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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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This comprehensive guide sheds light on the latest science behind food allergies and intolerances as well as practical suggestions for their management.

Eat Right Weekly - July 12

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Academy Submits Comments to CMS on Malnutrition Codes, Essential Health Benefits

The Academy submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on two proposed regulations: 1) "Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Fiscal Year 2013 Rates" regarding its proposed coding for malnutrition; and 2) "Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Data Collection to Support Standards Related to Essential Health Benefits; Recognition of Entities for the Accreditation of Qualified Health Plans" supporting the initiative to have certain insurance issuers provide information sufficient to identify benefits of likely state benchmark plans. The Academy's comments and a list of anticipated comments are available here.

Quality Data Model Provides Potential for Universal Measures

Quality measures are becoming embedded in all of digital health care. To understand the new digital "re-tooling" of Clinical Quality Measures, flash back to the "sentence structure diagrams" of adolescence.

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House Releases Draft of Farm Bill

The House of Representatives released a draft discussion of their Farm Bill last week. The bill, which is called the Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act (FARRM) was released last week by committee chairman Rep. Frank Lucas (Okla.) and ranking member Rep. Collin Peterson (Minn.).

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Test Your Knowledge of the Affordable Care Act

The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation has developed a helpful 10-question quiz on the Affordable Care Act and what changes it promises to bring. Set aside a few minutes to take their quiz, test your understanding of the law and then look at how your scores match up to others.

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New NIH Study Finds Healthier Foods to be More Expensive

A new National Institutes of Health study that compared dietary intake data from over 2,000 adults to local grocery retail prices found that higher food costs were directly linked to nutrients that are commonly associated with lower risk of chronic disease. The study, entitled "Nutrient Intakes Linked to Better Health Outcomes Are Associated with Higher Diet Costs in the US" can be viewed online.

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USPSTF Recommends Counseling for Obese Adults

The U.S. Preventative Service Task Force has recommended primary care providers screen patients for obesity and provide dietary counseling. Although the USPSTF does not consider reimbursement for providing a service in this assessment, they do take into account evidence, benefits and harms of the service. Read the full list of recommendations.

Prevention and Public Health Fund Grant Announcements Continue

The latest announcement of available funding offered through the Prevention and Public Health Fund includes a grant entitled: Strengthen and Improve the Nation's Public Health Capacity through National, Non-Profit, Professional Public Health Organization to Increase Health Protection and Health Equity. This supplemental grant will provide "state, tribal, local and territorial health department's available capacity building assistance that will improve public health infrastructure investment planning, coordination, implementation and evaluation of evidence based practices." Watch for new announcements.

CPE Corner

Agriculture and Food, Nutrition-Focused Physicals, Whole Grains: Upcoming Webinars for Summer CPE

The Center for Professional Development is offering summer webinars for members on a series of timely topics.

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New Platform for All Online Certificate of Training Programs

Using a new web platform built on HTML5 and the latest technologies, members can now access all Professional Development online learning courses from many of the most popular Internet devices including iPads, iPhones, Android phones and tablets, as well as browsers including Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, Google Chrome and Opera.

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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

See It First @FNCE

Attend the Academy's 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo to explore the latest and greatest trends impacting the food and nutrition industry.

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Preparing for the Dietetics Exam?

The Online Professional Skills Review has links to current research articles and professional content, plus more than 650 multiple-choice questions to help you assess your exam readiness. Save 10 percent in July.

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Pan-American Nutrition, Food Science and Technology Awards

The global baking company Grupo Bimbo, based in Mexico City, Mexico, has announced the call for applications for the 2012 Pan-American Nutrition, Food Science and Technology Awards, established in 2004 to promote and support innovation and research projects throughout the Americas.

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Academy Member Updates

Academy Members: Call for Action Photos

The Academy is featuring members in various work settings in upcoming video presentations and would like to include you. Send photos of you and your colleagues (including students) at work - in any practice setting. No headshots or posed photos, please. Email photos to by August 30. Include names, credentials, city, state, job titles and employer for everyone in the photo.

Olympic Torch Relay Photos Online

Members who were not able to watch the live coverage of Academy President Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RD, CD, FADA, participating in the 2012 Olympic Torch relay in Basingstoke, England, can view photos of his run on the Academy's member and public Facebook pages.

Promoter Program: Recruit Members and Win

The best recruitment resource for new Academy members is current Academy members. The Academy's 2012 Promoter Program has been open for two months and already more than 1,000 members have participated. Top recruiters of new members can win prizes including iPads, Kindle Fires, 12-month Netflix subscriptions and complimentary Academy memberships.

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Member Named Outstanding Diabetes Educator

Academy member Robin B. Nwankwo, MPH, RD, CDE, of Ann Arbor, Mich., was recognized by the American Diabetes Association as the organization's 2012 Outstanding Diabetes Educator. She was honored as "a key contributor in the development and implementation of empowerment-based educational research studies among urban African Americans."

Member Presented Special Recognition Award by AAPI

Academy member Rita Batheja, MS, RD, CDN, of Balwin Harbor, NY, was presented the President's Special Recognition Award by the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin at its national convention in Long Beach, Calif.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

At FNCE: Get Ready for Your Close-Up

Members can have a professional headshot taken at the Foundation Photo Shop at FNCE. Sessions are $85 ($65 for students). Participants will receive 10 photos to choose from. Space is limited and scheduling will be first-come, first-served. A special 10 percent discount is available for Kids Eat Right Campaign Volunteers. To register go to

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.

Foundation's Student Stipends Allow Tomorrow's RDs to Attend FNCE

The Foundation is able to award student stipends each year thanks to the generosity of dietetic practice groups, state affiliates and individual Academy members.

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Why Donate to the Foundation's Silent Auction?

Thanks to generous supporters like you, the Foundation was able to raise more than $17,000 at the 2011 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo to continue scholarships, awards, research and public education programs focused on creating healthier lifestyles for children and their families. Can we count on your participation in the silent auction this year?

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Pittsburgh Affiliate Leadership Development Award

The deadline is August 15 to apply for an award established by the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association to recognize emerging leaders among current graduates of supervised practice programs and to encourage their participation in Academy activities.

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