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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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The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice

The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice

This easy-to use guide shows how to incorporate standardized language—the International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology (IDNT)—into everyday pediatric practice.

Eat Right Weekly - June 19

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2013 FNCE Registration Open

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Save the Date for PPW 2014

The Academy will host its annual Public Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C., from March 28 to April 1, 2014. Join nearly 500 of your fellow Academy members at one of the world's largest food and nutrition advocacy summits. Registration opens in August - don't miss out on early-bird registration discounts.

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Academy Asks Members: Stand Up for Essential Nutrition Education and Food Assistance Programs

Thanks in part to Academy members sending letters to their senators, the Senate has passed a Farm Bill that protected nutrition programs that impact registered dietitians and their clients. As this legislation enters the House of Representatives, it will be a harder battle because of proposed $20 billion cuts to SNAP and the SNAP Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention Grant Program (known as SNAP-Ed). Please tell your representative to support critical nutrition programs.

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Nutrition Research, Education and Assistance See Increases and Decreases in 2014 Budgets

The Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program may see a decrease in its 2014 budget, according to the House Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee's recent proposed mark-up of the agriculture appropriations bill. SNAP-Education might also have its funding reallocated as part of the budget process. Meanwhile, food and nutrition research programs may see a slight increase in their budgets.

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Sequestration and Senior Nutrition: Painful Cuts to Important Programs

According to the Administration on Aging's recent announcement, Older Americans Act nutrition programs will suffer a loss of more than $51 million during Fiscal Year 2013. Many Academy members work for OAA nutrition programs, helping seniors remain healthy and independent in their homes.

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Members of Congress Urge President to Reaffirm Commitment to Global Nutrition and Hunger

Academy nutrition champions Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.) and Rep. Jim McGovern (Mass.) have led 79 congressmen in asking President Obama to reaffirm the United States' commitment to global nutrition and food security.

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Bill Would Allow RDs to Independently Provide Obesity Counseling in Medicare

The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act has been introduced in the House and Senate. It would allow registered dietitian nutritionists and other qualified health-care practitioners to independently provide and be reimbursed for obesity counseling to Medicare beneficiaries. The Academy has prioritized this effort and has been working toward its success for more than a year.

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Millions in Grants Available for Health and Nutrition Programs

Nearly $16 million has been allocated to competitive grants for chronic disease self-management programs and nutrition, physical activity and obesity state programs. Academy members are encouraged to work with their agencies or organizations to apply as grants become available.

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Senators Ask Nickelodeon to Stop Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Kids

U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal (Conn.), Jay Rockefeller (W.Va.), Tom Harkin (Iowa) and Dick Durbin (Ill.) have written to Nickelodeon requesting that the children's entertainment network prohibit advertisements that market unhealthy food to children.

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BRAIN Initiative: Requesting Public Input

The Congressional Neuroscience Caucus recently held a briefing with National Institutes of Health leaders to provide a status update on the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative. The BRAIN team is in the planning stages and is requesting feedback from the public. The Academy will urge the team to evaluate the impact of nutrition and eating patterns on brain development and function.

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CPE Corner

Webinar: Nutrition Education in Food Banks

Learn the value of nutrition education in food banks and the potential to change eating behaviors among participants in a free June 26 webinar "Flavorful Pairing: Nutrition Education in Food Banks."

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Social Media Ethics Webinar

The growth and prevalent use of social media in today's environment poses unique challenges to the legal and ethical behavior in dietetics practice. An August 21 Academy webinar "Why Social Media Ethics Apply to You in Dietetic" can assist practitioners in being able to identify appropriate applications of social media to avoid legal and ethical problems in practice. Case studies related to clinical practice and social media will be provided in addition to situations and applications of social media that had negative impact. Practical applications for using social media in clinical care and other practice settings will be provided. The webinar will last from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Central Time.

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Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance: Steering the RDN Career in Diabetes

The Center for Professional Development offers an online learning module to enhance registered dietitian nutritionists' understanding of the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance in diabetes care and to provide practical application of these standards.

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Food Allergy Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of food management, offers an 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, offers an 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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Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management: Support for RDNs and DTRs

The Center for Professional Development offers an online learning module that will show how registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered can develop disaster preparedness and emergency management plans.

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Foundation Presents at SNEB Conference

Representing the RD Parent Empowerment Program through an educational grant from MetLife Foundation, the Academy Foundation will present "Empowering Parents: Results from the RD Parent Empowerment Program" at the 2013 Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior's annual conference, August 9 to 12 in Portland, Ore.

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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

FNCE: The Time Has Come

Now is your chance to register for the 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo to be held October 19 to 22 in Houston, Texas. Attend FNCE to advance your professional development through idea-sharing and gathering valuable insights you can implement immediately. Take a look at what will be offered at this year's FNCE and register today.

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FNCE: There's an App for That

The Academy introduces the first Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo mobile app for attendees and exhibitors. This free app can be used to view session information, create your personalized schedule, map out your route on the Expo floor, stay up-to-date on the latest announcements before and during FNCE, and more.

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Choose Your Own LNCs for Journal CPE

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is no longer providing recommended Learning Needs Codes for Continuing Professional Education articles. After completing the online quiz for a CPE article, members may choose their own LNCs when adding their CPE credits to their Professional Development Portfolios.

New Food Safety Client Resources

Just in time for grilling season, the Perfect Picnic app for the iPhone has launched, inviting kids to build the most popular picnic park in town while ensuring picnickers avoid stomach aches by following food safety rules. The app was developed by the The Partnership for Food Safety Education, which includes the Academy.

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Save 10 Percent on June Book of the Month

The new edition of Sports Nutrition: A Practice Manual for Professionals offers even more research- and evidence-based information and advice for health professionals working with athletes at all levels. Enjoy 10 percent off this title in June.

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Diversity Leaders Selected

The Diversity Committee is honored to announce the new Diversity Leaders who will begin their two-year program at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. This is the fifth year of the leadership program, and 20 Diversity Leaders from 13 different states have participated.

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Academy Member Updates

Nominations for 2014 Election

The Nominating Committee is seeking nominations for Academy leaders with the skills and vision to further the dietetics profession and the Academy's strategic plan.

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Survey on Resources: Member Input Needed

The Academy is conducting a survey to develop additional resources for members on the topic of vitamin/mineral/antioxidant supplements. Please take a short survey to help the Academy better understand members' needs in this area.

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House of Delegates Spring Virtual Meeting

The House of Delegates conducted its fifth virtual meeting May 4 and 5, discussing and passing a motion on the mega issue "Hunger in America-Food and Nutrition Insecurity Affects All RDs and DTRs." Outcomes from the meeting have been posted to the House of Delegates website.

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Member Spotlighted for Anti-Hunger Work

Academy member Dora Rivas, MS, RD, LD, executive foodservice director of child and nutrition services in the Dallas Independent School District, received the first Innovative Anti-Hunger Work Award from the Food Research and Action Center for mandating a district-wide Breakfast in the Classroom program.

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Diversity Action Award Presented to California Education Program

The San Diego WIC Dietetic Internship, directed by Brenda Reynosa, MBA, RD, has received the Academy's Diversity Action Award for 2013.

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Exhibition Makes Genome Accessible to Public

A new exhibition in Washington, D.C., "examines the complexities of the genome - the complete set of genetic or hereditary material of a living organism - and chronicles the remarkable breakthroughs that have taken place since the completion of the Human Genome Project a decade ago." The exhibit is a collaboration between the National Institutes of Health and the Smithsonian Institution. In keeping with the Academy's House of Delegates' recommendation that members keep informed on advances in genome science, members visiting the nation's capital may find this exhibition valuable.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

$35,000 Research Grant Available through Foundation

Are you 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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Why Donate to Foundation's FNCE Silent Auction?

Thanks to generous supporters like you, the Foundation's Silent Auction raised more than $12,000 at last year's Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

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Pittsburgh Affiliate Leadership Development Award

The deadline is August 15 to apply for the Pittsburgh Dietetic Association's Leadership Development Award. Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania or a student or graduate of a Pennsylvania program.

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Foundations Student Stipends Allow Tomorrow's RDNs to Attend FNCE

The Foundation is able to award student stipends to attend the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo thanks to the generosity of dietetic practice groups, state affiliates and individual Academy members.

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Kids Eat Right News Bite

Kids Eat Right News Bite is a quarterly newsletter filled with pictures and stories to highlight the great work that is being done to help kids eat right around the world.

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