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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 - August 31

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Farm Bill Update

A field hearing was held August 25 in Kansas with Senators Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) and Pat Roberts (Kan.), the chairwoman and ranking member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry, to address local issues related to the 2012 Farm Bill. Jane Byrnes, MS, RD, LD, attended the hearing on behalf of ADA and the Kansas Dietetic Association.

ADA Presents at Older Americans Act Stakeholders Meeting

At a recent invitation-only meeting with staff members representing the chairmen and ranking members of the U.S. Senate's Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee and its Primary Health and Aging Subcommittee, ADA staff members emphasized the importance of nutrition and the need for outcome research in the reauthorization of the Older Americans Act. The National Council on Aging, another key stakeholder, also discussed the need for nutrition education in the reauthorization.

ADA President to Lead Food Policy Conference Session

Sylvia A. Escott-Stump, ADA's 2011-2012 president, has been invited to moderate an interactive session in October on the Older Americans Act at the 34th annual National Food Policy Conference. The Older Americans Act is up for reauthorization this year and is a key priority for ADA.

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Informatics Blog: Information, Nutrition ... and Technology

Each week, a posting on ADA's Nutrition Informatics blog helps members navigate issues related to technology and the dietetics profession. This week's posting showcases upcoming events at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

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Comments to USDA and CMS

ADA has submitted comments to the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, suggesting additional criteria that should be used in selecting state and local agencies for recognition of exemplary practices that promote breastfeeding. ADA also submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding two proposed rules: the "2012 Physician Fee Schedule" and "Changes to the End-Stage Renal Disease Prospective Payment System for CY 2012."

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Which States Will Get In Line for Insurance Exchanges?

Only 11 states fully embraced the opportunity to receive federal money to set up state-run insurance exchanges under the Affordable Care Act. A new partnership model from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services allows state agencies to run insurance exchanges without legislative authorization and will likely increase the number of participating states. ADA is preparing comments for the proposed essential benefits that would be required to be offered by the exchanges.

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CPE Corner

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Healthy Kids: School Programs That Work

Evidence suggests early health education and intervention can reduce risk factors for childhood obesity and adverse health risks. A teleseminar will showcase highly effective, evidence-based strategies for implementing school-based nutrition education and intervention programs, focusing on strategic partnerships as the key to success.

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Upcoming Teleseminars

  • How to Eat Mindfully in a Mindless Eating World: Helping Clients Manage Weight Effectively (November 2)
  • FDA's Gluten-Free Rulemaking: Implications for Your Clients with Celiac Disease (December 8)

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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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Career Resources

What's ADA Doing for Salaries?

Recognition, value and demand for services are the keys to increased salaries and income potential for ADA members. ADA and all members must work together to raise the perceived value of nutrition services to all stakeholders.

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Talking Points for Discussing FNCE with Employers

Join the growing number of ADA members who have learned to apply updated skills, education and cutting-edge research to improve their practice and workplace performance by attending ADA's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. ADA offers members ways to discuss and obtain professional and financial support from employers to attend FNCE and broaden their skills.

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Corporate Wellness Conference

Attending the third annual Corporate Wellness Conference can help ADA members promote themselves as key players in corporate wellness and offer employers the value of having registered dietitians available to provide MNT and other nutrition related services. The 2011 conference will be October 26 to 29 in Schaumburg, Ill.

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New Release: Diabetes Mellitus Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to assist RDs in implementing ADA's Diabetes Type 1 and 2 Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline for Adults.

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August Book of the Month

Order the ADA Pocket Guide to Gluten-Free Strategies for Clients with Multiple Diet Restrictions during August and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.

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Research Briefs

Journal Spotlight

Child-care facilities can do more to promote healthy eating and physical activity.

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Academy Member Updates

ADA in the News

ADA continues to position the Association and registered dietitians as the food and nutrition experts through prominent print, broadcast and Internet media coverage. In the past week, ADA was featured in MedicineNet, Arizona Republic, Science Daily, Yahoo! and The Huffington Post, among other media outlets.

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Still Time to Win an iPad by Joining Sharecare

Help consumers cut through online clutter with smart, accurate nutrition information by answering questions as the food and nutrition experts on The three members with the most responses by September 9 will be awarded iPads. Members who sign up can increase their public and media exposure by highlighting their credentials, books, blogs and Facebook and Twitter accounts on their profile.

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Student Members Making an Impact

Elizabeth Smith, MS, RD, a graduate student at the University of Pittsburgh, was recently named one of Pittsburgh magazine's "40 Under 40" young professionals. Matt Darnell, MS, RD, a PhD student at Pitt, has been appointed to a teaching position at the U.S. Navy Seals training base at Coronado Island, Calif.

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

New Kids Eat Right Healthy Breakfast Toolkit

As of September 1, a new toolkit promoting healthy breakfasts will be available to all Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers. The toolkit consists of ready-made presentations, activities and handouts for elementary students, middle school students, high school students and school/community stakeholders.

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RDs Receive Kids Eat Right Mini-Grants

Fifty registered dietitians have been selected to receive $200 mini-grants to provide presentations in their communities using the ADA/Foundation Kids Eat Right Healthy Breakfast Toolkit.

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At the FNCE Kids Eat Right Corner

The Kids Eat Right corner in the ADA Foundation booth at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo will include information about the Healthy Breakfast Toolkit, a new Healthy Snacking toolkit and RD mini-grant opportunities and a Parent Meal Prep toolkit that is in development. Members can sign up for Kids Eat Right and pick up their Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteer ribbons as well.


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