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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.
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Eat Right Weekly - October 26

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

ADA Sponsors First Public Policy Panel Forum

ADA members serving as public policy leaders, representing more than 40 states, participated in a forum October 18 that offered a unique opportunity for dialogue among leaders in similar roles. Marsha Schofield, MS, RD, LD, ADA's director of nutrition services coverage, presented an overview of State Health Insurance Exchanges and outlined opportunities for RDs in each state. Public policy panel leaders shared updates on the status of the Health Insurance Exchange process in their states. These forums are held on the third Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. More information: Contact Juliana Smith, ADA's director of state government relations.

Super Committee's Mailbag Is Overflowing

The Super Committee, made up of 12 members of Congress, heard from more than 180,000 groups, including ADA, and individuals, voicing their opinions of budget cuts. We recognize that reductions are necessary and are advocating for reductions to be thoughtful and visionary. ADA is working not only with the Agriculture budget, but also the Health budget. These programs include funding for chronic disease and prevention, HIV/AIDS, food safety and nutrition research.

Agriculture Committee Recommendations

The four Agriculture Committee leaders (two each in the House and Senate) have agreed on $23 billion in cuts over the next 10 years in their proposal to the Super Committee. Details on which programs will face cuts are not yet known, but speculation is that commodity programs will be cut by $15 billion, SNAP by $4 billion and conservation programs by $4 billion. The Fiscal Year 2012 Agriculture Appropriations Bill came to the Senate, but a vote was postponed until early November.

ADA Meets with House Agriculture Chairman

ADA staff met with Congressman Frank Lucas (Okla.), chair of the House Agriculture Committee, to discuss the need to protect nutrition and food programs in the USDA budget. ADA, working with the bipartisan staff of the House Agriculture Committee, reinforced the return on investment for these programs.

Senate Passes Amendment to Prevent USDA from Limiting Vegetable Portions

Led by Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), the Senate by voice vote agreed that vegetables served in school meals should not be limited. This action was taken after Senators from potato-growing states felt the language was too restrictive.

Study Finds Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program Increases Kids' Consumption

The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program increases the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables by children at participating schools by a quarter-cup per day, or 15 percent, according to a new independent evaluation of the program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service.

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ADA Supports IOM Report on FOP Labeling

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. The report, "Front-of-Package Nutrition Rating Systems and Symbols," was authored under a committee of food, nutrition, business and communications professionals, including members of ADA, and intends to aid consumers in making informed and healthful decisions when they shop.

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Essential Benefits Becoming More Defined

The Institute of Medicine released a report encouraging the Department of Health and Human Services to adopt an affordable yet comprehensive set of essential benefits for health insurance plans and exchanges, including significant preventive care.

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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)
  • Bariatric Surgery: Time to Standardize Nutritional Care (February 22)

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Family of Fibers Online Learning Module

The module "Family of Fibers: Dietary Variety for Maximum Health Benefits" 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

Top Three Dynamic Initiatives in Practice and Education Announced

The Council on Future Practice is excited to announce the top three initiatives from the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo session "Dynamic Initiatives in Dietetic Practice and Education." The session's purpose was to promote new initiatives in practice or education of future and current practitioners.

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New Kids Activities Available from Home Food Safety Program

All ADA members can help prevent foodborne illness - a serious issue that affects 76 million Americans annually - by sharing information with the public about easy steps consumers can take to reduce their risk.

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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 the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 6 to 9, in Philadelphia.

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Answer Just 25 Questions on Sharecare for a Chance to Win an iPad and More

Use your health and nutrition expertise to answer 25 or more questions on by November 30, and you'll be entered to win.

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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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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. Members searching the web under J Amer Diet Assoc or using existing bookmarks automatically will be redirected to the new site. This "redirect" will be in effect for at least two years.

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Academy Member Updates

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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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SOP/SOPP Journal Collection Created

A new section of the online Journal of the American Dietetic Association highlights articles on Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance.

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e-Learning Self-Study CPE Available

The self-study Scope of Dietetics Practice Framework, Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance: An Overview and Its Components explains the vital importance of Standards of Practice and Professional Performance for RDs and DTRs when identifying individual scope of practice. CPE Hours: 1.5. CPE Level: 1. Suggested Learning Need Codes: 1010, 7100, 7160.

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Pioneer Network New Dining Practice Standards

New Dining Practice Standards for Long Term Care are available in the Quality Management Resources – Long-term Care section of ADA's website. Learn more at and

AHRQ CME/CE Activities for RDs

Two CME/CE free education opportunities for registered dietitians are available from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (term of approval from March 31, 2011, to March 30, 2013): "Comparative Effectiveness Research on Premixed Insulin Analogues for Type 2 Diabetes: Discussing Applications to Clinical Practice" and "AHRQ's Comparative Effectiveness Research on Lipid-Modifying Therapies."

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AHRQ Releases Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture

The "2011 User Comparative Database Report" by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality provides information that nursing homes can use to compare their patient safety culture to other U.S. nursing homes. The report surveys 16,155 staff within 226 U.S. nursing homes and contains detailed comparative data for nursing home and respondent characteristics.

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ADA Helps Make Food Day in Chicago a Success

For the national observance of Food Day on October 24, ADA and its members and staff highlighted the prevention of foodborne illness. ADA worked with STOP Foodborne Illness to celebrate Food Day in Chicago, inviting the public to spin the Food Safety Trivia Wheel at the base of the John Hancock Center.

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Successful Food Day Event with Legislators in California

As the sun set over the Pacific Ocean, more than 30 members of the San Jose Peninsula District of the California Dietetic Association enjoyed healthy light appetizers at the San Jose Country Club and spoke candidly at a Food Day event and reception with local state legislators and their staffs about nutrition problems in the community. The registered dietitians highlighted how RDs' evidence-based practices can help communities eat healthier and live more active lifestyles.

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HEN DPG Announces Development of Food and Water Systems Tool Kit

ADA's Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group announced it is developing a Science of Sustainable and Resilient Food and Water Systems Tool Kit. The tool kit will promote access to nutritious food and clean water from a secure and sustainable food system, and will support sustainable food initiatives that were celebrated in Food Day events.

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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 the Washington Post, Everyday Health, Yahoo!, Self and U.S. News & World Report, among other media outlets.

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ADA Member Leads Award-winning NIH Program for People with Disabilities

Denise Ford, MS, RD, PMP, chief of the Office of Hospitality Services at the National Institutes of Health Clinical Center, led an NIH pilot program that works with hospitals and businesses in the United States, United Kingdom and Australia to provide opportunities for young adults with disabilities to learn employability skills and gain work experience. The program recently received the 2011 Employer Leadership Award from the Maryland Division of Rehabilitation Services. "This is a very special program and we are truly making a difference in employment of individuals with disabilities," Ms. Ford says.

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Member's Book Tops Amazon List

The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet (Fair Winds Press 2010), co-written by ADA member Tina Ruggiero, MS, RD, LD, tops's "Best Sellers in Natural Food Cooking" list and soon will be published in Hungarian, Polish, French and Portuguese. According to one reviewer: "As the obesity epidemic spreads across the world and parents become more concerned than ever with what to put in their children's mouths, The Best Homemade Baby Food on the Planet takes a lot of the guesswork and frustration out of this important parenting task. It is a must-have for parents and grandparents alike."

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Webinar: ADA Honors and Awards

The call for nominations for ADA's National Honors and Awards is November 1 through March 1, 2012. Get a head start by participating in a webinar sponsored by ADA's Honors Committee and presented by its chair, ADA's immediate past-president Judith C. Rodriguez, PhD, RD, LDN, FADA.

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Special Thank You to ADA Sponsors

The American Dietetic Association 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

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 continuing education, international and program development awards.

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New Kids Eat Right Program Kicks Off

Twelve registered dietitians from San Francisco, Chicago and Washington, D.C., participated recently in a training workshop at ADA Headquarters to lead the Kids Eat Right RD Parent Empowerment project in their respective cities.

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