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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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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 - December 11

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Academy Leaders Advocate for Nutrition Policy during Congressional Visits

Academy member leaders from the Legislative and Public Policy Committee and the Academy's Political Action Committee visited Washington, D.C., last week to advocate for food and nutrition health policy. They met with 20 members of Congress to discuss the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, the Farm Bill and methods to fund preventive health services. For more information and photos.

Join the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee for Its Second Meeting

The Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has announced that its second meeting will take place January 13 and 14, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Members of the Academy and the public are encouraged to attend in person or tune in via webcast. The Academy will be providing oral testimony during this meeting.

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Register for the Largest Food and Nutrition Policy and Advocacy Summit: PPW 2014

The Academy has opened registration for the 2014 Public Policy Workshop - the world's largest food and nutrition policy and advocacy summit. Advance your career by attending this leadership, communications and advocacy training. Join 500 of your fellow registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered to stand up for important health issues affecting the nation and the profession. Discounts are available for students and groups consisting of three or more people.

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Medicare Issues Final Physician Fee Schedule for 2014

After delays due to the recent government shutdown, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has finalized updates to payment policies and payment rates for services furnished under the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. These rules affect registered dietitian nutritionists who are Medicare providers.

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CMS Extends 2014 Annual Participation Enrollment Period

The 2014 Annual Participation Enrollment Program allows eligible providers, including registered dietitian nutritionists, an opportunity to change their participation status by December 31. Due to the later-than-usual release of the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is extending the 2014 annual participation enrollment period through January 31.

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CPE Corner

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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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 Level 2 module.

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Developing Your Role as Leader Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of leadership, offers an online certificate program with a focus on enhancing leadership skills for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each Level 1 module or complete all four modules and earn eight hours of CPEUs for $76.

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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 Level 2 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

PQRS Info and More in the Latest MNT Provider

Discover how easy it is to participate in the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System; avoid future payment adjustments; find preparation tips for transitioning to ICD-10 and more in the latest issue of MNT Provider.

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Webinar: Integrating RDNs Into Your Medical Practice

Are you working in a medical practice that is looking for ways to maximize care while reducing costs in an ever-changing payment system? Do you living near one of nearly 500 primary care practices participating in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative projects and would like to show how a registered dietitian nutritionist can help reach their quality and care management goals?

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Pay-for-Performance for Dialysis Centers: What's New with the End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program?

The CMS Center for Clinical Standards and Quality will host an MLN Connects Call January 15, 2014, on the End-Stage Renal Disease Quality Incentive Program and the finalized rule for Payment Year 2016. Registered dietitian nutritionists working in dialysis clinics and hospital dialysis units are encouraged to register to help understand the contours of this program.

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New Opportunity: Become a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Designation as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) recognizes your professional accomplishments, valuable service to the profession and public and pursuit of lifelong learning. By earning the right to include the FAND initials among your credentials, you let colleagues, clients and the public know that you have been welcomed as a Fellow into the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

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December Book of the Month

Save 10 percent on The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice. This easy-to-use guide shows how to incorporate standardized language (the International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology) into everyday pediatric practice. The book reviews 15 conditions a registered dietitian nutritionist may encounter in the pediatric setting and walks you through how to apply the NCP.

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Help for Holiday Guests Who May Be Vulnerable to Food Poisoning

Whether preparing a holiday dish or a holiday feast, you as well as your clients should be aware that some holiday guests are be vulnerable to food poisoning - particularly young children, older adults, pregnant women and those with weakened immune systems. Will any of these guests be at your dinner table?

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The Eyes of the World Could Be on You: Apply to Be an Academy Spokesperson

Are you active in your local news media? Do you have experience being interviewed on TV, video or radio? Do you want to show the world that registered dietitian nutritionists are the media's trusted source for accurate, science-based food and nutrition information? The Academy is looking for media-savvy registered dietitian nutritionists to join its amazing team of volunteer national spokespeople.

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Academy Member Updates

Submit Nominations for 2014 Academy Honors and Awards

The Academy is shining the spotlight on outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession through its national Honors and Awards program. Don't miss this chance to honor those who have advanced the profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both dietetics and allied fields.

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Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge

The National Restaurant Association is accepting applications for the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge. Sponsored by founding partner McCormick For Chefs and Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians, the Challenge takes an "industry tested, kid approved" approach. Submit your delicious and nutritious kids' menu items by December 15 for a chance to be recognized for your efforts in children's nutrition. Awards will be presented at the NRA Show in May.

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Join Kids Eat Right Group on LinkedIn

Did you know there's a place for Academy members and Kids Eat Right volunteers to get more involved and discuss topics specifically related to children and Kids Eat Right? There is - and you can join.

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"Nourish to Flourish" Infographic

Be a part of the solution to the hunger and obesity paradox by raising awareness, getting involved and supporting programs that help food insecure families have consistent access to healthy foods. See the new Kids Eat Right "Nourish to Flourish" infographic and share it with others.

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2014 Eat Right Calendar on Sale

Celebrate the New Year all year with 12 months of food-related photos taken by your colleagues. The 2014 Eat Right calendar, published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, features photos taken by the finalists in the Journal's annual photo contest and includes dozens of important dates for food and nutrition practitioners.

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Earn CPE with Journal Editor's Podcasts

The final part of a three-part podcast series on nutritional genomics, with Journal Editor-in-Chief Linda Snetselaar, PhD, RDN, and Ruth DeBusk, PhD, RD, is now available on the Journal's website.

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Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition Comments on ACA Medicare Reimbursement Policies

Hospital malnutrition can delay recovery, increase medical complications and extend length of stay - all contributing to rising health care costs. By identifying and treating malnourished patients upon admission and through discharge with an effective hospital nutrition program, hospitals can significantly improve quality and patient outcomes while reducing costs and meeting healthcare reform provisions.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Support the Foundation of Your Profession This Holiday Season and It Will Be Matched

Academy Partner and Kids Eat Right Supporter National Dairy Council will match up to $20,000 of members' contributions in December.

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Your GENIE Is Coming

The Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE), a validated online checklist tool to help program planners and program evaluators, will be available in January.

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Kids Eat Right News Bite Quarterly Newsletter

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. Learn about the latest Kids Eat Right projects and programs and get a sneak peek into what's to come.

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$1 Million Available in General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Partnership Grants for 2014

For the past 11 years, the Foundation has partnered with the General Mills Foundation to provide $500,000 in annual grants for innovative nutrition and physical activity programs being implemented by 501(c)3 charities that enlist the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists. For 2014, General Mills will double this amount, providing the Foundation $1 million to make these grants available.

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January 17 Deadline: Malnutrition Research Fellowship from Abbott Nutrition

An award funded by the Foundation via a grant from Abbott Nutrition will provide a one-year, full-time research fellowship experience to a registered dietitian nutritionist who has completed a master's or doctoral degree.

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February 1 Deadline: Foundation Awards

The Foundation offers awards for continuing education, international and program development. Get information about the awards program, new awards and download an application.

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February 1 Deadline: Food Safety Student Challenge Scholarships

Nine scholarships of $4,500 each are available through the Academy Foundation/ConAgra Foods' Food Safety Student Challenge, developed as part of the Home Food Safety campaign.

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