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Eat Right Weekly - November 9

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Senate Passes "Minibus" Appropriations

The Senate has passed several appropriation bills that include agriculture and nutrition programs. The $128 billion bill is slightly higher than the House's for nutrition, food and hunger programs. To close this gap, a conference committee will begin working this week.

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Hot Potato: Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act

ADA will follow closely an amendment offered by Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) that prevents the U.S. Department of Agriculture from setting standards that limit the use of potatoes and other starchy vegetables in school lunches.

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Farm Bill Updates

The four agriculture committee leaders of the House and Senate missed the deadline to submit final budget recommendations to the deficit Super Committee by November 1. Staffers have reported that final recommendations on where $23 billion in cuts will come from may be ready in the next few weeks.

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Presidential Proclamation: National Diabetes Month

President Obama signed a proclamation recognizing the importance of reducing diabetes and the value of diet in this effort.

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NIFA Funding: Specialty Crop Research and Extension Activities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture offers grants through the Specialty Crop Research Initiative.

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NCDA Sponsors Inaugural "Advocacy Day"

North Carolina Dietetic Association leaders and members met recently in Chapel Hill to hear about public policy successes and to receive tips for effective advocacy with elected officials. NCDA's public policy panel organized the event, which was attended by more than 55 members.

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A New Look at Informatics at ADA

Members who are familiar with informatics may have heard the term "consumer health informatics." While several different organizations have compiled their own definitions of the term, ADA's new Consumer Health Informatics Work Group has fleshed out the meaning for registered dietitians.

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States Finalize Dates for 2012 Legislative Sessions

The anticipated calendar for the 2012 legislative sessions in all fifty states has been published by the National Conference on State Legislatures. The calendar is useful for affiliates and ADA members who are monitoring state legislation.

ADA Obesity Treatment Advocacy Continues with Congress and Federal Agencies

As part of the Obesity Care Continuum, ADA recently joined with other groups to submit a letter to the secretary of Health and Human Services opposing the suggestion that bariatric surgery and weight-loss programs be viewed as excluded services in a consumer document that was included in proposed regulations.

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Senator's Letters to HHS and CMS Urge Same-day DSMT and MNT Services

Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) recently sent letters to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services urging them to utilize their discretion to allow beneficiaries with diabetes to receive both diabetes self-management training and medical nutrition therapy on the same day. Same-day services remove barriers to quality and access for beneficiaries and will improve health outcomes.

New Issue of MNT Provider Now Available

Learn about new opportunities for registered dietitians to partner with physicians and market their services for reimbursement, and to access the latest fact sheets and resources for coverage under CMS.

ADA Speaks Up on Essential Health Benefits Package

To solicit broad public input on the design of the Essential Health Benefits package required by the Affordable Care Act, the Department of Health and Human Services recently held listening sessions in several regions across the country. ADA members attended and provided comments on behalf of the Association, stating the case for including MNT services provided by registered dietitians.

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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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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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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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CDR Weight Management Programs

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is offering a Certificate of Training program in adult weight management.

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Career Resources

Patient Education Materials from Evidence Analysis Library

ADA's Evidence Analysis Library recently launched "Nutrition and Health Eating: Science You Can Use," a collection of consumer e-books based on guidelines from the Evidence Analysis Library. E-books on vegetarianism and childhood obesity are now available. A consumer guide to celiac disease is coming soon.

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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Answer Just 25 Questions on Sharecare for a Chance to Win

RDs 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.

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SCAN Helps Teens Eat Right

Recognizing the important role teachers play in the mental and physical well-being of today's teens and young adults, the Sports, Cardiovascular and Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group is offering unique free tools to assist educators.

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Research Briefs

Insights into Research

ADA applauds Institute of Medicine's front-of-package report, reinforces need for consultations with registered dietitians.

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New Journal Abbreviation Determined

The U.S. National Library of Medicine has determined that the abbreviation for the newly named Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will be J Acad Nutr Diet. This abbreviation should be used when citing articles from the Journal. Questions and more information.

Academy Member Updates

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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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Submitting Nominations for ADA Honors and Awards: Easier Than Ever

Each year, ADA shines the spotlight on outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession through its national honors and awards program. The process for nominating deserving members is now simpler than ever.

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School Nutrition Services DPG Members Receive Awards

Two members of ADA's School Nutrition Services Dietetic Practice Group will receive awards for their service and advocacy for school programs.

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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.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Foundation Launches Fall Telemarketing Campaign

The ADA Foundation thanks all members who support the Foundation, and this week will begin calling lapsed donors to re-engage them as current donors.

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Need a Presentation? Check out Kids Eat Right

Fourteen free, ready-made presentations for a wide variety of audiences are available for all Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers in the Healthy Breakfast and Healthy Snacking toolkits.

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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. Get information about the awards program, new awards and download an application.

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