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2014 Press Releases

This New Year Seek Healthy Eating Advice from Registered Dietitian Nutritionists

For many people, the New Year is an opportunity for a fresh look at life – a time to resolve to return to or even begin a healthy lifestyle. But with an internet full of misinformation and some "professionals" with little formal education in nutrition, the Academy encourages everyone to seek their healthy eating information from qualified nutrition experts – registered dietitian nutritionists. Read more »

Resolve to Be Food Safe in 2015 with Tips from Home Food Safety

The start of a new year offers the opportunity to reflect and consider what you can do to make your life happier and healthier. Resolve to be food safe in 2015 and reduce your risk of food poisoning with tips from Home Food Safety, a public awareness campaign from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods. Read more »

Academy: Standardized Pediatric Malnutrition Identification and Documentation Indicators Needed

Using a standardized set of measurements will help health professionals more accurately diagnose malnutrition among children ages 1 month to 18 years, as well as improve their treatment, according to a new joint statement from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition. Read more »

Academy Calls on Decision Makers to Integrate RDNs into Emerging Health Care Models

With health care in the United States being the most expensive in the world, why is it that most people do not receive the comprehensive, coordinated care that improves outcomes and reduces costs? This issue is addressed in an article in the December Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

All People Should Have Access to Safe Food and Water: Updated Academy Position

Ensuring a safe food and water supply is the responsibility of consumers, health professionals, government and industry alike, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The position paper recommends that registered dietitian nutritionists be active participants in creating a "global food safety culture." Read more »

Final Menu Labeling Requirements Strongly Supported by Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The Academy strongly supports the Food and Drug Administration's final menu labeling rules that will provide consumers with the information they need to make healthful decisions for themselves and their families. Read more »

Academy Supports NDEP's Guiding Principles for Diabetes Care

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics supports a new set of 10 clinically useful principles highlighting areas of agreement in diabetes management and prevention that will help health care teams improve treatment for people with diabetes. Read more »

Academy Praises Stronger Screening Guidelines for Diabetes

The Academy applauds the work of the United States Preventative Services Task Force for amending its recommendations on screening for diabetes based on its review of current best evidence. Read more »

Academy and Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Celebrate National School Lunch Week through Nationwide School Nutrition Programs

As part of National School Lunch Week, October 13 to 19, the Academy celebrates the hard work and dedication of registered dietitian nutritionists who lead school lunch programs across the country to provide nutrition education and healthful meals to children. Read more »

Academy Journal: Sandwiches Are a Major Contributor to Dietary Sodium Intake

Sandwiches make up a substantial part of the American diet and are a significant contributor to daily energy and sodium intake. Read more »

Academy to Present 2014 Medallion Awards to Six Members for Service to Academy, Dietetics Profession

The Academy will present its prestigious 2014 Medallion Awards to six members in recognition of outstanding service and leadership in the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession. Read more »

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Ronni Chernoff Receives Academy's Highest Award

Registered dietitian nutritionist Ronni Chernoff, an internationally recognized authority on the nutritional care of older adults, has been named the 2014 recipient of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Read more »

From Low-Sodium Soup to Organic Nuts, Academy's 2014 Expo Has It All

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics welcomes more than 350 food, nutrition and culinary companies and organizations to its 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 18 to 21 in Atlanta, Ga. Read more »

Keep Food Safe and Cut Grocery Costs with Home Food Safety Tips

During National Food Safety Education Month in September, keep food safe and your grocery bill in check with food storage advice from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods' public awareness campaign: Home Food Safety. Read more »

2014 FNCE Hot Topics Include Nutrition at Restaurants, Sports Supplementation, Children's Nutrition and Latest Diet Strategies

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will feature educational sessions devoted to key food and nutrition issues, showcasing cutting-edge research, policy and advocacy issues and spirited debates. FNCE will be held October 18 – 22 in Atlanta, Ga. Read more »

Academy's 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo Comes to Atlanta

Addressing the importance of global nutritional health, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is bringing its premier food and nutrition event to the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, October 18 to 21. Read more »

Academy Debuts New Online Platform to Support Patient Care, Data Collection, Outcomes Research

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has created a unique web application platform with tools to help registered dietitian nutritionists provide the highest-quality care for patients and clients, track outcomes of their interventions, conduct research in important areas of nutrition science and contribute to a national quality registry. Read more »

In Wake of New Diabetes Risk Study, Academy Highlights Value of a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist in Reducing Risk, Providing Treatment

Nutrition counseling provided by a registered dietitian nutritionist can help reduce the risk of diabetes and its related health problems through lifestyle and dietary changes. Read more »

As Children Head Back to School, Academy Encourages Parents to Fuel Kids Right with a Healthy Breakfast

The back-to-school movement is in full swing. As parents scour stores for the year’s school supplies, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages them to stock up on healthy breakfast foods, too. August is Kids Eat Right Month, the perfect time to emphasize how a healthy breakfast is crucial in providing children the nutrients and energy they need to succeed in school. Read more »

During Kids Eat Right Month and Every Day, Academy Says 'Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act' Creates Healthier Environment for Every Child

From pregnancy to infancy through adolescence, the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is establishing strong nutrition policies for core federal child nutrition programs implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During Kids Eat Right Month in August, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics emphasizes the importance of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act to ensure the youngest, most vulnerable populations have access to the nutrition they need to thrive and to grow into healthy adults. Read more »

As Kids Head Back to School, Academy Says Students Should Expect Healthful Meals

Significant improvements in school meals designed to improve the health of 32 million schoolchildren are taking place nationwide thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, championed by the First Lady Michelle Obama and implemented through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. During Kids Eat Right Month this August, as children head back to the classroom, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics says more school meal changes are in store. Read more »

Kids Eat Right Month Spotlights 'Hunger-Overweight Paradox'

It may seem like a contradiction, but millions of American children are both hungry and overweight. During Kids Eat Right Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics spotlights the "hungry yet overweight paradox" and ways to ensure children meet their nutrient requirements and maintain a healthy weight. Read more »

Academy Calls on Congress to Stop Cuts to Public Health Funding

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, as part of 90 public health advocacy organizations in the Coalition for Health Funding, released a new report today documenting the dire consequences of Congress’s deep cuts to public health programs in recent years. Read more »

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Improve Children's Health during Kids Eat Right Month and All Year

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation and its Kids Eat Right initiative empower more than 5,000 registered dietitian nutritionists to address childhood obesity and food insecurity, making an impact both locally and nationally through research and education. Kids Eat Right was launched in 2010 to reduce childhood obesity trends. Thousands of campaign members—registered dietitian nutritionists—will take collective action nationwide in August in schools and communities to celebrate the first annual Kids Eat Right Month. Read more »

Healthy Lifestyle Is Crucial for Women of Childbearing Age: Updated Position and New Practice Papers of Academy

Nutrition is crucial before, during and after pregnancy to optimize health for both mother and child, according to an updated position paper and a new practice paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

During World Cup, Registered Dietitian Helps Fuel U.S. Men's National Team

With game day energy needs exceeding 3,400 calories for the average World Cup soccer player, it is essential for the U.S. Men’s National Team to have the proper diet to achieve success. Since 2012, registered dietitian and Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics member Danielle LaFata has provided the team with the knowledge and resources they need to power their bodies through one of the most challenging endurance sports in the world. Read more »

Rethink Your Drinks and Hydrate Right This Summer with Tips from the Academy

With the official start of summer and temperatures on the rise, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to rethink your drink and keep hydrated during summer months and throughout the year. Read more »

In Wake of New Data, Academy Reinforces Importance of Expert Care in Diabetes Treatment and Prevention

In wake of new data showing more than 29 million Americans have diabetes and 86 million adults have prediabetes, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is reinforcing the importance of a lifelong healthful eating plan, developed with a registered dietitian nutritionist, in the prevention and treatment of diabetes. Read more »

Academy Applauds AMA's Advocacy for Evidence-Based, Coordinated Care for Patients with Obesity

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds the American Medical Association’s recent decision to support increased patient access to evidence-based, multidisciplinary obesity treatment. Read more »

Mary Beth Whalen Named Chief Operating Officer of Academy

Mary Beth Whalen, vice president for external affairs at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and executive director of the Academy's Foundation, has been named the Academy's Chief Operating Officer. Read more »

August is Kids Eat Right Month

To highlight the role everyone plays in ensuring a healthy future for our nation’s children, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation announce the first Kids Eat Right Month, to be celebrated each August. Read more »

$1 Million in Champions for Healthy Kids Grants Awarded by Academy Foundation

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation today announced the recipients of the 2014 Champions for Healthy Kids grants, provided through an educational grant from the General Mills Foundation. To support grassroots programs promoting healthful eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families, 50 nonprofit organizations from 27 states each were awarded $20,000. Read more »

Nutrition is Key to Oral and Overall Health: New Academy Practice Paper

Nutrition is vital to a person’s oral health – and therefore to their overall health. Collaboration between registered dietitian nutritionists, dietetic technicians, registered and oral health-care professionals is recommended for health promotion, disease prevention and intervention, according to a new practice paper published by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

Academy Names National Media Spokespeople for 2014-2017

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has appointed 10 registered dietitian nutritionists to three-year terms as media spokespeople. The Academy’s nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 registered dietitian nutritionists who conduct more than 3,000 nutrition and healthful eating interviews each year on behalf of the Academy with print, broadcast and online media. Read more »

During Men's Health Month, Academy Reminds Men to Eat Right for Every Decade of Life

Every decade has its own health concerns, from weight creep to heart disease, all which change the types and amounts of food you need to eat during each life stage. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages men to take time during Men’s Health Month to ensure they have developed a healthful eating plan that is most appropriate and beneficial for their age. Read more »

Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Sonja Connor Becomes 2014-2015 Academy President

Registered dietitian nutritionist Sonja L. Connor, research associate professor in the department of medicine at Oregon Health Sciences University, began her one-year term June 1 as the president of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. Read more »

Academy Names 2014-2015 Board of Directors

Nineteen national leaders in nutrition, health and business will serve as the 2014-2015 Board of Directors of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Board is responsible for strategic planning, policy development and fiscal management for the Academy. Read more »

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Past President Dr. Susan Finn Appointed to National Commission on Hunger

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics congratulates registered dietitian nutritionist Susan Finn on her appointment to the National Commission on Hunger. A past president of the Academy, Finn was appointed to the Commission by Speaker of the United States House of Representatives, John Boehner. Read more »

Healthy and Flavorful Grilling Ideas and Techniques from Home Food Safety Program

Just in time for grilling season, the Home Food Safety program – a collaboration between the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods – offers healthful grilling advice. Read more »

Academy Praises New CMS Rule That Will Provide Hospital Patients Better, Faster Nutrition Care

Hospital patients may now see improved quality and timeliness of nutrition health care and hospitals will save hundreds of millions of dollars annually because of a new rule issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

Academy Membership Rises for Ninth Straight Year to Highest Level in History

Membership in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has reached the highest level in the Academy's 97-year history, representing the ninth consecutive year of membership growth. The Academy's membership as of April 30 was 75,609, an increase of 542 members from the previous year. Read more »

Mary Gregoire Named Executive Director of ACEND

Registered dietitian nutritionist Mary B. Gregoire, director of food and nutrition services and professor and chair of the department of clinical nutrition at Rush University Medical Center, has been named the executive director of the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

Most Schools Meet New USDA Drinking Water Mandate: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

A new USDA mandate calling for access to free drinking water during lunchtime at schools participating in the National School Lunch Program went into effect at the start of the 2011-12 school year. A study conducted by researchers from the University of Michigan and University of Illinois at Chicago found that most schools met the new requirement; however, additional measures are needed to promote better access and encourage students to drink more water. Read more »

Nutrition Education Programs Bolstered by New, Evidence-Based 'GENIE' Tool from Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Effective nutrition education programs are key to improving the nation's health, and a new tool from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation is available to strengthen nutrition education programs. Read more »

Academy Supports FDA's Proposed Label Changes, Calls for Nutrition Education for Consumers

Changes announced today to the Nutrition Facts label found on most foods sold in stores represent a significant step forward in helping people understand the label, and connect the label more closely to consumers' actual behavior, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

Academy Response to JAMA Childhood Obesity Rates Study

With more than one-third of American adults and 17 percent of children categorized as obese, the health of our nation and future generations is truly at stake, making obesity a top priority for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its members. Read more »

Home Food Safety Tips for National Nutrition Month

Proper preparation, cooking and storage can keep foods safe while maintaining their flavor and nutrients. For National Nutrition Month® and its 2014 theme “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right,” the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ and ConAgra Foods’ Home Food Safety program offers ways to get the most flavor out of foods while reducing the risk of food poisoning. Read more »

Academy Applauds Passage of Farm Bill, Measures to Support Access to Healthy Foods for Millions

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics applauds Congress for passing the Agriculture Act of 2014, a bill commonly referred to as the Farm Bill. The Academy supports this piece of legislation that protects vital nutrition assistance and education programs; includes new initiatives that will improve the health of the nation; and enhances funding for nutrition and agriculture research. Read more »

Academy Position: Emerging Science of Nutritional Genomics Holds Potential to Influence Dietary Advice

The science of nutritional genomics is an emerging discipline and holds potential for targeting dietary intervention that may affect health, according to a new position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

Get the Most Nutrition from Your Calories and 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right' during National Nutrition Month® and Beyond

While taste drives most food choices, eating nutrient-rich foods that provide the most nutrition per calorie is one of the best ways to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, the Academy encourages everyone to choose the most nutritionally-packed foods you can from each of the five MyPlate food groups every day. Read more »

Family Meals Do More than Put Food on the Table: During National Nutrition Month®, Academy Spotlights Benefits of Cooking, Eating as a Family

Make mealtime a family time. If you can get together for meals even a few times a week, family meals mean healthier eating – and more. For National Nutrition Month, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages all families to make a commitment to eating more meals together and "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Read more »

Give Your Plate a Taste Lift without Forfeiting Nutrition during National Nutrition Month® and Beyond

When it comes to choosing what to eat, nutrition is important but flavor is likely the true motivator and also the key to eating right, according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. This March, during National Nutrition Month experiment with new flavors and flavor combinations in healthy meals and "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Read more »

Registered Dietitian Nutritionists Celebrated as Leaders in Improving America's Nutrition Health on Registered Dietitian Day and Every Day

March is National Nutrition Month, when the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics reminds everyone to return to the basics of healthful eating. It is also the time of year when the Academy celebrates the contributions and expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists as the food and nutrition experts. Read more »

Academy Encourages Everyone to Explore New Foods, Flavors and 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right' during National Nutrition Month® and Beyond

Research confirms that taste is the number-one reason why one food is purchased over another. So what are consumers to do when the taste of favorite foods starts to lose its luster? As part of the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme, "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to explore new foods and flavors, keeping taste and nutrition on your plate at every meal. Read more »

During National Nutrition Month® and Beyond, Academy Encourages Everyone to 'Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right'

While social, emotional and health factors play a role in the foods people choose to eat, the foods we enjoy are the ones we eat most. That is why, as part of National Nutrition Month 2014, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages everyone to "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Read more »

Updated Academy Position: Amount and Types of Fat We Eat Affect Health and Risk of Disease

Healthy adults should consume between 20 percent and 35 percent of their calories from dietary fat, increase their consumption of omega-3 fatty acids, and limit their intake of saturated and trans fats, according to an updated position paper from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Read more »

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