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Eat Right Weekly - February 15

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

First Lady Acknowledges Registered Dietitians at Florida Let's Move! Event

At a celebration of the second anniversary of Let's Move! on Saturday, February 11, First Lady Michelle Obama was joined by Florida Dietetic Association members and the public at an event at Northland, A Church Distributed, in Longwood, Fla. In her remarks, Mrs. Obama acknowledged the contributions of registered dietitians as she encouraged faith-based organizations to support healthy lifestyles, "There are so many natural leaders in our congregations who are just waiting to be tapped ... Maybe there's a nurse or a dietitian, a community health worker, who's eager to share their expertise."

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Grassroots Excellence Award Winner Announced

The Academy's Legislative and Public Policy Committee and Political Action Committee are pleased to announce that Kay Mavko, MS, RD, LD, of Columbus, Ohio, has been chosen to receive the Academy's 2012 Award for Grassroots Excellence. Her award will be presented during the Academy's Public Policy Workshop, April 15 to 17, at the Crystal Gateway Marriott in Arlington, Va.

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Academy Supporter Receives Physical IT Leadership Award

The Academy congratulates Russell Leftwich, MD, chief medical informatics officer for the Tennessee Office of eHealth Initiatives, for receiving the Physician IT Leadership Award from the Health Information Management Systems Society. In 2009, Dr. Leftwich helped the Academy secure support from the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology and the American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, recognizing that food allergies are critical data to be included in electronic health records.

New Website Seeks Recommendations for SNAP Improvements

The Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress has launched a website called to help identify ways to improve the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

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Pre-Diabetes MNT Bill Picks Up Co-Sponsors

The Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act (HR 2741) has three new co-sponsors: U.S. Reps. Maurice Hinchey (N.Y.), Betty McCollum (Minn.) and Pete Stark (Calif.).

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New Bill to Address Drug Shortages

U.S. Reps. John Carney (Del.) and Larry Bucshon (Ind.) have introduced the bipartisan Drug Shortage Prevention Act (HR 3839), designed to streamline communications among the Food and Drug Administration, manufacturers, distributors, providers and patients.

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Updated Physician Fee Schedule Is Available

Congress has taken action through payroll tax extension legislation to avert a proposed 27.4 percent reduction in Medicare payments to physicians and other providers, including registered dietitians.

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Report on Obesity Costs

According to a new study released by the Trust for America's Health, if obesity rates were reduced by 5 percent (which is also a five-year goal of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Community Transformation Grant program) the United States could save $29.8 billion over five years and $158.1 billion over 10 years. The report also gives a state-by-state summary and progress report on the Community Transformation Grant program.

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CPE Corner

Last Call for FNCE Abstracts

The Call for Abstracts for the 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo, Oct. 6 to 9 in Philadelphia, will be open for just one more week. 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.

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

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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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

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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Opportunities to Serve on Academy National Committees

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

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On Sharecare, Members Can Help Consumers Reach Their New Year Goals

Americans are increasingly turning to the internet for answers to their health and nutrition questions. Now, through a collaboration with, Academy members can answer questions as the food and nutrition professionals.

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Hot Off the Eat Right Press

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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 entered in a drawing to win a free Academy membership. Election results will be announced in early March, and individuals who are elected take office June 1.

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Eating Right Radio Podcast

Listen to Academy President Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN, the voice of the Academy's Eating Right Minute feature that airs three times daily on Chicago's WBBM Newsradio 780 AM and 105.9 FM. This initiative daily promotes the registered dietitian and the Academy in the third-largest market in the country, and also can be heard online.

Get Your Plate in Shape with New Recipes

National Nutrition Month is just around the corner: time to prepare for celebrations.

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Special Thank You to Academy Sponsors

To help achieve its mission of empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' sponsorship program provides a platform for industry to connect with members to share science-based information and new research, to include the expertise of the registered dietitian in industry dialogue and to enable the Academy to reach millions of consumers with healthy eating messages. The Academy is proud to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support.

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New Website on NIH Clinical Research Trials

From the first cure of a solid tumor with chemotherapy to the use of nitroglycerin in response to heart attacks, clinical research trials or research studies involving people have played a vital role in improving health and quality of life for people around the globe. The National Institutes of Health has created a new website NIH Clinical Research Trials and You to help people learn more about clinical trials, why they matter and how to participate.

Seminar: Diabetes in the 21st Century

Academy members can earn 6.5 Level 2 CPE credits by attending the "Diabetes in the 21st Century" seminar on March 30 in Dallas, Texas.

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Obesity Society Call for Abstracts

The Obesity Society is seeking abstract submissions for the Obesity 2012 Annual Scientific Meeting, September 20 to 24 in San Antonio, Texas.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Kids Eat Right 'Family Champions' RD Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to 30 registered dietitians who were selected to receive a Kids Eat Right "Family Champions. One Change at a Time." RD mini-grant. Each will receive $250 to lead one parent cooking workshop from the "Family Champions" toolkit in their communities.

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Make a Tribute Gift During National Nutrition Month

Honor a mentor at the same time you make a gift to your Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation. The Tribute Gift Program is a great way to recognize special people who have made a difference in your life, while making an important investment in the future of the dietetics profession.

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Upcoming Deadlines for Awards and Grants

Deadlines are approaching for a number of Foundation grants and awards.

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