The 2018 MAND Annual Meeting will be held April 18th – 20th at the Minneapolis Marriott Northwest. More details coming soon!
News & Events
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.
Check out this 25 minute video, “Food Justice”, to get an overview of the inspired and innovative work going on in Minnesota related to healthy food access for all. The work of MAND members Katelyn Engel and Irene Alton is featured. Plus hear from many other amazing state and community leaders including Commissioner of Health, Ed Ehlinger and the Executive Director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, Colleen Moriarty.
Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, WI is considering the development of a primarily online program for a professional doctorate degree in nutrition and dietetics. A survey is being conducted to assess interest level and perceived benefits and barriers to obtaining a professional doctorate in nutrition and dietetics. We would sincerely appreciate about 5 minutes of your time to complete this survey and let us know what you think. Thank you kindly!
Click here to take the survey!
Hello from your new MN Delegate, Deb Sheats! I will be representing MN at the Academy House of Delegates Meeting Oct. 19-21 in Chicago. I would love your input on the following issues that we will be discussing:
Member input is also needed by Sept. 20 at 5:00PM for the Draft Position Paper- Role of MNT and RDNs in the Treatment and Prevention of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes
I look forward to advocating for you as an Academy member with the HOD governance. Feel free to contact me with your questions or concerns.
Take a few minutes to get to know our Southwestern Region MAND representative, Emily Bakker! Stay tuned on the MAND social media and website for information on upcoming Southwest Regional events. Are you interested in helping get the SW region up and running? Email us today!
Tell us about your educational background.
I completed my dietetics degree at South Dakota State University. I went on to the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Hospital for my dietetic internship, which prepared me well for my current job as an outpatient dietitian/Certified Diabetes Educator at Affiliated Community Medical Centers (ACMC). ACMC is a network of clinics around Southwest Minnesota. I get to travel to 4 clinic sites providing care through our diabetes center and weight control center. I also see general nutrition consults from our primary care providers. I have the opportunity to work with several different demographic groups, which provides some variety and always encourages me to continue learning about the field of nutrition!
What led you to the field of dietetics?
I remember looking through the big book of college majors and I flagged “dietitian” right away. I grew up on a farm, and have fond memories of helping my mom cook the produce she grew and the beef/pork/grain my dad raised. Attending a small high school, I had the opportunity to play a few sports, and found it fascinating how the meals I packed for my sporting events affected my energy level. Being the oldest of 6 kids, a career as dietitian seemed like it would encompass my love of food and helping people. After my first few nutrition classes at SDSU, I knew I had picked the right career choice!
What makes you most excited about the field?
Nutrition is an ever-changing science, which requires registered dietitians to stay on top of all of the latest trends. More and more people are taking an interest in their health, and we as dietitians and the experts in nutrition have a great opportunity to help people fuel their bodies appropriately. By helping people follow the current dietary guidelines, we have the chance to help people prevent chronic diseases rather than always relying on treating them after they occur. Food is powerful!
What have you gained from your involvement in MAND?
We as dietitians need to support each other, now more than ever with all of the nutrition misinformation out there. MAND is a great place to help maintain a connection to the profession, and it serves as a great organization to help us dietitians band together. It’s a great feeling to be a part of an organization where so many passionate and smart dietitians gather! Being involved in MAND and attending a networking event a few years back led me to my current job, and I am so grateful for that!
What are you looking forward to the most in working with the SW MAND region?
I am hopeful that being the SW MAND representative will give me the opportunity to help our region connect and come together for some fun and educational events. It’s an exciting time to be a dietitian! Stay tuned for some fun events coming up in the future, and feel free to let me know if you have any interesting ideas for us!
Cindy Flannery was a former MAND-NW district member, who pursued her dietetic degree later in life, accomplishing her dream of working as a certified diabetes educator in Crookston, MN. After her passing in 2007, Cindy’s husband and family set up and have contributed to this memorial fund in Cindy’s honor. It is our mission to grant money annually to students in Dietetic or Dietetic Technician programs or to current Dietitians seeking advanced education in a specialized area of nutrition.
Download the application to learn more and apply for this scholarship: CF SCHOLARSHIP 2017 Application
Applications are due October 15th.