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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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Food Companies Ready to Ramp Up 'Facts Up Front' Labeling Initiative

Major food manufacturers recently launched the "Facts Up Front" voluntary labeling campaign that provides nutrient information on the front of the label to help consumers make more informed choices. In addition to voluntary industry initiatives, the Academy anticipates that the Food and Drug Administration and other regulatory entities will issue new regulations and guidance related to labeling. To identify, examine and recommend effective labeling policy, the Academy is forming a Food and Nutrition Labeling Workgroup.

The "Facts Up Front" labeling initiative provides information on the front of the food label including: calories, saturated fat, sodium and sugar per serving. It may also include information on one or two nutrients (e.g. vitamin A, potassium) if the product contains 10 percent or more of the daily value per serving of the nutrient and meets the FDA requirements for a "good source."

This voluntary initiative is led by the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents the nation's leading food and beverage companies, and the Food Marketing Institute, which represents more than 1,500 food wholesalers and retailers. It is expected that most major food companies will participate. The Institute of Medicine has weighed in on front-of-package labeling in a report released in 2011 that examines nutrition rating systems and symbols and provides recommendations.

The Academy is convening a team of experts, the Food and Nutrition Labeling Workgroup (FNLW), to guide the strategy of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' advocacy and public policy work in assessing whether both governmentally mandated requirements and industry's voluntary labeling formats and contents are understandable and informative. Additionally, they will ensure that allowable nutrient and health claims are not misleading. Specifically, the FNLW will assist with the Academy’s efforts to develop stances and principles on various labeling issues in anticipation of submitting comments on forthcoming regulations, positioning the Academy as a leader on these salient issues.

As the location of information on packages changes, registered dietitian nutritionists should familiarize themselves with the details of the new labeling structure in order to effectively counsel patients and clients on making healthy choices.

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