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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 - January 29

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Elections 2014

On the Pulse of Public Policy

PPW Video Challenge: Entry Deadline is February 10

Are you interested in winning a complimentary trip to Washington, D.C., to advocate for our profession? Join the PPW Video Challenge - a contest that offers the chance to win an all-expenses-paid trip to the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop, where you will receive top-notch communications and leadership training; network with nutrition experts; and meet with your member of Congress. The entry deadline is February 10.

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Calling All Current and Past Military RDNs and DTRs

Uncle Sam isn't the only one who wants you. The Academy will be honoring members at the 2014 Public Policy Workshop who have or are currently serving in the armed forces. Send in your photo by February 21 to be honored at PPW.

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USDA: Americans Are Choosing Healthier Foods

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service indicates American adults are consuming fewer calories away from home; ingesting fewer calories from total fat and saturated fat; eating more fiber; and overall consuming less total calories.

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Minnesota RD to Receive the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Award for Grassroots Excellence

Congratulations to Ann Erickson, MA, RD, of St. Paul, Minn., who has been named the winner of the Academy's 2014 Award for Grassroots Excellence in recognition of her leadership work in nutrition advocacy.

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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 health care. 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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New Year, New CMS-1500 Claim Form

Effective January 6, registered dietitian nutritionists who bill third-party payers using the CMS-1500 form need to begin transitioning to use of the revised form (version 02/12). By April 1, all paper claims must be submitted on version 02/12 only. The biggest changes to the form are the addition of an ICD indicator, an increase in the number of diagnosis codes that can be reported and the removal of several fields.

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Academy Member Brings Voice of RDN to Regional Medicare Advisory Group

Sometimes a simple act opens up a big door. Such was the experience of Dee Pratt, RDN, LDN, of Collierville, Tenn., president of Dietitian Associates, Inc., who was recently invited to join the Provider Outreach and Education Advisory Group for Cahaba Government Benefit Administrators (Part B Medicare).

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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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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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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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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

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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Healthier Generation Benefit Webinar

A free, live webinar, "Prevention, Assessment and Treatment of Childhood Obesity: Closing the Gap in Provider Reimbursement for Blue Cross-Blue Shield KC members," will be held February 6 from noon to 1 p.m. Central Time, presented by the Academy, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. The registration deadline is February 3.

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February 3 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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February 14 Deadline: Sylvia Rowe Fellowship

The International Food Information Council Foundation is accepting applications for its annual Sylvia Rowe Fellowship. The fellowship seeks promising nutrition and food safety communicators to help enhance their capabilities. The application deadline is February 14.

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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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January Book of the Month

Save 10 percent on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Children with Special Health Care and Nutritional Needs. This quick reference includes updated information for health-care professionals who monitor the nutrition care of children with special health care needs, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

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Submitting Nominations for National Honors and Awards Is Easy and Online

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. The submission deadline for nominations is midnight Central Time on March 1.

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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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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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New USDA School Breakfast Resources

Promote school breakfast with new resources from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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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. Former President Susan Laramee, MS, RD, FAND, will pose questions to president-elect candidates Evelyn Crayton, EdD, RDN, LD; and Trisha Fuhrman, MS, RDN, LD, FAND, to help members gain insight into their perspectives and views. The webinar is free to Academy members. 1.0 CPEU hours are available for members attending the live webinar.

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Position Concept Proposal: Role of RDN and Nutrition Therapy in Prevention and Treatment of Pre-Diabetes and Diabetes

A new position paper concept on Type 2 diabetes has been approved by the Academy Positions Committee. The next step is for the proposal to be reviewed by Academy members, offering the opportunity to provide comments. Academy members should provide comments by February 6.

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EAL Needs You

The Academy's Evidence Analysis Library is recruiting. The EAL team is seeking workgroup candidates for a variety of projects. This is a great way to contribute your expertise, benefit the dietetics profession and enhance your professional development! The main focus of Evidence Analysis Projects will be to answer pertinent questions related to the topic using the Academy's systematic evidence analysis process.

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Thank You to Academy Sponsors

To help advance the Academy's mission of empowering members to be the food and nutrition leaders, the Academy's sponsorship program works with industry to build awareness of the Academy and its members, to share science-based information and new research with members and to enable the Academy to reach millions of consumers with healthful-eating messages.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

Estate Gift Benefits the Foundation

The Foundation has received a bequest of nearly $27,000 from the estate of Jane E. Billyeald, formerly of Eau Claire, Wis., who died June 7, 2013, in Bloomington, Ind., at age 99. She first joined the Academy in 1937.

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Tax Time: Donate Now, Ensure Tax-Deductible Donations are Made for Next Year

Support the Academy Foundation's Annual Fund. Your support will enable the Foundation to continue to provide scholarships, research grants, continuing education awards and innovative educational programs through the Kids Eat Right initiative. I literally jumped for joy when I heard I was awarded a scholarship from the Academy Foundation; I wasn't sure I how I would cover my expenses and this scholarship helps make my internship financially possible.
- Christine Dugan 2013 scholarship recipient

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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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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: Apply for Foundation Awards

The Academy Foundation offers awards to Academy members and dietetics students in recognition of their professional accomplishments.

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February 15 Deadline: Apply for Foundation Scholarships

Graduate scholarships, dietetic internship scholarships, undergraduate (didactic or coordinated) scholarships and dietetic technician scholarships are all available through the Foundation.

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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.

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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"Hunger in Our Community" Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant Opportunity

To support the use of the Kids Eat Right "Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do." toolkit, 25 grants of $200 grants are available from the Academy Foundation. Recipients of the mini-grants agree to give two presentations between March 3 and May 2, utilizing the presentations for adults or teens from the "Hunger in Our Community. What We Can Do." toolkit. Applications are due February 21 and grant recipients will be announced March 3.

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Your GENIE Is Here

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

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