Professional Groups

East Tennessee is home to a wide variety of professional groups promoting better health through good nutrition. These groups conduct meetings, share ideas, and act as information clearinghouses to keep our communities informed about the latest nutrition and health information.

East Tennessee Breastfeeding Coalition

Renewed – Eating Disorders Support 

Healthy Eating and Activity Lab (HEAL)

Infant, Child and Nutrition Lab (ICAN)


Health professionals, community members and agency representatives work together to promote, preserve, and protect breastfeeding in the East Tennessee community. Meets six times per year. Contact the Knox County Health Department at 215-5052. Back to top

Formerly known as Eating Disorders Coalition of Tennessee (EDCT), Renewed Eating Disorders Support is a coalition of both professionals and community members dedicated to educating, empowering, and supporting those affected by disordered eating. Since 2002 the organization has been educating people across the state about the impact of eating disorders on the lives of individuals and their families. Renewed continually serves as a resource for Tennesseans seeking assistance and support. For more information go to: Back to top

Hollie Raynor
Hollie Raynor, PhD, RD, LDN

The Healthy Eating and Activity Laboratory (HEAL) is under the direction of Dr. Hollie Raynor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. HEAL conducts research on factors, predominantly dietary, that impact on eating regulation and energy balance that can be used to improve behavioral obesity prevention and treatment programs for children and adults. If you are interested in learning more about HEAL and the research opportunities it offers, visit our website at Back to top

The Infant, Child and Adolescent Nutrition (ICAN) Lab at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville conducts nutrition research with pregnant women, mothers and fathers, and children from infancy through adolescence. Dr Katie Kavanagh and Dr. Marsha Spence are Co-Directors of the research lab. If you are interested in learning more about the ICAN Lab and its research, please visit our website: and Facebook page: to top

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