MS-AND June 2018 Newsletter

Welcome to the 2018-2019 Membership Year! Please see a welcome message from the MS-AND President, Lydia West

Summer Northwest MS-AND District

Join the Northwest MS-AND District on  June 21st, 2018 at the CAPPS center in Indianola, MS from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. for their summer meeting to hear Jennifer Moore, MS, RD, LD speak on Plant Based Nutrition. If you would like to receive updates about meetings and other events in Northwest Mississippi, please email to be added to the distribution list.

The Society of St. Andrew – Who are we?

The Society of St. Andrew – Mississippi and Arkansas Regional Office works to save produce that could have gone to waste and coordinates ways to use that produce to feed hungry people in Mississippi and Arkansas. They coordinate the MS Gleaning Network to partner with farmers, growers, packers, and other produce handlers collect culled and graded-out produce and distribute to families, organizations and communities.

This summer, Society of St. Andrew – Mississippi and Arkansas Regional Office has a social media campaign, “Who are we?”, to demonstrate what the group believes, who they are and how they do it. Check out the campaign: Facebook – and Instagram – @societyofst.andrew_ms. If you are interested in gleaning or other volunteer opportunities with the Society of St. Andrew please contact the Project Coordinator, Andy Lemmon, P.O. Box 5362, Jackson, MS 39296-5362, 769-233-0887, Fax: 601-366-2886 or sign online at

Alzheimer’s Month Resources

June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month, and the Alzheimer’s Association needs you to get involved and raise awareness about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Everyone who has a brain is at risk to develop Alzheimer’s, a disease that is often misunderstood.

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June is Men’s Health Month

Each June is recognized as Men’s Health Month. This campaign heightens awareness of preventable health problems and encourages early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys. Plan to wear blue the Friday before Father’s Day, June 15, help bring awareness to this work. To learn more, click here: and help the men in your life schedule a check up today!

MS-AND Member Elise Smith Honored

The University of Mississippi’s School of Applied Sciences at the University of Mississippi has named Elise Smith, of Brandon, as the Thomas A. Crowe Alumnus of the Year for her outstanding contributions in the field of dietetics and nutrition and her ongoing support of students in the school’s Department of Nutrition and Hospitality Management.

Smith is a registered dietitian who has worked in both clinical and food service management positions for more than 30 years. As a founding member of the management team and director of consulting services for Nutrition Systems, Inc., she supervised more than 15 registered dietitians, providing consulting services in 95 health care facilities in the Southeast.

She also served as director of the Food Service Department for St. Dominic Hospital. She is retired but continues consulting for Nutrition Systems Inc.

Smith has played a significant role in shaping nutrition policy across the region, having served in numerous positions in state and national dietetic associations, including president of the Mississippi Dietetic Association, chair of the Nutrition Care Process/Standardized Language Committee, Mississippi’s affiliate delegate in the House of Delegates, House of Delegates director and a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics board of directors. She also is past speaker of the academy’s House of Delegates and is chair-elect of the its Political Action Committee. For more detail, visit:

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation Research Grant Opportunities

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2018 Research Grant applications are open – let’s bring some of that funding to your research in Mississippi! There are nine available grants this year, with categories such as obesity, foodservice, nutrition support and diabetes MNT. In 2017, the Foundation awarded over $86,000 in research grant funding to individual recipients. The application deadline is approaching quickly, July 1, 2018. To view all of the open applications and instructions on how to apply, visit the grants page on the Foundation’s website.

Updates from the Academy

Updated Joint Position Paper & New Academy Practice Paper                   

The updated Joint Position Paper between the Academy, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, and School Nutrition Association and the new Academy Practice Paper both entitled “Comprehensive Nutrition Programs and Services in Schools” are published in the May 2018 Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. You can access the position paper and the practice paper.

Take Advantage of ANFP Webinars

The Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals is offering AND members a 10% discount on the ALL webinars during the month of June! ANFP webinars range in topic from storage area inspection to dysphagia diets to CMS regulations.

To purchase an ANFP webinar, visit HERE and enter ANFPANDJUNE18 to receive the 10% discount. ANFP is a Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Accredited Provider with the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR).  Access promotional images for DPGs and MIGs.

American Association of Diabetes Educators Annual Conference

Come together to enjoy the nation’s premier diabetes education event! Experience the collective energy of the nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, and other healthcare providers who share your dedication to seeking out the latest in care for those affect by diabetes. Take it all in and let the transformation begin for you, your practice and your organization. Access promotional images for DPGs and MIGs. The event will take place August 17-20: Baltimore, MD. Register today

Webinar Recordings Available

Start earning today! Get CPEs on your own time through the Academy’s Webinar Series.


  • June 19: Be the Expert: Write for National Publications


  • 20 Years of WIC Breastfeeding: Past and Future Opportunities for RDNs
  • Beyond the App Game: Integrating Mobile Apps into Dietetics Practice
  • Branding: Creating Your Professional Image
  • Dietary Factors and Normal Weight Central Obesity: A Chance to Improve Women’s Health
  • Evidence-Based Nutrition: Using Scientific Evidence to Inform Clinical Practice
  • International Dysphagia Diet Standardisation Initiative
  • Lessons in Leadership: How to Manage Conflict and Ethical Challenges
  • Malnutrition and Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Practical Applications in the Pediatric Setting
  • Nutritional Misconceptions Travel Across the Globe: Different Cultures, Similar Observations
  • Operationalizing Dietitian Order Writing Privileges: The Step by Step Process
  • Orthorexia Comes of Age: Perspectives on the Healthy Eating Disorder
  • Sarcopenia: How Muscle Reserves Affect Cancer Patient Outcomes
  • Seafood Nutrition: Benefits from Sea to Table
  • State of the Sweeteners Union: How Strong is the Evidence on Low and No-Calorie Sweeteners?
  • Supermarket Victory: Optimizing Sports Performance through Step-by-Step Shopping Guides
  • The Mighty Microbiome: What We Know and What We Need to Learn
  • The Role of Medical Nutrition Therapy and Registered Dietitians Nutritionists in the Prevention and Treatment of Prediabetes and Type 2 Diabetes
  • Vitamin E: Setting the Record Straight

Use Your Member Discount on Select Resources from the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE)!

From diabetes educators to dietetics practitioners, the latest resources from AADE are filled with content pertinent to nutrition and dietetics professionals. The experts in diabetes education provide the current breakthroughs in diabetes-related medications, the core knowledge of educating and supporting people with diabetes, and guidance in assessing proficiency and developing strategies while preparing for the Certified Diabetes Educator exam. Now, through our exclusive partnership with the diabetes education leaders at AADE, you can access the following publications:

  • Diabetes Education Curriculum: A Guide to Successful Self-Management, 2nd
  • The Art and Science of Diabetes Self-Management Education Desk Reference, 4th
  • Review Guide for the Certified Diabetes Educator Exam, 4th
  • Quick Guide to Medications, 7th

…all available with your member discount!

Recruiting RDN Medicare Providers in Primary Care for TCPI

HealthCare Dynamics International (HCD International) is actively recruiting Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) who are Medicare providers working in, or with primary care practice to participate in TCPI, an initiative of the CMS Innovation Center that providers federal funding to prepare clinicians for health care transformations in delivery and payment.

RDN participation in the program means that RDNs are documented as providers in team based care in primary care practices participating in the program. RDNs who qualify to enroll will be connected with one of HCD International’s TCPI Practice Transformation Networks. HealthCare Dynamics International (HCD International), a healthcare management and technology consulting firm, was awarded a Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) Support and Alignment Network contract from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). One important focus of TCPI is helping primary care practices achieve the goals of Medicare’s New Quality Payment Program.

For more information about TCPI visit  Please contact  Uchenna Okoli, Project Management Coordinator at HCD International at  or (301) 552-8803, or Michelle Kuppich on the Nutrition Services Coverage team at

Updated Scope and Standards of Practice Brochure

The Scope and Standards of Practice Brochure has been revised to include updated information on the Scope and Standards of Practice for RDNs and for NDTRs. It includes information on resources such as the Revised 2017 Scope and Standards articles, focus area articles, learning modules, practice tips and case studies. Find the updated brochure.

Revised Practice Tips- May 2018

The Academy’s Quality Management team has revised their Practice Tips that address a range of issues such as the RDN-NDTR Team, NDTRs and Autonomy, Ordering Privileges, and many more! Practice Tips provide resources and ask critical questions to guide nutrition and dietetics practitioners in all settings. You can find these revised practice tips on the Competence, Case Studies and Practice Tips web page.

Updated Case Studies- May 2018

The Academy’s Quality Management team has revised their Case Studies that address a range of topics such as: screening for swallowing difficulty, recommendations for physical activity, initiating orders, and more! Case studies provide the necessary guidance, resources and options that can be used to evaluate whether the RDN or NDTR can safely and effectively provide care and services. You can find these revised case studies on the Competence, Case Studies and Practice Tips web page.

Revised Quality Resource Collection- May 2018

With over a 100 different resources listed, the Quality Resource Collection serves to develop quality management knowledge and skills as a critical component of nutrition and dietetics practice. This collection published by the Academy’s Quality Management Committee, includes resources used in practice by Quality Leader Alliance and reflects their areas of expertise. Notable additions to the revision include reclassification of resources based on the Academy’s Standards of Excellence and an Appendix with educational resources for educators and preceptors. Find the revised collection.

EAL News

The EAL is developing an evidence-based nutrition practice guideline on Preterm Infants. Learn about the scoping review and comment on the research questions from