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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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The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice

The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice

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

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This Fall More Americans Will Go Hungry if Action Is Not Taken

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) aims to feed millions of hungry Americans. However, it is only supplemental assistance, thus many recipients still suffer from food insecurity - the lack of access to consistent food.

Come November the value of SNAP benefits will decrease, leaving millions more Americans hungrier than before. To complicate the issue, inflation has prevented SNAP dollars from helping people purchase the same amount of food as they did in the past, further hindering their access to food they need. Congress is taking action, and now it is your turn.

In the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, SNAP benefits were temporarily increased to assist families struggling to find employment; however, this benefit is set to expire November 1, 2013, decreasing the average SNAP benefit for a family of four by $36 per month.

To compound the issue, a recent report by the Economic Research Service indicated that during the 2009 recession, food inflation increased, eroding the effect of the increase in SNAP benefits by half.

Furthermore, Congress is debating up to $40 billion dollars in cuts to the SNAP program. Such budget cuts would further exacerbate the food access problem.

The expiration of the increased SNAP benefit along with food price inflation and potential financial cuts will increase the number of hungry Americans.

As the Farm Bill, which authorizes the SNAP program, continues to be debated, some members of Congress are taking a stand to ensure hardworking Americans eat well to stay well. Leading the pack is Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (Conn.), a 2012 Academy Public Policy Leader Award recipient. She led 204 of her colleagues to sign a letter asking that "the final language of the Farm Bill or any other legislation related to SNAP be crafted to ensure that we do not increase hunger in America."

Academy members can take action to support the health and wellbeing of American children, seniors and hardworking citizens. Email your Public Policy Coordinator to learn how to send a letter to the editor of your local paper to voice support of SNAP and its corresponding nutrition education program, SNAP-Ed.


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