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Eat Right Weekly - December 7

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

ADA Meets with CMS Regarding Payment for Intensive Behavioral Counseling for Obesity

ADA staff met last week with officials of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services who are tasked with developing the payment structure for the new coverage for intensive behavioral counseling for obesity. CMS had made a determination to cover screening and intensive behavioral counseling for obesity by primary care providers in settings such as physicians' offices for Medicare beneficiaries with a body mass index of at least 30 kg/m2. Based on conversations with CMS, ADA was expecting this decision and is strategically working through a variety of initiatives to position registered dietitians as providers of medical nutrition therapy in other disease conditions.

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Success: Partnership for Healthier America Conference

Several ADA member leaders including President-elect Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, FADA, CD, were among more than 800 attendees at the Partnership for a Healthier America's recent national summit to catalyze collaboration, innovation and results-oriented solutions to solve childhood obesity within a generation.

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Super Committee Fails to Reach a Deal

The Joint Select Committee on Deficit Reduction, a.k.a. the Super Committee, announced last week it was unable to reach a compromise. Under the 2011 Budget Control Act, the Committee was required to find $1.2 trillion in additional cuts by November 23 and Congress was to then vote on the package by December 23. Without a deal a series of automatic cuts - a process known as sequestration - will take effect equally across defense and nondefense discretionary spending.

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2012 Farm Bill Update

Since the Super Committee was not able to reach an agreement before Thanksgiving, the mandatory sequestration of $1.2 trillion is scheduled to being in January 2013. Budget cuts will occur across the board, though details have not been released on agriculture programs to be affected.

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USDA Introduces SNAP Website

The United States Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service recently launched a new website that provides useful information on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants between 2007 and 2009. The program allows searches by Congressional district and provides information on beneficiaries based on race, income and number of individuals per household. This new website will give ADA members more information to use in advocating for support of programs such as SNAP.

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New Phys Ed and Nutrition Policy Database Launches

The National Cancer Institute recently launched a new database on its website called C.L.A.S.S. (Classification of Laws Associated with School Students). The site uses classification systems to place a "score" on state-level laws for physical education and nutrition. The scoring criteria for these systems are based on current public health research and national recommendations and standards for physical education and nutrition in schools. The data maps and profiles can be used to compare nutrition laws from all 50 states and in Washington D.C., against national standards and medians. This will allow users to assess differences across states and changes over time, another helpful tool for members if they find themselves talking with their member of Congress.

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New Review Showing Prevention Saves Money

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has released a policy brief highlighting recent evidence indicating strategic investments in proven, community-based prevention programs could save lives and result in significant U.S. health-care cost savings and overall economic cost savings. ADA is a working member of a small group of health and nutrition advocacy groups working to protect preserve and advocate for the Prevention and Public Health Fund.

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Congressman Signs On to MNT Bill

U.S. Rep. Edolphus Towns (N.Y.), a member of the powerful House Energy and Commerce Committee as well as the House Diabetes Caucus, has agreed to sign on as a co-sponsor to the Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act. ADA continues to target potential sponsors to help ensure success of the bill. ADA supported Rep. Towns through ADAPAC ( this year.

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Teleseminar: Positive Nutrition, Positive Communication

A January 31 teleseminar, "Let's Talk! Translating Positive Nutrition to Positive Communication," will offer participants the latest information, tips and techniques for communicating positive nutrition messages.

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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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Online Certificate of Training Programs

ADA's Center for Professional Development is offering 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 a Certificate of Training program in adult weight management.

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Career Resources

Apply to Become an ADA National Media Spokesperson

Do you have experience working with the media? Do you want to be the face of your profession in newspapers and magazines and on TV, radio and the Internet? The application deadline to become an ADA Spokesperson for the 2012-2015 term is February 1, 2012.

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Build Your Personal Brand as a Health and Nutrition Expert

The holidays and New Year are quickly approaching and everyone is wondering how to stay trim amid parties, buffets and sweets. Use your health and nutrition expertise to answer consumers' questions on to help people avoid diet sabotage and stick to their New Year's resolutions.

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December Book of the Month

Order Healthy Eating on a Budget downloads during December and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.

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Research Briefs

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Socioeconomic status may explain racial disparities in diet, exercise, and weight.

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Academy Member Updates

National Election Candidates Selected: Be Sure to Vote

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that, from among many excellent nominees, candidates have been selected for ADA's 2012 ballot.

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Connect with ADA on Facebook for the Latest Nutritional Information

In January, when ADA becomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the changes will also include two new Facebook pages: one designed for Academy members and another for the public.

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Name Change Video

A new video about ADA's pending name change, including reactions by ADA members who heard the announcement of the new name at the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, has been posted to ADA's website.

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New Name ... Same Commitment

An updated list of frequently asked questions and answers about ADA's name change to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is available on ADA's website.

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Join Student Community's Diabetes Discussion

The Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group is hosting a week long Q&A on the new online Student Community. Students considering a diabetes-related field of practice, or who are interested in diabetes care in general, can ask questions of DCE's expert panelists. The group discussion began Monday, December 5, and will end Friday, December 9.

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Seeking Innovations in Practice and Education

The Council on Future Practice is pleased to offer the fourth Innovations in Practice and Education session at the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia. This session is designed to showcase innovations in the education and training of students and practitioners. Learn more and consider submitting an application.

New Online Community Open to All Members

The new Dietetics Community is an online networking forum featuring multiple communication tools and subgroups for individual areas of interest. Connect with members in the U.S. and around the world and gain the benefit of knowledge and expertise of thousands of fellow practitioners by participating in Dietetics Community.

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Member Honored for Creating Nutrition Blog Network

ADA member Janet Helm, MS, RD, chief food and nutrition strategist at Weber Shandwick, recently was recognized at the PR News' 2011 PR People Awards in Washington, D.C., for her creation of the Nutrition Blog Network, a site that features more than 300 blogs written by registered dietitians. Helm received an honorable mention for Blogger of the Year. The program said: "Helm's Nutrition Blog Network makes it easier for consumers to find trusted advice."

Kids Eat Right Stipends: Members Make an Impact

ADA members Andrea Nikolai, MPH, RD, LDN; Sarah-Ashley Solie, MS, RD; and Brenna Swanson, MS, RD, LD, are winners of the first round of $100 Weight Management dietetic practice group's Kids Eat Right Stipends.

ISBNPA Meeting Submission Deadline Approaches

The deadline is December 16 to submit individual abstracts for oral and poster presentations for the International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity's 2012 meeting, to be held May 23 to 26 in Austin, Texas. Abstracts can be submitted as either paper or poster presentations. The deadline for late-breaking abstracts is March 2, and they will be accepted only as poster presentations.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Support the ADA Foundation

Join or renew your support this holiday season to The Eat Right Society, a giving society for annual donors of $250 or more to the ADA Foundation.

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ADA Foundation Scholarships

The ADA Foundation is the largest provider of dietetic scholarships, awarding more than $200,000 annually in funding to deserving students at all levels of study. Applications are available each year between mid-September and mid-January. The annual deadline for submitting applications is in mid-February. Scholarships are awarded for the following academic or program year. The scholarship application deadline is February 15, 2012.

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