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Eat Right Weekly - March 12

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

PPW Video Challenge Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop Video Challenge. Christine Scott, MS, won for her video that answered the question: "Why is nutrition policy important?" Nancy Becker, MS, RD, LD, FAND, won for her video that answered: "Why is supporting ANDPAC important to the dietetics profession?"

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Academy Urges FDA to Effectively Ban Trans Fats in Food

In support of the Food and Drug Administration's tentative rule, the Academy has urged that partially hydrogenated oils, the primary source of industrially produced trans fatty acids, should no longer be "generally recognized as safe" (GRAS) for human consumption.

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Academy Calls for No Gaps in Care for Patients with HIV

In recent comments to the Health Resources and Services Administration, the Academy recommends that implementation of the Affordable Care Act should not create gaps in HIV-related services, including nutrition services, for people with insufficient health care coverage.

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Exemplary WIC Breast-Feeding Practices Should Be Recognized, Promoted: Academy Comments

State and local WIC agencies should be recognized for their work to promote breast-feeding among WIC participants, according to Academy comments submitted to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food and Nutrition Service, suggesting additional criteria to honor state and local agencies for exemplary practices that promote breast-feeding. The additional criteria enable useful data collection for comparing the efficacy of various program components and determining criteria that impact success.

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USDA Looks Ahead: Budgeting for Nutrition Programs in 2015

The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently held meetings to discuss funding for its nutrition programs, many of which are part of the Farm Bill. USDA has requested, as part of the larger president's Fiscal Year 2015 budget, to fully fund nutrition programs such as SNAP, SNAP-Ed, WIC, Senior Farmers Markets and others. Academy staff participated in the meetings and look forward to continuing to partner with USDA.

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Impact of Health IT on Nutrition

Work is underway to make sure that electronic nutrition data "follows the patient" from facility to facility, ensuring optimal care. During a session at the recent Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Annual Conference & Exhibition, Academy member Elaine Ayres, MS, RD, discussed an electronic nutrition section placeholder that would allow nutrition care plans to be sent to any care setting.

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Hospital Claims for Malnutrition under Scrutiny

In its work plan for 2014, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of the Inspector General announced a new project that will review hospital claims that include a diagnosis for kwashiorkor (ICD-9 260). Kwashiorkor is a form of severe protein malnutrition that generally affects children living in tropical and subtropical parts of the world during periods of famine or insufficient food supply. Typically it is not found in the United States. These claims are coming under scrutiny since a diagnosis of kwashiorkor on a claim substantially increases the hospitals' reimbursement from Medicare, and cases have come forward where this diagnosis was incorrectly reported for adult patients.

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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 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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April 2 Deadline: Diversity Promotion Grant Will Award $10,000

The Diversity Promotion Grant, administered by the Academy's Diversity Committee, awards $10,000 to an accredited dietetics program, Academy affiliate, dietetic practice group or member interest group that develops a program focused on recruitment or retention of underrepresented groups in the profession. The grant is awarded in June and the project can be conducted in a two-year timeframe. The application deadline is April 2.

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Standards of Professional Performance in Sustainable, Resilient, Healthy Food and Water Systems

The Academy's Quality Management Committee, with the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group, has developed a resource for registered dietitian nutritionists who work in sustainable, resilient and healthy food and water systems. The document assesses current skill levels in this emerging area and covers six standards of professional performance outlining quality indicators and practice outcomes.

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Academy Member Updates

RDN Day and Contest Winner Spotlighted in Times Square

In celebration of Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day and the 2014 National Nutrition Month theme "Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right," members shared their most meaningful experiences in providing health and nutrition services as an RDN. For the second annual Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day contest, members were asked: "How do you help clients enjoy the taste of eating right?" More than 200 members sent thoughtful and inspirational testimonials. The winner of the 2014 contest is Crystal Kwan, MPH, RDN.

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Videos Spice Up National Nutrition Month

Enjoying the taste of eating right doesn't need to be complicated. To help consumers learn easy ways to make flavorful foods part of their nutritious eating plan, the Academy has added two new videos to its online consumer series.

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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 Honor Academy's Nutrition Heroes

The Academy has selected four registered dietitian nutritionists to be part of a new video campaign, Showcasing our Nutrition Heroes. The campaign highlights the many ways RDNs positively affect the lives of their patients and clients. The videos were produced in connection with Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day on March 12.

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Celebrate National Nutrition Month by Preparing Flavorful Food Safely

For National Nutrition Month, the Academy's and ConAgra Foods' award-winning Home Food Safety program shares information on preparing safe and flavorful foods with nutrition, flavor and safety in mind.

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On a Billboard Near You: Kids Eat Right

More than 60 electronic billboards across the United States are featuring the messages of Kids Eat Right, the joint initiative of the Academy and the Foundation. The billboards have a projected viewing audience of more than 4.6 million impressions.

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March 14 Deadline: Do You Know an Exceptional Food Science Leader?

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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Member Honored with Advanced-Education Fellowship

Academy member Ashley Colpaart, MS, RD, chair of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group, received the 2014 E. Neige Todhunter Memorial Doctoral Fellowship. Dr. Todhunter was an exceptional teacher, researcher and mentor who influenced the careers of many students. She was a distinguished leader in the Academy, serving in many capacities including president. Her commitment to the advanced education of registered dietitian nutritionists, as seen by her creation of the fellowship that bears her name, is a model for the dietetics profession.

Magazine Names Members Restaurant Industry Rising Stars

Two Academy members were among the "40 Under 40 Rising Stars" named by FSR magazine, which covers the full-service restaurant industry: Cheryl Dolven, MS, RD; and Kristy Del Coro, RD.

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Member Receives Parenting Media Award

"Good Sense Eating," a regular column in Chicago Parent magazine by Academy member Christine Palumbo, MBA, RD, FAND, recently received a Bronze Award in the annual Parenting Media Association's 2013 Editorial and Design Competition.

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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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Kids Eat Right Members Will Attend PPW

Lauri Wright, PhD, RD, LD, and Allison Childress, MS, RDN, CSSD, LD, Kids Eat Right campaign members who are active in public policy, were selected to receive trips to attend the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop to enhance their advocacy skills at the local and state levels.

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Kids Eat Right Hunger Mini-Grant Recipients

Congratulations to 25 Kids Eat Right campaign members who were selected to receive a Kids Eat Right Hunger in Our Community Mini-Grant. Each winner will receive $200 to lead two presentations from theHunger in Our Community: What We Can Do toolkit in their communities through May 2.

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Looking for Healthful, Low-Cost Recipes?

Visit the new Healthy Food Bank Hub to find recipes and resources for eating well on a budget. The Healthy Food Bank Hub, a collaboration of Feeding America, member food banks, the National Dairy Council and the Academy Foundation, is a platform for the growing conversation between public health and hunger-relief professionals on the issues of food insecurity, improved nutrition and helping to reduce the risk of diet-related diseases. The website contains more than 50 tools, resources and healthful recipes.

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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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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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Make a Tribute Gift during National Nutrition Month

Honor a mentor while making a gift to your Foundation. This is a great way to recognize the special people who make a difference in your life while making an important investment in the future of the dietetics profession. Your friend, colleague or loved one's family will be notified of your thoughtfulness through a personalized acknowledgement card. To donate to the Tribute Gift Program, contact Martha Ontiveros at 312/899-4773 or

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