Congratulations to Sue Moores, winner of the MAND Medallion Award. The award was presented at the annual meeting on March 31. Sue was recently recognized for the honor in the Minneapolis St Paul Business Journal. [Read more…] about MAND Medallion Award 2016 | Susan Moores
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This year’s Annual Meeting includes a wonderful opportunity specifically for you — Mock Interviewing. This experience is designed to help you present your best self during the interview process. Landing a great job is hard work, but a little bit of practice interviewing can surely help out. Mock Interviews will immediately follow the last conference session on Thursday, April 27th (5:00, 5:20, or 5:40).
Each 15-minute session will include one-on-one interview time with a nutrition professional. You can choose to interview for a position as an entry-level clinical dietitian, an assistant foodservice director, a dietetic intern, or a generic RD role. The session will wrap up with individualized feedback about your interview — and tips for great interviews down the road. Interviewees should dress professionally and come prepared to share a polished resume, if desired.
Please use this link to sign up for your interview type and time.
Email Holly Willis at [email protected] with questions.
In Minnesota and western Wisconsin, one in 10 people experience the stress of hunger on any given day. Of these 532,000 neighbors served by Second Harvest Heartland, 33% are kids and 10% are seniors.
Help us serve our hungry neighbors in need through food donations for Second Harvest Heartland during the MAND Annual Meeting! Don’t have time to pick up food items? No problem! We will also be accepting cash and credit card donations. For every $1 donated, Second Harvest Heartland is able to distribute $7 worth of food.
Donations will be accepted Wednesday through Friday at the Marriott. Help us reach our goal of donating 500 pounds to help fill the plates of those in need!
To learn more about Second Harvest Heartland, visit our website at 2harvest.org
Maggie Powers, PhD, RD, CDE, Clinician and Research Scientist at the International Diabetes Center at Park Nicollet in Minneapolis recently completed a six year tenure serving on the board of directors of the American Diabetes Association (ADA). Her leadership path culminated last year in serving as ADA’s President of Health Care & Education. This is a prestigious, national (and international) honor. Maggie shares some of her thoughts about volunteering and being President.
What do you like about volunteering?
I meet interesting people, learn a lot, am challenged in my thinking and actions and have a voice in making a difference. I view volunteering as a form of advocacy.
How did you first get involved with the American Diabetes Association (ADA)?
I started by serving on several local committees then got involved at the national level.
Did you have any special focus while on the ADA board and serving as President?
I made a conscious decision to set my own personal mission statement while volunteering with ADA. It was: To help ensure all persons with diabetes have easy access to the education and support they need to confidently make daily self-management decisions. One may consider this an obvious mission for my position yet when one makes a special intention, your focus, goals, actions, time commitments, and even thinking changes. This focus added greater depth to and expanded my engagement as a board member and leader.
What is most exciting about your work with the ADA?
I championed the development of a position statement on diabetes self-management education (DSME) that was approved and published by three national organizations including the Academy.
I’ve heard your Presidential address was very well received. Tell us about it.
I focused on advocacy and access to DSME. I wanted the audience (many physicians and researchers) to understand the value of DSME. I needed to do something unique, something that would resonate with the audience. I created a decision-aid that compares the benefits of DSME (including MNT) to metformin. I was pretty excited by the positive response.
Read the address here.
What are you most excited about in the field of dietetics?
I see more and more emphasis on healthy eating as a major component of overall health. As nutrition professionals we have much to contribute to advancing this movement, providing direction, building collaborative partnerships and providing hands on guidance and leadership.
The MAND-NW Cindy Flannery Scholarship recipients for 2016 were announced at the NW Regional Meeting in Moorhead on March 10th. The scholarship committee was pleased to award the following five candidates with scholarship dollars to further their studies:
Kelly Olzenak of St. Joseph, MN. Kelly is currently a senior dietetic student at the College of St. Benedict. She will attend the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Coordinated Master’s Program this fall; earning her graduate degree while completing her internship.
Allison Rudnickas of St. Joseph, MN. Allison is currently a senior dietetic student at the College of St. Benedict. She will attend the University of Minnesota School of Public Health Coordinated Master’s Program this fall; earning her graduate degree while completing her internship.
Paige Halsted of Fargo, ND. Paige earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from Iowa State University and is currently completing her internship with Concordia College.
Holly Schneider of Fargo, ND. Holly earned her Bachelor of Science in Dietetics from James Madison University and is currently completing her internship with Concordia College.
Anna Ogaard-Brekken of Crookston, MN. Anna earned her DTR from the University of Minnesota Crookston and is currently the Food Service Director for the Crookston Public School District. Anna is pursuing her Master’s in Nutrition Education at the University of North Dakota.
Jamie Freier is a senior at the University of Minnesota working towards a dual degree in Nutrition and Psychology with a Social Justice minor. Jamie grew up in Green Bay Wisconsin and her future aspirations are to become a registered dietitian (RD) and to use her educational background to help resolve food security issues. Jamie first became interested in community nutrition and more specifically food security while volunteering for non-profit organizations such as Project Sweetie Pie. Project Sweetie Pie focuses on revitalizing North Minneapolis communities by building gardens in order to provide nutritious, local produce to families. From this experience, Jamie was able to work within the North Minneapolis community and help residents who struggle with food security. Jamie also works as a dietary aide at Augustana Care in Apple Valley. Her position as a dietary aide enables her to work under the direct supervision of RDs who are able to mentor Jamie as she nears the completion of her degrees. We wish you the best in your future endeavors Jamie!