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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 - March 15

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Senate Committee Talks Nutrition at Farm Bill Hearing

Programs important to registered dietitians, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), were discussed last week at the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry's Farm Bill hearing.

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Enhancements to National School Lunch Program

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently announced new steps to promote greater efficiency in services provided by the agency to make the most of taxpayer dollars.

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CDC Launches New Health Data System

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently launched the Disability and Heath Data System, an interactive tool that can be beneficial to the work of Academy members.

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Kansas Affiliate Makes Strides in Insurance Exchange

The Kansas Dietetic Association's Public Policy Panel recently met with Robert Moser, MD, secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. KDA provided an overview of the rationale for the inclusion of medical nutrition therapy coverage in the state's health insurance exchange.

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Bridging the Gap to Electronic Health Records

There has been substantial publicity about electronic health records and the move toward use of health information technology to improve health care. Interesting new information about consumers using personal digital means of accessing their own health data and health information is available on the Academy's health information technology blog.

CPE Corner

Webinar: Standardized Language in Electronic Health Record

"Does Your EHR Speak NCP?" In an April 26 webinar, experts in health care informatics will outline steps for incorporating Standardized Language that describes the Nutrition Care Process into the electronic health record; provide an online demonstration of the Academy's EHR toolkit; and discuss benefits and challenges of implementation using real-world examples building software in long-term and acute care environments. This webinar will emphasize audience interaction.

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Rescheduled Webinar: Critical Illness Update

Strengthen your knowledge of the science underlying the latest nutrition practices in critical care at a May 9 webinar, "Critical Illness Update: Using the Latest Science in Nutrition Support Therapy for Critically Ill Patients." This event has been postponed from March 21 to bring participants the latest guideline updates.

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Webinar: Academy eMentoring

The Academy's Member Value Committee developed an exciting tutorial, to be held April 5, on the new eMentoring system. Learn how experience and enthusiasm merge to create meaningful connections.

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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

Academy Resources for National Nutrition Month

National Nutrition Month is here, and the Academy has developed a number of fun, creative ways to celebrate.

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Eating Right Radio: New Tools Available for Members

Academy members now have access to resources and tools for radio broadcasts and podcasts - including National Nutrition Month audio public service announcements - that allow you to build your professional brand and showcase your expertise, all while sharing sound nutrition advice.

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Win an iPad and MyPlate Educational Tools

In the spirit of Registered Dietitian Day and to highlight Academy members' expertise in sharing the latest health and nutrition news, answer 15 or more questions on for your chance to win an Apple iPad and educational tools and products. The contest ends March 31.

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Dietitian-Physician Relationships: In the New MNT Provider

Developing relationships with physicians can be crucial to building a successful nutrition practice. Read one private practice dietitian's perspective on dietitian-physician relationships in the latest issue of the MNT Provider. Also, get the latest updates on the delay for ICD-10 compliance and a list of resources for Medicare providers.

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Book of the Month Promotion

Save 10 percent in March on the Academy's Pocket Guide to Children with Special Health Care and Nutritional Needs (print and online set).

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Innovations in Practice and Education Needed

Consider applying to participate in the Council on Future Practice's fourth Innovations in Practice and Education session at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. This session is designed to showcase innovations in the education and training of students and practitioners. Information and to submit an application.

New Resources and Tools to Prevent Food Poisoning

Each year, one in six Americans comes down with food poisoning, an illness that can be prevented by following simple safety rules. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ConAgra Foods created the Home Food Safety program to raise consumer awareness about the serious issue of food poisoning and provide solutions for easily and safely handling food in their own kitchens.

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NIH's Consumer-Friendly Tips on Complementary Health Practices

The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine at the National Institutes of Health has created a new monthly series of "Time to Talk Tips" that will provide consumers with easy-to-read information on complementary health practices. A resource in NCCAM's Time to Talk campaign, the series highlights topics such as the safe use of dietary supplements, natural products used for the flu and colds, and mind and body approaches used to manage symptoms of a variety of conditions.

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Academy Member Updates

Election Results and Member Prizes

Thanks to all members who participated in the Academy's 2012 national election, and congratulations to the winners.

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HOD Virtual Meeting

The Academy's House of Delegates will hold its Spring 2012 online virtual meeting April 26 and 27. Participants will conduct dialogue over one mega issue during the two days: Continuum of Professional Progression and Growth. The meeting's Backgrounder, Executive Summary and Fact Sheet for the mega issue are available. Please contact your state affiliate or DPG delegate if you would like to provide feedback.

Rankings Measure Academy's Increasing Social Media Impact

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' social media activity levels on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter compare favorably with other nonprofit organizations, according to the 2012 Social Media Report for Associations: Adoption and Activity Levels, Rankings and Best Practices (Association Trends and Qrisp LLC).

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Kids Eat Right on a Billboard Near You

More than 60 electronic billboards across the United States are featuring the messages of Kids Eat Right, the joint initiative of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and its Foundation. The billboards have a projected viewing audience of more than 16.5 million.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Kids Eat Right Healthy Breakfast RD Mini-Grant Opportunity

Thirty-five mini-grants of $200 each are available for Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers. The application deadline is March 16.

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Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers: Seeking National Nutrition Month Activities?

Volunteers can find 2012 NNM resources - including 11 activity sheets for kids, four pages of recipe handouts for parents and a classroom guide for RDs, teachers or school nurses - at, under the School Change tab, then under Projects and Programs.

Foundation Hosts Breakfast at EB 2012

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation will host a breakfast on Sunday, April 22, at the 2012 Experimental Biology (EB 2012) meeting in San Diego, Calif. The breakfast will feature updates on Foundation research initiatives and Kids Eat Right.

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Make a Difference in the Profession While Renewing Your Dues

Support the Foundation's annual fund through the check off box on your Academy dues renewal form or online.

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Foundation Scholarships

As the largest provider of dietetics scholarships, the 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. Eligibility information and an application.

Application Deadline Extended

The deadline has been extended to April 1 to apply for the Foundation's Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management Essay Award.

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Named Research Funds

The Foundation's named research funds are available annually to Academy members at all levels of practice. These grants focus on areas such as renal disease, childhood obesity, nutrition and oral health, diabetes medical nutrition therapy, diet and neurological disorders and nutritional epidemiology. Download an application or email Beth Labrador for more information.

Other Foundation Awards and Research Grants with Upcoming Deadlines

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


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