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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.

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

We Did It! White House Petition Tops 25,000 Signatures

Members responded to the Academy's call to petition the Obama Administration to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reconsider its ruling excluding registered dietitians from direct billing for intensive behavioral counseling for obesity. Thanks and congratulations to all who responded and put the Academy over the needed 25,000 signatures. What is next?

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Map the Meal Gap

Feeding America has launched a new tool that is useful in understanding food insecurity. It provides information by state on SNAP statistics, the average cost of a meal, food insecurity rates and the money needed to close the gap.

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Bipartisan Health Care Reform Plan Is Released

Sen. Ron Wyden (Ore.) and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) have released a plan to reform Medicare that they say will help reduce rising costs and improve health care for all participants. The plan's principles include choice, affordability, protecting the guarantee and protecting the safety net. One feature of the plan would be to offer participants a choice between Medicare and private plans starting in 2022. According to this plan, anyone who is 55 or older at the time of the bill's passage would not see changes to his or her current plan.

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'Doc Fix' Extended

The House and Senate agreed to extend the Sustainable Growth Rate for Medicare reimbursements, known as the "Doc Fix," for two months. The agreement postponed a 27.4 percent reduction in physician and dietitian reimbursement until March 1.

Academy Submits Hospital Privileging Proposed Regulation Comments to CMS

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services regarding proposed changes to Hospital Conditions of Participation. The Academy supports the proposed regulatory changes, which should facilitate registered dietitians' ability to practice at the height of their state scope of practice. In addition, the Academy urged CMS to provide additional guidance regarding privileging and the ordering of therapeutic diets.

FDA Seeks Food Advisory Committee Nominations

The Food and Drug Administration's Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition is seeking the nomination of experts in epidemiology, pediatric development and analytical chemistry or food science to serve on the FDA's Food Advisory Committee.

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USDA Releases Online "Nutrition SuperTracker"

The U.S. Department of Agriculture released its new Nutrition SuperTracker: "a comprehensive, state-of-the-art resource available at designed to assist individuals as they make changes in their life to reduce their risk of chronic disease and maintain a healthy weight." The SuperTracker is a free online tool that consumers can access at any time, providing a variety of features to support nutrition and physical activity goals.

Results of President's Food Safety Working Group

A progress report highlights the accomplishments and strategies of the federal Food Safety Working Group.

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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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New: Developing Your Role as Leader Online Certificate of Training Program

The Center of Professional Development, with experts in the field of leadership, introduces a new online certificate program with a focus on enhancing leadership skills for all Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members.

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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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Career Resources

Ethics Education Toolkit

The Ethics Education Toolkit provides information for members and credentialed practitioners about the Academy/CDR Code of Ethics. This toolkit includes a PowerPoint presentation, script, activities and handouts for download.

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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, Pa. The session will showcase innovations in the education and training of students and practitioners. Learn more and consider submitting an application.

New Year Means New National Nutrition Month Catalog

The theme of National Nutrition Month 2012, "Get Your Plate in Shape," supports the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's new food icon, MyPlate, reminding everyone to be more mindful of the foods we eat. Get a head start on planning your celebrations today with the 2012 National Nutrition Month catalog.

New Long-Term Care Insurance Now Administered by Marsh

The Academy's long-term care plan is now administered by Marsh, a service of Seabury & Smith, the company members have long trusted for professional liability insurance. The long-term care plan sponsored by the Academy can help you protect your assets while providing you with the high-quality protection you need.

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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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'Appy New Year!

Academy Spokespeople have reviewed popular hand-held device applications, aka apps, for diabetes, weight management and gluten-free eating.

Spread the Good Nutrition Message: Apply to Become 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 an Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Spokesperson for the 2012-2015 term is February 1.

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January Promotion of the Month

Purchase the Online Professional Skills Review during January and save 10 percent. Shop for this title and many more.

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Research Briefs

Inside the Journal

This Month in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Academy Member Updates

Website Wins National Award

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' website recently won the Gold Award (first place) in the 2011 Association TRENDS competition in the website category. The TRENDS All Media Contest is an annual competition held exclusively for nonprofit associations, recognizing the most creative and effective communication vehicles.

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National Election Candidates Selected: Be Sure to Vote

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that candidates have been selected for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' 2012 ballot from among many excellent nominees.

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With Name Change, Academy Website Is in Transition

Among the many changes that are under way with the organization's new name, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, the Academy's website is in a transition process. In the next few weeks, every page on the site will be revised to incorporate the Academy's new name, logo and other identifying information.

Now Two Ways to Connect with Academy on Facebook

As ADA becomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, two new Facebook pages have been launched - one designed for Academy members and another for the public. The old American Dietetic Association Facebook page is now inactive.

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Latest Information on New Name

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

Member Receives Defense Department Award

Academy member Suzanne Lewis, RD, LD, co-director of food and nutrition services at Mercy Medical Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, recently received the Patriot Award from the Iowa Committee for Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve, an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense. Ms. Lewis was recognized for extraordinary support of employees whose spouses serve in the Iowa National Guard.

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Member's Recipe Takes First Place in Chiquita Contest

Academy member Jamie Stolarz, MS, RD, LDN, of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., won first place in the Main Dishes category in the recent Chiquita Ultimate Banana Recipe Contest for her banana-coconut chicken tenders with orange marmalade sauce.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Join and Promote Kids Eat Right This New Year

Now is a great time to join Kids Eat Right for Academy members who are interested in promoting healthy eating and physical activity in schools, communities, at worksites, with the media or policy makers. Visit to join. Also: Promote the public website All content is provided by registered dietitians.

Make a Gift in Honor of New Name: Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

All members are encouraged to consider making a donation to help support the Academy 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. The application deadline is February 15.

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Food Safety Student Challenge

The Foundation has a new scholarship opportunity for students. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation/ConAgra Foods' Food Safety Student Challenge was developed around the Home Food Safety campaign. Nine scholarships of $4,500 are available. The deadline to apply is February 1. More information or to download an application.


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