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

OKnutrition Newsletter

November 2014

News & Events
2015 Award Nominations Due

Each spring the Oklahoma Academy presents awards to deserving educators, students, and members.  Nominations for these exceptional awards are due soon.  

Outstanding Dietetics Educator Awards: Nominations Due December 19, 2014

Outstanding Dietetic Student Awards: Nominations Due January 30, 2015

Professional Awards: Nominations Due January 30, 2015   

Nominations Needed for 2015 Election

The OkAND Nominating Committee is looking for individuals with passion, leadership, organizational skills, and creativity to be involved in our organization and invest in our profession.  Be a candidate on the 2015 OkAND Election Ballot! 

Learn more>>  

Student Scholarship Application Available
Each spring, the Oklahoma Academy and its affiliate districts award scholarships to students pursuing undergraduate and advance degrees in dietetics or food and nutrition related areas.  Applications are due January 16, 2015. 
Apply today>> 
Policies and Legislation Affecting Dietitians
There are a variety of national bills that involve nutrition and the health of Americans.  To help you understand them and what they mean, the OkAND Public Policy Panel has written a very brief explanation about each of the bills.
OkAND CafePress Store
Have you ever heard of CafePress?  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.
PPW Scholarship
For the second year, the Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will offer members the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to attend the Academy's Public Policy Workshop in Washington D.C. with our state's Public Policy Panel June 7-9, 2015.  The scholarship application will be available in January.
Spring Convention - The STATE of Our Health

March 12-13, 2015 in Midwest City, OK

Speakers: Email your proposals to oknutrition@oknutrition.org.

Sponsors, Exhibitors, and DonorsClick here to learn more about all of the opportunities available to participate at our event!

Call for Student PostersClick here to submit an abstract. 

Advocacy Day
Mark your calendars now for the 2015 Advocacy Day on March 26th.  One hour of continuing education will be provided as you receive updates on current policies affecting our profession, including dietetic licensure and order writing privileges in Oklahoma.  Help represent and promote our profession at the capitol!
From Your Board of Directors
President's Message
Teresa Jackson, MS, RD, LD
2014-2015 President

As our temperatures are finally falling and we're all gearing up for the holidays, I'd like to wish everyone a Happy Autumn!

In September, we held our Fall Symposium on the campus of UCO. It was an informative day learning more about social media, making a great first impression and electronic health records. Thank you to our event chairs, Katy Soper and Emily Warnock; and the rest of their planning committee for a successful symposium! Events like these are only possible because of the volunteerism of our members.


The evening before Symposium, OkAND's Public Policy Committee hosted our first Nutrition Policy Forum at "Put a Cork In It" Winery in Bricktown. It was a fun evening of wine tasting with snacks provided by Homeland. We heard from our public policy leaders about current issues and plans for future legislation. Plans are underway to host a similar event in Tulsa for our members who weren't able to travel to OKC; look for more details to come. We hope to see you there!

Just a few weeks ago, many of our OkAND members traveled to Atlanta, GA for FNCE. It was an exciting time to gather with peers from across the nation while continuing to educate ourselves. We teamed up with several other affiliates (Arkansas, Kansas & Missouri) that have strong ties to Oklahoma to host a joint member reception. I was ecstatic with our high number of attendees; we had well over 80 attend. It was a great time of networking and fellowship with "old" friends. Thank you to our Oklahoma sponsors, Oklahoma State University and the University of Central Oklahoma!   

In the next few months, our President-Elect will be recruiting members to fill our election slate of candidates. If you have interest in getting more involved with our affiliate, let us know. We are always looking for more volunteers! We have a variety of positions with a variety of job responsibilities and we always want our member talents and skills to shine.


Our Spring Convention chairs, Katie Strack and Tiffany Grant, have formed their convention committee and planning has started. This event will be held March 12-13, 2015 at the Reed Convention Center in Midwest City. Mark your calendars now; we hope you'll be able to attend one or both days!


Plans are also happening for our annual Advocacy Day held at the Capital. The day is March 26th, be on the look-out for more details. This is a wonderful opportunity to get involved with our public policy committee and support our organization as we plan to move forward with strengthening our licensure.


From all of our OkAND board of directors, I wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season! Thank you for allowing me to serve as your OkAND President.
Nutrition Policy Forum in OKC and Tulsa
Sharon Huey, MA, RD, CSO, LD
Public Policy Coordinator
This September your Public Policy Panel held our Inaugural Nutrition Policy Forum, a wine and informational event at Put a Cork in It in Bricktown, Oklahoma City.  All told, 21 attended this event.  The intent was to share our thoughts on various aspects of our legislation on which we are currently working.  This was also our chance to hear concerns from RDs working around the state.  Misti Levya provided a review of the political environment we are facing in Oklahoma, as we contemplate re-crafting our legislation.  She also detailed the national environment regarding legislation in other states, as well as recent meetings we have had with legislators. Our new "Adverse Event" link on the OkAND website was unveiled.  Misti highlighted the need to start reporting "harm" that we witness, situations in which we believe harm has been committed (i.e. questionable or potentially damaging advice given).  There is a detailed explanation and form on the OkAND website.  Amanda Jones also discussed the headway we are making to change legislation, to allow RDs to write diet orders in the hospital setting.  Delicious treats were provided by Homeland and the Panel provided a wine tasting of at least 7 different local wines from Oklahoma.  It was a fun event, and we look forward to hosting a similar event in the Tulsa area very soon. 
Benefit$ for your Buck
Tiffany Grant, MA, RD/LD
Member Services Chair
Greetings Oklahoma Academy Members! Your Member Services Committee is excited to announce new CPEU opportunities. As an Oklahoma Academy member, you have the opportunity to attend our FREE educational webinars throughout the year. Mark your calendars for our next three webinars!
  • Becoming a Certified Sports Dietitian: Join us for this FREE webinar on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 at 12:00 PM. Have you ever thought about becoming a board certified specialist? Gena Wollenberg, PhD, RD, CSSD, LD will discuss what you need to know in order to become a certified specialist in sports dietetics. Register Here!

  • Diet Orders and HOD Update: December 2014 (Date and time TBA.)

  • Oklahoma Mothers' Milk Bank: Thursday, January 22, 2015 at 12:00 PM.

Scholarship Opportunities for Students!

OkAND Student Members, did you know that we have several scholarships available for you? We know you have a lot on your plate this time of year with fall semester coming to an end and winter break right around the corner, but before you head out for the holidays don't forget to apply for one of our many scholarship opportunities! Submit your application for an Oklahoma Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' State, District, or DPG Scholarship. All applications must be submitted by January 16, 2015. For more information on eligibility and how to apply, visit our website and download the scholarship form today!  

Happy Holidays from your Member Services Committee! 

OkAND Gives Canned Foods & Cash to the Food Bank
Deborah S Taylor, RDN/LD, SNS
Public Relations Chair
"Foodies". What a great word! Aren't WE the ultimate foodies? Many of us are blessed to be able to refuse a food just because we don't like what the nutrient analysis tells us. But unfortunately, not everyone has that luxury. They don't have enough food to feed their families, much less themselves. And that's where the FOOD BANK comes in. For the past few years, OkAND members have chosen to collect donations for our local food banks. At both the fall and spring conferences, we set up a table, encouraging attendees to bring staple foods or, better yet, CASH to help out the food bank. At the Fall Symposium September 12th, OkAND members contributed 16 cans of food and $382. We appreciate everyone who contributed to that donation, and we encourage all of our members to remember those who are less fortunate this holiday season.  Registered Dietitian Nutritionists help the Community Eat Right!
Continuing Education
Upcoming Events
New CE opportunities have been added to the website.
Thank You For A Stupendous Symposium!
The 2014 Fall Symposium was a success, bringing 150 nutrition professionals and students together to learn about social media in our profession.  We are grateful for our planning committee and their hard work to create an educational program of skilled speakers and beneficial exhibitors.
We also want to thank our sponsors for their support of our event, our organization, and our profession.
Gold Sponsors: Oklahoma Beef Council, Sysco Oklahoma, and Dairy MAX & Midwest Dairy Council
Silver Sponsor: US Foods
Bronze Sponsor: Way Better Snacks
Member News
Eastern District

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11th.  We will have a speaker from the Oklahoma Milk Bank.

Learn more>>

North Central District

NCDDA held it's September meeting in Ponca City.  Our speaker was Kristin Alsup, whose presentation was "The Power of Pork".  We all enjoyed the meeting and presentation.  A special thank you to Debbie Moore, from Ponca City Medical Center, for hosting our event and arranging the meal!  Also, thank you to Theresa Horinek for making the local arrangements for our Ponca City meeting.  Mary Klinger, President of NCDDA, provided prizes for renewing membership and door prizes.

Prize Winner: Julie Huber won a $25.00 gift card to Chili's for joining/renewing NCDDA membership prior to Sept 9th meeting

Door Prizes: Surekha Kamath  A lovely scarf (matched her outfit),  Mia Owens - Kitchen gadget (can strainer),  Carol Beier  - A decorative kitchen towel, &  Shannon Andrews - Nufoot slippers

The next meeting will be held in Stillwater on November 11, 2014.

Dr. Matthew T. Draelos will be presenting, "Type 2 Diabetes in adults and improving glycemic control".  The meeting and a light meal will be held at Stillwater Medical Center in the Honska conference room.  The meeting will have social time at 5:30, presentation at 6:00, and business meeting at 7:00 (approximately).

We would like to encourage all who are interested to join us.  We will have fun and learn something!  There is a possibility of winning some nice door prizes also!!

Learn more>> 


Oklahoma City District
Continuing education and networking opportunities will be available this fall.

Learn more>> 


Oklahoma Consultant Dietitians DPG

Save the date for the OkCD DPG Spring Conference on April 10, 2015.

View the 2014-2015 Officers>> 

Award Winning Members
Here a few of our members who have received recognition for their accomplishments, expertise, and contributions to nutrition and the dietetics profession.
  • Darrin W. Schmidt - Excellence in Practice Award
  • Deborah S. Taylor - 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Sarah Miracle - 2014 Distinguished Alumni Award
  • Teresa Jackson - 2014 Rising Star Award
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.
  • Kate Collins - A Fall Color Palate
  • Katie Kuriakose - Cook With Your Children
  • Katie Strack and Krista Neal - Oklahoma Horizon TV
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.
Congratulations to Alyson (Dykstra) Fendrick, who was married on October 4, 2014.
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