National Nutrition Month Plate Challenge – Congratulations Emily Thompson!

We would like to thank everyone who participated in the National Nutrition Month Personalize Your Plate Challenge. Congratulations to our contest winner, Emily Thompson, MS, RD, LD!

Emily received a B.S. in Dietetics from the Coordinated Program of Dietetics at the University of Kentucky, and a Masters of Nutrition from Auburn University. She has practiced as a Corporate Wellness Dietitian and Clinical Dietitian in both Acute and In-patient Rehabilitation settings. She is passionate about elevating the profession of Dietetics and improving the patient care experience through interdisciplinary collaboration. Emily is an integral part of the care team, and she works to demonstrate the value of Dietitians in healthcare. She loves to cook with her daughter and hike in her free time.

National Nutrition Month may be over, but the impact of healthy choices on overall wellness never stops! 🍎🥦🥛🍳🥐

Join us in celebrating good nutrition all year long. It’s #YourPlateYourWay, and we want to see how you personalize your diet for better health!

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KAND’s Public Policy Chair Emily DeWitt publishes paper in International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

Research is essential to advance the nutrition and public health fields. I am passionate about both areas being a dietitian, and I am proud to contribute to the scientific community with my team of co-authors. I am grateful to work with supportive colleagues who strive to enhance the policies, systems, and environments that influence health behaviors.

This paper details the work we are doing to improve the food system in one rural Appalachian community. It explores the relationship between food insecurity, SNAP participation, shopping practices, and diet patterns. Our next steps include continued collaboration with community partners to encourage healthier choices and leveraging existing relationships to increase access to healthy foods.

If you are interested in reading the full article, it can be found at 

COVID-19 and Diabetes the Role Health Care Professionals Play in Prevention

In the current context of COVID 19, accurate diagnosis and treatment of diabetes has become more imperative than ever. While there is not sufficient data to suggest that people with diabetes contract COVID 19 at a higher rate, recent research shows people with diabetes and uncontrolled hyperglycemia are more likely to have serious complications from COVID-19, including longer hospital stays and death.
As health care professionals, special attention needs to be placed on supporting patients with diabetes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the actions that health care professionals can take are:

The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Diabetes Prevention Work group has drafted this communication that we urge all to share with their interdisciplinary teams. Together we can help those with Diabetes and Prediabetes address their risks and increase their resiliency.

Urge the Senate: Include Funding for Critical Nutrition Programs in Next COVID-19 Stimulus Package

More than 30 million people have applied for unemployment benefits since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. This number will continue to rise, making it difficult for many Americans to keep food on the table.

The House of Representatives recently passed the HEROES Act (H.R. 6800), which addresses rising rates of food insecurity and economic distress. Now, the Senate must write a companion bill and vote to pass the next stimulus package. Urge your senators to strengthen and protect critical federal nutrition programs, including the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program; school meals; the Child and Adult Care Food Program; the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; and senior nutrition programs.

Survey Request from House of Delegates

Hello KAND Members:

The House of Delegates values your input on future Professional Issues. Please consider taking a few minutes to complete the survey to submit a professional issue(s).

To ensure agility for the HOD to address issues that have short- and long-term impact on food and nutrition practice, the HOD Evolution Designers Team recommended a new process to select strategic and professional issues.

Strategic Issues are emerging issues with potential impact on the dietetics profession in three or more years, overriding issues of strategic importance that cut across multiple discipline areas and support the Academy’s strategic mission, vision, and focus.

Strategic Issues replace Mega Issues. Examples include Diversity, Technology Obsolescence and Leadership Development. The Academy’s Council on Future Practice, the organizational unit comprised of ten members who represent practice, education, credentialing and accreditation and the Board of Directors, identifies Strategic Issues for consideration by the HOD.

Professional Issues are specialized or practice-based topics that need immediate attention by the HOD. These issues may impact a subset of practice areas within the profession. Examples of Professional Issues include master’s requirement implementation, licensure, reimbursement and payment, and preceptor and internship shortages.

Academy members are the key contributors to determining professional issues. If you have a professional issue you would like the House of Delegates to consider for a future dialogue, please complete this survey by May 22, 2020.

As your delegate, I appreciate you helping me identify which professional issues are important to our membership. Please make sure to select the Affiliate KAND you are a part of, so I receive the data, as I am being asked to prioritize our members’ submissions.

Thank you.

Maggie Murphy, PhD, RD, LD, FAND

KAND Delegate

Webinar Recording Available: Providing Nutrition Services via Telehealth During the COVID-19 Pandemic: What RDNs Need to Know

Recorded March 26, 2020 – As a hospital-based dietitian, are you being asked to provide remote outpatient counseling? As a private practice dietitian, are clients asking to meet with you from their home? As our nation faces an unprecedented public health emergency, RDNs in both health care facilities and private practice are turning to telehealth as a means for providing medical nutrition therapy and other nutrition-related services to the populations they serve. Whether you are new to delivering care via telehealth or want to learn more about the special guidelines from payers unique to the COVID-19 pandemic, this webinar is for you. Join Academy staff experts who will share information on the latest updates and answer questions.

Available now – click here: