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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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Eat Right Weekly - January 11

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

CMS: Build on Momentum

The Academy reached our goal of 25,000 signatures petitioning the Obama Administration to urge the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to reconsider its ruling that excludes registered dietitians from direct billing for intensive behavioral counseling for obesity - and now we must keep up our momentum. To date, fewer than 2 percent of Academy members have taken action, and we need all members to be engaged in this vital issue.

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Academy Joins Million Hearts Campaign

The Academy is proud to be a partner in the recently launched Million Hearts campaign. It will promote innovations to identify people now at cardiac risk, including nutrition interventions to reduce current and future cardiac risk. This very important initiative is a great way to highlight some of our members' work.

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Protecting the Prevention Fund Webinar

Health-related organizations will conduct a webinar January 18 to discuss the latest developments on Capitol Hill affecting the Prevention Fund. The forum will review funding and policy changes included in the 2012 budget that will affect health and nutrition programs. Register for this important webinar.

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Cutting Red Tape: How Affordable Care Act Will Save $4.5 Billion

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates doctors, hospitals, state health plans and private health plans will be able to cut $4.5 billion over 10 years from administrative costs.

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Global Health Strategy Unveiled

The Department of Health and Human Services has released its new Global Health Strategy outline to promote the health of Americans through global action; improve global health through leadership and the sharing of science, policy and programs; and advance U.S. interests internationally by working with global partners. The HHS Global Strategy outlines 10 objectives to support these goals, many of which will require a concentration on food and nutrition.

Academy Solicits Expertise from Members and DPGs on New Regulatory Comments

Members have an opportunity by working within their dietetic practice groups to comment on several new regulations and agency initiatives, including Reducing Sodium Consumption; Essential Health Benefits; Nutrition Facts Labeling; and two Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program initiatives.

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Former RD Is Among Professionals Selected for Innovation Advisors Program

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced it has selected 73 individuals from 27 states and the District of Columbia for its Innovation Advisors program, including internist and former registered dietitian Sharon Tapper. A number of Academy members applied for this very competitive program, but unfortunately were not selected.

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National School Lunch Grant Opportunity

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service is seeking grant funding applications from state agencies to conduct "administrative reviews and training of school food authorities (SFAs) which have demonstrated a high level of, or a high risk for, administrative error." More information about the USDA grant funding opportunity is available here and here.

Supporting Healthier Foods Sold to Underserved Communities

The Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report which provides information about "the rationale for and characteristics of healthier food retail legislation enacted in the last decade." The bills were retrieved from states' legislative websites and analyzed to "systematically capture and categorize key components of enacted legislation," providing "public health practitioners and their partners with potential action steps that can be used to inform and educate others about the benefits of improved access to fruit and vegetables and other healthier foods through Healthier Food Retail initiatives in their state."

CMS Awards Bonus Payments to States

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides coverage for qualified children under 19 in a household of four with annual incomes up to $45,000. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has recognized 23 states with a bonus payment for streamlining the eligibility process, including Georgia and South Carolina, which use information from nutrition assistance programs to speed eligibility determinations.

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.

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Level 2 Adult Weight Management Program

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is offering a Level 2 Adult Weight Management Program, May 3 to 5 in Evanston, Ill.

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Career Resources

Submit Nominations Online for Honors and Awards

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is shining the spotlight on outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession through its National Honors and Awards program. Don't miss this chance to honor those who have advanced the profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both dietetics and allied fields.

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Help Clients "Get Their Plate in Shape"

Get ready for National Nutrition Month 2012. Colorful tri-fold brochures are available and serve as perfect handouts for schools, hospitals, health fairs and more. These and many more items are available in the NNM catalog, now available for purchase.

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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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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

Journal Spotlight

View abstracts from the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

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Academy Member Updates

Academy in the News

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to be recognized as the expert source of food and nutrition information. Through our spokespeople and our members' outreach to the media, our Academy's new name is appearing in news stories across the country. This past week, the Academy and our spokespeople appeared in the Huffington Post, CNN, USA Today, Chicago Tribune, Sacramento Bee, CNBC, Los Angeles Times and St. Louis Post-Dispatch, among many other media outlets.

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Academy in Times Square

A graphic image announcing the Academy's name change appeared during the January 3 evening rush hour period in New York City's Times Square.

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Deadline for Anecdotes Extended: As Centennial Approaches, Share Your Story

The Academy's centennial will be in 2017, but we're getting ready for it now. One of the Academy's current projects is an update of its history (Carry the Flame) from 1990 to the present.

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Vote in National Election

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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Why Is Journal Published Both in Print and Online?

The Academy often receives very thoughtful questions and suggestions from members. One that comes up frequently is, why do we continue to print the Journal? Wouldn't an online-only publication - or at least an option for reduced dues if one chooses online only - be the direction to go? These are very good ideas and the Academy continues to look into these suggestions. The answer is complex, so we thought we'd share with our membership what we have to consider when weighing these options.

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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.

Two Ways to Connect with Academy on Facebook

Two new Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic pages have been launched on Facebook: 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

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

New Year, New Kids Eat Right Toolkits

Kids Eat Right is launching two new toolkits. Stay tuned for mini-grant opportunities for both toolkits, available exclusively to Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers.

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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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Foundation Grants and Awards

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation offers awards and research grants to Academy members and dietetics students. Visit the Foundation website for an application or contact Beth Labrador.

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Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship

The Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship is intended to allow an Academy member to participate in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program, coordinated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and to 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 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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