Nutrition Experts Serving Houston

Dear members of the former Houston Academy,

Thank you for entrusting me with leading our professional association in the Houston area and now as the new Southeast regional director for the Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This change brings many questions and challenges and I promise I will represent the will of the members throughout the course of it.

As announced in the November 4th, 2015 Texas Academy newsletter and on the Texas Academy website, restructuring from districts to regions within our state was completed on June 1, 2016. Now all current members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics who reside in Texas are automatically members of their specific region within the Texas Academy. Districts will no longer be recognized by the Texas Academy. Instead, our previous district (Houston Academy) is now the epicenter of the Southeast region. If you haven't renewed your membership to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, now is the time. Everyone who is a current member of the Academy will continue to receive communications from the Southeast region. Details on the background of this transition can be found in the members only section at www.eatrighttexas.org .

I have been asked several times about continuing our practice of in-person CPE meetings in the Houston area. My answer to that is YES, WE WILL! This organization is led by committed volunteers who also have full time careers. As such, we will continue to need dedicated leaders to carry out this service for our members. This past member year we had a stocked set of programs providing 16 CPE hours, 14 of those hours were presented by PhD and/or MD level practitioners. The year before, we provided 11 CPE hours. Right now my priority for the Houston area is to recruit new leaders who are committed to planning and providing the same caliber of programs that we have been accustomed to. Opportunities to obtain CPE credits will increase because there will be CPEs available throughout the region (besides just in Houston) and four CPE webinars available state-wide from the Texas Academy.

Our team at the regional level is headed by the regional director and director-elect. These positions will lead the regional coordinator team, which will consist of appointed positions: awards coordinator, scholarship coordinator, legislative coordinator, CPE coordinator, and networking/community events coordinator. In addition, Houston will have multiple area liaison leaders who will assist these coordinators in CPE and networking opportunity planning, awards/scholarships and with legislative duties. They will work closely with the corresponding regional coordinator position and the director and director-elect.

 If you or someone you know

-wants to be involved in a regional or local leadership role

-is passionate about promoting our profession

-is able to spend several hours this summer designing the new region (of course vacation time is understandable!). And hopefully attend the leadership retreat in McKinney July 14-16 (regional coordinators).

-will commit several hours per month planning and executing your leadership role throughout the rest of the year (some months are more/less busy depending upon your exact job)

Then please let me know by June 15, 2016 by copying and pasting the following information with your answers and email it to Southeastregion@eatrighttexas.org
Name
Email address
Top three positions interested AND indicate if it is at the regional level or Houston (local) level

A few items to summarize and clarify:

  • We will continue to have in-person CPE meetings in the Houston area of the same caliber we have been used to (goal is 11-15 hours per year in person) PLUS other CPEs from the state and in other parts of our region.

  • All but $1000 of our current account balance (around $25,000 total) will be placed in a sub account with the Texas Academy but will continue to be used only for expenses for the Houston area. The $1000 is a sort of ‘dues’ to account for regional expenses incurred on behalf of the Houston Area. We will keep roughly $24,000 for use in Houston only!

  • The Houston Academy has transitioned into the Southeast region, therefore our email address (eatrighthouston@gmail.com), Facebook, website, and Twitter accounts will redirect or discontinue and you should utilize the Southeast region of the Texas Academy email address ( Southeastregion@eatrighttexas.org ) and the direct Texas Academy website (www.eatrighttexas.org) and Facebook pages/Twitter until we have all of our Southeast region social media setup.

  • If you have questions or have specific things you would like to see in the new regional structure, please email Southeastregion@eatrighttexas.org or tand@eatrighttexas.org

Cheers to an exciting new member year!

Roaxana Tamijani, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Director, Southeast Region
Texas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

THE HOUSTON ACADEMY OF NUTRITION AND DIETETICS

The Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the largest group of nutrition professionals in the state of Texas. We are the Houston affiliate of The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Academy is committed to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy.

Mission

The Houston Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is an organization of nutrition experts who are uniquely qualified to enhance the health and well-being of the community in Southeast Texas through leadership, evidence based practice, and accountability to the safety of the public we serve.

Vision

Houston Academy members are valued as the foremost source of food, nutrition and dietetic expertise.

Membership in the Academy*

Approximately 70 percent of the Academy's over 75,000 members are registered dietitians (RDs) or registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) and 2 percent are dietetic technicians, registered (DTRs). Other Academy members include students, educators, researchers, retired and international members. Nearly half of all the Academy's members hold advanced academic degrees.

Academy members represent a wide range of practice areas and interests. Affiliate, dietetics practice, and member interest groups share the common purpose of serving the profession, the public, and members in such areas as continuing professional education, public information on nutrition and health, government advocacy and relations, membership recruitment, Academy leadership, and public relations. These membership groups reflect the many characteristics of the Academy's membership and the public it serves.

*source: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics