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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 16

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Preceptor Drive 2014

On the Pulse of Public Policy

Agriculture's Role in Improving Health and Wellness

The Academy was a founding sponsor of an April 7 half-day summit held at the U.S. Capitol, "Cultivating a Healthy Future: Agriculture's Role in Improving Health and Wellness," that offered an innovative look at the impact of U.S. food systems on human health. Speakers highlighted links between agriculture and human health and how agriculture research programs can support healthy outcomes in people, plants and animals.

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School Food Modernization Act Introduced in Senate

U.S. Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Heidi Heitkamp (N.D.) have introduced the School Food Modernization Act (S. 2210). This bipartisan legislation would establish loan and grant assistance programs within the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help schools upgrade their kitchens and dining areas and acquire new equipment. The bill also authorizes funding to train and provide technical assistance to school nutrition service personnel across the country.

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Animal Pharmaceutical Industry Agrees to Comply with Voluntary FDA Guidance

Twenty-five of the 26 pharmaceutical companies that sell medically important antimicrobials for food-producing animals have voluntarily agreed to comply with Food and Drug Administration guidance to phase out the use of these pharmaceuticals for production purposes.

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CPE Corner

Deadlines for AMIA 10x10 Course: April 18 Grant Applications, May 7 Registration

Apply for Foundation grants to participate in the fifth offering of the popular Academy/AMIA 10x10 Informatics Education Program, which begins May 7. The online course will culminate at a face-to-face, full-day program at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo. The deadline to apply for a limited number of Foundation grants is April 18 and the course registration deadline is May 7.

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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 2-3: Oncology Nutrition Symposium

The Oncology Nutrition dietetic practice group's 2014 symposium, "Make Your Practice Shine," will be held May 2 and 3 in Orlando, Fla. The conference offers an opportunity to earn up to 15 hours of continuing education, with presentations on topics including pancreatic enzymes, physical assessment, oral chemotherapy and food and drug interactions.

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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

Calling RDNs Working With a Wellness Program

Are you a registered dietitian nutritionist who is working with a proven and effective employee wellness program? If so, the Academy wants to hear from you.

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Webinar Series: Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture

A three-part webinar series, "How Health Care Can Prevent Antibiotic Overuse in Animal Agriculture," is being offered by Health Care without Harm, an international coalition including health care systems, hospitals and health professionals. The webinars will focus on emerging science of farm practices and federal policy, clinical advocacy and success stories of hospital foodservice systems.

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Webinar: 'Accountable Care Organizations 101'

What are Accountable Care Organizations and how will this new payment and delivery model affect health care and reimbursement? The Leavitt Partners Center for Accountable Care Intelligence is offering a free webinar on ACOs on several dates in upcoming months.

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Academy Membership Renewal Now Open

With benefits, products and services designed to support your continued professional growth and career enhancement, Academy membership is an investment in your future. Dues invoices for the 2014-2015 membership year have been mailed to all current Academy members. To ensure you continue to receive all member benefits without interruption, send your dues renewal payment by June 2.

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Get a Member, Win a Prize

Help the Academy grow and 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 are 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. Email

Are You 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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Academy Member Updates

April 28 Comment Deadline: Proposed Bylaw Amendments

The Academy is proposing two amendments to its bylaws to include an immediate past-treasurer on the Board of Directors and to extend the tenure of public members from two years to three years.

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April 30 Deadline: Take CDR's National Validation Survey, Qualify for $500 Apple Gift Card

Make your voice heard in defining the dietetics profession's practice competencies. Registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered are invited to take part in a national survey by the Commission on Dietetic Registration to help ensure competencies accurately describe the knowledge, skill and judgment of practicing RDNs and DTRs. Complete the survey by April 30.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

April 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.

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GENIE Recorded Webinar

If you missed the recent webinar about the "Guide to Effective Nutrition Interventions and Education" (GENIE), view the recording and access the handout.

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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 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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