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




OKnutrition Newsletter

August 2014



News & Events


Happy Kids Eat Right Month!

This August is the first ever Kids Eat Right Month!  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation will highlight healthy nutrition and lifestyles for children and their families throughout the month.

Join the celebration>>


Fall Symposium

Take a Byte Out of Social Media

September 12, 2014

Edmond, OK

Join us in September for the 2014 Fall Symposium!  This year's program will give you tips to help you engage your audiences and educate the public, teach you skills to help you prepare for an interview, help you create winning presentations, and help you improve patient safety by using a patient's own Personal Health Records data.  Get the expertise you need to utilize your voice, improve your communication with clients and colleagues, and enhance your career!

Learn more and register>>


NDA Credential

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2014-2015 Board of Directors recently voted on the Nutrition and Dietetics Associate (NDA) designation.  The President of the Academy, Sonja L. Connor, provided a summary of that vote.  Contact our Delegate, Amanda Jones, at delegate@oknutrition.org if you have any questions or concerns.

Read the summary>>


Ordering Therapeutic Diets in Oklahoma Hospitals

The centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) expects this new rule to improve the efficiency and efficacy of nutrition care and save up to $459 million in annual hospital costs.  Although the final rule became effective July 11, 2014, implementing it in each state in various hospital facilities is a process that will take time.  Currently, hospital regulations from the Oklahoma State Department of Health do not allow dietitians to write orders.

Learn more>>



Remember to Pay Your 2014-2015 CDR Registration Fee

August 31,2014 is the payment deadline date to pay your 2014-2015 CDR registration maintenance fee.  Avoid the late fee and pay today.

Learn more and pay online>>


OkAND CafePress Store

Have you ever heard of Café Press?  It's a website where you can create custom products on a variety of items, such as t-shirts, mugs, bags, and more.  And, now you can purchase those items with the OkAND logo on it!  OkAND has set up an online shop with CafePress so that you can purchase various items with either the OkAND logo or the winning design from our recent t-shirt design contest. 

Check out our store at http://www.cafepress.com/eatrightok.



Oklahoma Reception at FNCE

Are you going to FNCE?  If you're planning to attend, make plans to stop by our reception!  Any past or present OkAND members are welcome to attend, and family members are welcome too.  More details about our reception will be available soon.


From Your Board of Directors


President's Message

Teresa Jackson, MS, RD, LD

2014-2015 President


Greetings Nutrition Friends!


First of all, I'd like to say thank you for allowing me to serve as your OkAND President 2014-2015. It is truly an honor and I hope to serve you well. I learned so much during my President-Elect year by getting to interact with our past board of directors, past president and members to our student volunteers and future RDs. I cannot thank everyone enough for helping me to be a stronger leader!


As President, my primary responsibility is to help guide our board of directors to carry out the goals and objectives set forth in our strategic plan. Our board of directors met in late June and worked diligently on determining where we want our organization to go during the next year. Our student association advisor also met with a few members of the student organization board to make plans for their year.


I'm excited to announce that we will be working to update our website. Thank you to all those who completed our website survey, your input is so valuable; we appreciate your time! The results will be used to make the website more appealing, efficient and helpful to our members; as well as, a resource so that others recognize us as the nutrition experts that we are.


Our public policy team is working to plan a "Nutrition Policy Forum" event prior to our Fall Symposium in September. Be on the look-out for additional details. Our public relations team will work to strengthen our presence on social media sights and increase our organization's visibility. The member services team is busy planning webinars to provide CEU opportunities for members.


And finally, I'd like to give everyone the opportunity to get involved with OkAND. We are always looking for more volunteers in a variety of roles; I'm confident that we could find a good fit for each of our skill sets, experiences and talents. If you'd like to volunteer, or if you have questions, concerns or ideas for OkAND, please contact myself at president@oknutrition.org or our Executive Director, Heather Engelman at oknutrition@oknutrition.org. I look forward to hearing from you and making this a successful year!



Benefit$ for your Buck

Tiffany Grant, MA, RD/LD

Member Services Chair


Hello OkAND members!


Did you know that as a member of the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics you have access to free webinars and learning modules, not only through OkAND but through AND too? Throughout the year OkAND will be providing five FREE opportunities to earn CPEUs through webinars as well as sharing other opportunities available through the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.


We want you to get the most out of your membership. Here are a few tips to help you stay connected!

·       Keep your contact info updated to ensure you don't miss out on what's going on around the state and the Academy. Your Oklahoma affiliate sends out quarterly newsletters as well as information on webinars, scholarships and awards offered through OkAND and our regional districts, Fall Symposium and Spring Convention registration deadlines as well as Action Alerts from the Academy. Log in to your AND account to update your information: https://www.eatright.org/login.aspx 

·       Earn FREE CPEUs through webinars sponsored by OkAND. Did you know you can also earn FREE CPEUs through the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' online quizzes? For more CPE event information visit our website: http://www.oknutrition.org/cpe_events.htm 

·       Network! Get involved at the district, state or national level. There are several opportunities to network and earn CPEUs at various district and state sponsored meetings and events. Visit the District Dietetic Associations' page for details. http://www.oknutrition.org/districts_dpg.htm 



Free Live Webinars:

Kids Eat Right, Wednesday, August 13, 2014, 1-2pm Central

U.S. Farming 101, Thursday, August 21, 2014, 1-2pm Central

To register or check out recorded webinars, click the link below.



Fall Symposium

Friday, September 12, 2014

University of Central Oklahoma

To register, click the link below.



National Food Day

Friday, October 24, 2014


Visit our website for more information on upcoming events going on around our state. We hope to see you at Fall Symposium!



Delegate Report

Amanda Jones, MBA, RD/LD

2013-2016 Delegate


Oklahoma Academy members, I am honored to serve again this year as the Delegate for Oklahoma on the House of Delegates. The House of Delegates, as the voice of members, governs the profession and develops policy on major professional issues. To do this, the House of Delegates meets twice a year to discuss a mega issue or a topic that will influence the future of dietetics. At these meeting the delegates share insight from their constituents to help fully discuss all perspectives of the issue and identify key items to be addressed. I am proud to represent Oklahoma and serve as your voice. I want to be able to represent Oklahoma well, and to this, I need to hear from you. A Fact Sheet about the upcoming mega issue being addressed at the fall meeting has been posted to the website. 


Please provide your responses to the following question:


What is the value of business and management skills in your practice area?


Submit your answers to me at delegate@oknutrition.org by September 30, 2014. Your feedback will be shared with the House of Delegates in advance of the Fall HOD Meeting. Your input will be very helpful to the dialogue session!


I challenge all members to be involved in guiding our profession. Change is happening in healthcare and in the field of dietetics. Don't be silent and let others make changes to the way you practice, be part of the process. Be informed of the issues facing our field, form an opinion and then voice your opinion, be part of the change! I WANT to hear from you!



Public Policy Initiatives




Member Updates




Eastern District

Join us for a fun social gathering at 6pm on August 20th at McNellie's South (7031 S. Zurich Ave, Tulsa, OK 74136) and enjoy $3 burger night.

Learn more>>

North Central District

The next meeting is scheduled for September 9th in Ponca City.

Learn more>>


Oklahoma City District

Continuing education and networking opportunities will be available this fall.

Learn more>>



Award Winning Members

Congratulations to Deborah S. Taylor!  She is the new Associate Director of Child Nutrition Services for Oklahoma City Public Schools.


Read about more of our award-winning members or share your own achievements on our website.

Award Winning Members>>


Members in the News

Our members are making headlines every day!  Here are a few that shared their news with us.

  • Deborah S. Taylor - OKC Public Schools Children in Cafeteria
  • Ellen Cermak - Bouncing back after babies
  • Alyson Dykstra - NewsOK and Fox25

Visit the website to read more about these and more Members in the News, and share your own moment of fame by submitting the online form.

Members in the News>>


Login to the Website

View past newsletters, the member directory, and special CE opportunities just for our members.  Login using your Academy member number (without preceding zeros) as your username and our last name in lowercase letters as your password.  if you have any problems, simply contact our central office at oknutrition@oknutrition.org or at 877-656-8874.



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