Region Events

Upcoming Region Events:

Central Region MS-AND Meeting
Tuesday, April 25, 2023 11:30-1pm at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi
3545 Lakeland Drive Flowood, MS

Mindful Eating and Emotional Eating presented by Constance Shelby, MS, RDN, LDN

Academy Members and Nonmembers $10; Retired/Dietetic Interns and Students $5
Cash or Check Only
Lunch will be provided

Everyone attending must email their name to [email protected] for security purposes. Last day to sign up is Friday, April 21, 2023.

Past events:

The Northeast Region hosted two Jingle and Mingle event in December, 2023:

  • December 15 from 5:00-7:00 the group gathered at Mugshots in Tupelo.
  • December 16 from 6:00-8:00 the group met at the Guest Room in Starkville, MS

The Southern regions of MS-AND will met:

  • On December 12 for Harbor Lights in Gulfport’s Jones Park! Let’s gather our
    families and enjoy the Christmas lights, music, games and rides. Kids can take pictures
    with Santa!
  • On December 17 for Lights of the Wild at the Hattiesburg Zoo.
    Bring the family for snow, Santa, food, and wild animals. It will be nice to gather outside
    of work and meet the ones that support our dietetics careers!

Webinar: Hydrate Like You Mean It – Hydration Research Within Collegiate Athletic Populations
Presented by: Samantha B. Kostelnik, PhD, RDN, LD
Thursday, April 14th, 2022


Maintaining one’s hydration status and preventing the consequences of dehydration is a well-
researched topic. In fact, several fluid recommendations have been established to aid the general
population, as well as the athletic population in this task. However, studies have shown that roughly
55% of children and 75% of American adults are chronically dehydrated. In addition, roughly 70% of
collegiate athletes start practice or competition in a dehydrated state. Dehydration among athletes can
lead to cognitive impairment, decreased alertness, muscle cramps, headaches, and a decrease in
physical performance. Therefore, this session will elaborate on the current research surrounding how to
better improve the hydration status of athletes.

Meet the speaker:
Dr. Kostelnik is currently a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Mississippi (UM) within the Nutrition and Hospitality Management Department. She also serves as a team Sport Dietitian for the UM student athletes. Her research interests focus on evaluating ways of improving athletic performance related to hydration status and Vitamin D. She earned her PhD from Virginia Tech and her BS degree from the University of South Carolina. She completed her dietetic internship within the Individual Supervised Practice Pathway (ISPP) at Virginia Tech.