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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 - December 14

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Urgent! Calling All ADA Members: Your Help Is Needed Today!

ADA's continued efforts to work with members of Congress and the White House regarding the recent CMS decision to exclude RDs from direct billing for intensive behavioral therapy in primary care are important to all members. Our profession needs the support of all members, and that of patients, co-workers, other health-care professionals, family and friends, to make this campaign a success. We are over halfway there with the White House petition (25,000 signatures are needed) and need everyone (RDs and non-RDs) to sign this public appeal. Also, take five minutes to send a letter to your members of Congress today. We are asking all members to use social media to spread the word on Facebook and Twitter.

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2012 Farm Bill Update

Senate Agriculture Committee Chair Debbie Stabenow (Mich.) says she hopes lawmakers charged with writing the 2012 Farm Bill could use the plan drafted for the Super Committee as the foundation for the legislation. Farm Bill hearings will resume in January with the new goal of having a draft ready by spring; this would provide time for Congress to complete its work by Memorial Day.

USDA Targeting Food Stamp Fraud

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported more than 46.2 million people received a total of $75.3 billion in benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in Fiscal Year 2011 and that USDA plans to introduce "severe penalties" for illegal trafficking of benefits to cut down on fraud. The new measures will root out waste, fraud and abuse by combating trafficking to protect taxpayer dollars.

Remaining FY 2012 Appropriation Bills Set for This Month

The House Appropriations Committee announced that a joint conference committee will meet to discuss the nine remaining FY 2012 appropriations bills, which include funding for health programs and nutrition initiatives. ADA will continue to advocate for our priorities and provide any information needed to move these initiatives forward.

Fighting Obesity Lobby Day

On December 15, ADA will partner with a number of health groups, led by the Campaign to End Obesity, to meet with members of Congress on the importance of prevention, physical fitness and healthy eating, highlighting the value of the registered dietitian.

New Issue of MNT Provider

Learn how the Medicare 2012 fee schedule changes will affect registered dietitians and find out about the latest diabetes resources in the new issue of the MNT Provider newsletter.

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CPE Corner

New: Online Professional Skills Review

Whether you are re-entering professional practice, preparing for a dietetic internship or exam, or even considering entry into a new area of specialty, ADA's new Online Professional Skills Review can help.

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New: Teleseminar Series Offered as Webinars, No Extra Cost

ADA listened to members and is pleased to announce that, starting in January, teleseminars will be offered in live webinar format at no additional charge. Webinars will create more engaging online educational opportunities that are more visual, dynamic, interactive and incorporate social media capabilities.

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Teleseminar: Positive Nutrition, Positive Communication

Nearly everyone is talking about food, nutrition and health. They're listening, too, but are sometimes confused. They're looking for insights and answers that can help them eat for health and enjoy it, too.

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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

Now Available: National Nutrition Month 2012 Catalog

Just in time for holiday shopping, the 2012 National Nutrition Month catalog is available on ADA's website. Choose from a variety of items featuring the colorful "Get Your Plate In Shape" graphic and get a head start on your NNM promotional activities.

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2012 Eat Right Calendar

Celebrate 2012 all year long with 12 months of food-related photos taken by your colleagues. The "Eat Right 2012" calendar features photos taken by finalists in the Journal's annual cover contest and includes dozens of important dates for dietetics practitioners.

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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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December Book of the Month

Order Healthy Eating on a Budget downloads during December and save 10 percent.

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Research Briefs

Journal Spotlight

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

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Academy Member Updates

Share Holiday Food Safety Tips

Resisting the urge to sample cookie dough can be virtually impossible. Encourage children (and adults) this holiday season to take the Cookie Rookie Pledge before helping with baking, and reward kids for curbing their cookie dough craving with an official Cookie Rookie Certificate of Achievement from ADA's and ConAgra's Home Food Safety program.

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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 include two new Facebook pages: one designed for Academy members and another for the public.

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Latest Information on ADA's New Name

Information including a new video about ADA's pending name change and a list of frequently asked questions and answers about ADA becoming the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is available on ADA's website.

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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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Call for Anecdotes: As Centennial Approaches, Share Your Story

ADA's centennial will be in 2017, and the Association is getting ready for it. 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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ADA Member Appointed to USDA Board

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the appointment of eight members and one alternate member to the USDA's National Agricultural Research, Extension, Education and Economics Advisory Board, including ADA member Adriana Campa, MBA, RD, LD, associate professor of nutrition at Florida International University. She will represent national nutritional science societies on the Advisory Board.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Support Foundation with a Year-End Gift

The good work of the ADA Foundation relies on the generosity of ADA members. Please consider a year-end donation to help support ADAF's mission of advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitians.

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For the Holidays: Make a Tribute Gift to the ADA Foundation

A teacher, mentor, colleague, remember that "special someone" through the ADA Foundation Tribute Gift Program.

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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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Easier to Locate: Kids Eat Right Site

In addition to accessing the Kids Eat Right member site directly, you can now navigate to it from the Member section of ADA's website. Click on the Kids Eat Right link located on the left side of the page in the "In This Section" box.


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