President’s Update, Fall 2017

Aloha members,

Guess where this is? As we enter into our Fall season, this is a reminder to take a moment, a day, a weekend, or more… and just relax and enjoy…appreciate the simple things in life. Secondly, we’re hoping this picture will entice you to come to our next fundraiser. “Wine” down at the end of a busy week with our second wine tasting fundraising event on Friday, October 6, 2017 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. Join the Hawaii Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for an evening of socializing and networking at Oeno Winemaking while helping to raise funds for our 2018 HAND Annual Spring Conference. Sample locally, hand made wines while enjoying live entertainment.
For a $30 fee, each participant will be provided with a flight of wine samples and light pupus. We will also be having raffle tickets for purchase to win a prized bottle of wine. This event is limited to 35 participants so sign up now while tickets last! It is open to both HAND and Non-HAND members. Participants must be at least 21 to participate in the wine tasting, although students are encouraged to come for conversation and connection. Nonalcoholic beverages will be provided as an alternative.
Register here or click here for more informationHope to see you there!

As we enter into the Fall season, as your President, I am most thankful for our Board members. They have been working diligently on a variety of initiatives. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Visit our website regularly! We have been working very hard to add new material and update the website with more newsy information, CPEUs, and related activities.
    For example, check out this new report:
    Hawai‘i’s Food System: Food for All
  • We are selling old Diet Manuals at a discounted rate. See our website for more information. Our new diet manual is being finalized and will be ready very soon! Stay informed as we will be announcing its publication via our website.
  • Did you know we just won a national Academy challenge? Our Affiliate won the Academy Foundation Affiliate Second Century Challenge this year.  The Academy Foundation challenged all Academy Affiliates this year to give a gift to the Second Century Campaign from either their budget or reserves while encouraging their members to give as well. HAND has won the challenge with an average per member gift to the Second Century Campaign of $206. We will receive a $1,000 scholarship in our name in 2018. There will be an article on the Foundation website in regards to this challenge and the winners.  Congratulations and big Mahalo to all!  Learn more about the Second Century Initiative (you may be required to log in as a AND member).
  • We are currently working on our next Spring Conference, set for May 4th, 2018. Save the Date!

Interested in joining the leadership team for the Hawai‘i Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? We welcome you to become part of a strong and dedicated board of food and nutrition professionals in the state of Hawai‘i and US Affiliated Pacific Region. Nominations are being accepted for: President-elect, Nominating chair-elect, Treasurer-elect, CPI chair-elect, Secretary and Delegate. Nominate yourself! Please contact our Nominating Committee Chair, Savanna Sussman, if you are interested in joining for the upcoming 2018-2019 Academy year.

If you are working on a great project or if you have been spotlighted in the media and would like to have it posted on our website, send message and any links to either myself or our Web Editor.

Aloha everyone… Have a wonderful holiday season. Cheers!

Cyndy Endrizal, PhD, MPH, RDN, LD, FAND
2017-2018 HAND President