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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 - April 9

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Preceptor Drive 2014

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Academy Urges FDA Not to Burden Food and Nutrition Research

The Academy has joined a growing number of organizations strongly urging the Food and Drug Administration to withdraw its new guidance requiring Investigational New Drug Applications (INDs) for conventional foods. The new requirement would hinder important research and add significant costs, but FDA identified no problems with existing oversight provided by institutional review boards.

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Proposed Professional Standards for School Nutrition Personnel Endorsed

The Academy has supported the U.S. Department of Agriculture's proposed professional standards that will ensure all personnel in school nutrition - from state directors to food servers - meet significant academic, experiential and continuing education standards. The Academy encourages USDA to require all personnel to have received food safety training and supports the agency's tiered approach of mandating more rigorous standards as the size of local education agencies increases.

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Academy Partner Releases Report on Preventing Heart Disease and Stroke

The National Forum for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention, a coalition of more than 75 organizations including the Academy, has released "The Public Health Action Plan to Prevent Heart Disease and Stroke: Ten-Year Update." The report details progress in preventing cardiovascular disease incidence and risk, and offers a series of actions to realize the full potential impact of these programs.

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Last-Minute 'Doc Fix' Includes ICD-10 Delay

President Obama recently signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. This law contains two items of interest to registered dietitian nutritionists.

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How Healthy Is Your County?

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation recently released an updated edition of its "County Health Rankings," which provides a health snapshot for nearly every county in all 50 states. Learn how your county ranks in 29 factors that influence health, including access to healthy foods, physical activity and more.

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CPE Corner

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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April 29 Webinar: 'Successful Synergies'

Get inspired to connect with local organizations to help fight hunger and improve access to healthy foods in your community by hearing many innovative examples of projects big and small. Learn practical tips for forming collaborations that become successful synergies. Understand the important role that health care and food bank partnerships can play in improving the lives of families facing food insecurity. This Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation webinar is planned with Feeding America through an educational grant from the National Dairy Council.

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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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May 15 Webinar: 'Using Social Media with Kids Eat Right'

Members can use social media to effectively promote Kids Eat Right messages. A May 15 webinar will introduce Kids Eat Right's social media platforms and provide suggestions for using each platform.

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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

April 15 Application Deadline 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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Updated Student Exam Prep

If you are getting ready to take the Registration Examination for Dietitians, the Academy's Student Exam Prep (StEP) can help. Now including more questions, updated references and links, StEP was updated April 7. This tool can be used to strengthen your exam readiness as you study for the RD exam and serve as a complement to the CDR Study Guide for the Registration Examination for Dietitians.

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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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Worksite Wellness Businesses: Share Your Story

The Academy is working with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation to make employers and insurers who work with the Healthier Generation Benefit aware of proven, registered dietitian nutritionist-led worksite wellness programs. Submit your success stories by May 1.

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April Book of the Month

Save 10 percent during April 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 needs, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

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New EAL Project Published

The Evidence Analysis Library's Dietary and Metabolic Impact of Fruit Juice Consumption Project has been published. Topics include weight status and adiposity in children, dietary intake and nutritional adequacy in children, blood lipid levels in adults and markers of antioxidant and oxidant status in adults.

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Academy Membership Renewal Now Open

Renewing your Academy membership for 2014-2015 is easy.

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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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New Handouts: Nutrition and Health Apps for Consumers

Two handouts are available as free downloads from the University of Missouri Extension.

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Academy Member Updates

Member Named University Dean

Academy member Elaine Turner, PhD, has been named dean of the University of Florida College of Agricultural and Life Sciences. Turner had been interim dean of the university's third-largest college since January. Her appointment is effective April 11. "Dr. Turner is a person who gets things done," said the university's senior vice president. "She is organized, she's tireless, she never drops the ball and she's got a career-long commitment to the highest-quality teaching."

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Food and Nutrition Heroes

Food & Nutrition Magazine's online "Nutrition Heroes" series spotlights Academy members who are making a difference in every aspect of practice, in all parts of the country and around the world.

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It's National Volunteer Week

April 6 to 12 is National Volunteer Week, dedicated to inspiring, recognizing and encouraging volunteerism. Thanks to all members, especially those who engage in volunteer activities for the Academy and profession. Both are strengthened by your commitment and passion.

Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

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 Difference While Renewing Your Membership

I donate to the Foundation because it's the only source of grants and scholarships devoted solely to the dietitian.
- Patricia A. Obayashi, MS, RD, CDE

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