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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 - March 5

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

PPW Registration Discount Ends on Friday

Register for the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop by Friday, March 7, and save big. This year, PPW is bringing in communications experts to provide attendees with effective techniques to direct conversations and make sure your message is heard on Capitol Hill and on the job. Sign up today to secure your spot and advance your career and the profession.

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Nutrition Facts Panel: FDA Unveils Big Changes

The Food and Drug Administration announced changes to the Nutrition Facts label that reflect the Academy's evidence-based recommendations. The Academy has been working with the FDA on the revisions of the Nutrition Facts panel over the last decade, focusing on promoting healthful eating.

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School Environment Continues to Get Healthier

First Lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced last week that new school wellness policy rules include a new mandate to limit marketing to children. This and other regulations due to be implemented in the next school year, as required under the 2010 Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, are making the entire school environment healthier for children.

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Academy Supports Federal Research Plan for Dyslipidemia Screening for Children and Adolescents

The Academy's research and public policy teams supported a draft research plan on screening for dyslipidemia among children and adolescents proposed by the United States Preventive Services Task Force.

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Georgia Affiliate Hosts Successful State Legislative Day

More than 50 members of the Georgia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics participated February 19 in the affiliate's State Legislative Day at the capitol in Atlanta. GAND members reached more than 100 legislators with their messages to support food and nutrition programs and funding for important programs including child nutrition, school meal program and meals on wheels/senior nutrition.

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CPE Corner

March 13 Webinar: "Reimbursement: New Game, New Rules"

Health care delivery and payment systems are changing, requiring changes in the registered dietitian nutritionist's approach to advocating for the recognition of nutrition services. In a March 13 webinar, learn about new opportunities to get paid for your services in both the public and private market, and Academy resources that are key to your success.

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April 18 Application Deadline: AMIA 10x10 Course

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. Foundation scholarships are available. Applications are due April 18.

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April 22 Webinar: "Addressing Patient Malnutrition to Improve Outcomes and Reduce Hospital Costs"

Malnutrition is common in the hospital setting and can adversely affect clinical outcomes and costs, but it is often overlooked. An April 22 webinar will feature a steering committee member of the Alliance to Advance Patient Nutrition, a partnership of three leading health care organizations including the Academy. The presenter will discuss the growing body of research on hospital malnutrition and the critical role the registered dietitian nutritionist plays in driving interdisciplinary collaboration among the health care team to identify and treat patient malnutrition.

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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

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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March 26 Webinar: "GENIE: Your Nutrition Education Wishes Have Been Granted!"

The newly released Guide for Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education (GENIE) is an easy-to-use resource for program planners and program evaluators developed by the Academy and the Foundation. A free March 26 webinar will show practitioners how GENIE can help plan effective, sustainable nutrition education programs that positively affect their patients, clients and communities.

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March Book of the Month

Save 10 percent during March on Making Nutrition Your Business: Private Practice and Beyond. This is an essential resource for any dietetics professional considering a switch to private practice, consulting, writing or speaking. This book discusses what it takes to go solo; how to structure your business, money management essentials; marketing ideas that will get you noticed; and more.

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New Issue of MNT Provider

Learn how health coaching can complement medical nutrition therapy; how you can protect your National Provider Identifier; and how you can participate in CMS's ICD-10 transition testing in the new edition of MNT Provider.

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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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Get Acquainted with Your Student Community

If you haven't accessed your Student Community recently, you could be missing out on valuable information.

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Recruit Members, Win Prizes

Help the Academy grow: Share the value of membership with friends and colleagues by participating in the 2014 Promoter Program. The more new members you recruit by September 1, the better your chances of winning prizes such as a Kindle Fire or a year of Academy membership. To get Promoter credit, make sure your recruit enters your name in the "Did someone recommend Academy membership to you?" section of the 2014-2015 Academy membership application.

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2014 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Available

Are you a Medicare provider and wondering what the payment rates for registered dietitian nutritionists are for 2014? The Academy has taken the worry out of calculating the 85 percent of the physician payment rate for you.

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Academy Member Updates

It's National Nutrition Month

This year's National Nutrition Month theme is "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right." Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year's key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

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Be Social During National Nutrition Month

Social media is a great place to get involved during National Nutrition Month, in March and beyond. When you post, comment, tweet or share, be sure to use the official hashtag #NNM.

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Videos for National School Breakfast Week

View the web-based video series "The Breakfast Effect" about the potential of the School Breakfast Program to improve child health and learning outcomes. Share this series with your community to aid in efforts to improve access to, participation in and the nutritional quality of the School Breakfast Program.

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Obesity Study Underscores Consumers' Need for RDNs

In the wake of a recent study by the Journal of the American Medical Association showing the obesity rate among children ages 2 to 5 years old dropped by 43 percent between 2003-2012, the Academy reminded the public and news media that no one study can be considered definitive, and that the Academy draws on the entire body of research in our healthful-eating recommendations to consumers.

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Do You Work with the At-Risk Pregnant Population?

The Evidence Analysis Library is seeking workgroup members for the Malnutrition in Pregnancy Evidence Analysis Project.

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Celebrate National Kidney Month

March is National Kidney Month. The National Kidney Disease Education Program makes it easy for anyone to be a kidney health champion.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

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 healthful 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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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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Kids Eat Right Mini-Grant Recipient and New RDN Gives Back to His Community

Anthony DiMarino, RD, LD, a recipient of a Kids Eat Right mini-grant, says: As a new RD last year, I decided to give back to the schools that gave me so much while I was a student there. I presented the 'Myth Busters' presentation at my former grade school's PTA meeting. I also presented 'Healthy Snacking for the Teen Athlete' to my former high school football team. Both audiences received the information well and were very excited about them! A total of 75 Kids Eat Right mini-grants were made possible by The Coca-Cola Company.

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