President’s Message

Just like that, it’s the end of August. By now, some of us have begun the new school year in some form of fashion. It’s a wild time to be a student. It’s definitely wild watching the process as a parent or friend.

This next month the MSAND Board will focus on getting our Affiliate Regions off the ground. If you will remember, MSAND voted to transition our Districts to Regions back in the Spring of 2018. The Board took a look at the effectiveness of the past Districts in the State. With low District memberships, lower volunteer interests and low attendance at meetings, we felt moving to Affiliate Regions would provide more flexibility and less pressure on our members. Instead of a 3-4-person board, each Region will have one Coordinator. The Region Coordinator
will work alongside the State Affiliate to make sure member needs are met.


What’s the advantage? There will be less volunteers needed, less structure and the help of the State Affiliate to run the Region. WINNER! Each Region will have a Coordinator at the helm to guide members thru the year. With that said, if you or someone you know is interested in volunteering as Region Coordinator, please let me or Rachel Whitlock (Affiliate Exec Director know @
We have embedded the new Affiliate Map for your reference. For those that attended the 2019 and 2020 Annual Conferences, this graphic should look familiar!

Have a great month!
Heather White

Send Us Your Ideas

Planning for the 2021 MS-AND Annual Conference is already under way and we want to hear from YOU! We are now accepting recommendations for potential speakers and topics for the upcoming MS-AND conference. Please submit your ideas and contact information to Lindsay Mixon, President-Elect at We can’t wait to hear from you.

Board Spotlight

Rachel Whitlock

City: Chicago, IL

Workplace: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Position with MS-AND Board of Directors: Executive Director

Tell us what your position is responsible for, and what you like most about it:

As Executive Director I provide administrative support for MS-AND and four other Academy Affiliates. The Academy Executive Director service also includes assisting affiliates in financial management and meeting planning. My favorite part of my job is getting to work with people all over the country. I may live in Illinois, but get to work with dietitians both in the United States and internationally on a daily basis.

What is your favorite hobby/pastime outside of work?

Outside of work I enjoy musical theater, going to concerts, and hanging out with my nieces and nephew!

Member Spotlight

Carolyn A Bailey MS, RDN, LD

City: Starkville

Workplace: Delta State University, Coordinated Program in Dietetics

What do you like most about your position? 

Working with students, teaching in general

What is your favorite hobby/pastime outside of work?

Travel, Baking, Reading

What is your favorite place to visit in Mississippi and why?

Natchez; I love the shops, the food, and the view of the Mississippi River

Academy Updates

CPE Corner

August 20 Live Webinar: Shifts in Shopping Behaviors during Pandemic

In an August 20 webinar, learn from retail nutrition experts how they have adapted to shifts in consumer shopping behaviors during the COVID-19 pandemic within their roles in the food industry, including retail nutrition communications, e-commerce, quality assurance and supply chain.

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Seeking Ideas for Webinars

Do you have an idea for a webinar that would benefit nutrition and dietetics professionals? The Academy seeks proposals on beginner, intermediate and advanced-level topics.

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Career Resources

New Academy Book: Communicating Nutrition: The Authoritative Guide

This new book from the Academy will show you the art of creating and communicating compelling messages that are audience-centered, evidence-based and inspire optimal nutrition and health. The eBook is available now, with the print version coming this week.

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August 30 Application Deadline: Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual® Editor-in-Chief

The Clinical Content Strategy Team seeks candidates for the position of Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual® editor-in-chief. This is a paid position, beginning November 1, with contract continually renewed for subsequent one-year terms for up to five years. The time commitment ranges from two hours to four hours per week.

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Topic Experts Needed for Diabetes Guideline Project

The Academy’s Evidence Analysis Center is seeking a multidisciplinary team of experts for an evidence-based nutrition practice guideline and supporting systematic review on Type 1 diabetes mellitus (pediatrics). The review will examine nutrition management interventions and effectiveness of medical nutrition therapy to improve nutrition-related outcomes.

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Academy Foundation News

September 6 Application Deadline: FNCE® Student Stipends

Students who are planning on attending the 2020 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ virtual event can apply for a Foundation Student Stipend before registering. Stipends are made possible by the Foundation thanks to the generosity of dietetic practice groups, member interest groups, affiliates and individual members. The application deadline is September 6.

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Join Foundation’s Virtual Events during FNCE®

The Foundation is offering great events during the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ virtual event, including a virtual 5K Run/Walk (#werundietetics). A complete list of events and registration information for the 5K are available on the FNCE® Foundation page.

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