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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 - March 27

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

ANDPAC Raises More Than $20,000 at PPW 2013

Members demonstrated record support for the Academy's Political Action Committee by donating nearly $21,000 at the 2013 Public Policy Workshop. Attendees were excited to learn that this is the largest contribution ANDPAC has received at any PPW.

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Illinois Licensure Clarified for Members

Inaccurate information regarding Illinois' Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act has recently been published, leading to confusion among Academy members. To clarify, Illinois retained its licensure through the normal state licensure sunset process. The Dietitian Nutritionist Practice Act (formerly the Dietetic and Nutrition Services Practice Act) was passed and signed into law in December 2012. The Illinois Dietetic Association continues working to implement the statute to protect the public.

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USDA Says Nutrition Assistance Programs Becoming More Efficient

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports increased efficiencies and cost-saving measures in nutrition assistance programs administered by USDA.

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Members Attend Presentation on Raising a Healthier Generation

Ten members represented the Academy at an event at the Maine Medical Center where Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack spoke about improving child nutrition and preventing obesity.

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Academy Strengthens Relationship with Sen. Collins with ANDPAC Support

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins (Maine), leader on the Senate Special Committee on Aging and of the Senate Diabetes Caucus, was recently supported by the Academy's Political Action Committee at a breakfast fundraiser.

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CPE Corner

New! Leadership: Organizational Applications - Presented by Academy Partners (Free for Academy Members)

The Center for Professional Development introduces a new free online learning module that will demonstrate how registered dietitians have assumed leadership roles in a variety of business settings, including clinical, trade association and a food industry company.

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Food Allergy Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of food management, introduces a new online certificate program with a focus on food allergy management for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module.

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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 eight hours of CPEUs for $76.

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Gluten-Free Product Safety Webinar and More

Product safety in the gluten-free market; the impact of obesity on cancer survivorship; and applying the Nutrition Care Process in public health practice are just some of the upcoming webinar topics that offer members CPE from the convenience of office or home.

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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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Informatics Education Program: Back by Popular Demand

The Academy is teaming up with American Medical Informatics Association for the fourth time to offer the online nutrition-focused course "Academy-AMIA 10 x 10 Informatics Education Program."

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Career Resources

Promote Academy Membership and Win

As an Academy member, you know the value of membership firsthand; your personal recommendations and experiences will have the greatest impact on your colleagues. Help the Academy grow by participating in the 2013 Promoter Program.

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Prepare for Registration Examination

The Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians, 9th ed. (cat. #062512) and the Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietetic Technicians, 6th ed. (cat. # 063012) include a 125- or 110- question online practice exam, respectively, and three vouchers to access this practice exam.

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March Book of the Month

Save 10 percent on the new Pocket Supermarket Guide (4th ed.), 10-pack. This updated edition guides readers through the supermarket and offers advice to make grocery shopping faster, healthier and budget-friendly.

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Just Published: Nutrition Guidance in Healthy Children (Ages 2-11) EAL Project

The Academy's Research, International and Scientific Affairs Team is pleased to announce the publication of the Nutrition Guidance in Healthy Children (Ages 2-11 Years) - Evidence-Based Nutrition Library Project, free to all Academy members on the Evidence Analysis Library.

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Academy Member Updates

Lisa McDowell: Preceptor and Role Model

Lisa McDowell, MS, RD, CNSD, CSSD, has been a preceptor for 16 years. She believes in letting students expand and explore their interest areas and wants them to have ownership of their experiences. Students feel energized when they are with her.

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Members Elected to AHF Board

Four Academy members have been elected to serve on the 2014 Association for Healthcare Foodservice board of directors, effective August 1.

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Joint Leaders Meeting Report

The final report from the Joint Leaders Meeting (ACEND, CFP, CDR, Education Committee and NDEP DPG) conducted in January 2013 can be found at We encourage all members to review this report. Any feedback on this report can be submitted to the Council on Future Practice electronic mailbox (

Thank You to Academy Sponsors

To help achieve the Academy's mission of empowering members to be the nation's food and nutrition leaders, the Academy's sponsorship program works with industry to build awareness of the Academy and its members. The partnership helps the Academy share science-based information and new research with members and reach millions of consumers with healthy eating messages.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Research Grant Deadline Is April 1

The Foundation's named research funds are available annually to Academy members at all levels of practice.

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Ostenso Fellowship Deadline Extended to April 1

The Grace L. Ostenso Nutrition and Public Policy Fellowship is intended to allow an Academy member to participate in the Congressional Science and Engineering Fellows Program, coordinated by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The fellow will spend one year in Washington, D.C., working as a special assistant in a government or legislative position that would benefit from scientific and engineering input and will receive a stipend of $75,000.

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Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund Deadline Extended to April 1

The Wimpfheimer-Guggenheim Fund for International Exchange in Nutrition, Dietetics and Management provides for the international exchange of needed nutrition, dietetic and/or management information for the benefit of the nutritional health of the world community.

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Awards Applications with April 1 Deadline

The deadline has been extended to April 1 to apply for a number of Foundation Awards.

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Make a Tribute Gift: Honor a Mentor During National Nutrition Month

The Foundation invites members to honor a mentor while making a gift to the Foundation. Especially during National Nutrition Month, this is a great way to recognize the special people who make a difference in your life while making an important investment in the future of the dietetics profession.

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Kids Eat Right Family Meals Mini-Grant Winners

Congratulations to 36 Kids Eat Right Campaign members who were selected to receive a Kids Eat Right Family Meals mini-grant. Each recipient will receive $200 to lead two presentations from the "Family Meals. Anytime. Anyplace." toolkit through May 15.

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Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community: Second Round of Mini-Grants

To support the use of the new Kids Eat Right "Hunger in Our Community" toolkit, 28 mini-grants of $200 grants are available.

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Kids Eat Right Crew Builds Campaign Membership

The Kids Eat Right Crew - comprised of 28 members from 19 states, including Puerto Rico, and eight dietetic practice groups, member interest groups and other special groups - is increasing the numbers of Kids Eat Right campaign members: Membership has increased nearly 25 percent since the Crew formed in October 2012.

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RD Parent Empowerment Project

Nine registered dietitians and interns are implementing the RD Parent Empowerment Project in four communities through an educational grant from MetLife Foundation.

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Kids Eat Right Free Webinars

Did you know Kids Eat Right has archived webinars available for viewing?

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