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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 Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice (10% off during the month of October)

The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice (10% off during the month of October)

This easy-to use guide shows how to incorporate standardized language—the International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology (IDNT)—into everyday pediatric practice.

Eat Right Weekly - March 19

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

PPW Registration Closes Friday, March 21

Register by Friday, March 21, to secure your spot at the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop, the world's largest food and nutrition policy and advocacy summit. More than 500 attendees will gain top-notch communication skills, leadership training and connections with top nutrition experts from around the country. Launch your career at PPW.

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Farm Bill Implementation Means Opportunities for RDNs and DTRs

The Farm Bill, which provides authorization and funding for many nutrition programs, requires the U.S. Department of Agriculture to flesh out many of the details for these programs and grant opportunities. USDA is in the midst of holding listening sessions on 12 areas of Farm Bill implementation over the next two weeks. The Academy has attended three sessions that discussed programs that offer future opportunities for to registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered.

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Academy Works to Improve Nutrition and Physical Activity of WIC Participants

The Academy has provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture with suggestions for improving a planned study of nutrition education for participants in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The study will include a pilot study of the impact of WIC nutrition education on nutrition and physical activity behaviors, and the Academy highlighted issues that need to be resolved to do so and shared strategies for improving outcomes data.

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RDN Day Declared in California

California Assembly Member Dr. Richard Pan signed a resolution declaring March 12 Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day in California. Eleven members of the California Dietetic Association's Northern Area District attended the ceremony and were photographed in the Assembly Chambers with Dr. Pan holding the RDN Day proclamation. After the ceremony, attendees were treated to a continental breakfast in Dr. Pan's office.

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S.C. Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Celebrates National Nutrition Month and Public Policy

More than 25 members of the South Carolina Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics participated in the affiliate's State Public Policy Day, March 5 at the capitol in Columbia. At the meeting SCAND learned of reimbursement opportunities for Academy members and discussed the development of their Public Policy Partners Program.

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CPE Corner

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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May 14 Webinar: "The Ins and Outs of Food Allergy"

Food allergy is encountered in every area of clinical dietetic practice, but most registered dietitian nutritionists are not confident in addressing their clients' questions and concerns. A May 14 webinar will cover the realm of food allergic disorders including how they present, dietary management and validated client resources. Gain the knowledge and tools you need to approach food allergy with confidence.

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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 18 Deadline: AMIA 10x10 Course Starts May 7

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. The registration deadline is April 18.

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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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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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Medicare's Physician Quality Reporting System Has Changed: Have You?

If you are a Medicare provider who bills using the CMS-1500 form, you should be participating in the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to avoid future reductions in your Medicare payments. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has made several changes in PQRS reporting requirements this year that have a significant impact on registered dietitian nutritionists.

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New Celiac Disease Nutrition Guide

Fully updated to include new Food and Drug Administration gluten-free labeling rule information, this is the essential guide for people diagnosed with celiac disease, dermatitis herpeteformis or non-celiac gluten sensitivity. It outlines how to follow a gluten-free diet, identify food products and medications that might contain gluten, shop for gluten-free products and more.

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Food Safety for College Students

The Home Food Safety program - a collaboration between the Academy and ConAgra Foods - offers a new series to help college students reduce their risk of food poisoning. Share food safety tips with clients, family and friends geared toward college life.

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Academy Member Updates

CMS Promoted MNT Benefit during National Nutrition Month

For the sixth consecutive year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services shared a message to providers during National Nutrition Month to promote the Medicare MNT benefit. The message encourages physicians to explore the benefits of medical nutrition therapy for patients with diabetes and renal disease.

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April 15 Deadline: 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 dietetic 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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New Member Interest Group: Asian Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics

Starting June 1, the Academy will offer its tenth member interest group. Asian Indians in Nutrition and Dietetics will empower members to be leaders in cultural, evidence-based practices for people of Indian origin. This MIG will utilize an online format; dues are $5 each membership year. All Academy members are encouraged to consider joining for 2014-2015.

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Get a Member, Win a Prize

Help the Academy grow by participating in the 2014 Promoter Program - share the value of membership with friends and colleagues. 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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2014-2015 Student Advisory Committee Candidates

The Student Advisory Committee's Nominating Committee has submitted a slate of candidates for the 2014-2015 SAC. In accordance with Nominating Committee guidelines, this is a single-slate election, with all candidates chosen by the Nominating Committee.

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Member Honored by Alabama Association

Academy member Dianne Lollar, MPH, RD, LD, chair-elect of the Hunger and Environmental Nutrition dietetic practice group, will receive the 2014 Frederick S. Wolf Award on April 9 from the Alabama Public Health Association. The award recognizes an individual who has been active in public health at the community level for more than 10 years; who selflessly gives back to the community; and is efficient, dedicated and professional in delivering public health services.

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, RD.

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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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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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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 healthy eating messages.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

New Toolkit for National Nutrition Month: 'Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort.'

The newest Kids Eat Right toolkit, "Healthy Schools. It's a Team Effort," is now available. The toolkit was developed with content experts from the School Nutrition Services dietetic practice group to educate school and community stakeholders about the importance of healthy eating and physical activity for academic success.

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Kids Eat Right Everyday "Hunger" Heroes

Learn about Kids Eat Right's National Nutrition Month Everyday "Hunger" Heroes.

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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: Pittsburgh Dietetic Association Leadership Development Award

This award was established to recognize emerging leaders among graduates of supervised practice programs and to encourage their participation in Academy activities. The award will cover expenses up to $1,000 for a qualified applicant to attend the Academy's 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. Applicants must be a resident of Pennsylvania or student or graduate of a Pennsylvania program. 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 montiveros@eatright.org.

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