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2011 Press Releases

RDs Review and Rate Top Apps for Weight Management, Diabetes and Gluten-Free Living

Americans can now identify the best, science-based apps to assist them in losing weight, managing diabetes and eating gluten-free with help from registered dietitians and spokespeople of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (formerly the American Dietetic Association). Read more »

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocates for Expanded Nutritional Coverage under Medicare

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has prepared a request to submit to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand coverage of medical nutrition therapy for specific diseases, including hypertension, obesity, and cancer, as part of the CMS National Coverage Determination Process. Read more »

Socioeconomic Status May Explain Racial Disparities in Diet, Exercise, and Weight

A new study published in the December issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association finds that people with a lower socioeconomic status are more likely to be overweight, regardless of racial/ethnic background, and that the level of nutritional knowledge and health awareness did not lead to significant racial differences in weight and diet. Read more »

Hunters, Anglers Give Back Through Game Meat Donations

Game meat donation programs give hunters, anglers and a community of local partners are creating ways are getting lean meats and fish onto the plates of the hungry through food banks. Read more »

Thinking About Going Vegetarian? Registered Dietitians Are Your Best Source for Sound, Tailored Advice

As vegetarian diets become increasingly common, the American Dietetic Association's Evidence Analysis Library has published an evidence-based practice guideline for registered dietitians who work with individuals who follow or are interested in following a vegetarian dietary lifestyle. Read more »

ADA Applauds Institute of Medicine's FOP Report, Reinfoces Need for RD Consultations

The American Dietetic Association supports a report by the Institute of Medicine calling for a standardized system for front-of-package food labeling that can be easily understood by most consumers. Read more »

Consumers Don't Pay As Much Attention to Nutrition Fact Labels As They Think

Nutrition Facts labels have been used for decades on many food products. According to a new study published in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, consumers' self-reported viewing of Nutrition Facts label components was higher than objectively measured viewing using an eye-tracking device. Read more »

ADA to Change Its Name to Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

The American Dietetic Association, the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals, will change its name effective January 2012 to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The announcement was made Saturday, September 24, by registered dietitian and ADA President Sylvia Escott-Stump at ADA's 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in San Diego, Calif. Read more »

ADA Releases Findings of Nutrition and You: Trends 2011 Survey

The American Dietetic Association today released the findings of its nationwide consumer opinion survey, Nutrition and You: Trends 2011. The survey presents a vivid look at consumers' knowledge and attitudes, and offers an opportunity to view two decades of trends in the ways Americans regard food, nutrition and health. Read more »

EB4K Schools USDA Recognition

The American Dietetic Association Foundation congratulates Gladstone Elementary School and John T. Hartman Elementary School for their recent recognition by the United States Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge. The schools were acknowledged for their work through the ADA Foundation's Energy Balance 4 Kids program to improve the schools' wellness environment. Read more »

Child-Care Facilities Can Do More to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity

Eating and physical activity habits for a lifetime can develop at an early age. As the use of preschool child care increases and the prevalence of childhood obesity is at an all-time high, the opportunity to positively impact eating and exercise habits within this setting presents itself. Read more »

New Survey Finds Desktop Dining Poses Food Poisoning Risk

A whopping 83 percent of Americans typically desktop dine in an effort to save time and money, but not practicing proper food safety at the office could end up costing them both. When it comes to protecting themselves against foodborne illnesses, many professionals are still "out to lunch." Read more »

RDs Are Essential for Successful Treatment of Eating Disorders, Says ADA

While treatment by a multidisciplinary health-care team is considered the best practice, there is considerable debate over how to most effectively treat eating disorders and who should be on a treatment team. Read more »

ADA to Present Medallion Awards to Eight Members for Service to ADA and Dietetics Profession

The American Dietetic Association will present its prestigious 2011 Medallion Awards to eight members in recognition of their outstanding service and leadership to ADA and the dietetics profession. Medallion Awards have been given each year since 1976. The winners will receive their awards at an Honors Breakfast on Sunday, September 25, during ADA’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, September 24-27 in San Diego, Calif. Read more »

Alabama RD Margaret Pipkin Garner Receives ADA's Highest Award

Registered dietitian Margaret Pipkin Garner, assistant dean for health education and outreach in the College of Community Health Sciences at the University of Alabama, has been named the 2011 recipient of the American Dietetic Association’s highest honor, the Marjorie Hulsizer Copher Award. Read more »

ADA to Release Findings of 2011 Nutrition Trends Survey

The American Dietetic Association will release the findings of its 20th anniversary nationwide consumer opinion survey, Nutrition and You: Trends 2011, during ADA’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Read more »

2011 FNCE Hottest Discussions

The American Dietetic Association’s 2011 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. ADA’s Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will be held September 24-27 in San Diego, Calif. Read more »

ADA Brings World of Food and Nutrition to San Diego

The world’s largest annual meeting of food and nutrition professionals, the American Dietetic Association’s 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, will be held September 24 to 27 in San Diego, Calif. Read more »

ADA Journal: Children Eating More, and More Frequently Outside the Home

As childhood obesity rises and the American diet shifts towards increasing consumption of foods eaten or prepared outside of the home, concerns about the nutritional quality and the total consumption of such foods are also increasing. According to a study conducted at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and published in the August 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association, eating location and food source significantly impact daily energy intake for children. Foods prepared away from home, including fast food eaten at home and store-prepared food eaten away from home, are fueling the increase in total calorie intake. Read more »

ADA Spokespeople Review Latest Diet and Lifestyle Book

With seemingly endless information about food and diets available today, it is easy to be overwhelmed with which plan is right for you. Whether it’s a pill, a cleanse, a fast-results diet or an entire lifestyle change, there is no shortage of products, programs and books that promise life-changing results when it comes to weight loss. Do these plans work? Are they healthful? How can people tell the good advice from the bad? The American Dietetic Association is here to help. Read more »

ADA Offers New Associates Category

Practitioners in a wide variety of fields in health-related, sports/fitness and food and culinary professions now have the opportunity to join the American Dietetic Association as "ADA Associates." Read more »

ADAF Names 2011-2012 Directors

The American Dietetic Association Foundation has named its Board of Directors for 2011-2012. Read more »

ADA Offers Guide to Help Dietetics Professionals Use Dietary Reference Intakes to Help People Plan Nutritious Diets

Registered dietitians and other food and nutrition practitioners can use the Dietary Reference Intakes, a set of nutrient reference standards, to better assess the nutrient intakes of individuals and groups and plan nutritionally adequate diets. Read more »

Adolescents' Dietiting and Disordered Eating Behaviors Continue into Young Adulthood

Adolescents who diet and develop disordered eating behaviors carry these unhealthy practices into young adulthood and beyond. Read more »

'Waist Management' an Important Part of Every Man's Health, Says ADA

While it isn’t typically associated with men, watching your waist size and, if needed, losing a few inches around the middle can have significant health benefits for men, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

ADA Urges All the Men in Your Life: Take Ownership of Your Health and Nutrition

When was the last time your father, brother, husband or partner cooked a meal, asked for a second helping of vegetables or did the grocery shopping? If recent trends are a guide, it happened recently. Read more »

From Beer to Brain Food, ADA Website Offers Updated Nutrition and Health Information for Men

Attention Men: Beer (consumed in moderation) can have health benefits. An article on links between beer and heart health is just part of a revamped section on men’s health that can be found on the American Dietetic Association’s website. Read more »

ADA Names Media Spokespeople for 2011-14

The American Dietetic Association has appointed six registered dietitians to three-year terms as media spokespeople for the Association. ADA's nationwide volunteer spokesperson network consists of 30 RDs who conduct more than 3,000 print, broadcast and electronic interviews each year on behalf of ADA on nutrition and healthful eating. Read more »

ADA Joins Sharecare to Help Patients Improve Diet, Nutrition and Health

In a collaborative effort to tackle the increasing epidemics of malnutrition and excessive weight gain, Sharecare.com, an expert question and answer (QA) platform providing patients with answers to their health and wellness questions, today announced the addition of the American Dietetic Association to its robust network of trusted healthcare experts. Read more »

New MyPlate Is a Useful Tool for Consumers to Eat Healthfully

The U.S. government's new graphic symbol of nutritional advice for consumers contained in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will be a useful and intuitive way for people to eat well and improve their health, especially with the expert individualized advice provided by a registered dietitian, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Sylvia A. Escott-Stump Becomes 2011-12 ADA President

Registered dietitian Sylvia A. Escott-Stump, a faculty member and director of the dietetic internship at East Carolina University, begins her one-year term June 1 as the 2011-2012 president of the American Dietetic Association. Escott-Stump is ADA’s 86th president. She has served as president-elect since June 2010. Read more »

ADA Names 2011-12 Board of Directors

Seventeen national leaders in nutrition, medicine, industry and public health will serve as the 2011-12 Board of Directors of the American Dietetic Association, the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. The Board is responsible for strategic planning, policy development and fiscal management for the Association. Read more »

Registered Dietitians Offer Tips for Managing Loved Ones Who Might Sabotage Your Health Goals

While improving your health takes commitment and perseverance, the physical and emotional benefits can be enormously rewarding for an individual and inspiring to the people around him or her. But what do you do when a loved one insists that you indulge at the expense of your health goals? Read more »

School's Out! Help Your Kids Eat Right All Summer Long

Tests are over, grades are in and, for millions of kids the freedom of summer has begun. But don’t let your family’s healthy eating habits take a vacation this summer. The summer break is great for spending time with your kids in the home, helping them understand the importance of healthy eating and showing them how they can make their own healthy and tasty meals every day. Read more »

CDC Prion Disease June Journal Release

Researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have examined the potential for human exposure to prion diseases, looking at hunting, venison consumption, and travel to areas in which prion diseases have been reported in animals. Three prion diseases in particular – bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE or “Mad Cow Disease”), variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), and chronic wasting disease (CWD) – were specified in the investigation. The results of this investigation are published in the June issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Calling All Grill Masters!

As grills across the country heat up for picnics in the park or backyard barbecues, so does the risk of food poisoning, making this the perfect time to remind those at the helm of the grill how to protect themselves and their guests with simple steps from the American Dietetic Association and ConAgra Foods' Home Food Safety program. Read more »

EAL Lipid Metabolism Disorder Release

Disorders of lipid metabolism – such as elevated cholesterol or triglyceride levels, metabolic syndrome and hypertension – are known risk factors for serious conditions like coronary heart disease and stroke. Medical nutrition therapy provided by registered dietitians can help people with disorders of lipid metabolism – or DLM – to manage their conditions and improve their health. Read more »

Benchmarks for Nutrition in Child Care Position Paper Release

Child-care programs often serve as homes away from home, and providers of child care play an important role in shaping the health of our nation’s children. The American Dietetic Association believes health professionals including registered dietitians should work in partnership with child-care providers and families to ensure children consume nutritious foods and are provided with models of healthful eating and active lifestyles. Read more »

JADA Release Anemia in Postmenopausal Women - April 2011

A new study published in the April 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association indicates that inadequate nutrition is linked to a greater risk of anemia in postmenopausal women. Read more »

Focus on Food Safety as Part of a Healthy Eating Plan

Ensuring food is safe to eat is "a critical part of healthy eating," according to the newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The Home Food Safety public awareness campaign supports the guidelines’ emphasis on the importance of food safety and the role each individual plays in keeping foodborne illness out of our homes. Read more »

Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities Practice Paper Release

Minority populations are in relatively poor health and are underserved by the nation’s health care system, making it more important than ever to eliminate racial and ethnic disparities in providing care, according to the American Dietetic Association. As a guide for food and nutrition professionals to develop methods to eliminate health disparities, ADA has published a new practice paper for its members. “Addressing Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities” is published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Experts Call for Further Research to Support Development of Evidence-Based Nutrition Guidelines for Cancer Survivors

A commentary published in the March 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association examines the current evidence supporting nutrition recommendations for preventing cancer recurrence and managing chronic conditions prevalent in cancer survivors, as well as improving quality of life and decreasing health care costs. Read more »

ADA Times Beer Article Release

While red wine is often touted as the heart-healthy libation, more evidence is showing beer has a great deal of nutrition and health-promoting qualities as well, according to an article published in the Winter 2011 issue of the American Dietetic Association’s member publication, ADA Times. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - MyPyramid (Spanish)

La Asociación Americana de Dietética exhorta a todos durante el Mes Nacional de la Nutrición a "alimentarse bien a todo color". Cada uno de los colores del emblema de MiPirámide representa la proporción que se recomienda para los alimentos de cada grupo alimenticio. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Kids Eat Right (Spanish)

Cuando de alimentación y nutrición se trata, hasta los padres más entendidos en el tema podrían hacer uso de la ayuda que se les ofrezca para hacer que sus niños se alimenten bien. La Asociación Americana de Dietética celebra todos los años el Mes Nacional de la Nutrición y el lema de este año es “Alimentarse Bien a Todo Color.” Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - RD Day (Spanish)

El día miércoles 9 de marzo ha sido designado "Registered Dietitian Day" (Día de los Dietistas Titulados), fecha en que la Asociación Americana de Dietética recuerda a todos que los dietistas titulados son la mejor fuente de información práctica, costeable y precisa acerca de la nutrición. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Let Color Be Your Guide (Spanish)

'Alimentarse bien a todo color' es el lema del Mes Nacional de la Nutricion 2011 y la Asociación Americana de Dietética exhorta al publico a tomar ventaja de la gran abundancia de coloridos y nutritivos alimentos para llenar su plato. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Eat Right With Color (Spanish)

Al momento en que las tendencias continúan indicando que los estadounidenses están interesados en mejorar sus dietas y en llevar estilos de vida más saludables, la Asociación Americana de Dietética les recuerda a todos que "Alimentarse Bien a Todo Color" es una manera sencilla de tener en la mira una mejor alimentación, por lo que es ése el lema de este año para el Mes Nacional de la Nutrición. Read more »

ADA ofrece ayuda a consumidores para implementar Guías Alimentarias 2010 en su alimentación diaria

Las Guías Alimentarias para los Estadounidense 2010 recién publicadas ofrecen un camino práctico para ayudar a que las personas hagan cambios en sus planes alimenticios para mejorar la salud. Read more »

Guías Alimentarias Prescripción de Urgencia Para Público Poco Saludable

Con la mayoría de los adultos del país con sobrepeso u obesidad, las nuevas Guías Alimentarias 2010 para los Estadounidense son las primeras en ser dirigidas a un público poco saludable, dando sus recomendaciones de manera urgente especialmente para los consumidores, al igual que para los profesionales de salud. Read more »

2011 Public Policy Workshop

The American Dietetic Association will gather its members at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., February 6-8 for ADA's 2011 Public Policy Workshop. More than 500 of the nation's food and nutrition experts will address hot topics that will affect legislation and policy in the upcoming year, including proposed food and beverage taxes, health-care reform, the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Older Americans Act and the Farm Bill. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - MyPyramid

During National Nutrition Month the American Dietetic Association encourages everyone to "Eat Right with Color." Each color of the MyPyramid symbol represents the recommended proportion of foods from each food group and focuses on the importance of making smart food choices in every food group, every day. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Kids Eat Right

When it comes to food and nutrition, even the most knowledgeable parents can use help making sure their children are eating healthy meals. Each March, the American Dietetic Association celebrates National Nutrition Month, and this year's theme, "Eat Right with Color," encourages parents to take time to make sure their children are getting all of the nutrients they need to grow and thrive. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - RD Day

Wednesday, March 9, has been designated Registered Dietitian Day, when the American Dietetic Association reminds everyone that the best source of practical, affordable and accurate nutrition information is a registered dietitian. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Seasonal Foods

While the trees may be bare in March, there are still plenty of colorful and nutritious foods to fill your plate. During the 2011 National Nutrition Month®, the American Dietetic Association encourages everyone to add color and nutrients to your meals through this year’s theme: Eat Right with Color. Read more »

National Nutrition Month 2011 - Eat Right With Color

As trends continue to indicate Americans are interested in improving their diets and leading more healthful lifestyles, the American Dietetic Association reminds everyone that an easy way to focus on eating better is to "Eat Right with Color," which is this year's theme of National Nutrition Month. Read more »

Applying New Dietary Guidelines to Everyday Eating

The newly released 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans offer a practical roadmap to help people make changes in their eating plans to improve their health, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

Dietary Guidelines: Urgent Prescription for an Unhealthy Public

With a majority of the country's adults either overweight or obese, the new 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans are the first to address an unhealthy public, making their recommendations especially urgent for consumers and health professionals alike, according to the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

More Research Needed to Determine Dietary Influence on Childhood Asthma

Asthma is one of the world's most common chronic diseases, affecting as many as 300 million people. Two studies published in the in the February 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association explore the possible relationship between nutrition and asthma Read more »

Surgeon General's Breastfeeding Support

The American Dietetic Association strongly endorses the Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Support Breastfeeding that was released on Thursday, January 20. The Call to Action was released prior to a meeting of the United States Breastfeeding Committee, a nonprofit coalition of more than 40 organizations that includes the American Dietetic Association. Read more »

PPW Media Alert

The nation’s food and nutrition experts will gather in Washington, D.C., February 6-8, to address the hot topics that will affect legislation and policy in the upcoming year, including health care reform, the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Older Americans Act, the upcoming Farm Bill and licensure of nutrition professionals. Read more »

Opportunities to Improve Nutritional Health of Youth Outlined in New Report

A new report from the American Dietetic Association and its Foundation reveals the current realities of kids' and families' eating and activity behaviors in the US and how they relate to the prevalence of obesity and malnourishment, as well as unique opportunities and strategies to improve the health of our nation's youth. Read more »

Two New Specialized Nutrition Treatment Guidelines Released for RDs: HIV/AIDS and Kidney Disease

Two new nutrition practice guidelines on specialty topics (chronic kidney disease and HIV/AIDS) have been published by the American Dietetic Association. These evidence-based guidelines support the use of evidence-based practice to improve the quality of care registered dietitians provide to clients and patients with particular health problems. Read more »

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