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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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The Health Professional's Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances (10% off during the month of January)

The Health Professional's Guide to Food Allergies and Intolerances (10% off during the month of January)

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 31

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Houston is Hip

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Fight Obesity Today: Expand Medicare Coverage to Include RDNs

The Academy is calling on every member to stand up against obesity and help seniors stay healthy. Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, which expands Medicare to allow registered dietitian nutritionists, among others, to independently bill for intensive behavioral therapy for obesity.

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Treat and Reduce Obesity Act Sponsor, Senator Carper, Visits the Academy

Thanks to the Academy's Political Action Committee, Senator Tom Carper (Del.) attended an event at the Academy last week with Academy Past-President Ethan Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA, and experts from the obesity community to discuss nutrition health care policy.

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Incentivizing Healthy Food Purchases Lead to Improved Dietary Choices

Recent data from USDA indicates that improving dietary choices can be achieved by incentivizing the purchase of healthy foods. Federal and state incentive programs piggy-back on the Farm Bill's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to improve dietary choices among low socio-economic populations.

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Awaiting CMS Final Rule on RD-Ordering of Therapeutic Diets

CMS has yet to finalize its proposed rule from February that would allow registered dietitian nutritionists in hospitals to order therapeutic diets. The Academy anticipates a final rule will be issued later this year and will continue to keep members apprised of developments. In April the Academy supported this rule and urged CMS to create strong, clear definitions that ensure patient safety and quality care when ordering therapeutic diets.

Academy Stands Up for Food Safety Rule, Opposes Change in Bariatric Surgery Facility Certification

The Academy submitted comments to the Food Safety and Inspection Service supporting its cooperative, iterative Hazard Analysis & Critical Control Points (HACCP) systems validation proposed rule, which was developed in conjunction with food processors and food safety advocates. In addition, the Academy opposed CMS's national coverage analysis decision to eliminate the designation for bariatric surgery "Centers of Excellence." The Academy highlighted that insufficient quality of data was provided to warrant its elimination.

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Academy Supports Bipartisan Efforts by Congressional Leaders

The Academy's Political Action Committee recently opened the door for staff to meet with representatives of members of the "Mod Squad," a group of moderate Senators committed to developing bipartisan solutions to some of our nation's most urgent policy concerns. Academy staff discussed such issues as the importance of Farm Bill nutrition programs and diabetes prevention with staff from the offices of Senators Mark Begich (Alaska), Robert Casey (Pa.), Kay Hagan (N.C.), Bill Nelson (Fla.) and Mark Udall (Colo.).

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First Came Health Care Safety, Now There Is Health IT Safety!

Academy members are likely aware of health care safety discussions. As health care goes digital, members need to understand there are health IT safety concerns. Health and Human Services released a Health IT Patient Safety and Surveillance Plan to ensure new technologies make health care safer.

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Are Sequestration or Drug Shortages Impeding Your Work? We Need Your Story

Members' voices are vital in illustrating how sequestration or drug shortages personally affect your job and your clients and patients. The Academy wants to relay your stories to Congress and the Food and Drug Administration to effect positive change.

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CPE Corner

FNCE: All the Education in One Place

Educational and professional development will be happening everywhere at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

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Webinar: Why Social Media Ethics Apply to You in Nutrition and Dietetics

The growth and prevalent use of social media poses unique challenges to legal and ethical behavior in dietetics practice. An August 21 webinar will assist members in identifying appropriate applications of social media that avoid legal and ethical problems in practice.

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Online Certificate of Training Program: Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management

Registered dietitian nutritionists play a pivotal role in enhancing self management by people with chronic kidney disease and in educating other health professionals about chronic kidney disease. To prepare members in this area, the Academy's Center for Professional Development presents Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management, an online certificate of training program.

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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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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

Registration Exam: Take the Next Step

Take the next step in your career path by preparing for the registration exam. The Academy's Student Exam Prep covers all domains from the Registration Examination for Dietitians and helps your brush up on your skills and knowledge. Save 10 percent in July.

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Brush Up on Skills and Knowledge, Earn CPE

Whether you're looking to get ahead in your position or considering a new area of specialty, the Academy's Professional Skills Review can help. Earn up to 25 CPEUs while refreshing your skill set. Save 10 percent in July.

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Infant and Pediatric Specialty Nutrition Conference

The registered dietitian team in the department of patient food and nutrition services at the University of Michigan's C.S. Mott Children's Hospital invites Academy members to register for the Infant and Pediatric Specialty Nutrition Conference, to be held November 4 and 5 in Ann Arbor, Mich.

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Academy Member Updates

Your Photo Could Be on the Journal Cover

The Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' fifth annual photo contest is accepting original submissions from Academy members relating to food, nutrition and the dietetics profession. The application deadline has been extended to August 16.

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Award-Winning Member Recognized by Obesity Society

Academy member Catherine M. Champagne, PhD, professor and chief of nutritional epidemiology/dietary assessment and nutrition counseling at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center at Louisiana State University System, recently was featured in The Obesity Society's monthly e-newsletter section on TOS Fellow accomplishments and career updates. Champagne was recognized as the recipient of the 2013 Excellence in Weight Management Outcomes Research Award presented by the Academy's Weight Management dietetic practice group.

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community Mini-Grant Opportunity

To support the use of the Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community toolkit, 25 $200 grants are available.

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July Kids Eat Right Everyday Heroes

Read about the Kids Eat Right members who are making a difference for children each day.

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Why Donate to Foundation's FNCE Silent Auction?

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

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Foundation's 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 Breakfast Series at FNCE

Breakfast really is the most important way to start your day, including at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Join the Foundation for engaging discussions devoted to helping kids and families start their day right, while you enjoy a nutritious, energizing meal.

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Hunger Webinars Archived for Viewing

Kids Eat Right recently hosted a series of six hunger webinars as part of the Future of Food project. In collaboration with Feeding America through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council, the purpose of the webinars was to help increase awareness about hunger as a public health issue and to help equip Academy members with knowledge and skills to provide effective nutrition education to food insecure audiences.

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Promote School Breakfast as Kids Go Back to School

The Wellness Impact: Enhancing Academic Success Through Healthy School Environments report explains how school breakfast is a key way to help improve student wellness and academic performance. The report was recently released by GENYOUth, National Dairy Council, American College of Sports Medicine and American School Health Association.

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