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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:

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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 21

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Act Now! Your Advocacy for Nutrition Coverage is Critical!

ADA continues to seek signatures for the White House petition asking the Obama Administration to reconsider its decision to exclude dietitians from direct billing for intensive behavioral counseling and limiting services to the primary care setting. We still need approximately 5,000 signatures. Ask your family, friends and colleagues to sign the petition which is open to the public. Click here to make your voice heard. In addition, letters to members of Congress will also help bring this issue to the attention of elected officials. Don't forget to use social media to spread the word and share the link on Facebook and Twitter.

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Affordable Care Act Supports School-Based Health Centers

Last week over $14 million was awarded to 45 school-based health centers across the country. The awards were possible because of the new health care law and will allow clinics in 29 states to update their facilities and serve an additional 53,000 children, an increase of 50 percent. The funds also will create jobs as clinics continue providing a combination of primary care, mental health care, substance abuse counseling, nutrition education and dental health. The Affordable Care Act provides $200 million in funding from 2010-2013 for the School-Based Health Center Capital Program.

Prevention Fund Cuts Face First Hurdle

The Middle Class Tax Relief and Jobs creation Act of 2011, the tax extender package aiming to extend unemployment benefits, the Social Security payroll deduction and the controversial "doc" fix, passed the House Tuesday night with $8 billion in cuts to the Prevention and Public Health Fund. These cuts pose a serious threat to the goal of improving health through effective preventative programs.

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State Specific Prevention Fund Grants

Trust for America's Health released a chart on the Prevention and Public Health Fund that outlines grants that have been awarded in 2011. The chart organizes the grants by state and provides useful information including the amount, entity received and purpose. View the chart.

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2012 Farm Bill Update

Senator Ron Wyden (OR) drafted a series of proposals aimed at creating more agriculture jobs and improving access of healthier foods. One of the major proposals will ensure that federal spending by the food stamp and school lunch programs promotes healthier eating, increases consumption of domestically produced fruits and vegetables, and helps local small farmers.

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Nutrition Informatics Blog Outlines Social Media and Advocacy

ADA's recent efforts to seek coverage for Intensive Behavioral Therapy for obesity are discussed in this week's Nutrition Informatics Blog, which may be viewed here.

Ohio Says Yes to MNT Codes for Medicaid

As the New Year begins, Ohio will now include three MNT codes in Medicaid. After a series of public hearings, the Ohio Dietetic Association came away with a real win for the profession. In a public statement, Pat McKnight, MS, RD, LD, said, "The Ohio Dietetic Association requests that Ohio Medicaid issue its policy decision and provide written directions regarding billing codes and procedures to Medicaid providers. ODA also requests that the Office of Medicaid work with the Managed Care groups to include MNT services as well as licensed, registered dietitians to their panel of providers."

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CPE Corner

CPE New: Teleseminar Series Offered as Webinars, No Extra Cost

We listened to you and are excited to share that starting in January, we will be offering our teleseminar series in live webinar format at no additional charge.

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Warm up with the Online Certificate of Training in Childhood Obesity Prevention!

Looking for excellent online CPEs and Certificate of Training in Childhood Obesity Prevention? Over 1,000 ADA members have completed one or more of three modules (six CPEs for only $57!), and over 200 have completed all three and received this advanced training certificate.

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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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CDR Weight Management Programs

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

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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. ADA members enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module or may complete all five modules and earn 12.5 hours of CPEUs for $95. Registration information.

Career Resources

Help Spread the Good Nutrition Message by Becoming an ADA 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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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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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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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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Research Briefs

Journal Spotlight

Socioeconomic Status May Explain Racial Disparities in Diet, Exercise, and Weight.

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Academy Member Updates

Connect with ADA on Facebook for the Latest Nutritional Information

In January, when ADA becomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, two new Facebook pages will be launched: 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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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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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Apply for the Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship

This Fellowship is intended to allow an ADA Member to participate in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program (the Program), coordinated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), and spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as a special assistant in a government or legislative position that would benefit from scientific and engineering input. The ADA is an AAAS partner in this fellowship program along with 30 other scientific and engineering societies that also have participating fellows. Deadline to apply is February 15, 2012. The application can be found here.

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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ADA Foundation Donor Report

The 2010-2011 ADA Foundation Donor Report is now available to download. The Donor Report includes all individual, affiliate, DPG and MIG donors, as well as corporate supporters.

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Give a Tribute Gift to the ADA Foundation this Holiday Season!

Remember that special dietitian through the ADA Foundation Tribute Gift Program.

The Foundation would like to invite you to honor a mentor while making a gift to your ADA Foundation. This is a great way to recognize the special people who make a difference in your life while making an important investment in the future of the dietetics profession. Your friend, colleague or loved one's family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement card. For more information, contact Linda Hudson at 312/899-4773 or

ADA Foundation Scholarship - Deadline to Apply, February 15 2012

As the largest provider of dietetics scholarships, the ADA Foundation provides funding to deserving students at all levels of study. More than 1,600 students have been awarded scholarships in the last five years, totaling nearly $2.8 million. Graduate Scholarships, Dietetic Internship Scholarships Undergraduate (Didactic or Coordinated) Scholarships and Dietetic Technician Scholarships are all available.

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Food Safety Student Challenge - Deadline to Apply February 1, 2012

The ADA Foundation has a new scholarship opportunity for students. The ADA Foundation/ConAgra Foods Food Safety Student Challenge was developed around the Home Food Safety campaign. Nine scholarships of $4,500 will be available. The deadline to apply is February 1, 2012. Get more information or download an application.


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