Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics


By Kalli Castille, MS, RD, CSO, LD

I wanted to say thank you to all the nutrition professionals in Oklahoma for volunteering there time and efforts to improve the nutritional status of Oklahomans. 

We had a great turn out of the ODA fall symposium this past September.  Special thanks again and much gratitude to our co- chairs for this event, Caroline Mathis and Sara Perdue.  Caroline and Sarah had an amazing line up of speakers for the day, specifically, Oklahoma’s Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins as the keynote speaker.  Judge Askins spoke on how we as registered dietitians can get involved with our state public policy just by writing a letter, email, or picking up the phone.  She advised us to act on any legislation as our representatives truly listen to the voice of the people. 

I hope everyone enjoyed FNCE in Denver this year, and were able to attend the ODA reception.  Thank you to Pam Brummitt, ODA President-elect for hosting this event.  The reception had approximately fifty registered dietitians networking with each other. 

Pam will be working on the slate of new ODA officers this winter.  Please contact Pam if you or someone you know is interested becoming more involved with ODA.

Please look for announcements for the ODA spring convention 2010, which will be held in Tulsa, OK.  The spring convention committee is hard at work to provide each of you a unique learning experience.   

I am proud to be an active member of ODA, and look forward to strengthening and building our profession in 2010.  Please feel free to contact me if I can be of assistance.   Thank you again for your dedication to being Oklahoma’s nutrition experts.  Have a blessed holiday season.

Benefit$ for Your Buck

By Patti Landers, PhD, RD, LD - ODA Member Services Chair

Couldn’t attend FNCE in Denver this year? You can still catch up on what you missed. There are over 100 sessions available on interactive multimedia CD-ROM. This resource includes audio plus approved slides and handouts that the speakers delivered at the meeting.  Cost for the CD is $289 and can be ordered from IntelliQuest Media, 374 E. Bloomingdale Avenue, Brandon, FL 33511 or by calling 1-866-651-2586.

There are several free Continuing Professional Education (CPE) units available to ADA members. To find these, go to the ADA website at www.eatright.org. Next, select Professional Development from the green menu bar at the top. Under Distance Learning, choose Group and Individual Self Study/E Learning. This will bring up a list of free CPEUs for ADA members. For example:

  • Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) Tutorial – There are 4 short modules that allow you to earn one CPE while you learn about the EAL.
  • Unintentional Weight Loss and Cachexia: Medical Nutrition Therapy and Nutrition Care Strategies – This program offers 2 CPE credits free to ADA members. It corresponds to the recently released guidelines you will find on the EAL.
  • Ethics – Two free CPE credits are offered for study of the ADA Code of Ethics. It is easy to follow as there is a PowerPoint presentation with audio files and case studies to work.
  • Nutritional Genomics – Want to learn how what we eat may turn genes on and off? For two free CPE units, listen to the prerecorded webinar, read the backgrounder paper, and submit answers to a 14-question quiz.
  • Nutrition Informatics – This is a hot new topic, especially for educators as students and dietetic interns are now required to learn about and use computerized medical records.

Other free topics are added frequently. You will also find links to the online CPE database where your ADA membership gets you great discounts on archived teleseminar and other types of learning activities.

Attending a meeting includes other great benefits like networking, but sometimes it is just not possible to go. Fortunately, you do not have to miss out on educational opportunities needed to maintain your registration and license, to keep sharp intellectually and to stay current in your profession. Your ADA/ODA membership can make it happen.

Award Winning Members!

LaDonna Dunlop, MS,RD/LD and the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for OSU Cooperative Extension Service in Oklahoma County traveled to Alabama to receive a national award for the "Healthy Lifestyle Education Grant".  The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences awarded LaDonna with the honor in support of her outstanding work with community service groups in providing "Kids in the Kitchen" workshops.

Gale Mills, MS,RD/LD and the Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for OSU Cooperative Extension Service in Washington County traveled to Alabama in September to receive a national award from the Soap and Detergent Association – Clean Homes Safe and Healthy Families Award of Excellence.  The National Extension Association of Family and Consumer Sciences awarded Gale this honor for the program she gave titled “Germs, Germs Everywhere” to 363 elementary students in Bartlesville Oklahoma on a closed circuit television during Healthy Choices week while they learned the importance of hand hygiene.

Read All About It!

Members Made the News!

ODA member, Sara Perdue, and Joe Popplewell, Operaions Manager for Seaboard Foods and member of the National Pork Producers Council Nominating Committee and Environmental Committee were interviewed by Ken Johnson, News Director and Host of Focus on Oklahoma.  They discussed Mr. Popplewell’s presentation, America’s Pork, at the 2009 ODA Fall Symposium.  They highlighted the progress in the pork industry and the mission of ODA.  The interview aired in late October on several radio stations in Oklahoma.

If you, or someone you know, does something newsworthy or notable, please email Elizabeth Lohrman at ej.lohrman@okstate.edu. We want to make sure everyone knows about what our members are doing to improve the health of Oklahomans.

Death of Alice Sundstrom, MS, RD, LD

Alice Ruth Sundstrom passed away on October 9, 2009.   Alice graduation from the University of Oklahoma as a Dietitian and earned a Master's Degree.  She worked for the Oklahoma State Department of Health.  Services were held at 1:00 pm on Friday, October 15, 2009 at St. John's Lutheran Church in Moore, Oklahoma.


National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners  


February 14th to 21st 2010

Alzheimer’s and Dementia Staff Education Week

Free Tool Kit and Staff In-services Available for Download Nov

By Sarah Miracle, MBA, RD, LD

The HOD meeting in Denver was kind of strange for me as ODA’s delegate.  The three main topics (a.k.a. mega issues) were Health Reform, Social Networking and Evidence Based Practice.  Well, I am for all of those, for sure, but the mixture of issues made for strange and confusing sessions. 

I was all ready to present your views on Health Reform (not “Health CARE reform” – the new title puts prevention, or “health”, more in the center of the debate), but our entire HOD dialogue session was ONLY about what dietitians had been doing on the state level.  We totally skirted the national debate.  It was mentioned briefly, and then we moved to talk about things like our Dining at the Capitol, etc.  The people at my table loved the idea of our ODA Dining at the Capitol event where we partner with other Oklahoma organizations to emphasize our natural products, including Oklahoma RDs and DTRs.  That event was even selected as one of the 3 items reported to the whole HOD!  There were four other states represented at my table, so it really is a great idea! Go ODA!!

Social networking…  Love it or hate it, ADA and ODA are in on it, and they’re wanting us to use it in our professional life.  I have to admit that I see Twitter and Facebook as a good tool for nutrition education and even for staying in touch; however, ADA had computers set up, and dietitians who did not have a clue were getting a Facebook page!  My, oh my, it was strange to think of what it would have been like if my mom and Charlene Spencer had Facebook or Twitter accounts!  My employer does not allow social networking at this time so, needless to say, I won’t use it much at this point.  To all you folks who do, though, there are a lot of dietitians out there to connect to!

Evidence Based Practice got all tangled up with the issue of using the ADA Evidence Analysis Library (EAL).  It seems that other professions think our EAL is just the best thing going, and they want it for their profession too.   The HOD discussion was strange since we ALL use, or should use, evidence in our practices, but not many of us use the EAL daily.  So, I am not sure what we accomplished other than to promote the EAL.

I guess I have failed on the 140 character Twitter approach, but I just had more to say.   Maybe since I am still a bit confused by the HOD meeting, I needed to talk it out with friends – you all.  Hope your Holiday Season is grand. 

All the best - Sarah


ODA Reception at FNCE

We had a wonderful turnout at the reception.  Thirty-eight visitors signed the guest book, but it was estimated that approximately 50 people attended.  In addition to our members, we welcomed ADA staff members and past ODA members that had moved away from Oklahoma.  Thank you to everyone that attended.

Thank you to Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma for sponsoring this event!

To see pictures of the event, go to http://www.oknutrition.org/Photo-Gallery 


2009-2010 ADAF Scholarship Winners!

ADA/ADAF Board Scholarship, honoring Martin M. Yadrick, MS, MBA, RD, FADA, 2008-2009

Christopher W. Lankford, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


ADAF General Scholarships

McKale R. Davis, MS, RD, Oklahoma State University


Commission on Dietetic Registration Scholarships

Heather E. Alexander, Oklahoma State University

Amy L. Hapgood, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center

Embrey S. Pollet (Kriley), Oklahoma State University

Amy Branham, Oklahoma State University


Oklahoma Dietetic Association, Oklahoma Presidents Scholarship

Cynthia M. Caudillo, University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center


Dora E. Colver Memorial Scholarships

Nicole P. Jacobs, Oklahoma State University


Gertrude Blaker Memorial Scholarship

Katy Montgomery, Oklahoma State University



By Jill R. Parker, MS, RD/LD, SNS

Sustainable fish species include not only finfish, but also bony fish, sharks, eels, whales, porpoises, sea turtles, crustaceans, and mollusks and fishing can take place in open waters, coastal waters or inland freshwaters.  The species may be wild, domesticated (from an aquaculture) or partially domesticated (released from hatcheries).  Sustainable fishing practices are efforts to provide humans with marine products, including food and fish oil, in a way that is not only ecologically friendly, but also economically viable and socially responsible for future generations.  Essentially, sustainable fishing seeks to meet the needs of today without jeopardizing the ecosystems of tomorrow. 

Below are just a few principles that apply sustainable fishing:

  • Have low vulnerability to fishing pressure and low probability of being overfished due to the species’ inherent life-history

  • Are caught using techniques that minimize the capture of unwanted species

  • Are captured in a way that maintains the natural function within an ecosystem and does not result in irreversible ecosystem change or damage

  • Does not pose risk to wild fish stocks through the escape of farm raised fish

  • Have management regimes that abide by all laws and utilize precautionary approaches to ensure long term productivity and ecosystem integrity

Wondering which fish to buy the next time you take a trip to the supermarket? Use the FishPhone! Text FISH and the variety you are pondering to 30644.  You will receive an immediate reply letting you know if your choice is healthy for you AND the environment!


Changes in Fees for OK Dietetic License

Impact on Renewal for 2010

Changes to the Fee Schedule adopted by the Board and approved by the Governor and Legislature this past spring will go into effect January 1, 2010.  New fees for Licensed Dietitians and Provisional Licensed Dietitians are as follows:


Licensed Dietitians

Initial Licensure - $120

Reprocessing fee - $30

Annual Renewal - $100

Late renewal penalty after Oct. 31st - $50 (in addition to $100 renewal fee)

Late renewal penalty after Jan. 31st - $100 (in addition to $100 renewal fee)


Provisional Licensed Dietitian

Initial Licensure - $30

Reprocessing fee - $30

Annual Renewal - $100

Late renewal penalty after Oct. 31st - $50 (in addition to $100 renewal fee)

Late renewal penalty after Jan. 31st - $100 (in addition to $100 renewal fee)

Since the last fee increase in 1991, the Board has managed to optimize its operational cost by implementing several  innovative management practices such as automation of labor intensive tasks, re-structuring of personnel in all departments by eliminating unnecessary positions through normal attrition, cross training staff, evaluating real needs before buying  goods and services, and outsourcing services, etc.  Because of better budgeting and managing of resources, no fee increase has been sought since 1991 even though cost of operations has gone up every fiscal year because of external factors:  personnel cost (cost of living adjustments required by law, increase in benefits such as insurance and retirement, etc)  and other administrative cost increases due to unfunded mandates by legislation (A Woman’s Right to Know, Oklahoma Tax Payer and Citizen Protection Act,  and additional allied professionals to regulate in 2005, 2008, 2009 and potentially in 2010).

Services to licensed professionals, such as online license renewal and online initial license registration, will be expanded and improved at Board cost without any convenience or merchant fees added.  Quality customer service will be improved electronically, such as the Application Status Program.  Programs will be expanded with innovative and expedited services including 24-hour access to agency services through web-based services and helpdesk, etc.

For licensees in crisis, additional revenue will enable the Board to assist in remediation programs such as:

  • the successful “Oklahoma Health Professionals Program;
  • the newly proposed “Allied Professionals Peer Assistance Program” in HB 1897; and
  • improvement to the Board’s ability to effectively monitor licensees on probation and under Agreements

These programs will benefit licensed health professionals by getting them help, treatment and acclimation back into safe practice.

There is an increased demand from licensed professionals and healthcare organizations for educational workshops and seminars on the appropriate laws, rules and guidelines governing their profession and practice.  Over the years, the Medical Board has seen numerous cases of unintentional infractions that could have been avoided by educational opportunities rather than ending up as disciplinary cases.

Availability of additional revenue will enable the Board to continue providing and improving a viable public service.  Also, expansion of educational opportunities for licensed professionals, rehabilitation of impaired professionals, co-operation with other regulatory agencies and private healthcare entities, etc. will help reduce medical errors and foster safe health environment for our citizens.

For a complete listing of all fee changes, go to the Board’s website at www.okmedicalboard.org.

Support the Change You Wish to See…

By Teresa Wagner, M.S., R.D./L.D., Director of Dairy Confidence and Medical Outreach,Dairy Max Incorporated

A new clinical report released October 2008 by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) at the National Conference and Exhibition doubled the recommended amount of vitamin D for infants, children and adolescents due to a resurgence of rickets.  In a country where our children are overfed, they are undernourished.

Encouraging adequate intake of nutrient-rich foods is critical for health professionals to ensure essential vitamins and minerals needed to power a healthy lifestyle are provided, while maximizing the nutrition from calories consumed. Rather than simply focusing on calories alone, “good or bad foods” or “nutrients to avoid”, the concept shifts attention to the total nutritive value of foods and beverages children should be eating. It is clear there is dire need for this change.

Dairy foods such as low-fat and fat-free milk, cheese and yogurt are nutrient-rich and provide a significant source of nutrients including vitamin D. Due to their unique nutrient package, the most recent dietary guidelines identified low-fat and fat-free milk and milk products as a “Food Group to Encourage” providing three of the five nutrients that most children’s diets lack – calcium, magnesium and potassium1. Additionally, they are the main source of vitamin D, helping to build strong bones and healthy bodies.

Since the overwhelming majority of children do not consume the recommended three servings of low-fat or fat-free milk or milk products per day, increasing children’s consumption of milk to recommended levels can be improve diet quality. A new child nutrition white paper, “Safeguarding the Health of America’s Children: The Importance of Dairy Foods in Child Nutrition Programs” provides a summary of the child nutrition environment in our country and the positive role of dairy in child nutrition, including government-funded feeding programs. The National Dairy Council and 17 regional affiliates work with schools across the country to help encourage more consumption of all “Food Groups to Encourage,” including low-fat and fat-free dairy products, whole grains, fruits and vegetables.

Unpublished data from USDA’s third School Nutrition Dietary Assessment (SNDA III)2 show significant changes in consumption patterns have developed between the first SNDA report from 1992 and the most current data from 2005. In the 1992 assessment, 28.6 percent of students who drank milk chose either low-fat or fat-free milk, while the latest SNDA data show that 79.2 percent of milk-drinking students now choose low-fat or fat-free milk when they do make milk their beverage choice2.

A cornerstone initiative is offering appealing low-fat or fat-free plain and flavored milk in schools. In 2004, the AAP issued a policy statement recommending only low-fat plain and flavored milk, 100% fruit juices and water served or vended in schools. Changes in packaging to plastic, resealable and recyclable bottles for milk and offering a variety of milk flavors (New Look of School Milk program) as well as Expanding Breakfast program options inside the classroom have all been successful in improving the nutrition environment. Increased participation in breakfast programs is associated with increased academic test scores among students, improved daily attendance, and better class participation. According to the dietary guidelines for Americans, small amounts of sugars added to nutrient-rich foods, such as low-fat and fat-free dairy foods, may increase consumption of these foods by enhancing the taste, so overall nutrient intake is improved without contributing excessive calories. In fact, a recent study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association found that children who drink either flavored or plain milk consume more nutrients and have a lower or comparable body mass index (BMI) than children who don’t drink milk3.

The bottom line is it takes changes in environment and individual behaviors, supported by small, acceptable steps to incorporate healthy habits into the lives of our children. The goal of health professionals and school officials as well as policy makers should be to make our schools an environment in which children learn not only reading, writing and arithmetic, but also a healthy lifestyle to carry them into adulthood.

Child nutrition programs can be the change to safeguard children’s health over the short and long-term by making sure their nutritional needs are met on a daily basis through offering nutrient-rich foods, including dairy. Support of New Look of School Milk and Expanding Breakfast programs especially during 2009 when Congress will have the opportunity to renew the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act of 2004 can continue to improve the overall quality of American diets. This modeling of consumption of nutrient-rich foods can potentially reduce the economic and social burden of chronic disease. Health professionals could, in turn, focus on the more positive aspects of health care such as prevention and wellness.

The child nutrition white paper and more information on child nutrition initiatives can be found at: www.dairymax.org

1U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and U.S. Department of Agriculture. Dietary Guidelines for Americans, 2005. 6th Edition, Washington, DC: U.S. Government Printing Office, January 2005.
2U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service, Office of Research, Nutrition, and Analysis, School Nutrition Dietary Assessment Study-III: Volume I:School Foodservice, School Food Environment, and Meals Offered and Served, by Anne Gordon, Mary Kay Crepinsek, Renée Nogales, and Elizabeth Condon. Project Officer: Patricia McKinney. Alexandria, VA: 2007.
3Murphy MM, Douglass JS, Johnson RK, Spence LA. Drinking flavored or plain milk is positively associated with nutrient intake and is not associated with adverse effects on weight status in U.S. children and adolescents. Journal of the American Dietetic Association 2008; 108:631-639.


Don’t forget to check the ODA website

 for NEW updates!

News and Events

ODA Cookbook

Spring Convention

CPE Events

ADA News

District News

Employment Opportunities

Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
12324 E. 86th St N. #148
Owasso, OK 74055
t (918) 609-6559 or (877) 656-8874
f (877) 239-2942

Copyright © 2008 Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. All Rights Reserved. • Site by WSI Internet Consulting