President’s Message

Happy Holidays everyone,

I hope that you are all having a wonderful December. This season is always a good time to reflect over the year. This year has been one of growth and development for the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, and I look forward to seeing how that continues in 2023. It has been such a pleasure to work with our board of directors and to get to know many more of you through the regional meet ups. 

I hope that you will take time to read through the articles below. There is information about the Mississippi State University Student Dietetics Association trip to a diary farm, pictures from the Gulf Coast and Northeast regional meet ups, and other news from The Academy.

I’m looking forward to all the great things to come in 2023.

Lydia West, MPH, RDN, LD, SNS, President
Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Submit A Nomination!

Nominations are open for the MS-AND 2023-2024 Board of Directors. We are seeking nominations for:

  • President-Elect
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer-Elect
  • Nominating Committee Member
  • Professional Development Chair-Elect
  • Delegate

Click the button below to nominate yourself or someone else today! Questions can be directed to [email protected].

Academy Slate of Candidates Announced

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and Commission on Dietetic Registration Nominating Committees are pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2023 national ballot, chosen from many excellent nominees. Candidates’ biographical information will be posted on the election website in mid-December. Thanks to all who participated in the nomination process. The election will occur February 1 through February 15, 2023. 

Please access the full campaign rules here to ensure your affiliate is in compliance. Note that in the campaign rules it states, “beginning January 1, groups are asked to list all candidates (even if there is just one) associated with their unit equally via DPG, MIG, CDR, ACEND, HOD, Affiliate, and District communications (social media, newsletters, website, etc.). For example, organizational units can say, To read about the candidates running for national and XYZ offices and to cast your vote, visit the Academy elections webpage. Several XYZ members are running for national office (name the candidates).” 

Please join Nominating Committee members Yolanda Jackson, MS, RD, LD, and Mary Russell, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND, on Wednesday, December 14, 2022 at 12:00 pm Central time for the Winning Strategies to Run a Successful Campaign webinar. Whether you are a candidate or an engaged Academy member, you can take an active role in the election process. This informative webinar will provide strategies and clarification regarding the Academy’s National Campaign Rules to help you run a fair and positive campaign. Register here. The webinar will be recorded and uploaded to the Academy’s election website for future playback.

USDA’s New Virtual Nutrition Center of Excellence

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s new Agricultural Science Center of Excellence for Nutrition and Diet for Better Health aims to accelerate research on diet-related chronic diseases, including cancer. The USDA initiative aligns with the Academy’s mission and recommendations to the recent White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition and Health.

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January 15 Application Deadline: Opportunities to Serve

If you are interested in volunteering for an Academy committee, please complete the Opportunities to Serve application. The information will assist the Academy’s president-elect and House speaker-elect in making appointments for the 2023-2024 program year. The application is open until January 15, 2023.

Make It a Million Scholarship Campaign

Donations to the Foundation’s Make It a Million scholarship campaign make a difference in the lives of hundreds of your fellow members each year and build the next generation of food and nutrition practitioners. With your help, the Foundation can do even more; please donate today.

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New Affinity Group: Payment and Reimbursement

The first meeting of the Academy’s new Payment and Reimbursement Affinity Group will be January 24, 2023. Member-only affinity group meetings are forum-based events where staff, policy leaders and members discuss the Academy’s advocacy priorities and strategies, share experience and determine how to become involved in advocating. 

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National Nutrition Month

March is National Nutrition Month.

The theme for 2023 is “Fuel for the Future”.

Visit for more information.

Professional Development Resource Center

CDR has created an interactive tool to assist future and current CDR Credentialed Practitioners navigate fee payments, the recertification process, and opportunities to advance their careers. Within the Professional Development Resource Center practitioners can find FAQs, tutorial videos, and step-by-step instructions for filing a Learning Plan and logging activities on the online Activity Log. Click here to explore the new Professional Development Resource Center!

Use and Misuse of RD/RDN and DTR/NDTR

Do you have question about how to use the trademarked credentials RD/RDN, DTR/NDTR and CDR Specialist Credentials in your business name or email? Are you RD/RDN eligible or DTR/NDTR eligible or hiring someone who is? Please review the linked resources to assist you in navigating these scenarios.

Mississippi State University Student Dietetic Association

The final Mississippi State University Student Dietetics Association meeting for the year was on November 1. The speaker was Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Past President Kevin Sauer.

Where does your cheese come from?

The Mississippi State University Student Dietetic Association took a tour of the Mississippi State Dairy Farm. They learned about how cheese and ice cream are made as well as how milk is processed and distributed. Click through the photos below to see more from their time on the farm.