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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 - December 18

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

PPW 2014 Discounts Available for Early Birds, Students and Groups

The Academy is offering discounted rates to participate in the 2014 Public Policy Workshop, March 30 to April 1 in Washington, D.C. Advance the profession and the health of Americans by joining 500 Academy members to advocate for nutrition health policy.

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Social Media Helps You Stay Up to Date on Nutrition Health Policy

Follow the Academy's policy work on social media - Twitter @eatrightPIA and Facebook.

CPE Corner

January 30 Webinar: Help for Those in Prediabetic State

The epidemic of diabetes has shifted the spotlight to prediabetes and earlier intervention. The Diabetes Prevention Program stresses lifestyle interventions, but there are other specific diet components that affect metabolic and anthropometric risk factors of the prediabetic state. The Academy's Evidence Analysis Workgroup for the Prevention of Diabetes has established nutrition recommendations for the management of the prediabetic state.

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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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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 offers a number of weight management programs for Academy members.

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Career Resources

American Specialty Health Recruiting RDNs

The Academy is aware that members in some states have been receiving materials from either American Specialty Health or Anthem Blue Cross-Blue Shield inviting them to credential and contract with ASH to provide nutrition services to Anthem members on an in-network basis. Anthem in some areas of the country has made a business decision to use ASH to handle its specialist network, including registered dietitian nutritionists, which means ASH is serving as benefits administrator for these services. The Academy has met with high-level representatives from ASH to learn more about this arrangement.

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New Platinum Rewards MasterCard

The Academy is always seeking new ways to add more value to membership, working hard to build partnerships that make more products and services available to members. The latest initiative is a partnership with ATIRAcredit to offer members a new Platinum Rewards MasterCard - the Academy's only member credit card.

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Social Media: New Ethics Opinion and Case Studies

A new Ethics Opinion titled "The Impact of Social Media on Business and Ethical Practice in Dietetics" is now available to members online. Additionally, as a result of a 2012 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo session on the topic, the Ethics Committee has developed nine case studies on "The Impact of Social Media on the RDN and DTR."

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Save on Your Academy Dues

Renew early for the 2014-2015 Academy membership year and save 2 percent on your dues: In other words, get next year's dues at this year's prices.

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Student Leadership Program Accepting Applications

The Student Advisory Committee helps you build leadership skills, network with Academy leaders and be a student voice. Nominate a classmate or yourself to the SAC. Applications are due January 17, 2014.

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Submit Nominations for 2014 Academy Honors and Awards

Members spoke, the Academy listened: 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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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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Explore New Orleans with Fifty Plus MIG Travel Club

Join the Fifty Plus in Nutrition and Dietetics Member Interest Group in exploring New Orleans, La., May 15 to 18, 2014. The registration deadline is January 31.

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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 live near one of nearly 500 primary care practices participating in the Centers for Medicare and 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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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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Holiday Food Safety Tips

The holidays are a great time to visit with family and friends, and of course enjoy a traditional meal. However, a lot of time and effort goes into creating that perfect holiday meal, and there are many opportunities for food safety blunders - from incorrectly defrosting and cooking a turkey and leaving out buffet foods too long to little ones eating raw cookie dough. This holiday season, help save the day by sharing food safety tips with clients, family and friends from the Home Food Safety program, a collaboration between the Academy and ConAgra Foods.

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Download and Share "Is My Food Safe?" App

Do you wish you could be in the kitchen with your clients to ensure they practice safe food handling? Now you can send them the perfect kitchen companion: The "Is My Food Safe?" mobile app is a great resource for both you and your clients alike.

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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

2014 National Ballot Candidate Biographical information Now Available

Biographical information for the 2014 candidates on the Academy's national ballot is now posted. Voting for the 2014 election takes place February 1 through February 22, 2014.

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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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Foundation Donor Report

The 2012-2013 Academy Foundation Donor Report is now available for members to download. It includes all individual, affiliate, dietetic practice group and member interest group donors, as well as corporate supporters.

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Apply for 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 dietitian nutritionists to enhance their education and skills.

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February 1 Deadline: Food Safety Student Challenge Scholarships

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

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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: Abbott Nutrition Alliance Award

This award will recognize up to four Academy members on an annual basis working in a hospital setting who have made a significant contribution to improve awareness of malnutrition and taking action to address the issue.

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New: Foundation's CDR Advanced Practice Residency Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to institutions to establish or enhance ACEND-accredited advanced practice residency programs. Funding is limited and will be capped at $30,000 per institution. New and existing programs are eligible to apply.

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Support Your Profession's Foundation 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 to the Foundation in December.

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Update on Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play

Energy Balance 4 Kids with Play RD Coaches are working with kindergarten-through-sixth-grade students in two West Contra Costa Unified School District elementary schools in Richmond, Calif. RD Coaches are leading School Wellness Committees to enhance the school wellness environment, and the committees are taking action steps towards meeting the USDA's HealthierUS School Challenge criteria.

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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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Looking for Healthy, Low-Cost Recipes?

Visit the new Healthy Food Bank Hub to find recipes and resources for eating well on a budget.

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Planning Spring Programs for Parents?

The RD Parent Empowerment Program empowers parents to be healthier role models for themselves and their families. The RD Parent Empowerment toolkit is now available to download free of charge to all Kids Eat Right members.

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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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Foundation Thanks Corporate Sponsors

In 2013, the Academy's corporate sponsors provided $130,000 to the Foundation through sponsorship benefits. Their generous contribution supports the Foundation's mission of advancing public health and nutrition utilizing the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists.

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