I can’t believe how quickly the year has gone by! I feel like it was just yesterday when I wrote my first president’s message. Over the course of the year, I’ve had the good fortune to meet (or reconnect) with many of you at our seasonal networking events, board meetings, FNCE Boston, the NBC4 Health Expo, Quarterly Advocacy Days, the National Nutrition Month Celebration, and most recently, at our dynamic Annual Meeting, “Dietetics 2.0: Updating our Profession for the Second Century.” I’ve heard many wonderful stories of our members finding new opportunities by networking with their fellow peers. The Board of Directors hopes to continue to provide these opportunities over the next year. If you haven’t joined us for an event yet, we encourage you to come out and see what the fuss is all about. Many of our gatherings are available to you at little to no cost–so what are you waiting for?
I want to thank those of you who participated in this year’s strategic planning survey. Your feedback on the direction of the affiliate and programming is very valuable as we make plans for the next fiscal year. I would also like to thank the current Board of Directors–this year would not have been a success without your hard work and dedication to the profession! Many thankless tasks such as communication strategy development, bylaws revisions, and venue searches are happening behind the scenes in order to bring you, our members, a full-year of valuable programming. We do this because we believe in the advancement and benefit of our profession. Otherwise, we wouldn’t be in these positions at all.
So without further ado, I am officially handing the torch over to the next board. The list of upcoming members can be found on the website after the current year volunteers. If you are interested in volunteering as either the Student Representative or the Volunteer Coordinator, please email Hannah Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s been a pleasure to serve you.
Robyn Douglas, MPP, RDN, LDN
I hate to admit it…but this year was my first attending a DCMAND annual meeting. For those of you that attended, I am sure you will agree with me- it did not disappoint. The meeting was tailored to our diverse membership; there was definitely something for everyone. We learned about 3-D printed food- is that really a thing?!? And instead of just sitting and listening all day, we got to stand up and IMPROV during a unique afternoon session. It was fun, and I am not just saying that because I should. So, if you missed the opportunity to learn and grown with us this year, I hope to see you next year.
As we wrap up another successful year, I feel it is necessary to reflect on all of the positive things we have done together this year. From the various networking happy hours to volunteering with S.O.M.E (So Others Might Eat) and the NBC4 Health and Fitness Expo; we have been making our mark as the nutritional professionals in D.C. And as we head into the next year, I hope to see more of you get involved!
I am excited for what is to come this next year, with a new Board of Directors, and more opportunities to learn and grow with all of you in DCMAND.
Brittany Wood, RDN
Potomac Post Editor 2016-2017
Christina Riley, DCMAND’s Second Century Liaison
Happy birthday to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (the Academy)! To celebrate 100 years, the Academy and its members have launched the Second Century Initiative. This initiative aims to guide the future of the profession over the next century and to explore opportunities to impact health and nutrition around the world. It began in 2016, seeking input from members through a survey and member summit, to build a vision and identify areas of focus. This year, the Academy is working within the six key vision areas identified to create innovation projects, build partnerships with other organizations, and fundraise to support the implementation of these projects. The six key vision areas include:
We encourage members of DCMAND to be engaged and make your voices heard throughout this process. Here are some ways you can be involved:
We appreciate all of our DCMAND members and would like to thank those who have already been engaged in the efforts mentioned above. We look forward to the innovation and collaboration this project will inspire across the membership and will continue to provide updates on how to be involved over the next year!
Courtney Puidk, MS, RDN, LDN
DCMAND Public Policy Coordinator
DC Licensure Update
The DC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition has filled all vacancies. At the December meeting, the Board decided that beginning with the 2017 licensure renewal period, all DC licensed dietitians and nutritionists must complete 2 CEUs of LGBTQ training per 30-CEU licensure period. Subcommittees will begin to work on definitions for Scope of Practice and Licensure, as well as how to conduct CEU audits. They will be seeking input from the public, if interested in participating, please contact email@example.com for more information. The next meeting of the DC Board of Dietetics and Nutrition will be held on June 8, 2017.
Register Now: Public Policy Workshop
There has never been a better time to show the important role food and nutrition play in our nation’s health: Attend the world’s largest food and nutrition policy and advocacy summit, the Academy’s Public Policy Workshop, June 25 to 26, in Washington, D.C. Exciting changes make this year’s PPW the “go-to” event to sharpen your communication skills, advocate for the profession and develop new high-level personal and professional relationships. A new video shows why attending PPW is so important.
USDA Maintains Current Nutrition Standards in School Meals, Moves to Allow Flavored Low-Fat Milk
On Monday, Secretary of Agriculture Perdue provided guidance to school nutrition directors that sodium and whole grains requirements will stay current for the coming 2017-18 year. Any additional changes will be addressed through the regulatory process, which will be available for public comment. To address decreasing milk consumption and meeting the needs of calcium, a new interim rule will be promulgated and open for public comment which is expected to allow low-fat flavored milk. USDA also noted that they supports technical support to help address specific issues related to whole grains, sodium and dairy in the school meals programs. These issues were discussed during the debates and negotiations on child nutrition act reauthorization with input from our member leaders. We continue to support our school nutrition directors who will move forward serving children nutritious meals.
Another congratulations to all of our 2017 award winners that were recognized at the annual meeting!
Emerging Dietetic Leader: Elana Natker
Recognized Young Dietitian of the Year: Stephanie Johnson
Outstanding Dietetic Student Award – Coordinated Program: Nasheba Alexander
Outstanding Dietetic Student Award – Didactic Program in Dietetics: Aisha Moten
Recognized Dietetic Technician of the Year: Sydni Arnone
Outstanding Dietitian of the Year: Merel Kozlosky
Ann Litt Graduate Student Award: Suzanne Bowser
Cindy Reeser Undergraduate DPD/Dietetic Intern Award: Jenny Dang
50 Year Member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics: Shirley Blakely
Rachel Gabauer, RDN, LD
2016 Emerging Leader Award Winner
For one month of every year, we celebrate National Nutrition Month, which serves to remind us of the value of healthy living as well as the role of the dietitian. This year’s theme was “Putting your Best Fork Forward” – which is not only catchy, but it should also make you ponder: how have I and how can I continue to put my “best fork forward?” It is important for everyone – dietitians, clients, patients – to think of how they can make a conscious effort on a daily basis to become a healthier person, a more successful professional, and an innovator in the field of nutrition.
I used National Nutrition Month as a time to become more mindful – mindful of my own personal dietary and physical habits and mindful of my professional growth. On a personal level, I’ve applied evidence-based research to improve my health by transitioning toward a more plant-based diet. I’ve also found new ways to exercise that are both enjoyable and sustainable for my lifestyle. As a new clinical dietitian, this year’s National Nutrition Month was especially significant to me. I implement the idea of “putting my best fork forward” by improving my clinical practice, participating in journal clubs and webinars, and hopefully providing a meaningful impact on the lives of my patients.
These concepts of mindfulness and self-improvement are ones that should resonate with us far beyond just the month of March. I encourage all of you – friends, colleagues, fellow dietitians – to use National Nutrition Month not only as a way to celebrate the field of nutrition, but also as a reminder that there is always room for personal and professional growth in our lives. We should not limit ourselves to one month per year to “put our best fork forward,” but rather encourage and support one another on a daily basis to become healthier and happier people.
Jenny Dang & Megan McFadden
Virginia Tech Dietetic Interns
During March and April, we worked with the Alexandria City Public Schools (ACPS) School Nutrition Services team. We recipe tested and developed vegetarian options for the 2017-2018 school year.
To celebrate National Nutrition Month, we helped the TC Williams Titans put their best fork forward into Hokie Bowls. On Friday, March 24, TC students had the opportunity to sample a fresh vegetarian taco bowl that included roasted sweet potatoes, seasoned black beans, chopped lettuce, juicy tomatoes, and shredded cheese. Over 50% of student responses to the Hokie Bowl samples indicated that they would be a good addition to the menu for the 2017-2018 school year. However, the major critique was that the bowls needed more heat. After returning to the kitchen, we revamped the recipe by substituting the sweet potatoes with a cheesy black bean & brown rice mix and by adding more spices to the black beans. Over 75% of student responses to the revised Hokie Bowl samples indicated that students were excited about the new potential vegetarian menu option.
Instructions: Mix the spices with the black beans and cook for 20 mins at 350 F. Cook the brown rice according to the package. Mix cooked beans and rice together with ½ cup cheese. Top with lettuce, tomatoes, and desired amount of cheese.
Hannah Martin, MPH, RD
Education: MPH/RD from UNC Chapel Hill’s coordinated program
Role in DCMAND : I am the President-Elect through June 1, at which point I will become the President for one year. I previously held public policy roles on the board from 2014 to 2016.
Current position: I am a Policy Analyst with the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Prevention Initiative
What you like most about your position: I like the very broad range of issues that I get to work on, including: health professional training standards, reimbursement for obesity treatment, military health, food service guidelines, sustainable agriculture, and how housing policies impact health.
Hobby/Favorite activities outside of work: I am a cyclist and involved with the Women and Bicycles program. Only 26% of DC-area cyclists are women and W&B is a wonderfully supportive sisterhood devoted to increasing that number.
Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: My favorite thing about DC is having dozens of authentic cuisines from other countries at my fingertips. I grew up in farm country so it’s still crazy to me that I can eat from 6 continents here.
Zile Jones, RD
Education: Bachelor of Science from Syracuse University
Keene State College Dietetic Internship
Current position: Long term care at a facility in Maryland.
What I like most about my position: First what I like about my position is, it is what brought me down to the DC area. I am excited to become involved with local organizations and get to know the area. In addition I appreciate the flexibly and availability to take on more roles- for example I have been able to cover for different facilities under the same company in the area and see how they operate, and I plan on taking on a student in the coming months.
Favorite thing about (or to do) in DC: I have always been into hiking and have been enjoying exploring local hikes around D.C. Recently I went to Harpers Ferry and hiked a portion of the Appalachian Trail which was beautiful.
The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation invites you to join a webinar exploring the Academy and Foundation’s international journey, including the direction for our Second Century. The Global Food and Nutrition Resource Hub, developed through an educational grant from the Foundation, will be featured, including materials focused on Central America:
Main learning objectives of this webinar are to:
Thursday, June 1, 12:00 – 1:00 pm CT
CPEU hours: 1.0