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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 - October 19

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

House Joint Subcommittees Hearing: Food Marketing to Children

ADA staff attended the recent House Committee on Energy and Commerce's hearing on guidelines for food marketing to children developed by the Interagency Working Group as mandated by the 2009 appropriations bill.

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Senate Holds Hearing on State of Chronic Disease Prevention

The Senate Health Education and Labor Committee held a hearing to discuss the merits of the Prevention and Public Health Fund, a major component to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. ADA staff attended the hearing, noting again that, for programs and services to survive, they need to prove effectiveness and outcomes.

Call for Information: Community Transformation Grants

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released its first round of Community Transformation Grants, funding that includes nutrition intervention. ADA wants to promote and support its members' work. If you are part of a group that has been awarded a grant, please contact Mary Pat Raimondi, vice president of strategic policy and partnerships.

Farm Bill Update

The four leaders of the House and Senate agriculture committees provided information on a proposal for spending cuts and a new five-year farm bill to present to the Super Committee in charge of deficit reduction. The four agriculture committee leaders are "trying to arrive at a number" on how much they would cut in farm spending rather than wait and be given the amount by the Super Committee. Speculation is that agriculture programs may be cut by $23 billion. ADA staff will continue to work with these committees, providing information on nutrition and food system issues.

Food Systems in Rural Areas Funding

The Community Food Projects Competitive Grants Program provides support for community food, planning, and training and capacity building projects. The grants provide funding to help meet the food needs of low-income individuals; increase the self-reliance of communities in providing for their food needs; promote comprehensive responses to local food, farm and nutrition issues; and meet specific state, local, or neighborhood food and agricultural needs, including those relating to infrastructure improvement and development, planning for long-term solutions, or the creation of innovative marketing activities that mutually benefit agricultural producers and low-income consumers.

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ADA Comments on Proposed Gluten-Free Labeling Regulation

ADA offered comments on the Food and Drug Administration's proposed gluten-free labeling regulation limiting "gluten-free" foods to foods with fewer than 20 parts per million, encouraging FDA to clarify its process for making the determination.

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Ohio's Student Policy Day Inspires Public Policy Engagement

More than 100 dietetic interns and students in Ohio heard from state legislators about the importance of getting involved in the policy arena.

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CPE Corner

Teleseminar: "How to Eat Mindfully in a Mindless Eating World"

In a November 2 teleseminar, two widely recognized experts will bring the concepts of "mindless" and "mindful" eating to the forefront and help members interpret these signals for their clients.

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Upcoming Teleseminars

  • FDA's Gluten-Free Rulemaking: Implications for Your Clients with Celiac Disease (December 8)
  • Organic vs. Conventional Food Products: A Comparison of Nutritional Value and Safety (January; details to be announced)
  • Bariatric Surgery: Time to Standardize Nutritional Care (February 22)

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Family of Fibers Online Learning Module

Despite continued recommendations for increased consumption of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, less than 5 percent of all DRI age and gender subgroups meet recommended dietary fiber intakes. In response, ADA developed the module "Family of Fibers: Dietary Variety for Maximum Health Benefits" that is free for ADA members and reviews the properties of fibers and how consumption of a variety of fibers provides the maximum health benefits.

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Fill PDP Needs Easily

To help satisfy members' Professional Development Portfolio needs, ADA has developed 12 web-based online learning modules highlighting sessions from ADA's 2010 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo that cover topics in a number of specialty areas.

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Online Certificate of Training Programs

ADA's Center for Professional Development offers certificates of training programs in Restaurant Menu Labeling and in Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity.

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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

New Resource: Ethics Education Toolkit

The Ethics Committee has updated the ethics education toolkit for use by educators and practitioners. This toolkit has a PowerPoint presentation and script, plus other educational handouts designed to assist with implementation of ethics into the workplace or classroom.

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Call for 2012 FNCE Sessions: Deadline for Proposals is Approaching

ADA seeks innovative, cutting-edge educational sessions that will make an impact at FNCE 2012, October 6 to 9, in Philadelphia.

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October Book of the Month

Order Inspiring and Supporting Behavior Change: A Food and Nutrition Professional's Counseling Guide during October and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.

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Member Writes Consumer Book on Dietary Guidelines

A new book titled MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better: Decoding the Dietary Guidelines for Your Real Life (Loughlin Press 2011) has been written by ADA member Elizabeth M. Ward, MS, RD. The book explains the DGAs and how to make them work on a daily basis. It also provides nearly 60 family-friendly recipes.

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Research Briefs

Same Great Content, New Journal Name

As of January 2012, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association's name will change to the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Journal Launches e-Pubs

Access new research before it goes to press. Beginning later this month, the Journal of the American Dietetic Association will be posting e-Pubs, also known as Articles in Press (AiP), to the Journal's website ahead of the print issue. This means that members have access to research articles as early as eight weeks after they have been accepted. And Journal authors no longer have to wait for the print edition to see their work broadcast to ADA members and others in health care.

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Academy Member Updates

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More Information for Members on New Name

Do you have questions about the change that will take place in January 2012 when ADA officially becomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics? Visit ADA's website for an updated and comprehensive list of frequently asked questions and answers.

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New Videos Promote Members, Dietetics

At the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, ADA debuted several videos that highlight ADA, its members and the dietetics profession. View the videos on ADA's YouTube channel.

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As Centennial Approaches, Tell ADA Your Story

ADA's centennial will be in 2017, but the Association is getting ready for it now. One of ADA's current projects is an update of the Association's history Carry the Flame from 1990 to the present.

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Call for 2012 Honors and Awards Nominations

The call for nominations for ADA's 2012 National Honors and Awards begins November 1. Nominations will be accepted through March 1, 2012. Members can get a head start on the nominating process by participating in a November 15 webinar sponsored by the Honors Committee and presented by its chair, ADA's immediate past president Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA.

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MyPlate Video Challenge

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has launched a video contest to raise awareness of MyPlate and to promote the message "Make half your plate fruits and vegetables."

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Answer 25 Questions on Sharecare for a Chance to Win

ADA members who use their health and nutrition expertise to answer 25 or more questions on by November 30 will be entered to win an iPad and other gifts from ADA.

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Thank You to ADA Sponsors

ADA recognizes and thanks our corporate sponsors for their generous support of Association events and programs. These organizations are committed to ADA's mission of empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

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Apply for Foundation Awards

The ADA Foundation offers awards to ADA members and dietetics students in recognition of their professional accomplishments and to enable registered dietitians to enhance their education and skills. The deadline is December 1 to apply for many of ADAF's awards.

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Healthy Snacking Toolkit and Mini-Grants

The Kids Eat Right program launched a new toolkit promoting healthy snacks. The toolkit, available to all Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers, consists of ready-made presentations, activities and handouts for 10 different audiences.

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Energy Balance 4 Kids Program Receives USDA Award

The four 2010-2011 EB4K schools in Kansas City have been notified that they have earned the U.S. Department of Agriculture's HealthierUS School Challenge Bronze Level Award. RD Nutrition Coaches were instrumental resources for the schools in the menu and policy changes needed to receive the award.


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