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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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Eat Right Weekly - February 1

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Shine the Spotlight on Advocacy

Register today for the Academy's 2012 Public Policy Workshop, to be held April 15 to 17 in Washington, D.C. Important issues including the Farm Bill, the Older Americans Act and reimbursement are incorporated into this premier policy and advocacy training. Learn how you can affect the future of dietetics by attending PPW 2012.

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Third AMIA 10 x 10 Programs in Biomedical Informatics

Academy members are encouraged to attend the popular American Medical Informatics Association course that prepares health-care professionals to participate in information technology implementation. The course begins April 25, which is also the registration deadline.

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Senator Sanders Introduces Older Americans Act

On January 26, Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) introduced language on the Older Americans Act Reauthorization (S. 2037). This legislation was originally enacted in 1965 to provide comprehensive assistance to seniors enabling them to remain independent in their homes and communities. The Academy supports the importance of Sen. Sanders' comments and will work hard over the coming months to support passage of the Older Americans Act Reauthorization.

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Academy Is There as USDA Sets New School Meal Standards

On January 25, First Lady Michelle Obama and Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack unveiled new nutrition standards for school meals for the first time in 15 years. Academy President Sylvia A. Escott-Stump attended the event, where it was announced that new standards will now require schools to offer well-rounded meals that include a range of foods over the course of the week.

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Academy Staff Educates Members of Congress on Prediabetes and MNT Bill

Four members of Congress - Dan Benishek (Mich.), Patrick Tiberi (Ohio), John Lewis (Ga.) and Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) - were educated by Academy staff members on the importance of medical nutrition therapy for people with prediabetes. Legislation before the House of Representatives - HR 2741 - would reimburse registered dietitians through Medicare for providing MNT to those identified as being pre-diabetic. In addition to education, the members of Congress were asked to support the bill.

New Report: Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy

The Congressional Research Service recently released a report on "The Role of Local Food Systems in U.S. Farm Policy." This report explains that there is no established definition for a "local food," with varying meanings between consumers and producers and a wide range of farm businesses may be involved in local food production.

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2012 Farm Bill Update

The House and Senate are expected take different approaches and timetables on reauthorizing the Farm Bill. The Senate Agriculture Committee has stated it will begin hearings in February and bill language should be complete in March. The House is not expected to start hearings until late March into April. This version of the bill may not be complete until May.

USDA's National Farmers Market Directory Now Offers SNAP Search

The National Farmers Market Directory has made significant enhancements to its system. Users can now search for a market anywhere in the United States based on product availability, location and nutrition assistance programs such as SNAP, WIC and the Senior Farmers Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP).

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New Grants Available at USDA Farm to School

The grants section of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Farm to School website has been updated to include an extensive list of Farm to School-related funding opportunities by USDA and other federal agencies. The information is organized by target audience, which includes farmers, schools and community.

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CPE Corner

Webinar on Bariatric Surgery

Traditionally, bariatric patients received their nutrition guidance from the surgeon or bariatric nurse practitioner. The February 22 webinar Bariatric Surgery: Time to Standardize Nutritional Care will present an overview of the procedures and their impact on nutritional status and present rationale for standardizing the nutritional care of bariatric patients. Where there is no empirical data, recommendations should be based on "expert opinion" and the registered dietitian is the "nutrition expert."

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Three Weeks Remaining: Call for FNCE Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Oct. 6-9 in Philadelphia, will be open for three more weeks. 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 is open until February 23.

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

The Center for 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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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's Center for Professional Development presents Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management, a new online certificate of training program.

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CDR Weight Management Programs

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is offering a number of weight management programs for Academy members.

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Career Resources

Opportunities to Serve on Academy National Committees

Build professional contacts, share your skills and make a difference by serving on an Academy committee.

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Honor Your Staff on Registered Dietitian Day

Registered Dietitian Day increases awareness of RDs as the indispensable providers of food and nutrition services and recognizes RDs for their commitment to helping people enjoy healthy lives. The fifth annual Registered Dietitian Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 14, during National Nutrition Month. Gifts and event ideas are now available on the Academy's website.

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Help Consumers Get Back on Track after Holidays on Sharecare

More than a month after the holidays, many people have returned to their normal schedules - but they might be stuck with a few extra pounds they vowed to lose after the New Year. Encourage consumers to safety lose weight and eat healthy on, where Academy members are highlighted as the health and nutrition experts.

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February Promotion of the Month

Purchase Healthy Eating, Healthy Weight for Kids and Teens during February and save 10 percent.

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Research Briefs

Evidence Analysis Library Spotlight

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Evidence Analysis Library is a synthesis of the best, most relevant nutritional research on important dietetic practice questions housed within an accessible, online, user-friendly library. An objective and transparent methodology is used to assess food and nutrition-related science. Visit today for resources including guidelines and toolkits on a number of topics.

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Academy Member Updates

Vote in 2012 Elections

Voting in the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' national election is now open. Vote between February 1 and March 3. All members who vote will be entered in a drawing to win a free Academy membership. Election results will be announced in early March.

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Academy Is Promoted in Delta Airlines Sky Magazine

An advertisement in the February issue of Delta Airlines' Sky magazine features six heart-health tips and directs readers to the Academy's website to locate a registered dietitian.

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HHS Launches Privacy and Security Mobile Device Good Practices Project

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Policy's chief privacy officer, working with HHS's Office for Civil Rights, recently launched a Privacy and Security Mobile Device project and will be seeking Academy members' input.

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NIH Offers Tools for Practitioners on Kidney Disease

A new series of free tools and resources will help community groups increase awareness about steps to prevent kidney disease or improve management. The online resource is sponsored by the National Institutes of Health's National Kidney Disease Education Program.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

RD Parent Empowerment Project Takes Off in Three Cities

Twelve host sites in three cities for the Foundation's RD Parent Empowerment Project, with funding from MetLife Foundation, are up and running.

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Family Meal Planning and Prep Toolkit and Mini-Grants: Last Chance to Apply

Kids Eat Right is launching a new toolkit promoting healthy family behaviors, meal planning and preparation called "Family Champions. One Change at a Time."

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Double Your Support for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation

Would you like to double your support to the Foundation? Inquire if your employer offers a matching gift program.

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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 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.

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Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship

The application deadline is February 15 for the Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship. The fellowship supports an Academy member's participation in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program, spending 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.

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