As I wrap up my last few weeks as MAND’s president, I’m struck by how much we—MAND members and the MAND Board—have accomplished this past year! I’m so thankful to the Board for their dedication to the varying tasks to promote legislative outreach, to provide educational opportunities and to continue the journey outlined in our 5-year Strategic Plan.
In addition, we’ve welcomed opportunities to explore partnerships with many organizations in the state, such as Full Plates Full Potential. We continued our partnering efforts at the 2016 Spring Conference where we co-hosted with Maine School Nutrition Association. This event exemplifies how industry experts, such as dietetic professionals and school food service directors, can work together to develop and manage comprehensive nutrition programs and influence the nutrition policies that govern schools and other institutions’ nutritional needs.
I believe the Maine Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic members continue to grow as unified and powerful nutrition leaders in Maine. I have seen MAND members tackle the lack of awareness around nutrition-related issues such as diabetes, food security, and nutrition and food policy-making in our state. We should be proud of all our amazing efforts, not only in the state, but also nationwide in supporting the Academy’s drive to continue to be part of national policy decision-making teams that impact the public, such as the Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Older American’s Act, 2015 Dietary Guidelines, the Farm Bill and so many more.
I leave you in the capable hands of incoming MAND president, Andrea Byther. I will offer my support to her, as well as to the entire Board and my fellow MAND members in any way I can.
Dave Seddon, MBA, RD, LD
2015-2016 MAND President