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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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Older Americans Act Passes Key Senate Committee

The Older Americans Act Reauthorization, or S.1562, which would reauthorize senior nutrition programs such as congregate and home-delivered meal programs, was passed unanimously by the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee. Passage through committee of this important legislation is due in part to tireless advocacy efforts of Academy members, as well as those of other supporters of senior nutrition programs.

The Older Americans Act, originally passed in 1965, must be reauthorized every five years. The purpose of the OAA is to provide critical access to social services, including healthy meals, to vulnerable older adults. The OAA was due for reauthorization in 2011, but Congress has not yet voted to reauthorize the legislation. Academy staff worked closely with the Senate HELP Committee to make sure nutrition programs were protected in the reauthorization and to include additional language in the bill that would ensure meal providers utilize the expertise of registered dietitian nutritionists.

To be reauthorized, the OAA must now be passed by the full Senate; introduced and passed in the House of Representatives; and signed by President Obama. This legislation still has a long way to go, but passage through the Senate HELP Committee marks a critical first step in moving the process forward.

For more information, read the Academy's issue brief on OAA nutrition programs and its position paper on nutrition and aging.

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