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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 - February 19

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Elections 2014 Final

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Why Is Nutrition Policy Important? Find Out and Vote for Your Favorite PPW Challenge Videos

The 2014 PPW Video Challenge finalists are in: Cast your vote for the clips you find the most inspiring. Entrants have the chance to win a trip to the Academy's Public Policy Workshop - the world's largest food and nutrition advocacy and policy summit.

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Senior Nutrition Programs on Reauthorization Path

At long last, a bill to reauthorize the Older Americans Act has been introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The OAA was due for reauthorization in 2011 and funds several nutrition programs in which Academy members play critical roles.

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Academy Advocates for Prevention Health Funding on Capitol Hill

Last week, Academy staff joined more than 40 other national organizations to discuss with members of Congress the importance of federal investments in public health. Many Academy members are involved in federally funded community prevention programs; these Capitol Hill visits gave the Academy the opportunity to highlight work in community nutrition and chronic disease prevention.

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ANDPAC Announces Public Policy Leadership Award Recipients

Sen. Tom Carper (Del.), Rep. Bill Cassidy (La.), Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.) and Sen. Jeff Merkley (Ore.) have been selected to receive the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Leadership Award, which will be presented at the Public Policy Workshop. These members of Congress were nominated by Academy affiliates for their leadership and support for nutrition and health issues of importance to the Academy and have worked with the Academy to reach mutual goals. Join the Academy and the Academy's Political Action Committee, ANDPAC, in celebrating these award winners at PPW 2014.

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CPE Corner

February 27 Webinar: "Affordable Care Act: What's In It for Me?"

Within the nearly 11,000 pages of the Affordable Care Act are opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered. Whether you work in clinical, community, management, research or consultation/business practice, there's an ACA provision for you. A February 27 webinar will offer information you need to understand key provisions affecting nutrition professionals and action steps for seizing opportunities as the law continues to roll out.

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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 Academy offers an online certificate program with a focus on food allergy management for all members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each Level 2 module.

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Executive Management Certificate of Training Program

The Academy offers an online certificate program with a focus on enhancing executive management skills for all 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 Academy 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

February 20 Deadline: Last Chance to Submit FNCE Abstract

Have you conducted research in nutrition and/or dietetics? Do you have a unique program or project you would like to feature? Consider presenting at the Academy's 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Abstracts will be accepted for peer review through February 20.

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March 1 Deadline: Submit Nominations for National 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. The submission deadline for nominations is midnight Central Time on March 1.

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Weight Management Symposium

Effective weight management calls for professionals with skills to practice with diverse populations in a variety of settings. Maximize your ability to facilitate client achievements by attending the Weight Management dietetic practice group's March 21-23 symposium "Show Me Excellence: Gateway to Weight Management Success," at the Hyatt Regency at The Arch in St. Louis, Mo.

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March 24 Webinar: "Making an Impact with Food Insecure Populations"

Gain a real understanding of families facing food insecurity and the many obstacles they encounter every day; learn how to make nutrition messages fit their needs; and access new resources for successfully helping food insecure families adopt healthy lifestyles in a free March 24 webinar.

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Weight Management Experts Wanted

The Academy's Evidence Analysis Library is seeking workgroup members for the Relationship of Single Serving Portion Sized Meals and Weight Management Evidence Analysis Project.

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April 15 Deadline to Apply for NNM Award: Students Making a Difference at Schools

The Student Advisory Committee announces the 2014 National Nutrition Month Student Award Program, recognizing local student dietetics associations and clubs that support the mission and vision of the Academy by organizing events in recognition of National Nutrition Month. The deadline to apply for an award is April 15.

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February Book of the Month

Save 10 percent during February on Health Professional's Edition - Right Size for Me: A Weight Management Guide for African American Women. Inspired by research on African American women seeking tailored weight management tools, this downloadable product is a unique, practical guide. Contains easy-to-download modules, subject-related counseling tips, discussion points and activities.

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March 3 Deadline: 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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AMIA 10x10 Course: 54.5 CPEU Credits Available

Join the fifth offering of the popular Academy/AMIA 10x10 Informatics Education Program, starting May 7. The online course will culminate at a face-to-face, full-day program at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo.

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Become a Student Leader

Build your leadership skills, boost your career and enhance your resume. Apply to become your program's Academy Student Liaison or nominate yourself.

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Don't Miss Out: Update Academy Contact Information

Have you recently moved, changed phone numbers or opened a new email account? If so, you may be missing important Academy news, access to exclusive member benefits or publications by mail.

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Academy 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 Platinum Rewards MasterCard.

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Academy Member Updates

February 22 Deadline: Vote in 2014 Election

The deadline is Saturday, February 22, to vote in the Academy 2014 national election. Cast your ballot and have your voice be heard.

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March 14 Deadline: Trailblazer Award Nominations

The Academy and the Institute of Food Technologists have announced the new Trailblazer Award. Jointly bestowed by the Academy and IFT, the Trailblazer Award recognizes 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 the IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo. The deadline for nominations is March 14.

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Members Prove the Value of a Dietitian

Academy member Leeann Hessler, MS, RD, LDN, feels that research is "a vital part of the field of nutrition and dietetics." Learn how you can get involved and "prove the value of a dietitian" by participating in the Dietetics Practice Based Research Network.

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Seeking Inspirational Young People to Serve as Healthy Living Ambassadors

The 2014-2015 Youth Advisory Board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation seeks young people (ages 8 to 17) to serve as ambassadors for the Alliance, share feedback on Alliance programs and activities and lead service-learning programs related to preventing childhood obesity.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

February 21 Deadline: "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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March 3 Deadline: Apply for Continuing Education Award

The deadline is March 3 to apply for the Foundation's Barbara Ann F. Hughes - NEP DPG Continuing Education Award, which provides $1,000 in educational stipends for nutrition professionals working in policy initiatives, advocacy and/or private practice. Preference is given to members of Nutrition Education for the Public dietetic practice group.

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March 14 Deadline: $1 Million in General Mills Champions for Healthy Kids Partnership Grants

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.

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April 1 Deadline: Foundation's CDR Advanced Practice Residency Grant

The purpose of this grant is to provide funding to institutions to establish or enhance advanced-practice residency programs that meet ACEND's guidelines. Funding is limited and will be capped at $30,000 per institution. New and existing programs are eligible to apply. Funds may be used for startup costs, program materials, staffing, salary deferment, promotion and advertising and student fees. Preapproval by ACEND is required to be eligible for funding. The application deadline is April 1.

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April 1 Deadline: Foundation Research Grant

The Foundation's named research funds are available annually to Academy members at all levels of practice. These grants focus on areas such as renal disease, childhood obesity, nutrition and oral health, diabetes medical nutrition therapy, diet and neurological disorders and nutritional epidemiology. The application deadline for research grants is April 1.

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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 program. 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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Deadline Extended to May 1: 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. The deadline to apply for this award has been extended to May 1.

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Deadline Extended to May 1: Innovative Food/Culinary Efforts Award

The application deadline has been extended to May 1 for the Foundation's Mary Abbott Hess Award for Recognition of an Innovative Food/Culinary Effort. The $1,000 award encourages dietetics professionals to make original and innovative efforts in food and culinary education.

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February Kids Eat Right Everyday Heroes

Are you a Kids Eat Right Everyday Hero? You could be. Email your photo and a sentence or two about your experience as a Kids Eat Right campaign volunteer to

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