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Nutrition Care Manual
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The Academy's Nutrition Care Manual is a comprehensive online resource that covers all aspects of nutrition management. NCM’s user-friendly resources include:

  • Disease-specific nutrition assessment, diagnosis, intervention, monitoring and evaluation recommendations.
  • Printable client handouts in English and Spanish.
  • Formulary database.
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Eat Right Weekly - April 27

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Final Rule Issued for Local Foods and USDA Nutrition Program

The federal government has published the long-awaited rule for using local foods in school meals and other U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition programs.

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The Evolution of the Government's FY 2011 Budget

As the recently passed Fiscal Year 2011 federal budget continues to take shape, it is clear that many nutrition programs will see budget reductions.

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West Virginia Secretary of State speaks at WVDA Meeting

On April 14, West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant spoke to the members of the West Virginia Dietetic Association about the importance of getting involved to influence policy and make a difference in preventive solutions for improving the health of the state's citizens.

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ADA Meets with Illinois Governor's Office on Nutrition and Medicaid

ADA's Chief Executive Officer Patricia Babjak and ADA staff members met on April 19 in Chicago with Deputy Illinois Gov. Cristal Thomas and Illinois Department of Public Health Director Damon Arnold, MD, to discuss the role of nutrition in the treatment of chronic disease.

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ADAPAC Events Offer ADA Opportunities to Speak With Elected Officials

ADA's Political Action Committee made it possible for ADA staff members to meet recently U.S. Reps. Bobby Rush (D.-Ill.) and Peter Roskam (R.-Ill.) to discuss key legislative issues including nutrition coverage, food access and health reform.

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ADA Cited at Event Showcasing Technology in Achieving Lifestyle Goals

Best Buy launched a new initiative in April focusing on health and wellness. Guests at the kickoff event in Chicago included ADA’s vice president of policy initiatives and advocacy Jeanne Blankenship, MS, RD, as well as U.S. Rep. Danny K. Davis (D.-Ill.), basketball star Earvin "Magic" Johnson and staff members from the offices of Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Mark Kirk (R.-Ill.). Best Buy’s representative noted the role of ADA members in helping the public achieve healthier lifestyles.

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Upcoming Events

ADA is organizing a number of receptions for members of Congress who support ADA's legislative priorities. ADA members are invited to attend each of these events.

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CPE Corner

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May 17 Teleseminar: Cardiovascular Nutrition Update

Members can strengthen their knowledge of the science underlying the latest practices in cardiovascular nutrition through the new teleseminar "Cardiovascular Nutrition Update: Using the Latest Science in Medical Nutrition Therapy for Disorders of Lipid Metabolism."

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Upcoming Teleseminars

  • "Cardiovascular Nutrition Update: Using the Latest Science in Medical Nutrition Therapy for Disorders of Lipid Metabolism" (May 17)
  • "Culturally Competent Care: Skills for Achieving Dietary Compliance" (June 23)
  • "Building Blocks of the Nutrition Care Process: Implementation in Pediatrics" (July 26)
  • "Healthy Kids: School Programs That Work" (October 12)
  • "How to Eat Mindfully in a Mindless Eating World: Helping Clients Manage Weight Effectively" (November 2)

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Online Learning Module: Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet

This module covers the medical aspects of celiac disease (symptoms, screening and diagnosis) as well as the intricacies of the gluten-free diet including: ingredients and label reading, cross-contamination, hidden gluten sources and problem foods, assessment and follow-up, and nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet.

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CDR Certificate of Training Programs

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is offering Certificate of Training programs in Adult and Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management.

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Career Resources

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Compensation and Benefits Survey Will Be Free for Members

ADA's 2011 Compensation and Benefits Survey of the Dietetics Profession is now being conducted and, when it is complete, the results will be available to all ADA members at no additional cost. For non-members, the cost will be $225.

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April Book of the Month

Order the ADA Pocket Guide to Nutrition Assessment (online-only version) in April and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.


Research Briefs

Journal Supplement on Restaurant Menu Labeling

Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act mandated that restaurants and food vendors with more than 20 locations disclose calorie information and make other nutrient composition data available to consumers. This legislation has far-reaching implications for both public health and the field of dietetics. The May Journal of the American Dietetic Association reprint supplement "National Restaurant Menu Labeling Legislation: What it Means for Dietetics Practitioners" collects all the Journal's recent articles examining this important issue.

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Join "The Great Fat Debate" in May Journal

The May 2011 issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association features the Great Fat Debate Series: six articles that focus on the role of fat in the diet and its impact on health.

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Academy Member Updates

ADA Wins Webby Award

The American Dietetic Association was recently selected as an Official Honoree of the 15th Annual Webby Awards, the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet. Of nearly 10,000 entries, fewer than 10 percent were named Official Honorees.

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Health Disparities Evidence Analysis Library Project

ADA is pleased to announce the publication of the Health Disparities Evidence-Based Nutrition Project, free to all ADA members on the Evidence Analysis Library.

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Share Ideas for Putting Dietary Guidelines into Practice

Members who are developing innovative ways to put the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans into everyday practice for their clients and patients are invited to share their ideas - and possibly see their ideas highlighted in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association or at the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

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Call for Abstracts and Sessions: International Congress of Dietetics in Australia

The 16th International Congress of Dietetics will be held from September 5 to 8, 2012, in Sydney, Australia. The Congress' theme is LEAP: Leadership, Evidence and Advancing Practice. The deadline for abstracts and session/workshop proposals is June 30, 2011.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Members Benefit from Online Obesity Training

ADA's online Certificate of Training in Childhood Obesity Prevention is receiving positive reviews from members who have completed the program.

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