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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 - April 4

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

New Bill Proposes Private Foundation to Fund Food Nutrition and Agriculture Research

The Academy, in collaboration with other partners, was pleased that a major initiative to help fund important research has been introduced in Congress. Leaders of the Senate Agriculture Committee introduced a bill to expand funding for food and agricultural research through the creation of a private research foundation. This new bill will offer significant opportunities for Academy members to have a way to fund their important research.

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Celebrate National Public Health Week with Learning Opportunities, Resources

National Public Health Week is April 2-8. The 2012 theme, "A Healthier America Begins Today: Join the Movement!", encourages collaboration within communities to make positive preventive health changes in areas such as healthy eating and active living. Visit the National Public Health Week website for events in your area, tools and tips, daily themes and virtual learning opportunities.

Fellowship Program Honors Baker and Dole

In honor of former U.S. Senators Howard Baker and Bob Dole, the Bipartisan Policy Center has established a new fellowship program. The Baker-Dole Leadership Fellows Program will enable talented individuals to work with experienced policymakers at the Bipartisan Policy Center. For more information, email Sara Bronnenkant or call 202/637-1451.

House Passes Budget

The House of Representatives passed the Ryan budget, which would cut $5.3 trillion over the next ten years. This budget impacts food and nutrition programs through significant funding reductions. The FY2013 Republican Budget Resolution cuts $179.4 billion from farm bill programs over ten years, which if passed by both chambers would eliminate a 2012 Farm Bill.

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Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Affordable Care Act

Oral arguments were held last week on legal challenges to the 2010 Affordable Care Act. In their final sessions, the justices tackled the question of what would happen if they ruled the heart of the law, the individual mandate that is its key funding mechanism, unconstitutional.

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FDA Addresses Drug Shortages and Antibiotics

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle praised draft sections of a potential Food and Drug Administration user fee reauthorization bill aimed at preventing drug shortages and encouraging the development of new antibiotics, released by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. This unfortunate situation has directly affected members who provide nutrition support to their patients. This important topic will be a focus at the Academy's Public Policy Workshop later in April.

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Academy Members Keynote Aging in America Conference Sessions

The American Society on Aging recently hosted the 2012 Aging in America Conference in Washington, D.C., which featured keynote addresses from three Academy members.

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CPE Corner

CDR Weight Management Programs

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

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Webinar: Academy eMentoring

The Academy's Member Value Committee has 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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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 of building software in long-term and acute care environments. This webinar will emphasize audience interaction.

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May Webinars: Special Pricing for Single Registrants

Two webinars are being offered in May for $79 for single registrants - $30 off the group price. Members can reserve their places by calling KRM Customer Service at 800/775-7654. This offer is not available online.

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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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Career Resources

Have You Renewed Your Academy Membership?

With benefits, products and services designed to support your career and strengthen the voice of food and nutrition practitioners everywhere, Academy membership is an investment in your future. Dues invoices for the 2012-2013 membership year have been mailed to all current Academy members. To ensure you keep receiving all your valuable member benefits without interruption, payment must be received by May 31.

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Keep Connected: Renew DPG and MIG Memberships

Don't forget to renew your Dietetic Practice and Member Interest Group memberships. DPG and MIG memberships are a perfect way to network, stay current on the latest topics and share best practices with other experts in the field. Not a member of DPGs and MIGs? Learn more about why these groups are essential for career advancement.

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Wanted: National Nutrition Month Stories

How did you celebrate National Nutrition Month 2012 and incorporate this year's theme "Get Your Plate in Shape"? Share your ideas and help the Academy develop more exciting promotional resources for members.

Online Community for Academy Members

"Dietetics Community" is a networking forum that is open to all Academy members. Share knowledge, best practices and experience with members in all areas of practice. Join in the dialog on current topics or post questions.

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April Book of the Month Promotion

Save 10 percent in April on the Academy's award-winning Complete Food and Nutrition Guide (4th ed.), by Roberta Larson Duyff, MS, RD, FADA, CFCS.

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Latest MNT Provider Now Available

Learn more about how to obtain reimbursement for the CMS Intensive Behavioral Therapy for Obesity benefit and "incident to" billing in the latest issue of the MNT Provider.

Explore Biomarkers in Nutrition at Conference

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science is hosting Biomarkers in Nutrition: New Frontiers in Research and Application on April 18.The conference will explore frontiers of research and development in the field of biomarkers, with topics such as innovative use of plasma amino acid profiles for screening for moderate malnutrition, as well as biomarkers of prediabetes, and the emerging field of sarcopenia. An afternoon panel session will examine how these results may translate into interpretable indicators and applicable recommendations.

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CMS Promoted MNT Benefit During National Nutrition Month

For the fourth consecutive year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shared a message to providers during National Nutrition Month to promote the Medicare MNT benefit. The message encourages physicians to explore the benefits of medical nutrition therapy for patients with diabetes and renal disease. Read the full message and learn more about resources available to health-care professionals (see "National Nutrition Month March 2012" under News & Events).

Academy Member Updates

A New Look on Facebook

The Academy has adopted a new look on Facebook Timeline for both members and the public.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

What's Kids Eat Right All About?

Want to learn about Kids Eat Right, what it's all about, how to join and Kids Eat Right projects? A short webinar is available at that can be viewed at your convenience. Watch, then join thousands of Academy members who are already involved in this important initiative.

New Kids Eat Right Toolkit and Mini-Grant Opportunity Available

A new toolkit promoting the importance of family mealtime is now available from Kids Eat Right. The toolkit, "Family Mealtime. Any Time. Any Place." consists of ready-made presentations, activities and handouts for parents and teens. The toolkit will officially launch and become available to all Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers on May 21.

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Kids Eat Right Website Enhancements

New features and tool are now available on the Kids Eat Right website.

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Pulled Mexican Pork Video

A new video titled Pulled Mexican Pork is now available on the Kids Eat Right website, made possible by the Kids Eat Right Summit sponsor, The Coca-Cola Company.

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Foundation CDR Simulation Development Grant

One or multiple grants totaling $200,000 for the development of interactive practice simulations that address the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics' supervised practice competencies are available through the Foundation.

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Make a Difference in the Profession While Renewing Your Dues

Support the Foundation's annual fund through the checkoff 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.

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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