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Nutrition Care Manual
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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 - November 16

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Intensive Behavioral Counseling for Cardiovascular Disease: CMS Announces Final Decision

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has made a determination to cover an annual visit for intensive behavioral counseling for cardiovascular disease to promote a healthy diet. Despite ADA's advocacy to allow registered dietitians to provide and directly bill for nutrition services provided through this new Medicare preventive service, the decision ultimately limits the services to the primary care setting. RDs should work collaboratively with primary care providers to provide counseling; however, the services would be billed under the physician.

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Agriculture Appropriations Head to Conference

This week, the House and Senate Conference Committee began to meet on the Agriculture spending bill. The two parties are in the early stages of identifying spending limits.

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Farm Bill Updates

The four agriculture committee leaders were not able to meet the November 4 deadline to submit recommendations to the deficit Super Committee, with the commodity title continuing to be the source of disagreement.

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ADA Comments on AHRQ Study

ADA has offered comments to the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality related to key questions on the research topic "Comparative Effectiveness Review of Institutional Versus Home and Community‐Based Care."

School-Age SNAP Participation Rate Increases

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has released a report that estimates the number of all Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families or Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations participants certified for free school meals jumped over the past year.

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ADA Speaks 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 is holding listening sessions across the country. ADA members have attended sessions to provide comments on behalf of ADA, stating the case for including medical nutrition therapy services provided by registered dietitians.

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CPE Corner

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Teleseminar: FDA's Gluten-Free Rulemaking

How will FDA'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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Online Certificate of Training Program: Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management

Registered dietitians play a pivotal role in enhancing self-management by people with chronic kidney disease and in educating other health professionals about chronic kidney disease. To prepare members in this area, ADA's Center for Professional Development presents Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management, a new online certificate of training program.

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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 and the International Life Science Institute – North America 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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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

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New Eat Right Nutrition Guide

The new Truth about Artificial Sweeteners or Sugar Substitutes is an easy-to-read member resource that includes information on sugar substitutes and their uses, nutrition tips and a resource and reference section.

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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 an iPad and More

Registered dietitians 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. Answering 25 questions is easy with our quick tips.

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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

Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Department of Labor comes to ADA on an annual basis asking for data to include in the Occupational Outlook Handbook. We have already provided the Bureau with current professional data, e.g., practice audit results, compensation and benefit salary study results, education standards and credentialing requirements for the Handbook that is being updated for release in March 2012.

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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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New Student Community and Facebook Page

A new online Student Community and "Eat Right Students" Facebook page have been created by the Student Advisory Committee exclusively for ADA student members.

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Award-winning ADA Marketing

The marketing theme and materials for ADA's 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference Expo earned a prestigious Gold Award from the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals.

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Outstanding Young Alumni Award

ADA member Dawn Jackson Blatner, RD, LD, CSSD, has been named a winner of the Outstanding Young Alumni Award by the University of Illinois' College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences Alumni Association. Ms. Blatner is a 1997 graduate of the university.

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Kids Eat Right, EB4K with Play and EAL Showcased in National Webinar

Esther Myers, PhD, RD, FADA, ADA's chief science officer; and Katie Brown, EdD, RD, LD, the ADA Foundation's national education director, participated in a recent national webinar "Tackling the Fight against Childhood Obesity – One Family Meal at a Time."

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Support the ADA Foundation

Members are encouraged to join The Eat Right Society, a giving society for annual donors of $250 or more to the ADA Foundation. Double your support for the ADA Foundation: Inquire if your employer offers a matching gift program.

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Healthy Snacking Toolkit RD Mini-Grants Awarded

Twenty-five RDs were selected to receive a mini-grant to provide presentations in their communities from the Kids Eat Right Healthy Snacking toolkit. Recipients of the $200 mini-grants will give two presentations from the Healthy Breakfast and Healthy Snacking toolkits in schools and communities between December 1 and March 31, 2012.

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Additional Kids Eat Right RD Mini-Grants

In response to the high volume of mini-grant applications, ADA Partner The Coca-Cola Company provided support for more Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteer RD mini-grants.

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