MS-AND Awards –
November 1st Deadline

better way to honor that exceptional colleague of yours than to
nominate her for a MS-AND award? The nominating committee is accepting
nominations for 3 awards for RDs and 1 award for a non-dietitian.
 Read the short description and nomination form at  Applications will be
accepted until November 1.



MS-AND Annual
Conference – March 23-24

roll please…the 2018 MS-AND Annual Conference Save the Date

Dear MS-AND members,

I am so excited to announce that the 2018 MS Academy of Nutrition and
Dietetics Annual Conference will be at the Riley Center in Meridian, MS
on March 23 and 24, 2018. There will be tracks for breakout sessions
with a variety of different subject matters and well as several
engaging general sessions and a business meeting. There will be a call
for research posters from students and professionals, some of which
will be presented as education sessions.

It is important to celebrate all of the success that has been made in
our profession. Part of this celebration will include an awards
ceremony, which will take place in downtown Meridian. Please look for
updates on our website:

Please help us make the 2018 conference be the best that it can be.
Committees are being developed for all of the conference events. Please
click here to read about the conference committees:
(once you download the document, you can click on the blue items, which
are hyperlinks to the descriptions of each committee). We really hope
that you will help us make the2018 conference be the stellar by signing
up for one of the planning committees here

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns (941) 993-2075
(cell phone) or

Lydia West
MS-AND President-Elect, 2017-2018




will be many Mississippians attending the 2017 Food & Nutrition
Conference & Expo (FNCE) in Chicago, IL to stay on the cutting edge
of nutrition and contribute to the solving the food and nutrition
challenges of the 21st century in our second century endeavors. If you
are going to FNCE, meet
after the opening general session at 6:00 p.m.,
Sunday, October 21, for
a group picture
of the Mississippi dietitians. Contact
MS-AND president Ashley Thompson (
or Lydia West, MS-AND President-elect,  (941-993-2075 or
for more information.

We will also meet for a dinner
together on Monday evening at Lou Malnti’s Pizzeria
We are so proud of all of our Mississippi RDNs who have contributed to
2017 FNCE sessions, posters, second century endeavors, DPG activities,
and vendor booths. Let’s make sure to support all the work that has
been put into making this a great celebration of our first 100 years. Look
for MS-AND members at FNCE on our Facebook page:



District Update

Members learn more about Organ Transplant in Mississippi

The September Meeting of the Central District Mississippi Academy of
Nutrition and Dietetics took place at the Mississippi Organ Recovery
Agency (MORA). Staff from MORA talked about organ, eye and tissue
donation in Mississippi. CD-AND members also learn about MORA’s available
resources. Toy Bell and Deborah Poole presented information to
help members have a more in-depth understanding of pre-transplant and
post-transplant dietary requirements.




Gulf Coast
District Update

members participated in the Diabetes Foundation of Mississippi Gulf
Coast walk in September at Jones Park in Gulfport and raised over $100!



Dietitians in Public Health

MS-AND members contributed to the Mississippi Public Health Association
(MPHA) meeting on October 12-13, 2017 in Jackson, MS.

Sylvia Byrd and Renee Matich, with MSU Extension Service, discussed
research that has been conducted with families regarding influencers on
healthy eating for Mississippians, as well as the resources that are
being developed to help educate families in Mississippi about health
and nutrition.
Jacinda Roach, with the Mississippi Public Health Institute, discussed
health literacy statistics in Mississippi. She also provided health
literacy tools and interventions that attendees could use with various
groups and populations.

Stephanie Yow and Donna Speed helped MPHA members learn more about
Southeast Dairy Association (SUDIA) and the benefits of dairy. Lydia
West, as well as staff from MS State Department of Health Office of
WIC, provided conference attendees with information about infants’
first food choices, including breastfeeding resources that are
available around the state.




Call for Topic Experts

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is seeking to convene a
multidisciplinary team of experts to conduct a systematic review on the
topic of Cystic Fibrosis. A workgroup consists of registered dietitian
nutritionists plus doctors, nurses, and/or therapists and a patient
advocate. To learn more about the workgroup responsibilities and to
apply for this volunteer position, please visit the EAL.
Now Accepting
Applications for Academy’s Spokesperson Program

The Academy is seeking outgoing, knowledgeable registered dietitian
nutritionists with experience working with the news media to apply to
join the Academy’s Spokesperson Program. Members who have been RDNs for
more than five years and have at least two years of media experience
are encouraged to apply. Numerous topic areas and geographical markets
are available. The application deadline is February 2, 2018.
MQii Toolkit and
eCQMs FAQs Now Available

Valuable educational resources for practitioners to advance malnutrition
quality in their facilities are now available. These include
malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures (eCQMs) Access FAQs which address the what, who,
when, why and how on quality measures. Another resource is the
Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative (MQii) Toolkit. The MQii Toolkit is a guide
for identifying and implementing clinical quality improvements for
malnutrition care. Learn more.
eNCPT Update
The latest eNCPT 2017
is now available. Key highlights/changes in this
2017 Edition include the addition of a new Population Based Nutrition Action (P)
domain to the Nutrition Intervention step of the Nutrition Care Process
(NCP) as well as updated Malnutrition (undernutrition) terms. The new  Population Based Nutrition Action (P)
domain addresses nutrition interventions that affect an entire
population or subpopulation through environmental, policy and system
changes.  It is distinct from the personal and interpersonal
nutrition interventions directed to a specific individual or group.
Population based nutrition action incorporates community and public
health approaches to address nutrition problems of the population and
the underlying factors or determinants that contribute to those
problems.  The malnutrition (undernutrition) nutrition diagnoses
terms were updated with the addition of five separate adult and
pediatric malnutrition (undernutrition) terms and reference
sheets.  All changes to the terminology are explained and can be
found in narrative format organized by the steps of the Nutrition Care
Process (NCP): Nutrition AssessmentNutrition DiagnosisNutrition Intervention, and Nutrition Monitoring and Evaluation.
Subscriptions to eNCPT are available to individual members, students
members, organizations and vendor/developers. Questions related to
eNCPT can continue to be sent to
ACEND Update
A copy of the October
Standards Update
is posted on the ACEND Monthly
Standards webpage.  Monthly Standards Update  
In this issue proposed changes to the 2017 Accreditation Standards and the Future Education Model
Accreditation Standards
are discussed.
This spring several programs chose to be reviewed under the 2017 Accreditation Standards. ACEND
has received comments from program directors and reviewers on
clarifications that could be made to the wording in the standards;
therefore ACEND has made some slight changes to the 2017 Accreditation Standards.
The revised documents are available on the ACEND Standards Website at
Public comments on the revised standards can be made at:
until December 4, 2017.
The monthly Virtual Town Hall meetings are held on the second Thursday
of the month at 1 PM Central Time.  The town hall provides a time
for ACEND to share updates on its standards work and for stakeholders
to ask questions.  Information on joining the town hall can be
found at
National Congress
on Prevention of Diabetes and its Complications

The Emory University School of Medicine is hosting the 2nd National Congress on the Prevention of
Diabetes and Its Complications
on November 17-19,
2017 at Marriott Marquis in Atlanta, Ga. The Congress is a global
forum where experts on diabetes and its prevention meet to facilitate
quality scientific and research discussions on principles of diabetes
prevention programs from around the world. Academy representatives
President Donna Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, and Immediate Past
President Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND, will present a
symposia on Childhood Obesity and Treasurer Jo Jo Dantone-DeBarbieris,
MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND, and Speaker-elect Marcy Kyle, RDN, LD, CDE,
FAND, will present a hands-on workshop on and Diabetes Prevention.
 A discounted registration rate is available for Academy members.
To register click here. The deadline for the discount
registration is November 10.
MNT Provider
The September 2017 edition of the MNT Provider newsletter is now
available.  Learn about Healthy Aging® Month resources, including
large print advance beneficiary notice of noncoverage forms, the 2018
Physician Quality Reporting System downward payment adjustment
notification, and how to access a free Competitive Advantage webinar:
Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here:

Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management Program
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:
Certificate of Training in Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management
May 31 – June 2, 2018 – Portland, Oregon
Registration to open January 2018
For registration information and to view the certificate requirements,
timeline, registration deadlines and agenda:
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:
Latest Academy

Authoritative, Practical, and Updated: Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals,
6th Ed. 

The sixth edition of Sports
 offers timely research and evidence-based
advice for health professionals working with athletes at all levels.
Written and reviewed by esteemed sports RDNs and exercise experts, this
brand-new edition incorporates theoretical and practical information
with key takeaways designed for easy implementation in daily practice.
Making Nutrition
Your Business: Building a Successful Private Practice
2nd Ed.

Written by two experienced and successful private practitioners, this
resource provides detailed advice on marketing and growing your
business, billing and reimbursement, getting clients to return, and
Making Nutrition Your
is must-read for all dietetics professionals who
aspire to go out on their own.
Success Starts with eatrightPREP™ for the RDN Exam
Put yourself in the best position to pass the RDN Exam with this
comprehensive and convenient resource from the Academy. eatrightPREP
goes above and beyond what any book can do, with an exam study plan
including over 900 questions, unlimited access to three full-length
practice exams, and performance stats to identify your strengths and
target weaknesses. As a cutting-edge resource, eatrightPREP complies
with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) latest Test
Specifications for 2017, better preparing the student for the exam.
Also, free previews are available for educators and program directors!
Foundation and
Kids Eat Right

The Academy Foundation Congratulates the Affiliate and DPG  Second
Century Challenge Winners!
Check out who won our Second Century Challenge
Celebrate the Foundation’s Second Century FUN-raiser at Navy Pier
Help us raise the roof and raise some money for the Foundation.
Monday, October 23
Crystal Garden at Navy Pier (indoors)
Arrive sharply at 8 p.m. (the event lasts two hours and you do not want
to miss any of the fun!)
$110 – can be purchased online through your FNCE registration dashboard
or onsite at the FNCE Registration Booth
Give back to the Academy Foundation while celebrating with your
colleagues at our social event of FNCE®!
To celebrate the Academy’s Centennial, the Academy Foundation’s gala is
going bigger and bolder this year! We decided to throw a giant
fundraising party that will bring people together and provide a unique
experience for all guests. Celebrate the many Foundation
accomplishments and the Second Century Initiative. All revenue from
this event will support the Academy Foundation Eatright Fund – your
generous gift will go towards programs that address areas of greatest
immediate and emerging needs.
This year’s new format includes food stations, live entertainment and
dancing, with no assigned seating, all taking place in one of Chicago’s
most iconic venues. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to network
with Academy leaders, students and donors. Semi-formal attire
For limited VIP/Reserved tables, please contact Martha Ontiveros at
312/899-4773 or
*Shuttle busses will run from the headquarter hotel to and from Navy

Foundation Symposiums at FNCE
Attend two Foundation Symposiums for $10 apiece on October 21 at the
Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo and earn 2 CPEUs for each:
“Modern Day Human Magnesium Requirements: Should Supplements Be
Recommended?” sponsored by Nature
; and “Mindful Portions Start with You: Help
Inspire Healthy Behaviors,” sponsored by Nestle.  Foundation
Events at FNCE

New Infographics Available
Three new infographics are available from the Academy Foundation. The
infographics were made possible through an educational grant from
National Dairy Council.

  • “Tossed Treasures:
    America’s Wasted Food Problem and How Dietetics Professionals Can
  • “What’s in Our
    Food? The Science and Safety of Food Additives”
  • “The Nutrition
    Professional’s Guide to GMOs”

View the infographics.
Funding Opportunities: Foundation Awards Program
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation is proud to offer a
variety of funding opportunities to credentialed food and nutrition
practitioners and students, including their awards program. The
deadline to apply for awards is February
unless otherwise noted. You can view all of the
available awards here, which include the following

  • Continuing Education
    These awards provide funding for qualified applicants seeking
    continuing education, such as leadership training, nutrition
    communication skills, stipends to attend conferences or lectures,
    speaker grants, doctoral degrees, professional development related
    to public policy, and more. Award amounts range up to $10,000.
  • Recognition Awards: These awards are given
    to outstanding members who have made significant contributions in
    a variety of nutrition-related concentrations, including
    malnutrition, women’s health, professional values, food and
    culinary education, nutrition education, and more. Award amounts
    range up to $3,000.
  • Program Development
    awards provide funding for the establishment of new advanced
    practice residency programs, to promote CDR credentials at the
    local level to prospective employers or third-party-payers, and
    for projects and programs of nutrition education for the public.
    Award amounts range from $500 to $30,000.
  • International Awards: These awards, for both
    US residents and non-residents, provide funding for doctoral
    students as well as foreign nationals pursuing post-graduate work
    in the US; fund the sharing of knowledge and skills among food and
    nutrition professionals in the international community; and are
    given for outstanding essays on a global topic and to an
    outstanding individual whose work has had significant
    international impact. Award amounts range from $1,100 to $25,000.


2017 MS-AND
Diet Manual Available

I am Jenna Moore, the MS-AND Diet Manual Manager for 2017-18.  The
revised manual for 2017 is currently available for sale.  You can
download the order form from the MS-AND website,
fill it out, and either mail it in with your check or money order, or
e-mail it to receive a link for credit card payment. 

The 2018 MS-AND Diet Manual will be available for sale in Spring
2018.  If you have further questions, concerns, or suggestions regarding
the current and/or upcoming Diet Manual revisions, please refer to the
MS-AND website at
or e-mail me at


MS-AND Member Discussion Board

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Once you are subscribed you can post directly from your email by sending your questions, resource, or discussion topic directly to 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.



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



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