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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 - May 30

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Academy Co-Sponsors 'Future of Food' Conference

The Academy is co-sponsoring a June 14 conference in Washington, D.C., hosted by the Washington Post and, on "The Future of Food: Food Security for the 21st Century." Co-sponsoring the event with the Academy is the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy. Academy members and leaders will participate in the conference, which will focus on domestic food security against the backdrop of global food challenges.

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Prevention Fund Protected in Latest Vote

On May 24, the Senate rejected two specific bills aimed at averting a July 1 doubling of the student loan interest rate. Both a Republican plan and a Democratic plan failed.

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Farm Bill Moving Fast

The Senate Farm Bill may go to the Senate floor for debate and a full vote as early as the week of June 4. Sen. Gillibrand (N.Y.) is working on an amendment to restore cuts to SNAP that were passed out of the Senate Agriculture Committee earlier this month. The House of Representatives is looking to mark up its bill around the week of June 18. It is anticipated that the House will look to find up to three times the amount of cuts to nutrition than those found in the Senate bill.

Senate Passes Bill to Address Drug Shortages

By a vote of 96 to 1, the Senate passed a Drug User Fee Bill to prevent drug shortages and to speed up federal approval of lifesaving medicines. The bill, similar to the House version, reauthorizes user fees for brand-name drugs and medical devices and would impose new requirements on drug makers to notify the government of potential drug shortages. Academy staff continue to work with House members on their drug shortage bill.

Georgia's Governor Announces Childhood Obesity Initiative

In announcing the SHAPE program, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal addressed efforts to combat childhood obesity through government, philanthropic and academic initiatives. Georgia SHAPE features a website with a fitness directory promoting breastfeeding, exercise and better nutritional options for students.

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Advice on Moving from Good to Great

Adjusting to changes in health care and technology is perhaps best managed using advice from Good to Great author Jim Collins. Read more at the Academy's Nutrition Informatics blog.

CPE Corner

Special Single Registrant Pricing for All Webinars

The Center for Professional Development is now offering all webinars at the discounted rate of $79 for individual member listeners, a savings of $30 over the group price.

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Career Resources

Summer Food Safety: Tools and Information

With in-season fruits and vegetables now available and perfect weather for backyard barbecues, the Academy's and ConAgra's Home Food Safety program encourages consumers to take proper precautions with raw produce, grilling and outdoor dining. Members can find tools on to help educate consumers on reducing their risk of food poisoning during the summer months and beyond.

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Last Chance: May Book of the Month Promotion

May is Celiac Awareness Month. Celebrate by purchasing Easy Gluten-Free: Expert Nutrition Advice with More Than 100 Recipes at a 10 percent savings.

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USDA Resources for Family Meals

Review and download new resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to motivate moms to offer whole grains, low-fat milk and fruits and vegetables as part of family meals and snacks.

Webinar on Autism and Food

Healthy Food Action will present a June 11 webinar on "The Autism Revolution: Thinking About Environment and Food." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, autism is now diagnosed in 1 in 88 children - which is a 70 percent increase in the past six years alone.

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Conference: Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science

The Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science at the New York Academy of Sciences will present "Global Capacity Building in Nutrition Science: Training Future Practitioners, Empowering Future Leaders" on Thursday, May 31, and Friday, June 1, at the New York Academy of Sciences Conference Center in New York City. Complimentary registration is available for Academy members.

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Academy Member Updates

Academy Again Participates in Olympic Torch Relay

Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, FADA, CD, the Academy's 2012-2013 president, will represent members by participating July 11 in the 2012 Olympic Torch relay in Great Britain, as the torch makes its way to London for the Olympic Games. President Bergman is one of 22 Americans invited to carry the torch by The Coca-Cola Company, through the company's Live Positively program.

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Better Business Bureau Says RD Is Best Source of Nutrition Information

Academy members know "dietitian" and "nutritionist" do not mean the same thing. The Better Business Bureau agrees, and explains the difference for consumers in an online video.

Members' Article on Sarcopenia Prevention

An article by Academy members Becky Dorner, RD, LD, the Academy's 2012-2013 Speaker of the House of Delegates, and Mary Ellen Posthauer, RD, LD, CD, was published in the May/June issue of Aging Well.

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Academy Members Elected FCSI Fellows

Two Academy members have been inducted into the Foodservice Consultants Society International's Council of Fellows: Char Norton, MS, RD, LD, FADA; and Ruby Puckett, MA, FFCSI.

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Member Receives President's Council Community Leadership Award

Caroline Roffidal-Blanco, RD, school volunteer manager for Action for Healthy Kids, in San Antonio, Texas, received the 2012 Community Leadership Award from the President's Council of Fitness, Sports and Nutrition.

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IFT Journalism Award to Member

Academy member Kathleen Zelman, MPH, RD, LD, nutrition editor of, received the Institute of Food Technologists' 2012 Media Award for Excellence in Consumer Journalism.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

New Kids Eat Right Toolkit

Have you utilized the new "Healthy Snacking. In a Nutshell." Kids Eat Right toolkit yet? This free downloadable toolkit focuses on the importance of eating healthy snacks for a variety of audiences.

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Kids Eat Right RD Parent Empowerment Project Wraps Up for 2011-2012

As the school year wraps up for the 12 RD Parent Empowerment Project sites in Chicago, San Francisco and Washington, D.C., look back over the year at all the program's registered dietitians accomplished.

Support FNCE Silent Auction

Thank to generous supporters like Academy members, the Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000 last year at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo to continue its scholarship, award, research and public education programs focused on creating healthier lifestyles for children and their families.

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$35,000 Research Grant

Interested in slowing the progression of obesity in children? A one-year grant of up to $35,000 is available for a research project that explores lifestyle interventions to reduce the risk of childhood obesity. The application deadline is July 1.

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Support the Academy Foundation

Members are encouraged to join the Foundation's Eat Right Society, a giving club for annual donations to the Foundation totaling $250 or more.

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