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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.
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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Still Need 1,000 Signatures for White House Petition

With only a few days remaining before the deadline, we still need about 1,000 signatures to petition the Obama Administration to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reconsider its ruling that excluded RDs from direct billing for intensive behavioral counseling for obesity. If you or your family and friends haven't yet signed the petition or sent a letter to Congress, please act today. We have until January 7 to meet the 25,000-signature threshold and make our voices heard.

Prevention Fund Lobby Day Succeeds

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics partnered with several health organizations to educate members of Congress on the importance of the Prevention and Public Health Fund. The message was simple but effective: Prevention helps reduce chronic disease and improves the nation's health. Our efforts were successful - the PPHF was kept in the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

President Signs HHS Appropriations Bill

President Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2012 budget, including the funding for Department of Health and Human Services programs that address several of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' priorities.

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HHS Proposal: Put Ball Back in States' Court for Essential Health Benefits Package

Just as states were looking to the federal government to provide guidance on the components of the Essential Health Benefits package, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is proposing to give states the flexibility to define benefits and services for their own citizens. The Academy has submitted written comments urging HHS to include nutrition services as a part of its forthcoming essential health benefits guidelines and regulations, and we will continue our advocacy work on the national level. HHS is accepting comments on its proposal through January 31, 2012.

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"Doc Fix" in Limbo

Although the Senate passed a two-month extension of the Sustainable Growth Rate that provides for reimbursement for physicians and registered dietitians seeing Medicare patients, the extension failed in the House of Representatives. The two chambers must come to an agreement before January 1, or reductions will begin. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will continue to work with key partners to lobby for a solution.

USDA Releases New SNAP Tool

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has just released a new online tool that will allow users to search certain characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program participants by Congressional district.

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New Report Indicates Significant Scaling Back on Public Health Services

The economy and the federal and state budget problems are being identified as the reasons for a scaling back of public health services.

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Academy Submits Comments to USDA Regarding School Garden Curriculums

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics submitted comments to the Food and Nutrition Service of the Department of Agriculture regarding curriculum standards and evaluation for school gardens, and identifying several programs currently staffed and run by registered dietitians.

Four States to Submit Licensure Bills in 2012

Licensure action is around the corner for four state affiliate associations who plan to submit their licensure bills in January 2012. When the state legislatures in New York, Virginia, Indiana and Colorado convene there will be a flurry of grassroots activity regarding dietetics licensure legislation. While the task ahead is a challenge, all four of these states have been preparing for the past two years and have garnered support for their legislation.

Seeking Guest Bloggers for New Year

The current edition of the Academy's Nutrition Informatics Blog features guest blogger Phyllis Fatzinger McShane, MS, RD, LDN, director of the dietetic internship program at the University of Maryland, recapping the recent American Medical Informatics Association Symposium. Interested in becoming a guest blogger? Email Lindsey Hoggle.

CMS Requests Claims Submission Hold in January

Due to Congressional delays in preventing pending payment cuts to Medicare providers via the sustainable growth rate, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has requested that its claims administration contractors hold claims for 2012 services from January 1 to 17.

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New Issue of MNT Provider

The new year ushers in changes to organizational names, new practice resources, a movement toward hospital medicine and delays in enforcement of Version 5010 claims submissions.

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CPE Corner

Call for FNCE Abstracts

Do you have new research or a successful program or project you would like to showcase? This is your opportunity to let your colleagues know. The Call for Abstracts for the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, October 6 to 9 in Philadelphia, Pa., is now open.

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Teleseminar Series Offered as Webinars, No Extra Cost

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics listened to members and is excited to announce that, starting in January, teleseminar series will be offered in live webinar format at no additional charge.

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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. Consumers are 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, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 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

The 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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Career Resources

ADA/ASPEN Clinical Characteristics for Adult Malnutrition

After months of work, joint expert panels convened by ADA and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition have approved an initial set of clinical characteristics for use by registered dietitians, primary care providers and other members of the health care team to recognize and document adult malnutrition.

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President's Council Awards

The President's Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition's annual awards recognize individuals and organizations that are committed to promoting fitness, sports and nutrition across the country and in the community.

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Help Spread the Good Nutrition Message by Becoming an Academy 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 a 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

Relationship between whole-grain intake, chronic disease risk indicators, and weight status among adolescents in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.

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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 the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 ballot.

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With Name Change, Two Ways to Connect with Academy on Facebook

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 New Name

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

Member Featured for Work with High School Students and Athletes

Donna S. Martin, RD, LD, director of school nutrition at Burke County High School in Waynesboro, Ga., where nearly half of the school's students live below the poverty line, was featured in a recent CBS News story about her work to provide meals for hundreds of students who were otherwise facing malnutrition. The school's football team recently won the Georgia state Class AAA championship, and the team's coach called the nutrition program begun by Ms. Martin "a big part of our success."

Redesigned Census Bureau Website

The U.S. Census Bureau has launched a newly redesigned website as part of its Web Transformation Project.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Support Foundation with a Year-End Gift

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

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Apply for Foundation Scholarships

As the largest provider of dietetic scholarships, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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. "These scholarships make a valuable difference in the efforts of so many future registered dietitians, since this funding lets them focus on their education and not worry about their financial situations," says Barbara J. Ivens, MS, RD, FADA, chair of the Foundation. The application deadline is February 15, 2012.

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Food Safety Student Challenge

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation has a scholarship opportunity for students. The 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. For more information or to download an application, click here.

Accolades for Healthy Breakfast Toolkit

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation's Kids Eat Right Healthy Breakfast Toolkit has proven to be a valuable resource for members.

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