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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 - January 22

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PPW 2014

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Video Challenge: Win an All-Expenses-Paid Trip to PPW

For the first time, the Academy is offering a chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Public Policy Workshop. Two lucky winners will receive complimentary registration, two nights of lodging and up to $500 for travel and meal expenses. Enter to win this exclusive package by participating in the PPW Video Challenge.

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Academy Presents at Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee Meeting

The Academy presented oral comments at the most recent meeting of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. To provide guidance for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the Academy encouraged the committee to acknowledge research gaps; include the environmental and technology influence on food, diet and health; incorporate consumer research into the Committee's scientific review to ensure the guidelines successfully engage the public; understand the barriers to healthy eating; and recognize changing demographics. The Academy has also submitted written comments.

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Spending Bill Includes Investments in Nutrition, Chronic Disease Prevention

Congress has passed a Fiscal Year 2014 appropriations bill that will finance the government through September and will reverse some of last year's sequestration cuts. The bill includes investments in nutrition and chronic disease prevention that will have positive implications for our members.

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Academy Names Food and Nutrition Labeling Workgroup

The Academy's Legislative and Public Policy Committee has named member-experts to its Food and Nutrition Labeling Workgroup. This workgroup will guide the strategy for the Academy's advocacy and public policy efforts in developing stances and principles on labeling issues.

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HIMSS 2014: Health IT Conference for Innovative Professionals

The Academy is a proud sponsor of the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's conference, scheduled for February 23 to 27 in Orlando, Fla. More than 35,000 practitioners and industry professionals will discuss health IT and innovative solutions designed to transform healthcare. Attend this annual event to find the right solutions for clinical and business intelligence, health IT and rural care, innovation, interoperability, mobile health, nutrition informatics and more.

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Virginia Affiliate Welcomes Legislature Using Technology

The Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics welcomed the 2014 Virginia Assembly with a video that introduced legislators to the field of dietetics.

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Academy Applauds HWCF: 6.4 Trillion Reduction in Marketplace Calories

The Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation announced it has removed 6.4 trillion calories from the marketplace, surpassing its original pledge to reduce 1.5 trillion calories by 2015. Because of this effort, 78 calories per person per day in the United States are no longer available.

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Nutrition Counseling for Mental Health Conditions Settlement

After an investigation uncovered the wrongful denial of hundreds of claims for nutritional counseling for mental health conditions, New York's Attorney General's Office announced it has reached a settlement with Cigna Corporation that requires Cigna to reprocess and pay hundreds of claims for nutritional counseling for mental health conditions such as eating disorders to members who were wrongfully denied those benefits.

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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

National Nutrition Month to be Featured in the Largest Circulation Monthly Magazine

Each year, the Academy promotes National Nutrition Month far and wide. For 2014, NNM will be featured in the largest-circulation monthly magazine anywhere, The Costco Connection, reaching 8.5 million Costco members by mail each month.

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Promoting the Dietetics Profession Everywhere and in Times Square

In celebration of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on Wednesday, March 12, and in appreciation for all RDNs do to improve the nutritional health of Americans and people around the world, the Academy is hosting a special contest to feature a member in Times Square in New York City.

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Dietary Fatty Acids Position Paper Published

An updated Academy position paper on "Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults" was published in the January Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. In the position paper, the Academy recommends a food-based approach through a diet that includes regular consumption of fatty fish, nuts and seeds, lean meats and poultry, low-fat dairy products, vegetables, fruits, whole grains and legumes. These recommendations are made within the context of rapidly evolving science delineating the influence of dietary fat and specific fatty acids on human health.

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Council on Future Practice Names Top Innovators

The Council on Future Practice announced its Top Innovators in Dietetics Practice and Education, following the session on innovation at the Academy's 2013 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Learn more about these innovative programs by listening to two short webinars given by the 2013 Top Innovators.

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Seeking Innovations in Practice and Education

The Council on Future Practice seeks abstracts for the sixth "Innovations in Practice and Education" session, to be held at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Atlanta, Ga.

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Member Input Needed: Changing Health Care Delivery and Payment Models

Registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered are invited to participate in the Academy's 2014 Patient-Centered Medical Home & Accountable Care Organization Survey. Play a role in shaping the Academy's activities related to advancing RDN and DTR involvement in these models of care. All who complete the survey by February 2 will be entered into a drawing for a free one-year Academy membership.

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Make Nominations for Outstanding Preceptor Award

The Academy Foundation, the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics and the Nutrition and Dietetic Educators and Preceptors dietetic practice group are again jointly sponsoring awards to preceptors who are exemplary educators and mentors.

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New Resources from Evidence Analysis Library

The Unintended Weight Loss in Older Adults toolkit was released in 2013 and flew off the shelves at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The toolkit, available on the Academy's Evidence Analysis Library, assists registered dietitian nutritionists in implementing the Academy's "Unintended Weight Loss in Older Adults" evidence-based nutrition practice guidelines and the Nutrition Care Process. It includes guidelines, evidence-based recommendations, and clinical algorithms related to medical nutrition therapy for male and female adults aged 65 or older with unintended weight loss.

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February 1 Deadline: 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

Online Meet the Candidates Forum

Meet the Academy's 2014 president-elect candidates during a February 5 webinar, from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time.

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Opportunities to Serve Survey

If you are interested in volunteering for an Academy committee, please take the Opportunities to Serve Survey by February 13.

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New: Academy/IFT Trailblazer Award and Lectureship

The Academy and the Institute of Food Technologists have announced the new Trailblazer Award. Jointly bestowed by the Academy and IFT, the award will recognize exceptional leaders who have advanced science at the intersection of nutrition, dietetics and food science for at least five years. The inaugural Trailblazer Award will be presented in June at IFT's Annual Meeting & Food Expo. Nominations may be made beginning February 3.

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Apply For Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute

Applications will be accepted through February 14 for the Dannon Institute Academic Mid-Career Nutrition Leadership Institute, June 15 to 19.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Estate Gift Benefits the Foundation

The Foundation has received a bequest of more than $500,000 from the estate of Martha Snavely, who died in June 2013 at age 96. Ms. Snavely was a member of the Academy, first joining in 1939, and a past donor to the Foundation. As designated in her estate, a named fund will be established to support public education activities of the Foundation and will help advance the Foundation's work through programs like Kids Eat Right.

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Apply for Foundation Awards, 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: 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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February 1 Deadline: CDR Leadership Grant

The purpose of the CDR Leadership Grant is to provide financial support to registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered to obtain leadership training. Programs should prepare individuals to move into leadership positions within their organization. The application deadline is February 1.

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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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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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Last Chance to Apply: Kids Eat Right Mini-Grants

The deadline is January 24 to apply for a Kids Eat Right mini-grant. Twenty-five grants of $200 are available to KER members. Recipients of the mini-grants agree to give two presentations between February 3 and March 28, from any of the seven Kids Eat Right toolkits.

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$1 Million 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 Champions for Healthy Kids grants to nonprofit organizations across the U.S. promoting healthy eating and active lifestyles targeted to kids and families. This year, the General Mills Foundation has doubled its commitment to this program to $1 million, awarding 50 grants of $20,000. Applications will be available in February.

Parents Participate in Iowa Schools Wellness Workshops

Over the past two years, the Foundation and Iowa Department of Education have collaborated on the "Meet the Challenge!" project through educational funding from USDA Team Nutrition. This year, RD Coaches are leading 20 parent workshops throughout the state to increase parents' understanding of the nutritional value of school meals and to empower parents to be champions of school wellness.

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