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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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The Health Professional's Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances (10% off during the month of January)

The Health Professional's Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances (10% off during the month of January)

This comprehensive guide sheds light on the latest science behind food allergies and intolerances as well as practical suggestions for their management.

Eat Right Weekly - November 2

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Fallen Leaves

On the Pulse of Public Policy

President Issues Executive Order to Ease Drug Shortages

President Obama issued an executive order this week directing the Food and Drug Administration "to take action to help further prevent and reduce prescription drug shortages, protect consumers and prevent price gouging." ADA worked with other key stakeholders, including the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, to help resolve this issue that can cause significant health problems with nutritionally compromised patients. The shortages have affected Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) solutions that include minerals, vitamins and electrolytes.

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In Congress: Not Business as Usual

Congress is nearly at a standstill awaiting the Super Committee's deficit reduction recommendations. The bipartisan committee of six senators and six House members is charged with bringing forward a comprehensive spending reduction plan. ADA supports reducing spending through a thoughtful visionary process. ADA staff is working with many other stakeholders to communicate the value of registered dietitians, nutrition services and interventions.

Farm Bill Update

There is talk that the Farm Bill will be written before the Super Committee's recommendations as a strategy to keep control of the budget with the Agriculture Committee. As a result, several bills are being introduced in the House and Senate that could become part of the larger Farm Bill.

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Health Care Reductions

The Super Committee held a hearing on long-term discretionary spending, including testimony from Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office. Republicans and Democrats have issued reports with suggested cuts and the two sides remain far apart.

USDA Program Increases Fruit and Vegetable Consumption

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has published a report that finds the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program increased average fruit and vegetable consumption among students in participating schools.

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Improving Care for Medicare Beneficiaries through Federally Qualified Health Centers

Five hundred community health centers in 44 states will receive approximately $42 million over three years to improve the coordination and quality of care they deliver Medicare beneficiaries and other patients. Under this Advanced Primary Care Practice demonstration, created by the Affordable Care Act, Medicare will pay community health centers based on the quality of care they deliver.

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ADA Submits Comments Supporting Sleeve Gastrectomy

ADA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' reopened national coverage determination supporting the sleeve gastrectomy procedure.

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CPE Corner

Teleseminar: FDA's Gluten-Free Rulemaking

How will the Food and Drug Administration's proposed gluten-free food labeling affect clients with celiac disease? Results from a recent web-administered FDA survey and experimental study that focused on gluten-free diet-related issues will be presented in a December 8 teleseminar.

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Family of Fibers Online Learning Module

This module 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 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

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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November Book of the Month

Order Counseling Overweight Adults: The Lifestyle Patterns Approach and Tool Kit during November and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.

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Home Food Safety Tools for ADA Members

The newly redesigned Home Food Safety website has tools for members and educators to share with clients, communities, families and schools.

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Research Briefs

Journal Spotlight

Consumers don't pay as much attention to nutrition fact labels as they think.

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Academy Member Updates

New Name...Same Commitment

An updated list of frequently asked questions and answers about ADA's pending name change to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is available on ADA's website, including new information of special interest to Affiliates, Dietetic Practice Groups and Member Interest Groups.

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Energy Balance 4 Kids RD Nutrition Coaches Move Forward in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Education, along with the Iowa Energy Balance 4 Kids RD Coaches, received a "Team Nutrition Grant to Improve the Health and Future of America's Children" from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This unique partnership between the Iowa Department of Education and the Iowa Energy Balance 4 Kids RD Coaches gives Iowa registered dietitians opportunities to be more involved in nutrition, wellness and fitness in local schools.

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ADA Representatives Attend Global Health Forum at the Italian Embassy

ADA member Camela Rising, MS, RD, LDN, past president of the American Overseas Dietetic Association, represented ADA recently at the 2011 Global Health Forum, "Obesity: Scientific, Lifestyle and Policy Approaches," that was held at the Italian Embassy in Washington, D.C. ADA member Mary Story, PhD, RD, professor at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health, spoke on the importance of considering the socioecological framework to prevent and control obesity to influence positive and meaningful shifts in communities.

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Members Named to PTAC

Two ADA members have been appointed to the Joint Commission's Long Term Care Professional and Technical Advisory Committee. Frances Ann Gallagher, RD, LD, CD, is ADA's representative; and Gretchen Robinson, MS, RD, LD, FADA, is the alternate representative.

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Member's Cookbook Inspired by Fresh Ingredients, Whole Foods

ADA member Jackie Mills, MS, RD, a New York City-based nutrition and culinary consultant, has written a new cookbook titled 1,000 Diabetes Recipes (Wiley 2011). The book's simple recipes, inspired by fresh ingredients and whole foods, redefine what it means to eat well when you have diabetes. The book also provides sample diet plans, menus for special occasions, helpful cooking tips and charts and complete nutritional information with every recipe.

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National Diabetes Education Program Involves Members in Committees, Task Forces

Three ADA members have been appointed to committees and task forces of the National Diabetes Education Program. NDEP is a partnership of the National Institutes of Health, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention and more than 200 public and private organizations.

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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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Call for Anecdotes: 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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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Weight Management DPG Supports Kids Eat Right

The Weight Management Dietetic Practice Group is showing its support for the Kids Eat Right initiative by providing Campaign Volunteer stipends. WM will provide up to $100 to each of 15 WM members to defray personal expenses developing Kids Eat Right Campaign WMDPG Volunteer Action Plans.

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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 continuing education, international and program development awards. View information about the awards program, new awards and download an application.

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