As we move into the more brisk days of late fall, I am hoping that you’re continuing to enjoy the seasonal bounty of our great state. I myself enjoyed multiple types of apples and cider earlier this fall– what a great year for apples!
In this season of plentiful produce, it’s easy to overlook the struggles that many fellow Mainer’s face in order to fill their plates with nutritious food every day. One of MAND’s activities includes answering the call for engaging in the battle to help end hunger. We are beginning to do our part through our Food Security Committee’s work, and through partnerships with local and statewide organizations. These efforts benefit from many hands, from the MAND Board to our MAND members throughout the state. To all of you who help us in these endeavors, thank you. I know that our members are working to help end hunger in many other ways, and I ask you to send me a note at firstname.lastname@example.org to tell me about how you have been making a difference. I’d like to create a poster showcasing our anti-hunger activities at our Fall Conference to emphasis our profession’s outreach efforts.
Our conference takes place on Friday, November 13th at Maine Medical Center in Portland and I hope you’ll take advantage of this opportunity to earn CPEs, learn something new and network. And, recognizing that relaxing and catching up with colleagues and friends is important, too, we are also planning a free social gathering at a Portland restaurant the night before the conference. Keep a look out for information on that very soon
Finally, please remember that not only are MAND members active in our own state, but MAND supports the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic advocacy efforts as well. As efforts such as Diabe-tes Prevention and Medicare and Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation relies heavily upon our membership engagement, please respond back to requests for support. Usually these requests require no more than completing a quick, pre-written, one-click email to legislators via the Grass-roots Manager part of the AND website.
I look forward to seeing you either at FNCE in Nashville, or at our MAND conference in November!
If you’d like to get more involved with any of our activities or want to ask about positions on the board, please don’t hesitate to contact us.
Dave Seddon, MBA, RD, LD
2015-2016 MAND President