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

OKnutrition Newsletter
February 2017
President's Message
Happy New Year!  I hope 2017 is treating you well.  I have several events to share with you, but before I get started I want to personally thank everyone that attended our Winter Impact event.  It was a great day of sessions, discussions and giving back.  Because of you we were able to pack over 1,800 pounds of food which provided over 1,500 meals for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma Back Pack Program!!  Thank you for fighting hunger in Oklahoma. I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did!

Project Vote 2017 is underway!  The Academy election is open, and I encourage each of you to cast your vote.  OkAND will be competing against other affiliates of similar size.  The affiliate with the largest percentage of members voting in the Academy election wins a free registration to FNCE 2017 in Chicago! Visit www.eatrightpro.org/elections and vote by February 22nd!

Mark your calendars!  We have two FREE webinars coming up in February and March.  Keri Layton will present on Wednesday, February 22nd and Meghan VanCamp will present on Wednesday, March 21st.  Thank you to our Member Services Committee for putting these together for us. Registration information for both webinars will be available on the website.

Spring Convention will be here before we know it.  I got a sneak peek of the program and you do not want to miss out on these sessions!  Thank you to everyone on the Spring Convention Committee for their hard work on this event.  I hope you will join us April 20-21 in Norman this year.  Registration will be open soon!

The 2017 OkAND Election will be open from March 1st through 31st.  The OkAND Board of Directors puts in a lot of volunteer hours each year to serve our members.   I hope each of you will take time to cast your vote and support the candidates who are excited and ready to serve on our board next year!

Last but not least, as you all know, March is National Nutrition Month.  I want to know how you plan to celebrate.  Share your events with us, and we will help spread the word!  You can contact me at president@oknutrition.org or contact our Executive Director, Heather Engelman, at oknutrition@oknutrition.org

See you all in Norman for our 2017 Spring Convention!

Tiffany Grant, MA, RD, LD
2016-2017 President
Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
News & Updates
2017 Academy National Election

Take an active role in selecting the leaders who will shape the future of the Academy and the profession.  The polls close at midnight, Central Time, on Wednesday, February 22, 2017.  Cast your ballot and receive a coupon good for $5 off your next purchase from the eatright Store!
OkAND 2017 Election: Meet the Candidates

The OkAND Nominating Committee is proud to announce the candidates on the 2017 OkAND Election Ballot!  Voting will take place March 1st through March 31st.
Spring Convention Registration Now Open!

OkAND's annual Spring Convention is April 20-21 at the Embassy Suites in Norman.  Educational sessions, exhibitors, student poster session, member appreciation night, and more! Register today!
Oklahoma Nutrition Manual 

The Fourteenth Edition of OkAND's Oklahoma Nutrition Manual is expected to be published in 2017.  It is currently being updated by Registered Dietitians with expertise in a variety of areas.    
Learn More>>
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn

"Like" our Facebook page, follow us on Twitter and Instagram and connect with us on LinkedIn.  Become more engaged with our association, and start joining the conversation!
Board of Directors Reports
Benefit$ For Your Buck
Jason Stevens, MA, RD, CSO, LD
OkAND Member Services Chair-Elect
Hello OkAND members!
The time to renew your membership is now!  Don't forget-maintaining your membership in the Academy and OkAND provides you with valuable resources and benefits!  This includes:
Continuing Education:
Your OkAND membership provides excellent opportunities for professional development.  With free quarterly webinars from OkAND, you can stay informed and educated on the ever-changing landscape of our profession, as well as earn some of your required CPEUs!  Your membership also enables you to earn free CPEUs through online quizzes from the Academy's Journal.  OkAND will continue to keep you up-to-date on great continuing education opportunities throughout the year. 
Opportunities for Students:
Whether you're a student, educator or preceptor, your OkAND membership is vital to supporting our growing profession.  OkAND supports students through scholarships, as well as networking opportunities through the Oklahoma Student Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (OSAND).  The Academy even offers discounted rates for students, as well as a graduated Career Starter Dues Program to make membership more affordable for dietitians in their first five years of practice.  Your membership plays a vital role in supporting the future of dietetics!
Academy Resources:
Want to know where to find topical, evidence-based guidelines on critical topics in nutrition practice?  As a member, you have exclusive access to incredible resources through the Academy, like the Evidence Analysis Library (EAL).  The Academy's EAL provides you with practice guidelines, MNT protocols and toolkits in a user-friendly online resource.  Renewing your membership keeps valuable tools like the EAL at your fingertips! 
For continued updates and information, keep www.oknutrition.org  bookmarked, and don't forget to connect with us on social media!
Have You Witnessed Harm?  
Report it with OkAND's Adverse Event Link

If you have witnessed someone giving questionable nutrition advice that has or could have resulted in harm, please report it.  Even if you're not sure if your example is considered "harm", send it to us to consider.
Districts and DPG
To get more involved in one of our district dietetic associations or to find out more about the Oklahoma Consultant Dietitians DPG, visit http://www.oknutrition.org/districts_dpg.htm.  

Follow us on Facebook!  Our next meeting is Thursday February 16th at 6:30pm at Cancer Treatment Center.  We will hear from an Abbott Rep on "Trends in Lean Body Mass" and 1 CE will be available.  If you are not an active member and would like to attend the meeting for a CE the cost is $10.  If you would like to become and active member, dues are $20 for the year.  If you are planning to attend, please RSVP to  Brittany Hoverman

The next meeting for NCDDA (North Central District Dietetic Association) will be on February 21 at the Otoe Missouria Tribal Complex (South of Ponca City).  Shannon Andrews will present, "A Modern Perspective of How History Can Influence Today's Choices".  Join us at 5:30 for a light meal and networking. The speaker program begins at 6:00 with a member business meeting afterwards. 

The February member meeting will be 2/27/17 and will be on complimentary nutrition and supplements.  
Nominations for the OCDDA Distinguished Dietitian of the Year should be sent to Melissa Church by March 1st.

Our meeting in September was a success.  As part of the meeting, "The Complete Guide to Nutrition Care for Pressure Ulcers" was available.  We still have several to sell.  If you are interested, please let Pam Brummit know.  We will be getting together after the reception at the OkAND convention to finalize details for our meeting September 15 or 22.
Continuing Education
Free Webinar
Nutrition Counseling in the Telehealth Era

Presented by Keri Layton, MS, RD, CSO, LD and Lauren Robinson, MS, RD, LD
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
10:30-11:30 AM
Free Webinar

Presented by Meghan VanCamp, RDN, LD, CDE
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
12:00-1:00 PM
Registration will be available soon!
OkAND Spring Convention

April 20-21, 2017
Embassy Suites
Norman, OK
Magnificent Members
Member Spotlight

Sheryl Morsman, RD, LD
Clinical Dietitian
Sodexo at OU Medical Center

What are your primary responsibilities?
OU Medical Center houses the only Level One Trauma Center for the State of Oklahoma. One of my primary responsibilities is to provide Medical Nutrition Therapy for the Trauma Intensive Care Unit and the Trauma Post Intensive Care Unit. I also am responsible for Medical Nutrition Therapy for the Cardiovascular Intensive Care Unit. I am very involved with assessing patients and developing their nutrition plan of care that often involves enteral nutrition (tube feedings) as well as parenteral nutrition (TPN).
What is your favorite thing about your job?
One of the favorite parts of my job is seeing patients come back to see us after they have completed rehabilitation. It is very gratifying to know that my part of assuring that they received the correct calorie, protein, and other nutrients while they are in the hospital plays a very key factor in their healing process. I also really enjoy being a part of the healthcare team - especially teaching Resident Physicians about the importance of nutrition for their patients.
Why is a Licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist best suited for your position?
My position requires a person who can communicate the science of nutrition to a wide spectrum of people - from patients and their families to the entire healthcare team. A Licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist is uniquely prepared through education and internship experiences to provide this type of education.
Why did you choose to become a Licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist?
As a Junior High student who was a Cadette Girl Scout, I was able to be a Candy Striper (Junior Volunteer) at the small hospital in the town that I grew up in. I really enjoyed the experience but was not sure exactly how I could fit into that environment. My mother, who was a Home Economics Teacher, pointed out that there was a person in hospitals who combined cooking and nutrition (something I was interested in) with the challenges of the hospital setting. This person is the Dietitian. I explored the field and found that it sounded like a good fit! I have been a Registered Dietitian now for 36 years! I never grow tired of the challenges, the learning opportunities and the chance to make a difference in someone's life.
Why do you feel it is important to have Licensed, Registered Dietitian Nutritionists?
We are the Nutrition Experts! No one else has our specific education and preparation that focuses on the nutrition needs of individuals and groups.
Award Winning Members

Here are a few of our members who have received recognition for their accomplishments, expertise, and contributions to nutrition and the dietetics profession.
  • Kalli Castille, MS, RDN, LD, FAND - 2017-2019 Chair-Elect of the Dietetics Practice Section of ASPEN
  • Deborah S. Taylor, RDN/LD, SNS - School Nutrition Association Nutrition & Research Committee, Southwest Region Representative
Read about more of our award-winning members or share your own achievements on our website. 

Members in the News

Our members are making headlines every day!  Here are a few that shared their news with us.
  • Ashley Smith, MS, RD/LD - Tips for eating during the holidays 
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.
More Members in the News

Congratulations to Sheri GlazierMS, RDN/LD, who welcomed a baby girl, Gentri Ann, on December 3, 2016.

Congratulations to Abby Yeary, RD, LD, who welcomed a baby girl, Margot James, on December 31, 2016.

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