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Nutrition Care Manual
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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 - November 21

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Special Update

Candidates for 2013 Academy National Election

The Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the slate of candidates for the 2013 Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics ballot. Candidates' biographical information will be posted by late December. Voting will take place from February 1 to 22. Thank you to all who participated in the nominations process.


On the Pulse of Public Policy

Obama Administration Extends Health Exchange Deadline

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius recently announced an extension of the health exchange deadline.

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Wisconsin Members Get to Know Their New Representative

The day after U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan (Wis.) was elected, members of the Wisconsin Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics met with him to discuss the Academy's policy efforts and the role of the registered dietitian and dietetic technician, registered.

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North Carolina Holds Annual Legislative Advocacy Day

Approximately 30 registered dietitians and dietetic interns attended the third annual Advocacy Day, sponsored by the North Carolina Dietetic Association's Public Policy Committee.

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Academy Offers Exclusive Resources for Diabetes Care Practice

The Academy's Quality Management Team offers resources to aid practitioners in providing high-quality nutrition and dietetics practice in diabetes care. Polish your practice during National Diabetes Month.

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Election Results for Academy's Congressional Supporters

The November 6 election was a success for a number of the Academy's champions in Congress.

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Academy Assignment - Get to Know Your New State Legislatures

The recent election brought about significant changes in state legislatures. Academy members are encouraged to stay in the know - teach your state legislators about the value of registered dietitians and dietetic technicians, registered.

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Minnesota Affiliate - Fired Up During Campaign

Minnesota members ended the election campaign with a bang by attending three local fund raising events in the final week of October for Minnesota Reps. Tim Walz, Keith Ellison and Betty McCollum.

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Local Food and New School Meal Guidelines

Learn more about new federal school meal guidelines and how to include local and regional products into school meals during a November 29 webinar sponsored by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. For more information, dial-in instructions and to submit questions and comments in advance, email Laura Brown.

IOM Report - Community-Based Prevention Initiatives Improve Health, Save Money

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine shows how to structure preventive initiatives to avert disease, treat illness and save the community money.

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Technologies Advance Diabetes Management

Consumers can participate in personalized "mhealth" - or mobile technology - to help self-manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. Technology can be a useful tool in counseling and patient engagement. During National Diabetes Month, learn about health-care technologies that help your patients manage their blood glucose.

CPE Corner

New - Executive Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of executive management, introduces a new online certificate program with a focus on enhancing executive management skills for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module or complete all four modules and earn 8 hours of CPEUs for $76.

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New Platform for All Online Learning Programs

Using a new web platform built on HTML5 and the latest technologies, members can now access all Professional Development online learning courses and online certificate of training programs 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. Please log in to receive member pricing.

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Upcoming Webinars - Clinical Ladders, Gestational Diabetes, Nutrition-Focused Physical Exams

Members can earn CPE credits at several upcoming webinars.

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Career Resources

EatRightTV - Coming to a Doctor's Office Near You... and Your Clients

Studies show the average time spent in a physician's waiting room is 34 minutes, and 54 percent of patients ask doctors for more information about something they've seen on the waiting room TV. To reach these viewers - and potential patients and clients - the Academy's EatRightTV videos will soon be shown on 1,200 screens in more than 970 health-care locations across the country, reaching 2.6 million viewers monthly, and online at

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New Holiday Food Safety Resources Available from

From shopping, thawing and preparing a turkey to baking cookies with kids and managing a buffet of leftovers, during the holidays it's important to keep food safety in mind every step of the way.

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Academy's Modern History Available in the Journal

In anticipation of the Academy's upcoming centennial in 2017, the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is publishing a series of articles that update the Academy's history from 1990 to the present. The first of these articles are published in the November issue of the Journal, with the series continuing through 2016.

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MNT Provider

How do you turn a glass-half-empty perspective into a glass-half-full approach? Find helpful tips, new tools to support referrals for medical nutrition therapy services for renal disease and information about Medicare Administrative Contractor consolidation in the new issue of MNT Provider.

New Gestational Diabetes Mellitus Toolkit

The gold standard companion to the Academy's Evidence-based Nutrition Practice Guideline is a great resource for new registered dietitians, students and those needing to learn more about people with gestational diabetes mellitus.

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New App - 300 Nutrition Recommendations at Your Fingertips

The Academy presents the NutriGuides app for use on iPhones, iPads and Android devices. This app highlights evidence-based recommendations from the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library.

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Save on November Promotion

In recognition of National Diabetes Month, enjoy 10 percent off the set of Diabetes Medical Nutrition Therapy Client Education Handouts (English and Spanish).

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Academy Member Updates

Nominations for Academy Awards and Honors

Affiliates, dietetic practice groups, member interest groups and and Academy members are encouraged to submit nominations for awards and honors that recognize individuals who have advanced the dietetics profession.

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Be Recognized as a Kids Eat Right Everyday Hero

Members are encouraged to email photos and a sentence or two about their experiences as a Kids Eat Right campaign volunteer and be recognized as an Everyday Hero.

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Academy Welcomes New Premier Sponsor

McCormick becomes a new Premier Sponsor in the Academy's corporate sponsorship program.

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Dietary Guidelines Fellowship Opportunity

The Research Participation Program of the Department of Health and Human Services is seeking an ORISE (Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education) Fellow in the area of Nutrition Expertise, preferably a registered dietitian, to assist with the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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USDA Nutrient Database for Standard Reference

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Nutrient Data Laboratory recently made available Release 25 of the USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference. This release contains data on nearly 8,200 food items for up to 146 components.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Foundation Donor Report

The Foundation's 2011-2012 Donor Report is now available. It includes names of all individual, affiliate, dietetic practice group and member interest group donors as well as corporate supporters.

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School Awards - Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play

Five elementary schools in the West Contra Costa Unified School District in Richmond, Calif., have received USDA HealthierUS School Challenge awards for creating healthier school environments by promoting good nutrition, physical activity and nutrition education and improving the school lunch menu.

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Champions for Healthy Kids Program Grants

Through the Champions for Healthy Kids program, the General Mills Foundation will award 50 grants of $10,000 to nonprofit organizations working to improve nutrition and physical fitness behaviors for youth. Grant applications are due December 3.

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Foundation Awards and Scholarships

The Academy Foundation offers awards and scholarships to Academy members and dietetics students in recognition of their professional accomplishments and enables registered dietitians to enhance their education and skills.

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Support the Foundation of Your Profession

I am so grateful to the Foundation for its support of my research and of other researchers, and for its ongoing commitment to the health and wellness of children.
Kendrin Sonneville, ScD, RD, LDN.

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