Our mission... is to promote optimal health and nutrition for all people, and to provide direction and leadership for quality dietetic practice, education, and research.
The Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (BGAND) is your link to nutrition and health in the Bluegrass region. Members include Registered Dietitians, Dietetic Technicians, Dietetic Interns, and students. BGAND is affiliated with the Kentucky Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (KAND) and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). Dietetic professionals in Kentucky are licensed according to KRS 310. For more information about licensure, contact the Kentucky Board of Licensure and Certification for Dietitians and Nutritionists. BGAND by-laws may be found here.
Dear BGAND Members and Prospective Members,
On behalf of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Board of Directors, welcome to the 2022-23 membership year! We encourage you to join our organization, and invite you to attend BGAND events to connect with dietetic professionals in the district during the coming year.
We encourage our members and students to get involved with the board by contacting a chair of a committee. Please consider running for an elected position so that we may continue this organization, and our advocacy for the dietetics profession, for many years to come.
Please contact us if you have suggestions for our district. We look forward to an exciting and productive year together.
Topic: WIC NUTRITION
Thursday October 20th, 2022 6:30-7:45pm
Virtual via Zoom
Meet your speaker
Cristina Hiten, MS, RDN, LD, CLC
Christina is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a Bachelors Degree in Human Nutrition. She enjoyed the subject so much that she ended up continuing her education at UK by going to graduate school in an effort to be a Registered Dietitian. Out of all of the areas of dietetics, she enjoyed community the best.
In 2011, Christina began working for the Women, Infants, and Children program as a Nutrition Specialist at the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department. From there, she enhanced her career by taking on a supervisory role in the public health clinic. The clinic setting allowed her to broaden her knowledge regarding public health as a whole. In 2016, the WIC Team Leader position became available and she was promoted. Christina enjoys her profession because there is a lot of room for growth and knowledge. She enjoys educating our community in an effort to help parents raise healthier children in which starting from birth is vital. She fell into this profession unsure of where it would take her but is slowing realizing there are vast arrays of opportunities.
Becoming a member of the Bluegrass Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will unlock the following benefits:
Job listings in the Bluegrass Region and throughout Kentucky.
CEUs on a variety of topics.
Networking opportunities with local RDs.
Partnering with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for advocacy
Opportunities to support, problem-solve, and discuss best-practice with fellow RDs.
2022 BGAND Award Recipients
Audrey Hay Award
EdD, MS, RD, LD
"Liz's passion for the dietetics profession is apparent through her commitment to students, collaboration with professionals from a variety of specialty areas, and investment in dietetics organizations at the local, state, and national level."
Diet Tech of the Year
"Brigid has volunteered extra time to fill in for the cross-trained roles with a smile & positive attitude on several occasions. She just goes the extra mile in general! Brigid is truly a joy to work with."
Outstanding Dietetic Preceptor
MS, RD, LD
"I am thankful for all the opportunities that Emily has provided for me by recognizing, pushing, and trusting my abilities."
Dietitian of the Year
RD, LD, IBCLC
"Erica has shown great initiative and drive and is furthering the field of dietetics in the Central Kentucky Region. Erica is passionate about providing evidence-based nutrition coaching for all ages and serves her clients well."
Outstanding Dietetic Intern
"Paulina has many strengths including punctuality, reliability, organization, written and verbal communication, and an ability to work with a team. She is personable, respectful, and self-motivated with initiative and determination."
Outstanding Dietetic Educator
PhD, RD, LD
"Dr. Wilson makes us feel empowered by the knowledge that we do possess and confident in our ability to translate it into future practice."
Young Dietitian Award
MS, RD, LD
"Her experience working in both clinical and community settings has given her the opportunity to promote the health and wellbeing of those she interacts with while setting a positive example for others. She is a compassionate and motivated individual, and her coworkers speak highly of her!"
Outstanding Dietetic Student
"Brianna is a detail-oriented, quick learner who is able to make connections between content and different courses."
Community Service Award
RD, LD, MLDE, CDCES, FADCES
"Tami has an uplifting demeanor and contagious joy that motivates others and makes those she works with feel valued. She is a tremendous asset to the University of Kentucky and dietetics profession and leaves those she works with feeling empowered to be their best selves."
Scholarship Award Winners
University of Kentucky
Coordinated Program Student
Eastern Kentucky University
MS/DI Montana State University
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