. Mary Beth Sheffield served on the Nominating Committee and enjoyed getting to know dietitians all across Mississippi that she wouldn’t have gotten to know otherwise. Serving on the Nominating Committee is a 3 year term. The first 2 years, she was a member of the committee and the 3rd year she served as chair of the committee. She worked with the other 2 members to fill vacancies on the Board of Directors and to select award recipients (such as Outstanding Dietitian of the Year, Recognized young Dietitian of the Year,and Emerging Dietitian). Through this experience, Mary Beth says she really enjoyed networking with other dietitians, gaining valuable professional experience, and learning new policies related to the field of dietetics. She also enjoyed learning about other dietitians’ work experiences. “I am very thankful for the opportunity to be on the Board of Directors. It’s definitely an experience I could not have found anywhere else.” If you are interested in knowing more about upcoming positions to be filled on the Board of Directors, check the MS-AND website at eatrightmississippi.org Refer questions to the current chair of the nominating committee, Carol Ball, at carolball@ymail.com or 662-312-6315.

FDA and USDA Updates

The Food and Drug Administration announced on June 13 that the compliance date for the Nutrition Facts Label final rules will be extended. This extension is based on feedback from industry and consumer groups. For more information about the changes to the Nutrition Facts Label visit: https://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm#dates

Did you know that the USDA Snap-Ed Connection has recipes for each month of the year with ideas for healthy, thrifty meals? Check out all the options here: https://snaped.fns.usda.gov/recipes-menus/healthy-thrifty-holiday-menus

Academy Updates

Heart Failure Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline and Supporting Systematic Reviews

 

The Academy is pleased to announce the publication of the 2017 Heart Failure Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline on the Evidence Analysis Library© (EAL©). The Heart Failure (HF) 2017 Guideline provides an evidence-based summary of medical nutrition therapy for adults with heart failure (NYHA Classes I-IV/AHA Stages B, C and D).

The Guideline includes 17 recommendations based on the EAL systematic reviews, the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Task Force 2013 and 2016 Guidelines, and the European Society of Cardiology 2016 Guidelines, in the following topic areas:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy
  • Nutrition Assessment
  • Assessment of Energy Needs
  • Energy and Protein Intake
  • Sodium and Fluid Intake
  • Physical Activity
  • Educate on Self-Care
  • Coordination of Care
  • Monitor and Evaluate Effectiveness of Medical Nutrition Therapy

The Systematic Reviews, which supports the guideline, focuses on five sub-topics:

  • Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT)
  • Energy
  • Protein
  • Sodium and Fluid
  • Nutrient Intake and Supplementation

The EAL® is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutrition research on important dietetic practice questions. Nearly 40 systematic reviews and 18 evidence-based guidelines are housed within an accessible, online, userfriendly website. Access is free to Academy members – individual and group subscriptions are available. Visit www.andeal.org/hf to view the guideline.
 
Upcoming Webinar - Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program
With the aging of the baby boomer generation and more than 10,000 Americans turning 65 each day, optimizing value in the delivery and payment of Medicare services is more important than ever.
 
Signed into law in April 2015, the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) created a new way for Medicare Part B providers to get paid for their services. The new Quality Payment Program (QPP) shifts payment away from fee-for-service to pay-for-performance. 
 
Join experts from the Academy’s Nutrition Services Payment Committee and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to learn about this new reporting and payment program and what it means for you.
 
Date: July 25, 2017
Time: 12 noon to 1:30 pm CST
Register Here
CPE: 1.5 hours (pending final approval)
Speakers:  Natalie Stephens RDN, LD, FAND and Oluyemisi Aderomilehin, MPH, CPH, CHES

ACEND – Future Education Model Accreditation Standards
The ACEND Board is pleased to announce the release of the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor’s and Graduate Degree Programs.  ACEND invites programs interested in being accredited under these standards to apply to be an early adopter demonstration program.  The Standards and information about the demonstration program application process can be found at: www.eatrightpro.org/FutureModel.  A copy of the June Standards Update also is posted on this webpage.
 
Please share this information with your colleagues.  If you or they have questions, please send them to acend@eatright.org or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them.  Future editions of the monthly update will include these questions and an ACEND response.
 
2017-2019 Diversity Leaders Announced
The Academy is pleased to announce the 2017-2019 Diversity Leaders: Cassandra (Sandi) Holt, RDN, LDN; Prajakta Khare-Ranade, MSc, RDN, LD, CDE, FAND; Renee Conklin, MS, RD; and Suzanne (Suzie) Domel Baxter, PhD, RD, LD, FADA, FAND. The Diversity Leaders Program supports Active members from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. Congratulations to the new class! Learn more at www.eatrightPRO.org/diversity.
 
2017 Diversity Action Award Recipient Announced
The Academy is pleased to announce that Central Valley WIC Dietetic Internship Program has been chosen as the recipient of the 2017 Diversity Action Award. The Diversity Action Award is given to an educational institution, Affiliate dietetic association, dietetic practice group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments. Congratulations to Central Valley WIC!
http://www.eatrightpro.org/resource/leadership/honors-and-awards/diversity-awards-and-grants/diversity-action-award
 
Fellows Look toward the Future
Are you a leader who gets things done, serves your community and pursues lifelong learning? It’s time to be recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND). As the Academy celebrates 100 years and moves into its Second Century, showcase your expertise to employers, colleagues, clients and the public, now and forever. Apply online today. http://www.eatrightpro.org/fellow
 
May Edition: MNT Provider
Learn about the drivers of health care innovation, practice and payment resources, and the limitations of balanced billing practices in the latest issue of the MNT Provider.
http://www.eatrightstore.org/product/E97EAA83-1BE6-42CB-A5FD-7FE7E3444BEF
 
CDR Updates

SME/Facilitator Recruitment
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is recruiting Subject Matter Experts (SME) in obesity as well as expert facilitators to assist with the development and presentation of instructional content and adult learning-focused strategies for the Certificate of Training Program: Adult Weight Management.
 
Applications are due on Monday, August 7, 2017 for the project to be completed by winter 2018. Access more information and application form: https://www.cdrnet.org/application-for-weight-management-sme-and-facilitators
 
CDR Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition
Because clinical nutrition is who you are not just what you do. The perfect opportunity to advance your credential has arrived:  CDR Advanced Practitioner Certification in Clinical Nutrition
 
The Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) is offering an advanced practitioner certification in clinical nutrition for registered dietitians (RD) with four or more years of clinical nutrition practice. Apply now for the November 2017 examination window!
 
Applications for November 2017 examination window are due August 31, 2017: https://www.cdrnet.org/board-certification-in-advanced-practice
 
CDR: Certificate of Training
Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program

  • September 29 – October 1, 2017 ~ Phoenix, Arizona
  • October 19-21, 2017 ~ Chicago, Illinois
  • November 16-18, 2017 ~ Orlando, Florida

For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda: https://www.cdrnet.org/weight-management-adult-program
 
Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management Program
September 7-9, 2017 ~ Memphis, Tennessee
 
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda: http://cdrnet.org/weight-management-childhood-adolescent-program
 
Level 2 Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program
October 19-21, 2017 ~ Chicago, Illinois
 
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements, timeline, registration deadlines and agenda: http://www.cdrnet.org/weight-management/level2?preview=true
 
Latest Academy Products

Earn CPEU with these NEW Online Certificate of Training Programs
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Develop competency and earn CPEUs online with this program concerning the emerging and exciting area of public health nutrition. The level two program consists of five modules covering the foundations of public health nutrition, developing, implementing and evaluating a plan, and much more! This program has been developed by the Academy’s Center for Lifelong Learning and planned with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and the Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition (CPHCN) and the Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG). 
 
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Beyond the App Game: Integrating Mobile Apps into Dietetics Practice
Orthorexia Comes of Age: Perspectives on the Healthy Eating Disorder
 
See the full list of exciting upcoming and recorded webinars.
 

MS-AND Member Discussion Board

We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent service to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to msandconsumerprotection@gmail.com


June 2017 Newslettter

Carrie Kiley - Friday, June 16, 2017









Greetings to all of our Members of MSAND! 


I hope everyone has a great summer and that you find some

time to relax in the sun. I wanted to let everyone know what

an honor it is to be your elected President. Many thanks to

LaShaundrea Crook for leading us through an awesome 2016-2017

year as we start to gear up for a fantastic 2017-2018 year.

I am excited to work with all of outstanding Board Members,

regional presidents, and see how we can make MS-AND better for

everyone in the state. Connie Black and I are getting ready to

represent MS-AND in Washington DC. We hope to bring back a lot of

positive feedback from this meeting.

 
Best,
Ashley Thomas, MS, RDN, LDN
President 2017-2018, MS-AND

Academy Updates

All Member Call to Action for Future Practice
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics House of Delegates (HOD) discussed the future of nutrition and dietetics practice during the HOD Spring 2017 virtual meeting on April 22.
 
Mega Issue Question
How can credentialed nutrition and dietetics practitioners elevate the profession, expand opportunities, and enhance practice for the Second Century?
 
Delegates used a variety of strategies to prepare for the discussion and glean member input regarding the future of nutrition and dietetic practice. Delegates conducted presentations, webinars, discussions, and surveys among constituents. Based on the dialogue, report outs, and notes captured in the workbooks from each table, essential areas identified to move the profession forward aligned with the change drivers and recommendations of the Council on Future Practice’s Visioning Report 2017 and the Rationale for Future Education Preparation of Nutrition and Dietetics Practitioners from the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Access the report and HOD meeting materials.
 
Celebrating a New Membership Year
Thank you for renewing your membership during the Academy’s 100th anniversary. Your continued support helps the Academy fulfill its Second Century vision of fostering a world where people and communities flourish because of the transformational power of food and nutrition. If you wish to make renewing easier next year, you may sign into www.eatrightPRO.org and visit the My Academy Toolbar. Then click the My Account tab and go to your Billing Preferences. In this area, you may enroll in electronic-only or auto-renewal.
 
April MNT Provider
Are you ready to begin using the new ABN form with your Medicare patients? Do you want to play a role in the new Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program benefit? Read the latest issue of the MNT Provider newsletter to position yourself for success.
 
Academy BOD Highlights: A Year in Review 2016–2017
The Academy Board of Directors’ Year in Review report contains selected highlights from the 2017-2018 fiscal year. This review provides a snapshot for members of events and activities that were accomplished by the Academy leadership team throughout the year. Note, this is not a comprehensive list of everything that took place during the year. The report may be accessed on the Academy website.
 
Updated June 2017 Definition of Terms List
The Academy’s Definition of Terms list was updated in June 2017. The Academy definitions serve as standardized language for RDNs and NDTRs to guide individual scope of practice and to apply standards in various practice settings. The list now includes new terms, definitions and key considerations for: Certified Health Coach; National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach; and Wellness Coach. The list is available to both members and non-members and located on the Academy Scope of Practice webpage.
Who Knew Blue Could be so Becoming?

Each June we celebrate Men’s Health Month to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease for boys and men. It was created by a Joint Resolution of the U. S Congress in 1994 and promoted ever sense. 

This campaign allows health care providers, public policy makers, the media, and individuals an opportunity to encourage men and boys to seek regular medical advice and early treatment for disease and injury.

Check out www.menshealthmonth.org for more information, resources, screening guidelines, media toolkits and more.

Don't Forget About Food Safety at Home

As we slide into the "dog days of summer" it's always a good time to think about home food safety. For those of us who work in patient care, food safety for the facility is something that is constantly on our minds. Sometime those precautions seem to get a little more lax when we get into our home environments, so here are a couple of tips to consider:

  • Clean out the fridge! It's easy to let the to-go boxes and wrapped leftovers get pushed to the back of the refrigerator. Take some time this weekend to pull out the items that have over stayed their welcome and clean the shelves with a cleaning then sanitizing solution. While you're at it, the freezer could a little TLC too. 
  • In Mississippi we tend to grill out all year long, but in the summer it's a great way to use a healthy cooking method and not heat up the house. Check out this article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for more tips.
  • If desktop dining is in your future, remember to clean and sanitize that space, just as you would expect any other dining table to be taken care of. Also, time/temperature control is essential for these meals too. It is amazing all the items that are available to help with this. 

For more tips on home food safety, check out this website from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

MS-AND Member Discussion Board

We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.
Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them tomsandconsumerprotection@gmail.com
Copyright © 2017 Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email as a member of the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Our mailing address is: 
Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics
P.O. Box 17551
HattiesburgMS 39404

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May 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Friday, June 16, 2017
May 2017 Newsletter



Greetings:

The 2016-2017 year has come to an end. It was an 

honor serving as your president. This weekend, 

new officers will be inducted and will officially take 

office on June 1, 2017.

 
I would like to encourage you to participate in MS-AND activities. Compared to 

other states, our organization is very small. We need your involvement to help 

us grow. If you do not wish to participate at the state level, participate at 

your district or local level. Again, we need YOU.


As always, I look forward to working with you in the future. I'm committed to

staying involved. Remember to follow our Facebook and Twitter accounts.

Check the website often. It's been a great experience. I'll see you at next

year's annual conference.


 
Best,
LaShaundrea B. Crook, MS, RDN, LD
President, MSAND

Gulf Coast-AND District Update

GCAND served at Our Daily Bread in Pascagoula on April 29. Through our t-shirt fundraiser, we were able to donate $100! They were so appreciative to have our service and the financial donation, as this is a time of year they have a great need. We had a great time serving up a host of impressive dishes, and we thank all eight members who gave up time from their weekend to help those in our fellow community.

Officer elections are currently underway. Please vote to help make 2017-2018 a success!

Central-MSAND District Update

On Febraury 23, 2017 MS-AND Central District held a meeting at Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Mississippi. Along with the regular business meeting, members were treated to healthy lunch provided by Blue Cross, Blue Shield of Mississippi and Mississippi Access to Care (MAC) Network helped members learn more about long term care services and support for aging individuals as well as people with disabilities (www.mississippiaccesstocare.org). The keynote speaker was Clint Clardy of Salus Genetics, and he discussed the GeneDiet Test.

The Central District recently held our last meeting for the Spring at Tara Yoga Studio in Flowood. We had 10 RDs participate in a basic yoga class with Tara Blumenthal.  It was so much fun to get together as a group to stretch, strengthen and de-stress our bodies and minds.

Second Century Update

As the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics embarks on its 100th anniversary in 2017, the organization is taking this moment to chart a new vision for the future — a Second Century built with an extraordinary commitment to collaboration, a focus on service and an emphasis on accelerating the progress toward solving the greatest food and nutrition challenges of our time. Thus, creating a world where people and communities flourish because of the transformational power of food and nutrition.
 
It is the goal of the Academy to not only keep members informed over the next three years as the Second Century initiative continues, but to part of shaping our future. The Academy is asking members to get involved throughout this process — provide feedback through surveys and key discussions at member meetings, stay engaged and help to create this new vision for the Academy.
 
Now, as the Academy is kicking off the Second Century initiative, is the perfect opportunity to learn more about the Academy’s history and the history of the profession through past Journal of the Academy of Nutrition Dietetics articles including “History Snapshot: Dietetics Student Experience in the 1940s” or Academy publications Carry the Flame and the The First Fifty. Also, be on the lookout for upcoming meetings or webinars to learn more about the Second Century initiative.
 
The foundation would like for you to consider donating in recognition of this major milestone and support our Second Century Initiative! http://eatrightfoundation.org/why-it-matters/second-century/
 
Please direct additional questions to secondcentury@eatright.org.
 
Thank you,
Alisha Jones
Second Century Liaison, MSAND
Alishajones_bct@yahoo.com
Thank you to our Members who Donated to Second Century:
  • A. Karen Lewis
  • Elise A Smith

New Federal Leadership will Influence Many Food and Nutrition Related Programs

On April 25, 2017 Sonny Perdue was sworn in as the 31st U. S. Secretary of Agriculture (USDA). Many food, nutrition and dietetics agendas are impacted by polices and regulations of USDA agencies including: Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS)Agricultural Research Service (ARS)Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion (CNPP) (including MyPlate/MiPlato, SuperTracker, Healthy Eating Patterns, Nutrition Evidence Library (NEL), Know Your Farmer, Know Your Food), Farm Service Agency (FSA)Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) (including National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs, Child and Adult Care Food Program, Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Programs, Summer Food Service Program, USDA Foods, The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Programs (SNAP), Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (FMNP), Senior Farmers' Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP)), Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS)National Agricultural Library (NAL)National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Within his first week as Secretary, Mr. Perdue announced greater flexibility for programs participating in the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs. USDA School Meal Programs (SMP) will not have to meet the sodium targets that had been scheduled to take effect on July 1, 2017 (instead they will continue to have to meet sodium targets required in 2014). In addition, USDA SMP will be able to offer flavored 1% milk. Since 2014, states have been allowed to permit SMP to offer whole grain rich, as well as enriched, grain items to students. Under the guidance of Secretary Perdue, that flexibility will continue. For more information, please visit: https://www.fns.usda.gov/school-meals/nutrition-standards-school-meals

An Unidentified Benefactor Donates to a Mississippi School District

Ocean Springs School District received an anonymous donation earlier this month- an individual paid off the unpaid meal charges for every student in the district for the school year ( for a total of $760.00). Because School Breakfast and Lunch Programs are federally funded, they are not allowed to carry unpaid balances into the next school year and federal funds cannot be used to pay off the unpaid balanced.

Beginning July 1, 2017, the United States Department of Agriculture will require all organizations that operate the National School Breakfast and Lunch Programs to have a written and clearly communicated meal policy (USDA Unpaid Meal Charge Memo). Most districts in Mississippi already have a policy in place.  The USDA Unpaid Meal Charges website provides links to the policy guidance memos and a best practice resource section.

Several School Child Nutrition Programs in Mississippi are directed by Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists, or have Registered Dietitian/Nutritionists on staff.

Mississippi celebrates National Public Health Week
 
The first week in April was National Public Health Week (NPHW). The Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) coordinated various public health educational activities with partners, association sections and members to celebrate 2017 National Public Health Week in Mississippi. Governor Phil Bryant spoke at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the first School of Public Health in Mississippi at Jackson State University, declaring the first week of April as Public Health Week in Mississippi.
 
Throughout the week NPHW participants were encouraged to make healthy choices, including food and nutrition options. Some of the participants took their lunch break at a local farmers market, held community lunch and learns about nutrition and wellness, celebrated with healthy staff lunches, as well as participated in worksite Food Truck rallies, farmers markets and cooking demonstrations. MPHA also hosted a healthy recipe contest and had daily reminders for participants about public health.
 
The Association of Schools and Programs and Programs of Public Health also held their first “This is Public Health Road Show”, and Mississippi’s NPHW was chosen as the destination (www.thisispublichealth.org). One of the events included packing 408 backpacks at the Mississippi Food Network. These backpacks are for children at risk of hunger over the weekends and during holiday.
The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics helped to sponsor refreshments at the MPHA “Annual Dr. Ed Thompson Walk for Health” on Friday of NPHW.  For more information on National Public Health Week, please visit www.nphw.org.
MS-AND Member Discussion Board

We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.
Public Policy Workshop 
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s 2017 Public Policy Workship is June 25th-26th in Washington D.C. This is a chance for you to connect with nutrition and dietetics colleagues at an advocacy summit, learn about current food and nutrition related issues, advance your leadership and communication skills, as well as learn how to become the voice of nutrition that Congress listens to and trusts. To learn more, please visit the advocacy section of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatrightpro.org/resources/advocacy/action-center/public-policy-workshop.
 
Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them tomsandconsumerprotection@gmail.com
Copyright © 2017 Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email as a member of the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Our mailing address is: 
Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics
P.O. Box 17551
HattiesburgMS 39404

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April 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Friday, June 16, 2017
Thank you all for a successful National Nutrition Month!
Please enjoy some pictures from the MS-AND events!
Keep scrolling to take a survey for a graduate
student's research project.
We received a proclamation signed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) Tribal Chief Phyllis Anderson for National Nutrition Month and National Registered Dietitian Day. Please click here to view the full proclamation. 
Dr. Connie Ray Black, Public Policy Coordinator and Ashley Thomas, President-Elect of the  Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics were formally introduced to the state legislature on March 08 by District 35 Representative Joey Hood.
MS-AND Annual Conference Review

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us in Biloxi for the Annual Conference. Over 100 RDs and dietetics students attended this year's meeting. We are looking forward to next year's conference already!

GCAND T-Shirt Available

We have a new GCAND t-shirt available for sale! What a great way to show your passion for our profession, our beautiful location, and your support for our local chapter. Additionally, $5 from every shirt sale will be used to benefit our local community. Please send the order form to ashmore.alyssa@gmail.com

On behalf of the GCAND Board, we are excited to announce that the proceeds from our t-shirt fundraiser will be donated to "Our Daily Bread" soup kitchen in Pascagoula. We feel this is a great charity serving those in need on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

If you would like to further help this organization, GCAND members will have the opportunity to volunteer at the soup kitchen from 11:30-12:30 on April 29th, when we will present them with the money raised through T-shirt sales.

Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you there!

Graduate Student Survey - Please Help Out and Respond!

Health professionals have the ability to influence and encourage patients or clients to make healthier choices. A graduate student in the Department of Nutrition and Food Systems is conducting a study to assess relationships between consumers and health professionals' views of nutrition messages, particularly focusing on "clean eating." This project will fulfill the requirements of a Master's research project. If you are a health professional such as a medical doctor, nurse, registered dietitian, health coach, personal trainer, etc. in Mississippi, please take a minute to complete the short survey attached. It should take approximately 5 to 10 minutes. After you complete the survey, feel free to forward to fellow health professionals as well. Your response is greatly appreciated! This project has been approved by the USM Institutional Review Board For questions, contact Rachel Calhoun, BS, RD at Rachel.calhoun@usm.edu or my research advisor Holly Huye, PhD, RD at holly.huye@usm.edu

Survey
Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them tomsandconsumerprotection@gmail.com
Copyright © 2017 Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics, All rights reserved. 
You are receiving this email as a member of the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, an affiliate of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. 

Our mailing address is: 
Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics
P.O. Box 17551
HattiesburgMS 39404

Add us to your address book

March 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 2017 Newsletter










Greetings:

Happy National Nutrition Month! I hope you enjoyed RDN Day and were able to celebrate our wonderful profession. I would like to thank those who participated in the Mississippi Capitol Day event on March 8th. Thank you for representing Mississippi dietitians. A special thanks to Governor Phil Bryant for recognizing the importance of our work. 

 
I look forward to seeing you in two weeks at our annual meeting! If you haven't registered, please make sure to do so today - details are included below.
 
LaShaundrea B. Crook, MS, RDN, LD
President, MSAND

MS-AND Annual Meeting - Registration Open

Registration for the MS-AND annual meeting is now open! Please check out the website for regular updates.
 
When: March 27-28th
Where: Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi Mississippi
Lodging: Palace Casino
On-line registration: Click here to access. Note that there are processing charges for using the online system, so prices are slightly higher.
Paper Registration: Click here to download
Schedule: visit our website

2018 Annual Meeting Location Feedback


As we are getting ready for this year's Annual Meeting we are already thinking ahead to next year. Please complete this two question survey to let us know your preferred location for next year's meeting.

National Nutrition Month Proclomation

We received a proclamation signed by the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (MBCI) Tribal Chief Phyllis Anderson for National Nutrition Month and National Registered Dietitian Day. Please click here to view the full proclamation. 

SCAND District Update

Our CEU in February was Perioperative GI Nutrition: Carbohydrate Loading and Immunonutrition presented by Abbott Nutrition Health Institute. We will not have a CEU in March and encourage all members to go to MSAND!

NE-MSAND District Update

The NE MSAND had a Spring Social/Networking Event last week at Wet Paint in Tupelo, MS.  NE MSAND members were encouraged to invite friends/fellow RD's who are not currently members to join us for an evening full of fun and fellowship as we had refreshments and dabbled in creativity as we painted our pottery pieces!  RD's from all over the district came so we had a great time meeting new friends and learning more about other RD's in our area!
 
Our next event will be our Spring Meeting.  Details will be announced soon!
 
We hope to see everyone at the conference!

Gulf Coast-AND District Update

GCAND is currently working on our organization's t-shirt, which will be for sale soon. Also, stay tuned for information regarding a Spring community event. Please contact Alyssa at ashmore.alyssa@mgail.com if you are not receiving emails from GCAND.

MS-AND Member Discussion Board

MS-AND is happy to announce the start of a member discussion board! We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. 

To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.

Public Policy Workshop 
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s 2017 Public Policy Workship is June 25th-26th in Washington D.C. This is a chance for you to connect with nutrition and dietetics colleagues at an advocacy summit, learn about current food and nutrition related issues, advance your leadership and communication skills, as well as learn how to become the voice of nutrition that Congress listens to and trusts. To learn more, please visit the advocacy section of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatrightpro.org/resources/advocacy/action-center/public-policy-workshop.
 

Food and Nutrition Magazine Test Kitchen

What better way to engage members and build a network than hosting a group cook-off?
 
Food & Nutrition invites Academy affiliates and districts to host a Test Kitchen event! Food & Nutrition’s Recipe Test Kitchen program is open to anyone, but only Academy members and Food & Nutrition subscribers are eligible to win the sweepstakes.
Here’s what to do:
 
Gather a group to make the featured recipe – currently this Simple Moroccan-Spiced Lamb. We encourage tweaking the recipe and letting your culinary creativity flow!
Snap photos and submit feedback online via this online form. If you made swaps or tweaks to the recipe, be sure to share them here.
Take your culinary creation online! Share pics on social media using the hashtag #FNTestKitchen!
 
That’s it! After you’ve had fun, finished eating your delicious creation and completed the feedback form, you will be entered to win this incredible Mauviel 7-piece Copper & Stainless Steel Cookware set.
Hurry – this contest ends on Friday, April 7, 2017!
 

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to msandconsumerprotection@gmail.com

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February 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Thursday, February 16, 2017







February 2017 Newsletter






Greetings:

As always, I hope all is well with you and your families.  First I'd like to start by saying, I'm proud to be a member of an organization that recognizes the importance of diversity. The Academy's consistent effort to ensure our membership reflects those we serve, is one of the reasons I’ve remained a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

In 2015, during the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo opening ceremony, former Academy President, Dr. Evelyn F. Crayton, stated, “As our nation's demographics change and we are in an increasingly interconnected world, we must keep working toward greater inclusivity and diversification in our Academy and our profession.” I agree with Dr. Crayton.

As we enter the second century of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, I would like to encourage you to learn about a culture that's different from your own. Reading books, taking cultural competency courses and watching documentaries are great places to start. However, attending local cultural events, visiting places of worship, or participating in volunteer opportunities is even better. I believe the more we know about different cultures, the better equipped we are to serve our communities as registered dietitian nutritionists.

Enjoy the rest of the month. Remember to take pictures during National Nutrition Month and on March 8th, RDN Day. I look forward to seeing you at the annual meeting next month!

LaShaundrea B. Crook, MS, RDN, LD
President, MSAND

Elections are Now Open - Vote Today!

IT’S VOTING TIME at the Academy in general and MS-AND in particular. All members should exercise their right and duty to vote for officers to lead the profession. There are two separate elections, so please make sure you participate in both.

  1. Please review MS-AND's slate of candidates and cast your vote here through February 22.
  2. The positions and the bios of the Academy candidates can be viewed on the Academy website and then you can cast your vote.

Please vote to help move the Academy and MS-AND forward. Elections run through February 22nd.

MS-AND Annual Meeting - Registration Open

Registration for the MS-AND annual meeting is now open! Please check out the website for regular updates.
 
When: March 27-28th
Where: Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi Mississippi
Lodging: Palace Casino - hotel group ID number 679, contact hotel directly to book room: 800-725-2239
On-line registration: Click here to access. Note that there are processing charges for using the online system, so prices are slightly higher.
Paper Registration: Click here to download
Tentative Schedule: Monday, March 27th from 11:30am to 5:00pm, and Tuesday, March 28th from 7:30am to 5:00pm


Capitol Day - March 8th in Jackson, MS

When: March 8th at 11:45 am - 1:30 pm
Where: Mississippi Capital - Section A of the rotunda

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month are part of a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.  The campaign focuses on attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. 

March 8is is National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day.  Governor Bryant has issued a proclamation for National Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and National Nutrition Month which will be on display in the Capitol that day.  Members of MS-AND, as well as dietetics students and interns from colleges and universities throughout the state, are encouraged to be in attendance at the capitol on March 8th.  Section A in the rotunda has been reserved from 11:45 am until 1:30 pm where we can meet with legislators from our districts to discuss nutritional issues of importance and introduce ourselves as the nutrition experts for their districts. 

Please contact the legislators in your districts and let them know you will be available to meet with them during that time.  Most of them will be glad to stop by and take advantage of the opportunity to listen to your concerns.  During this current session 21 nutrition related bills were introduced although a great majority of them did not make it out of their committees.  Nutrition education and health care are of vital importance and great concern to all of these legislators and they need to hear our voices.

Please contact Connie Ray Black, Public Policy Coordinator MS-AND, if you have any questions or if you plan to attend. Phone: 662-341-1517. Email: cblack@dtcweb.net.


The top picture (left to right is): Merrell Rogers, Doris Schneider, Rebecca Turner, Jacinda Roach, and Lydia West (MS-AND State Regulatory Specialist). The bottom picture is Kathy Warwick (State Media Representative) talking with a screening participant about the importance of nutrition and health. Central District Dietetic Association president, Arianna Bierdeman, State Reimbursement Representative, Oliva McCay, and Heather White also helped with the booth.
Gulf Coast-AND District Update

A yoga class for members was held on January 30 as our Winter Social. We had a great time learning poses for healthy digestion and metabolism as well as the benefits of yoga for physical and mental health, all while earning CEU!

MS-AND Member Discussion Board

MS-AND is happy to announce the start of a member discussion board! We have created a private forum for MS-AND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. 

To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.
Public Policy Workshop 
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s 2017 Public Policy Workship is June 25th-26th in Washington D.C. This is a chance for you to connect with nutrition and dietetics colleagues at an advocacy summit, learn about current food and nutrition related issues, advance your leadership and communication skills, as well as learn how to become the voice of nutrition that Congress listens to and trusts. To learn more, please visit the advocacy section of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website at www.eatrightpro.org/resources/advocacy/action-center/public-policy-workshop.
 
Mobilizing a Culture of Health in Mississippi

In 2014 the Mississippi State Department of Health coordinated a series of assessments (including focus groups, surveys, public forums and listening sessions) to complete various components of the State Health Assessment (SHA) and the State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP). The products that came out of these assessments help create an understanding of the health issues that have the greatest impact on Mississippians and develop plans to address these issues.
 
The work is being done through the SHIP is coordinated through partners in UpRoot Mississippi. There are over 90 partner organizations in UpRoot Mississippi, including business groups, non-profit organizations, medical partners, public health professionals, government agencies, community members and organizations as well as education community members.
 
There are four priorities that UpRoot Mississippi is focusing on: (1) Increase Educational Attainment, (2) Create a Culture of Health, (3) Reduce Rate of Chronic Disease, and (4) Improve Infant Health. It is important that the SHIP remain a working, current document. If you like to be a part of UpRoot Mississippi, or to submit a success story, please visit http://uprootms.org/.
 
Mississippi School Nutrition Association Conference Featured MS-AND Members

The Mississippi School Nutrition Association (MSNA) Annual Conferences was held in Tupelo, MS November 10-12, 2016. The theme for the 2016 conference was “Heroes of Child Nutrition”. Through Thursday, Friday, and Saturday over 500 MSNA members attended the conference.  The agenda included a general opening session, staff development sessions, exhibits, and other events.  Many members took this opportunity to network with other members from all over the state.  
 
Several MS-AND registered dietitians were featured at conference including Lenora Phillips who presented “Conflict Resolution: Resolving Conflict through Communication” and Ashley Harris who helped present information about USDA’s Produce University.  Registered Dietitians attending received CEU hours. 
 
There were also several contests including Breakfast and Lunch Trays, Storyboards and Cupcake Wars. Nine members received scholarships to further their education or for professional development. 
Several MS-AND members will be attending the School Nutrition Association Legislative Action Conference in Washington, D.C. April 2-4, 2017, and the Annual National Conference in Atlanta, GA July 9-12, 2017.
 
Please join us for the 2017 conference, November 2-5, 2017, at the MS Coast Coliseum and Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. For more information visit: www.schoolnutrition-ms.org/.
 
Spreading the Message of Health in Mississippi

Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members enjoyed being a part of the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance Capitol Screening Day on January 19, 2017. These members provided state legislators, capitol staff and visitors with information about the importance of healthy, balanced food and nutrition choices.
 
The Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance collaborated with several health and wellness groups around Mississippi to help conduct assessments such as height, weight, BMI, blood cholesterol, blood glucose, blood pressure, complete kidney screening, stoke/heart attack risk assessment and blood pressure, and eye screenings. The information that the MS-AND members discussed with participants focused on nutritional considerations in relation to the screenings that were being conducted. If you, your staff, or students would like to be a part of the Mississippi State Medical Association Alliance Capitol Screening Day on January 18, 2018, please contact MSAND@eatright.org.
Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MS-AND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them tomsandconsumerprotection@gmail.com

January 2017 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Tuesday, January 17, 2017

MSAND January 2017 Newsletter

         
Happy New Year!
 
We're half way through 2016-2017. We have several upcoming events to announce:

  • MS Medical Association Alliance Capitol Screening Day, January 19, 2017
  • MSAND Capitol Day, March 8, 2017
  • MSAND Annual Meeting, March 27-28, 2017

Don't forget, we love promoting our profession. If you have a story to share, please contact our Executive Director, Carrie Kiley (msand@eatright.org). 
 
I look forward to seeing you in March!
 
Sincerely,
LaShaundrea B. Crook, MS, RDN, LD
President
MSAND

MSAND Member Discussion Board

MNAND is happy to announce the start of a member discussion board! We have created a private forum for MSAND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. 

To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.

Update from the Central District


Save The Date - First Meeting of 2017!

Thursday, February 23rd

Blue Cross Blue Shield of MS (3545 Lakeland Dr. Flowood, MS 39232)*

11 AM - 1 PM

 

Clint Clardy of Salus Genetics will present on the GeneDiet Test 

*Please RSVP to Central District or Stephanie Yow (syow@sedairy.org) if you plan to attend.

Update from the Northeastern District

The NEMSAND fall meeting was held Friday November 11, 2017 at HealthWorks! in Tupelo MS.  Speakers/topics were as follows: Cindy Smith- Bariatric Surgery Nutrition- Past and Present; HealthWorks Staff: Providing Nutrition Education to the Community; Chef Mitch McCamey- All About that Local: Your Food vs Farm Sourced Food.  We had 18 attendees (including MSU Dietetic Interns).  We had a great time and learned a lot of information about various topics. A special thanks to HealthWorks for hosting us!

         
 
 Important Events within the District:
 
The Starkville Oktibbeha Consolidated School District signed the Mississippi Farm to School Week Challenge Procurement Pledge and held the celebration at Sudduth Elementary School.  Each day during this weeklong celebration, a Mississippi grown or local item was featured on the menu.  The Mississippi grown items were supplied through the Department of Defense program and included yellow squash, butter beans and cantaloupe.  The local items prepared were salad mix purchased from Bountiful Harvest Farms, butternut squash from Lancaster Farms and sweet potatoes from McGreger Farms.  Sam McLemore, owner of Bountiful Harvest Farms, was our special guest farmer on Tuesday of the weeklong celebration.  Farmer Sam greeted the students and spoke with them during their lunch on their favorite vegetables.  We also passed out stickers and tattoos, provided by the MS Farm to School Network, to students who tried to feature items.  Farmer Sam brought a sampling of the crops he grows.  While students stood in the lunch line Ginny Hill, the Child Nutrition Director, showed them the unique varieties of vegetables that are grown at Bountiful Harvest Farms.  She allowed the students to feel eggplant and maroon okra, smell fresh basil and discuss purple sweet potatoes and pumpkins.  The students and staff at Sudduth Elementary received a glimpse of what types of crops are grown in Mississippi and were exposed to some unfamiliar vegetables during this weeklong celebration.

Ginny Hill, MS RD LD
Child Nutrition Director
Starkville School District
(662)615-0028
ghill@starkville.k12.ms.us


 
Upcoming Events:
Officers are in the process of planning a Winter social event and Spring Meeting.
 

MSAND Capitol Day
By Connie Black, MS-AND Public Policy Coordinator
 
The Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will hold their second event at the Mississippi State Capitol of the 2017 Legislative Session on March 8, 2017, National RDN Day! This is an exciting opportunity to let our state legislators know that food and nutrition related policy helps to shape the health of Mississippians and that we, as members of MS-AND, are the food and nutrition experts in Mississippi.

We need volunteers to help us at our booth. Slots are available 11:30-12:30, 12:30-1:30 and 1:00-2:00. We will not be advocating for any legislation, we will only be educating policy makers about the importance of sound, evidenced-based food and nutrition policy and letting attendees know about all of the expert knowledge Registered Dietitian Nutritionists and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered possess. Please contact Connie Black, cblack@dtcweb.net, for more information or to schedule a time to volunteer. Students and interns are encouraged to join us!
 

National Nutrition Month
 


March is National Nutrition Month®. This year’s theme is “Put Your Best Fork Forward” and there are five key messages:

  • Create an eating style that includes a variety of your favorite, healthful foods.
  • Practice cooking more at home and experiment with healthier ingredients.
  • How much we eat is as important as what we eat. Eat and drink the right amount for you, as MyPlate encourages us to do.
  • Find activities that you enjoy and be physically active most days of the week.
  • Manage your weight or lower your health risks by consulting a registered dietitian nutritionist. RDNs can provide sound, easy-to-follow personalized nutrition advice to meet your lifestyle, preferences and health-related needs.

There are many ways that you can commemorate this event focused on making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. There are several great ideas on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics National Nutrition Month® website: http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/toolkit.
 
Don’t forget that Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day is March 8, 2017. Visit http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/resources/national-nutrition-month/registered-dietitian-nutrition-day to get ideas about how to recognize Registered Dietitian Nutritionists in your organization or community.
 

Pride in Food Services Month
 

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP) is promoting Pride in Foodservice Week February 6-10, 2017. This recognition week acknowledges nutrition and foodservice for their hard work and dedication on the job. You and your staff have the opportunity to win prizes this year! Let ANFP know how your staff was recognized by filling out an application and ANFP will award $100 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place. For a contest application and more information, visit www.ANFPonline.org/PIFSW.

Public Policy Update
 

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession through research, education and advocacy. Public policy significantly influences and shapes the public image the nutrition and dietetics profession.

The goal of the Academy is to help improve the health of Americans and to ensure that the public trusts and chooses Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) and Nutrition and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (NDTRs) as the food and nutrition experts. Public policy and advocacy efforts can enhance the value of the Registered Dietitian Nutritionist and position the RDN in the forefront of the policy process by passing effective legislation and issuing regulations that support the Academy’s priorities.
By educating our state and federal legislators and sharing with them your personal experiences in practice, you can make the critical difference in our nation’s health and nutrition policy.

Voters like you elected them to office and it is the central focus of an elected official’s job to respond to voter concerns. We must be able to define our role as the expert in nutrition or others will define it for us. Many legislative and regulatory issues have been identified and addressed because groups of dedicated individuals made their voices heard.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has an “Action Center” to help elected officials in Washington, D.C. know your views as both voters and nutritional and food professionals. Visit http://www.eatrightpro.org/resources/advocacy/action-center to see current Action Alerts and find other resources regarding Food and Nutrition related policy and advocacy efforts.

The Mississippi legislature is currently in session. Visit https://openstates.org/find_your_legislator/ to find out who your state senator and representative are. Let them know how important it is to support evidenced-based, up-to-date food and nutrition related policy.

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MSAND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to msandconsumerprotection@gmail.com

Copyright © 2017 Mississippi Academy of Nutrition an Dietetics, All rights reserved.

December 2016 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Tuesday, December 20, 2016

MSAND December 2016 Newsletter

         

Greetings!
 
As the year draws to a close and we are focused on the holiday celebrations, MSAND would like to extend warm wishes to you and your family. We look forward to the new year and all the great things it will bring for our affiliate.

Sincerely,
LaShaundrea

MSAND Member Discussion Board

MNAND is happy to announce the start of a member discussion board! We have created a private forum for MSAND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. 

To subscribe to the discussion board simply send an email that contains your full name and Academy ID number to msand-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and you will be approved shortly.

Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to msand@yahoogroups.com. The group has been quiet so far, but please don't be shy! This was created for us to interact more effectively with each other.

Update from the South Central District
Our Christmas Party was Thursday, December 8th at Tabella's! We enjoyed good food, good company, and a Dirty Santa game! Please be on the look out for the newsletters for information on our next CEU in the new year!
 
Thanks,
Katie Mottley
SCAND President 2016-2017
 

Mississippi Food Sumit
Submitted by Lydia West

Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival was held at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum November 17-19, 2016 in Jackson, MS. It included three days of events: Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference on November 17th.  The Farmer to Farmer Conference on November 18th, and the Mississippi Farmers Market with Local Farm and Garden Tours on November 19th.

The Mississippi Farm to Cafeteria Conference included three tracks of breakout sessions with information for everyone. MS-AND members enjoyed going to sessions regarding “In the Garden and Classroom”, “Procurement”, “On the Farm” as well as the “Common Ground Youth Sessions”. Thursday evening was followed up with a networking reception, the Mississippi Food Policy Council Farm and Food Policy Forum and a screening and discussion of the 2014 film Food Chains.

Friday’s Farmer to Farmer Conference included panel discussions and breakout session tracks regarding “Preserving the Harvest”, “Business and Marketing”, “On the Farm”, “In the Garden”, “Common Ground Youth Sessions”, and “Farm Investments”. That evening was concluded with a Taste of Mississippi Dinner and a National Young Farmers Coalition Mixer and Seed Swap.

The Mississippi Farmers Market took place on Saturday at its regular location, 929 High Street in Jackson, MS. The Saturday farm tours included Cooperative Community of New West Jackson (Jackson), Rosemont Community Orchard (Jackson), We Will Go Ministries Community Garden (Jackson), Brown Elementary (Jackson), Footprint Farms (Jackson), Amorphous Gardens (Canton), Two Dogs Farm (Flora), and The Garden Farmacy (Bolton).

For more information about the Mississippi Food Summit & Agricultural Revival, visit the Mississippi Sustainable Agriculture Network www.mssagnet.net/programs/ms-food-summit/  or the event facebook page: www.facebook.com/events/169237796791525/


Pictured are (left to right) RNDs Beth Crumpton, Nutrition Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC; Lydia West, consultant; and Vijaya Chinthakuntla, Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC.
 

MSPQC Annual Meeting
Submitted by Lydia West

The Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative (MSPQC) 2016 Annual Meeting was held November 18, 2016, at the Hilton-Jackson. This well attended meeting included national experts from around the country who presented topics on strategies to reduce preterm birth and infant mortality, obstetric hemorrhage, delayed cord clamping, breastfeeding and safe sleep guidelines.

The MSPQC began in 2014 as a statewide partnership that promotes evidence-based quality improvement initiatives at the hospital and community level to improve birth outcomes across Mississippi.

For more information about the Mississippi Perinatal Quality Collaborative, please visit http://mspqc.org/ or follow them on Twitter: @MSPQC


The included picture are (left to right) RNDs Beth Crumpton, Nutrition Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC; Lydia West, consultant; and Vijaya Chinthakuntla, Breastfeeding Coordinator at the Mississippi State Department of Health, Office of WIC.

 

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MSAND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to msandconsumerprotection@gmail.com

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November 2016 Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

MSAND November 2016 Newsletter

         

Greetings!
 

I would like to thank everyone who submitted their resumes for the position of Second Century Liaison to the Academy. Alisha Jones was selected to represent our affiliate. Alisha’s job will be to keep MSAND members informed of what we can expect leading up to and during FNCE 2017.  

We are still looking for a State Policy Representative. The State Policy Representative (SPR) monitors and keeps members informed on key state legislative issues. Throughout the year it is important for the SPR to take the lead in meeting with the state legislators who serve on committees with jurisdic­tion on issues impacting food, nutrition and health legislation. This outreach helps build relationships and increase visibility of the profession. If you are interested, please send your resume to MSAND@eatright.org.

 Thank you to everyone who reviewed and voted on the bylaw revision. It has passed unanimously! We are excited to keep moving MSAND ahead.

There are only 47 days left in 2016! Time passes quickly. Take time to appreciate one another. I’m thankful for all of you!

Sincerely,
LaShaundrea

MSAND Member Discussion Board

MNAND is happy to announce the start of a member discussion board! We have created a private forum for MSAND members to communicate with each other to share resources, ask questions, and interact more. 

You will each be receiving an email invitation to join our Yahoo! Group within the week. If you have any questions or difficulties, please email Carrie at MSAND@eatright.org for assistance. 

Update from the Central District

What: Central District AND Holiday Meeting
When: Thursday, December 1st 11AM-1PM
Where: Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. (www.mississippiroadmap.org )
2548 Livingston Rd., Jackson, MS 39213 (Near the Jackson Medical Mall)
Who: 1. Beneta Burt, Executive Director of Mississippi Roadmap to Health Equity, Inc. will share about Mississippi Roadmap and the work they are doing

2. Stephanie Yow, Nutrition Affairs Program Manager for Southeast Dairy Association will share "How to Have A Healthy Holiday" with a brief cooking demo.

3. Stick around after presentations for snacks from the cooking demo and help us give back to our community. Following the presentations we will be tying bags for the Society of St. Andrews. These bags will be used for crop drops in our local community and throughout the state of MS. Since we are all passionate about eating healthy, let's help the hungry and food insecure in our community receive nutrient rich foods. You can learn more at www.endhunger.org 

Update from the Gulf Coast District
The Gulf Coast chapter is excited to announce that Annie Marhula has been voted as head of our fundraising committee for the Spring fundraiser, and that we had several new members join our group since the last meeting in October. Currently, we are planning a fun Holiday Social and Cookie Swap for our members!
 

Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MSAND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them to msandconsumerprotection@gmail.com

October Newsletter

Carrie Kiley - Monday, October 24, 2016











MSAND October 2016 Newsletter

         

Greetings!
 
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us for the virtual member meeting on October 7. In this update we announced the opening of nominations for the MSAND board of directors 2017-2018 membership year, the save the date for our annual meeting taking place March 27 and 28th in Biloxi, and introduced our latest bylaws revision.

You can access the link for a recording of the meeting along with the slides and information on how to review and vote on the bylaws update at http://www.eatrightmississippi.org/announcements/msand-bylaws-revision. Please let us know any questions or comments you have.

Please see the website for more information on:

 
Sincerely,
LaShaundrea

Volunteer Needed

MSAND needs to fill a few open positions. If you are interested, please email us which position and a copy of your resume. Also feel free to ask any questions. Click below for more information on the Second Century Liaison.

Second Century Liaison to the Academy
Public Policy Coordinator

 
Update from the South Central District

We had our membership appreciation night last night with a good turnout! Our next event will be November 17th at 6 pm at Forrest General Hospital where we will have our first CEU opportunity!
 
Update from the Gulf Coast District
GCAND held their Fall meeting on October 11 and enjoyed dynamic presentations on the topics of transitioning patients from hospital to home, an integrated health program, and a healthy cooking demonstration. The group is now focusing on a fun holiday social for its members.
 
Update from the Northeast District
It is now officially FALL, so it is time for our first district meeting of the year!
For those of you who are new to the area, we have two meetings per year, one in the fall and the other in the spring.  Each meeting offers 4 CEU opportunities.  We found this easier and better for the district members since everyone is so spread out as opposed to trying to meet every month!
 
Mark your calendars for our Fall meeting!  It will be:
 Friday November 11, 2016 from 9a-1pm at HealthWorks! in Tupelo, MS!  
 
We hope you will all make plans to attend the meeting!  We are excited about this new spin on our traditional meeting place and time, so please spread the word and invite a friend!  I know there are some recent graduates and new RDs to the area so please invite as many people as you can!  We are really striving to increase our membership and participation this year so help us out and bring some friends to the meeting!

We will send out an Agenda for the meeting and membership form soon!  You do not have to be a current member to come… the membership is annual and starts over now so everyone is welcome!
 
For any questions regarding the meeting or northeast district, please contact us atnortheastmsand@gmail.com.
Consumer Protection Reminder

I am Constance Shelby, the Consumer Protection Coordinator for MSAND. As we work to provide excellent serivce to patients, just a reminder to let us know about instances of both harm and success you hear about other practitioners to help promote the entire profession.

If you would like to report any stories of harm or success, please email them tomsandconsumerprotection@gmail.com
MSAND Members at MPHA Conference

The Mississippi Public Health Association (MPHA) held their annual conference at the Hilton Jackson on October 13 and 14, 2016. The theme this year was “Promoting Partnerships-New Directions in Public Health”. MS-AND member Brent Fountain presented at a workshop entitled “SEE FOOD: How Advertising Affects Food Choice”. There were several other general session and concurrent workshop topics that were of interest to MS-AND members.

MS-AND members also attended the MPHA Special Interest Group, Young Professionals, for a fascinating presentation, “Developing Your Public Health Career” on that Thursday evening.

The Nutrition Section of MPHA featured MS-AND Council on Professional Issues Chair, Stephanie Yow. Mrs. Yow highlighted the updates to the nutrition facts label, differences between the original and the new label, and discussed compliance dates.

For more information about the Mississippi Public Health Association, please visit www.mspha.org. For information about the updated nutrition facts label, please visithttp://www.fda.gov/Food/GuidanceRegulation/GuidanceDocumentsRegulatoryInformation/LabelingNutrition/ucm385663.htm
K-12 Culinary Institute

Submitted by Lydia West
Academic success and improved student health is important for every school district in Mississippi. To help meet these goals, the Mississippi Department of Education, Office of Child Nutrition offered a unique workshop opportunity to school child nutrition directors and managers in September: a culinary institute using Mississippi specific recipes. Participants in these workshops were able to receive one-on-one technical assistance with knife skills, weighing and measuring ingredients, preparing food for just-in-time service, effective use of equipment, and quality food preparation. These concepts help child nutrition programs meet nutrition standards set by the USDA Food and Nutrition Services and the Mississippi Board of Education. Workshop participants were encouraged to use a concept called “Teach it Forward” to pass skills that they learned at the culinary institute on other staff in their school. Several MS-AND members will now be able to share these new skills with their staff members.

Chef Cyndie’s K-12 Culinary Team developed the curriculum and taught the workshops (www.chefcyndie.com). Members of this culinary team also helped with the production of the Mississippi Recipes for Success, a recipe index used by school districts across Mississippi (http://mrs.mdek12.org).

For more information on these culinary institutes, please contact the Mississippi Department of Education, office of Child Nutrition at (601) 576-5000.
MS Breastfeeding

Submitted by Lydia West
Mississippi ranks 50th in our infant mortality rate data (http://msdh.ms.gov/msdhsit/_static/resources/6435.pdf). Evidenced based maternity care practices are becoming a part of hospitals and maternity care centers across Mississippi, which helps to reduce the number of infant deaths. Many of these practices also help to promote breastfeeding initiation and duration rates (which Mississippi also ranks very low). Implementing the ten steps of the Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative (and attaining Baby-Friendly designation) is one way to implement these evidenced based practices.
 
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi has expanded its Maternity Care Practice Model to require all delivering Network Hospitals across the state to gain Baby-Friendly designation as part of criteria for achieving Blue Distinction for maternity care (https://www.bcbsms.com/index.php?q=maternity-care-quality-initiatives.html). Many MS-AND members are a part of their hospital’s or community’s Baby-Friendly advisory board.
 
A W. K . Kellogg Foundation Grant supports a project entitled Communities and Hospitals Advancing Maternity Care Practices (CHAMPS), to improve maternity care practices through work with both hospitals and the communities that surround them (www.champsbreastfeed.org). There are 18 CHAMPS hospitals in Mississippi. A similar project called EMPower Breastfeeding: Enhancing Maternity Care Practices (http://empowerbreastfeeding.org/) is providing technical assistance to one hospital in Mississippi. The Mississippi State Department of Health is encouraging these evidenced based materity care practice initiatives through efforts in the Offices or Preventive Health, Health Services and Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC).

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