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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:

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Eat Right Weekly - May 25

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

ADA Honors and Remembers Service of Its Members

Registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered who serve our country in the military hold a special place in the American Dietetic Association and in the nutritional health of Americans. Especially on Memorial Day, ADA honors and remembers military dietitians. ADA and all its members are eternally grateful for their service.

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RD Licensure: Countering Opposition and Making ADA's Case

As ADA considers challenges members face in several communications and media formats from other associations, organizations and competitors, it is important to note that the goal of dietetic licensure is to safeguard the public and ensure quality care.

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ADA Issues Brief: Spring 2011

Quick updates on what ADA is doing in public policy and ideas for how members can help their states' Public Policy Coordinators are available on ADA's website.

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Providers Discuss Prevention Needs with Congressional Staff

A number of health-care provider groups including ADA joined during May to meet with 16 key Congressional offices on the importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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2012 Farm Bill: Bridging Health and Agriculture

The Farm Bill discussion deepened last week with key thought leaders including ADA representatives meeting at the Healthy Farms, Healthy People conference to identify ways to connect health and the food system.

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GMA Science Forum: Implementing Dietary Guidelines

Speakers at a Grocery Manufacturers Association forum on "Implementing the Dietary Guidelines: Industry's Role Beyond Reformulation" included several ADA members, who discussed how the food industry can serve as an active partner in the implementation of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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New Rules for ACOs Offer Opportunities

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Studies has proposed new rules for Accountable Care Organizations. ACOs are one of the new models for health care reform that focus on patient centeredness, quality of care improvement and greater access to all. With ACOs set to begin operation by January 1, 2012, now is the time for RDs to get involved in advocacy efforts.

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ADA Attends No Mas Hambre Summit

ADA's director of nutrition policy Ben Timmins attended an obesity, nutrition and poverty awareness summit held last week by No Mas Hambre, a grassroots advocacy campaign aimed at ending hunger in the Latino community.

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CDC 2011 Funding

The FY 2011 plan for the Centers for Disease Control has been submitted to Congress, reflecting $740 million in reductions. A summary of the plan and a detailed table of programs is available online.

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Proposed Language Supports Breast-Feeding Funding

As part of ADA's role on the United States Breastfeeding Committee, the Association recently worked with U.S. Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D.-Ill.), who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, to insert language into the draft 2012 Appropriations Bill that encourages funding for breast feeding and improved maternity care practices through the Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative.

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CPE Corner

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CDR Weight Management Programs

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

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FNCE 2011 Is Sure to "Make an Impact"

Make plans to attend ADA's 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, September 24 to 27 in San Diego, Calif.

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Teleseminar: Culturally Competent Care

ADA is offering a webinar June 23 on "Culturally Competent Care: Skills for Achieving Dietary Compliance across Cultural Lines."

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Upcoming Teleseminars

  • Building Blocks of the Nutrition Care Process: Implementation in Pediatrics (July 26)
  • Omega-3 Fatty Acids and Chronic Diseases with Emphasis on Cancer (August 24)
  • 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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Career Resources

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Seeking a Mentor?

ADA is rolling out its new eMentoring system on June 1.

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May Book of the Month

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Research Briefs

CDC Assesses Potential Human Exposure to Prion Diseases

Study results reported in the Journal of the American Dietetic Association

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Academy Member Updates

A Message to ADA Members from President Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA

The American Dietetic Association's position as the world's leading organization of food and nutrition professionals occasionally results in ADA becoming a target for criticism. This is nothing to be surprised about. Given the wide range of important food and nutrition issues facing the Association, our members and our country, it would be unrealistic to expect 100-percent agreement on every issue and stance. Some have asked why ADA does not always issue responses to some of the extreme criticisms we receive. I am happy to explain why: We are an Association of professionals in a field based on science and evidence. We are always ready to engage in mutually respectful dialogue with individuals and groups with whom we disagree.

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Assist Missouri Tornado Victims through ADA's Disaster Relief Fund

Established in the wake of Hurricane Katrina by the ADA Foundation and the Commission on Dietetic Registration, ADA's Disaster Relief Funds are available to aid members affected by disasters such as the recent tornadoes in Missouri. Members and all those who live in the areas are in the thoughts of everyone at ADA.

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Final 2011 Future Connections Summit Report to ADA Organizational Units

The Summit Oversight Workgroup is pleased to share the final report from the 2011 Future Connections Summit on Future Practice, Credentialing and Education conducted March 24 to 26.

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2011 Honors and Awards

In recognition of outstanding service and contributions to the dietetics profession, 20 individuals have been selected by ADA's Honors Committee and Board of Directors to receive top Association honors and awards.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers Are Making a Difference

Support for Kids Eat Right continues to grow. Kids Eat Right now has more than 1,500 Campaign Volunteers, more than 2,600 Facebook fans and more than 1,500 followers on Twitter. All members are encouraged to sign up to become a Campaign Volunteer and make a real difference in their communities.

One Week Left to Win Free ADA Membership

All Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers who complete ADA's Online Certificate on Training in Childhood Obesity Prevention by May 31 will have a chance to be randomly selected to win one of two free ADA memberships. As part of the Kids Eat Right Campaign, an online Certificate of Training in Childhood Obesity was developed, consisting of three modules and six CPE credits. Members who have already submitted their dues payments will be reimbursed if they are selected to win free membership.


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