The 2018 MAND Annual Meeting will be held April 18th – 20th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. More details coming soon!
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Congratulations to Ann Erickson, winner of the MAND Medallion Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting on April 27th.
Ann has been a tireless advocate for dietitians and nutrition in the state of Minnesota. She has single-handedly led MAND’s efforts in advocating at the state level and has inspired countless of her fellow dietitians to get involved. As Louanne Kaupa points out, “Under Ann’s gentle persistence and diligence, the scope of practice of Licensed Dietitians and Nutritionists was legally updated in the state of MN to accurately reflect roles and responsibilities of nutrition professionals on the healthcare team.” Stephanie Heim tells us, “Without question, Ann’s sustained leadership on MAND’s Public Policy Committee inspired me to lead and engage. MAND members, like me, are more willing to invest their limited time to volunteer because of people like Ann. Ann’s enthusiasm for all she does and follow-through in getting work done is an inspiration.” Aida Miles adds, “Ann is truly remarkable in her mentorship of future RDs. She instills in them a “go-getter” attitude. She provides them a dose of self-confidence that many of them lack when thinking about speaking to policy makers. This has inspired my graduate students to become passionate in policy issues, to share their passion with others (including preceptors at other sites), and to be the future leaders that we need in order to take the profession to the next level.
You are invited to submit a poster abstract to be presented at the 2018 MAND Annual Meeting – MAND Centennial: A Celebration of Food and Nutrition!
The Annual Meeting will be held at the Minneapolis Marriott NW in Brooklyn Park. The conference will be April 18 – 20 with poster presented on April 19th. Please read thru the instructions below and fill out the form that follows. If you have any questions, or would like downloadable information please email the MAND office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Minnesota is currently well represented at the national policy level with two of our members serving on the Academy’s Legislative and Public Policy Committee (LPPC). Carol Brunzel is in her third and final year of her term, and Laura Perdue just began her first year on the committee.
The LPPC guides the establishment of the Academy’s public policy work including, but not limited to, activities related to federal and state public policy, legislative, and regulatory issues. The LPPC consists of nine volunteer leaders who serve a staggered three-year term. The President-elect, Speaker of the House and Academy Political Action Committee Chairman serve as ex-officio members for a one-year term. Appointments to the committee are made by the President and Speaker.
The role of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee includes:
• Overseeing the Academy’s advocacy strategies and stances in public policy priority areas.
• Supporting effective advocacy representations and efforts.
• Participating actively in monthly meetings and during FNCE® and the Public Policy Workshop (PPW).
• Identifying Academy expertise and resources in priority areas.
• Identifying opportunities to advance nutrition and dietetics in public policy and grassroots initiatives.
• Seeking information, positions and guidance of other Academy committees, task forces, workgroups and teams.
2018 is an exciting year for the LPPC, as there is a great opportunity to engage more members in public policy when FNCE® is hosted in Washington, DC this fall. If you are planning on attending FNCE®, consider staying through the last day to participate in the Public Policy Workshop (PPW) at no extra cost! PPW is your opportunity to meet with your federal representatives and make your voice heard on important nutrition policy issues.
For more information on public policy and to learn how you can get involved, check out our Advocacy page.
MAND member Sharon Lehrman’s volunteer coordinator position for Cooking Matters classes for the residents of St Louis Park was a natural progression of my growing interest in food insecurity, equity, and resilience. In a partnership with the University of MN Extension, SLP SEEDS, the school district, and our local emergency food program, we are providing free cooking classes to residents of St. Louis Park. Cooking Matters, a 6-week program developed by Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, helps individuals and families to shop for and cook healthy meals on a budget. Participants attend classes co-facilitated by a nutrition expert and a culinary professional, observe recipe demonstrations, help prep and cook a meal, eat together, discuss nutrition tips, attend a grocery store tour, and each week take home a bag of groceries to recreate the meal at home. Everyone involved in the facilitation of the classes is a volunteer and the class is free to participants. We have gotten wonderful feedback both from the volunteers and participants about the life-changing nature of these classes! If you’d like to find out more about volunteering for a Cooking Matters course in St. Louis Park, please contact Sharon at SharonLehrman@gmail.com. If you are outside of the metro area there are also Cooking Matters courses offered all around the state and I can put you in touch with my contact at the University of MN to see if there is one near you.
What do you like to do for fun?
Some of my current hobbies include running, hiking, cooking, and reading (I hope to add traveling to that list in the near future!). I also love a good weekend afternoon spent playing board games or watching movies with family and friends.
What has been the most exciting part of your internship so far?
The most exciting part of my internship so far as been networking with other professionals and learning about all of the different community programs/resources that are out there. Public health is such a broad area within the field, but my community rotation has helped me wrap my head around all of the factors that play into community health and the importance of working collaboratively with other partners to improve health outcomes in a large population.
What interested you in a career in dietetics?
I became curious about nutrition early on in high school which led me to pursue a major in dietetics at Iowa State University. My interest grew throughout those four years when I learned about the importance of nutrition and the large role it plays in all stages of life. Knowing that I could use this knowledge of nutrition to help make a difference in people’s lives is what made me want to become a dietitian. That desire continues to grow even more as I learn about all of the different opportunities there are for dietitians – what an exciting field to enter!
If you could give incoming freshman who are thinking of going into dietetics one piece of advice, what would it be?
My biggest piece of advice would be to take advantage of all opportunities and get involved right away outside the classroom. Join your school’s Student Dietetic Association, attend different meetings and conferences, shadow as many dietitians as possible, and gain a variety of work/volunteer positions. Not only will you gain essential skills and build your resume, but you will also be introduced to areas within the field of dietetics that you never knew existed!
SNAP, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, is especially vulnerable this year under the Farm Bill reauthorization.
Colleen Moriarty ED with Hunger Solutions Minnesota put it this way: Our objective is to protect what we have in what is a very hostile environment.
The current USDA Administration lists “self sufficiency” and “integrity” as its top priorities for SNAP. The implication being that SNAP recipients are slackers gaming the system. This is far from reality.
To qualify, income must be less than 165% of the federal poverty level, roughly $33,000 a year for a family of three.
SNAP fraud is 2%, i.e. near non-existent. 70% of Minnesota SNAP recipients are children (46%), adults with disabilities (15%), or seniors (9% – however seniors are the fastest growing SNAP demographic in recent years). Of the remaining 30%, most work but at low paying jobs. And Minnesota already has requirements in place for able-bodied adults without dependents to work or be looking for a job. The average SNAP benefit per person per meal is $1.17, i.e. only a portion of actual food expense is covered by SNAP.
However Minnesota is well positioned to influence the Farm Bill and therefore the future of SNAP. Minnesota U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Tina Smith sit on the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry. Minnesota U.S. Representatives Rick Nolan, Tim Walz and Collin Peterson are members of the House Committee on Agriculture. Representative Peterson is the committee ranking member.
SNAP is of statewide importance with 45% of recipients living in Greater Minnesota and 55% living in the Twin Cities Metro area.
This 14 minute video from 2008, while dated, gives historical perspective and provides an important reminder of the power of adequate food and nutrition: Making America Stronger: The U.S. Food Stamp Program narrated by Jeff Bridges. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqOV-hK0sP4
Attached is a Minnesota SNAP fact sheet from mn.gov/dhs/farm-bill
Minnesotans can find SNAP data and impact for their local communities on the MN Dept of Human Services site.
Also attached is a letter from Minnesota’s Dept of Human Services Commissioner Emily Piper to the USDA in reference to SNAP.
Dear Oncology Professionals,
We would be grateful if you could participate in this anonymous online survey to help provide feedback about the awareness and practice of existing oncology nutrition guidelines at your facility. This anonymous online survey is conducted as part of a research thesis project by an undergraduate student in Medical Dietetics at The Ohio State University and has been determined Exempt from IRB review. This survey will take about 5 minutes to complete and you have the right to stop this survey at any time. You can skip any questions that you do not wish to answer. No personal information or identifiers will be collected for this survey.
We are truly grateful for your willingness to participate in this survey: https://osu.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_01lWbcViKqA6Va5
If you have any questions, please contact Olivia Wong at email@example.com.
Experts needed! The Academy will be seeking input from Academy members and DPGs over the next two years as we make recommendations on the upcoming Dietary Guidelines 2020-2025.
Additionally, the Academy will select nominees to serve on the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (DGAC).
“Prospective members of the DGAC should be knowledgeable of current scientific research in human nutrition and chronic disease and be respected and published experts in their fields. The prospective members also should be familiar with the purpose, communication, and application of the Guidelines and have demonstrated interest in the public’s health and well-being through research and/or educational endeavors. Expertise will be sought in specific specialty areas that may include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease; type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity; osteoporosis; cancer; pediatrics; gerontology; maternal/gestational nutrition; epidemiology; general medicine; energy balance, which includes physical activity; nutrient bioavailability; nutrition biochemistry and physiology; food processing science, safety and technology; public health; nutrition education and behavior change; and/or nutrition-related systematic review methodology.”
If you would like to nominate any qualified experts, including yourself, who meet the criteria for DGAC nominations, please submit their name(s), credentials and contact information to Nate Stritzinger. Contact Pepin Tuma to learn more.