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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 25

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

"Memorable Weekend": PPW 2012

Last week's Public Policy Workshop, hosted by the Academy's Policy Initiatives and Advocacy team, was, in the words of one attendee, "educational, motivating and energizing - a perfectly implemented schedule of events."

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Share Your Story: Improving the Nation's Health

Health People 2020, a science-based public education organization that aims to improve the health of Americans, is looking for success stories. Members are invited to tell how they are getting the word out about their hard work in improving health through food and nutrition.

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Academy Educates Capitol Hill on Diabetes

Members and the Academy's Washington, D.C., staff teamed up last week with the Diabetes Caucus in the House of Representatives and Tethys Bioscience to educate members of Congress and their staffs on the importance of medical nutrition therapy and preventing diabetes. At a Capitol Hill briefing, the panel discussed the effectiveness of MNT in addressing pre-diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

New SNAP Report: Gearing Up for the Farm Bill Debate

The Food and Nutrition Service department within the U.S. Department of Agriculture has released a new summary report on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. It contains a summary of the program, up-to-date research and other helpful pieces of information to inform members on the country's largest food program.

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Apply for Farm to School Grant

The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 created a Farm to School Program to improve access to local, fresh foods in eligible schools. Suggested letters of intent are due May 18 and proposals are due June 15, with award announcements coming in the Fall. If you think your school is eligible, begin the process now.

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Farmers Market Promotion Program Applications Being Accepted

The Farmers Market Promotion Program offers grants to help improve and expand domestic farmers markets and other direct producer-to-consumer market opportunities in local communities. Approximately $10 million in FMPP grants is available for Fiscal Year 2012.

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USDA Releases Survey of WIC Participants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service has released the "National Survey of WIC Participants II." The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program, which employees a significant number registered dietitians, has provided benefits for more than 35 years to low-income pregnant and postpartum women, infants and young children at nutritional risk. The NSWP-II survey was conducted to gather information about participant characteristics, the policies and operations of state and local WIC agencies and the level of improper payments to recipients.

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States Move Forward with Health Care Reform before Supreme Court Ruling

States are charged with establishing public insurance exchanges as a part of the Affordable Care Act, providing access to health insurance for those currently uninsured. Since 16 states and the District of Columbia have already authorized implementation of exchanges, either through legislation or executive order, the outcome of these state initiatives will remain uncertain following the Supreme Court ruling, expected in June, on whether the federal law is constitutional. Some states, such as Rhode Island, Maryland and Oregon, may move forward with health-care reform even if the Supreme Court invalidates the Affordable Care Act.

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CPE Corner

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 Programs

The Center for Professional Development is offering certificates of training programs in Restaurant Menu Labeling and in Prevention Strategies for Childhood Obesity. Members enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module.

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Online Learning Module: Celiac Disease and the Gluten-Free Diet

This module covers the medical aspects of celiac disease (symptoms, screening and diagnosis) as well as the intricacies of the gluten-free diet including: ingredients and label reading, cross-contamination, hidden gluten sources and problem foods, assessment and follow-up and nutritional adequacy of the gluten-free diet.

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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

Provide Best Advice from Tablet or Laptop

The Academy's Sports Nutrition Care Manual features research-based nutrition information written by authors who are board-certified Specialists in Sports Dietetics. Purchase your new subscription to the SNCM before May 31 and also get a 10 percent discount on Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals (5th ed.).

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Nutrition Recommendations On the Go with NutriGuides App

The Evidence Analysis Library announces the new NutriGuides app for use on smart phones, iPads and other mobile devices. Users can access more than 300 nutrition recommendations on such topics as diabetes, heart failure, nutrition counseling and critical illness.

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Management in Dietetics Featured in May Journal Supplement

Management is a field targeted in recent years by Journal readers and editors as needing more representation. For the past year, the Journal has published articles on management and they are now assembled into a freestanding supplement that will accompany the May Journal.

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Refresh Your Skills

Whether you are preparing for a dietetic exam or internship, thinking of re-entering professional practice or considering a new area of specialty, the Academy's Online Professional Skills Review can help. Research articles, professional content and more than 650 multiple-choice questions are included to assess your professional competence.

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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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Whole Grains Summit: Online Registration Closes May 11

A special registration fee of $395 - a savings of $300 - is now available for registered dietitians, school nutrition directors, managers and administrators; public health nutritionists; and health educators to attend the 2012 Whole Grains Summit, May 20 to 22 in Minneapolis, Minn.

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Academy Member Updates

Member Receives University Award

Academy member Christine M. Palumbo, MBA, RD, has been named a recipient of the 2012 St. Catherine University Alumnae Award. Ms. Palumbo is a speaker, writer, media spokesperson, lifestyle counselor and lecturer on nutritional research and professional writing, based in Chicago. The award will be presented at the university's alumnae annual meeting on May 14.

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Member's Article Advises Pulmonary Hypertension Specialists on Nutritional Lifestyle

Academy member Donna H. Mueller, PhD, RD, FADA, LDN, an associate professor of nutrition sciences at Drexel University, was asked to contribute an article for the journal Advances in Pulmonary Hypertension on nutrition aspects of the disease. Her article "Ask the Expert: What is a Nutritional Lifestyle?" appears in the journal's Winter 2012 issue and is available online. According to the article's abstract: "Registered dietitians are important members of our patients' team. Dr. Mueller explains how to guide our patients in accessing information for their unique nutritional lifestyle."

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Video: Southwest Oat and Black Bean Bake

Visit for a new video on making Southwest Oat and Black Bean Bake. The video is made possible by Kids Eat Right Summit sponsor PepsiCo.

Family Meal Planning and Prep Toolkit

Kids Eat Right's toolkit promoting healthy family behaviors, meal planning and preparation is called "Family Champions. One Change at a Time." The toolkit contains three hands-on cooking workshop presentations targeted to parents and is available to all Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers. The toolkit is also available in Spanish. "Family Champions. One Change at a Time" toolkit was made possible by an educational grant from General Mills. Members of the Food and Culinary Professionals and Nutrition Education for the Public dietetic practice groups participated in the development of the toolkit.

Research Grants Deadline Extended

The application deadline has been extended to May 15 for a number of Academy Foundation research grants.

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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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