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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.
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Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Children with Special Health Care and Nutritional Needs (10% off during the month of April)

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Pocket Guide to Children with Special Health Care and Nutritional Needs (10% off during the month of April)

This quick reference includes updated information for health care professionals who monitor the nutrition care of children with special health care needs, including Down syndrome, autism, cerebral palsy and other conditions.

Eat Right Weekly - November 13

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On the Pulse of Public Policy

Academy Supports FDA's Move to Eliminate Artificial Trans Fats

The Food and Drug Administration has tentatively determined that partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), which are the primary dietary source of industrially produced trans fatty acids, or trans fat, are not generally recognized as safe (GRAS) for any use in food based on current scientific evidence. the Academy plans to comment in support of FDA's effort, which is consistent with the Dietary Guidelines for Americans, to reduce artificial trans fats from the food supply.

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Academy Urges USDA to Enhance Nutrition in SNAP, Improve Program's Integrity

The Academy recently advocated for increased access to healthy food choices for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participants and encouraged USDA's Food and Nutrition Service to be diligent in its efforts to minimize misuse of the system.

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SNAP Families Lose 21 Meals Each Month

On November 1, 47 million people - half of whom are children - saw a decrease in their SNAP benefits, equating to about $36 per month, or 21 meals per month. This cutback in SNAP benefits is due to the expiration of the 2009 economic stimulus package, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. As Congress discusses the fate of the Farm Bill, SNAP could be subjected to even deeper cuts.

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Academy Supports Use of Sesame Street Characters to Promote Fruits and Vegetables to Kids

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics commended First Lady Michelle Obama's announcement - as part of the Let's Move! initiative - that the Sesame Workshop and the Produce Marketing Association have joined the Partnership for a Healthier America in a two-year agreement to help promote fresh fruit and vegetable consumption to kids.

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Call for Comments: EHR/PHR Nutrition Best Practices Implementation Guide

Ninety percent of U.S. hospitals are now on track to adopt Electronic Health Record technology by 2015 as mandated by the HITECH Act. To facilitate implementation of EHR systems, the Academy's Nutrition Informatics Committee has drafted a guide that shares references, suggestions and lessons learned from fellow registered dietitian nutritionists and facilities. Members are encouraged to download a copy of the draft guide and make recommendations by November 23, after which a final guide will be released.

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Technologies Advance Diabetes Management

Consumers can participate in personalized "mhealth" - or mobile technology - to help self-manage chronic diseases such as diabetes. Technology can be a useful tool in counseling and patient engagement. During National Diabetes Month, learn about health care technologies that help your patients manage their blood glucose.

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Save the Date: Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop

The Academy will host its annual Public Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C., March 30 to April 1, 2014. Join nearly 500 of your fellow Academy members at one of the world's largest food and nutrition advocacy summits. PPW offers top nutrition leadership and communications training, professional connections with nutrition experts and face-to-face conversations with members of Congress.

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CPE Corner

New Schedule of CDR Weight Management Programs

The Commission on Dietetic Registration is offering a number of weight management programs for Academy members.

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New Continuing Education Opportunity: Medicare-Compliant Obesity Program

The Academy has collaborated with Nutrition Dimension, a division of Gannett Healthcare Group, to tackle the obesity epidemic. A new 12-hour online continuing education course titled "Obesity Management: A 911 Call to American Healthcare" is available for registered dietitian nutritionists and features content and resources contributed by the Academy. Enjoy a 15 percent discount if you take the course by December 15.

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Webinar: Medical Nutrition Therapy for Kidney Stones

Medical nutrition therapy can control and prevent urolithiasis (kidney stones) of various etiologies. With information provided in a December 4 webinar, the practitioner will understand the metabolic and environmental risk factors that lead and/or contribute to the formation of urinary tract calculi and will be able to formulate and apply a rational nutrition treatment regimen for prevention.

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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 (CKD) 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 Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of food management, offers an online certificate program with a focus on food allergy management for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module.

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Executive Management Certificate of Training Program

The Center for Professional Development, with experts in the field of executive management, offers an online certificate program with a focus on enhancing executive management skills for all Academy members. Enjoy a reduced rate of $19 for each module or complete all four modules and earn eight hours of CPEUs for $76.

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Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance: Steering the RDN Career in Diabetes

The Center for Professional Development offers an online learning module to enhance registered dietitian nutritionists' understanding of the Standards of Practice and Standards of Professional Performance in diabetes care and to provide practical application of these standards.

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Career Resources

Deadline Extended: Call for FNCE 2014 Educational Sessions

The deadline to submit a proposal for innovative, cutting-edge educational sessions at the 2014 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo has been extended to Monday, November 18, at 11:59 p.m. Central Time. FNCE 2014 in Atlanta, Ga., will feature more than a dozen session tracks, from "Child Health Issues" and "Culinary Explorations" to "Technology for Practice" and "Wellness and Prevention."

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Eyes of the World Could Be on You: Apply to Be an Academy Spokesperson

Are you active in your local news media? Do you have experience being interviewed on TV, video or radio? Do you want to show the world that registered dietitian nutritionists are the media's trusted source for accurate, science-based food and nutrition information? The Academy is looking for media-savvy registered dietitian nutritionists to join its amazing team of volunteer national spokespeople.

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Journal Editor's Podcast: Nutritional Genomics, Part 2

Part 2 of a three-part podcast series on nutritional genomics is available now on the Journal's website.

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New Opportunity: Become a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics

Designation as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (FAND) recognizes your professional accomplishments, valuable service to the profession and public and pursuit of lifelong learning. By earning the right to include the FAND initials among your credentials, you let colleagues, clients and the public know that you have been welcomed as a Fellow into the world's largest organization of food and nutrition professionals.

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"Nourish to Flourish" Infographic

Be a part of the solution to the hunger and obesity paradox by raising awareness, getting involved and supporting programs that help food insecure families have consistent access to healthy foods. See the new Kids Eat Right "Nourish to Flourish" infographic and share it with others.

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November Book of the Month

Save 10 percent on the Academy's Pocket Guide to Lipid Disorders, Hypertension, Diabetes and Weight Management (updated 2012). Put the Nutrition Care Process to work with this practical guide covering four conditions that registered dietitian nutritionists commonly see in practice. The guide features assessment tools, PES statements, the latest from the Evidence Nutrition Practice Guidelines, tips for documentation and more.

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Academy Member Updates

Now Playing at Sam's Club Stores: Academy's Videos

Just in time for the holidays, the Academy has arranged for RD Recipe videos from the Home Food Safety Program and How Do I... videos to be shown in Sam's Club stores nationwide - in more than 600 locations in the United States, with 24 million monthly views.

More Accolades for Award-Winning Academy Communications

The Academy has won ten 2013 MarCom Awards, a competition for those involved in the concept, writing and design of print, visual, audio and web materials and programs. This prestigious competition has grown to perhaps the largest of its kind in the world, with about 6,000 entries per year - from corporate marketing and communication departments, advertising agencies, PR firms, design companies, production companies and freelancers.

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Top Innovators in Dietetics Practice and Education

The Council on Future Practice announces the top two innovators from the fifth annual Food & Nutrition Conference Expo's Innovations in Dietetic Practice and Education session.

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Submit Nominations for 2014 Academy Honors and Awards

The Academy is shining the spotlight on outstanding food and nutrition practitioners and supporters of the profession through its national Honors and Awards program. Don't miss this chance to honor those who have advanced the profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both dietetics and allied fields.

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CMS Announces Quality Data Reporting Change

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has modified the hospital quality measures data reporting requirements under its Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting (HIQR) program. A synopsis of the modifications as they affect The Joint Commission accountability measures and ORYX core measure reporting requirements is available.

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Joint Commission's Advanced Certification in Inpatient Diabetes

The Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care recognizes hospitals that make exceptional efforts to foster better outcomes across all inpatient settings. Achievement of certification signifies that the services you provide have the critical elements to achieve long-term success in improving outcomes. Sandra McNeil, MA, RD, CDN, FADA, the Academy's representative to The Joint Commission's Expert Technical Panel, reviewed the Certificate of Distinction for Inpatient Diabetes Care accredited standards to include the registered dietitian nutritionist and nutrition assessment and therapy services.

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Pioneer Network Starter Toolkit: Engaging Staff in Individualized Care

The New Dining Practice Standards are clinical standards that assist nursing homes' support of individuals living or staying there to eat the food that they want to eat. This is a "starter toolkit" with how-to information for initiating and strengthening these practices. To support implementation, each topic area in the toolkit includes a tip sheet, an exercise to generate conversation among staff and a video or audio clip to support that conversation.

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NCQA's Patient-Centered Medical Home Certification

The PCMH Content Expert Certification highlights comprehensive knowledge of the requirements, application process and documentation of the NCQA PCMH Recognition Program. This prestigious and professional credential positions recipients as experts in the field who are aligned with NCQA's mission to improve the quality of health care.

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2014 Eat Right Calendar on Sale

Celebrate the New Year all year with 12 months of food-related photos taken by your colleagues. The 2014 Eat Right calendar, published by the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, features photos taken by the finalists in the Journal's annual photo contest and includes dozens of important dates for food and nutrition practitioners.

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Looking for Healthy, Low-Cost Recipes?

Visit the new Healthy Food Bank Hub to find recipes and resources for eating well on a budget. The Healthy Food Bank Hub is a collaborative effort of Feeding America, member food banks, the National Dairy Council and the Academy.

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Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge

The National Restaurant Association is accepting applications for the second annual Kids LiveWell Recipe Challenge. Sponsored by founding partner McCormick For Chefs and Healthy Dining's team of registered dietitians, the Challenge takes an "industry tested, kid approved" approach. Submit your delicious and nutritious kids' menu items by December 15 for a chance to be recognized for your efforts in children's nutrition. Awards will be presented at the 2014 NRA Show in May.

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Philanthropy, Awards and Grants

December 1 Deadline: Foundation's CDR Simulation Development Grant

One or more grants totaling $200,000 for the development of interactive practice simulations that address Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics-supervised practice competencies are available through the Foundation.

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December 1 Deadline: CDR Grassroots Marketing Grant

The deadline is December 1 to apply for the Commission on Dietetic Registration's Grassroots Marketing Grant Award. The purpose of this award is to provide grants to registered dietitian nutritionists and dietetic technicians, registered to promote CDR credentials at the local level to prospective employers or third-party payers.

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February 1 Deadline: Foundation Awards

The Foundation offers awards for continuing education, international and program development awards.

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February 1 Deadline: Food Safety Student Challenge Scholarships

Nine scholarships of $4,500 each are available through the Academy Foundation/ConAgra Foods Food Safety Student Challenge, developed as part of the Home Food Safety campaign.

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Make a Difference in the Future of the Dietetics Profession

"As a past scholarship recipient, the Foundation's generosity and support allowed me to pursue my career goals and become a registered dietitian. Without the support of the Foundation I would not be where I am today and I am ever so grateful for the opportunities provided. It is my goal to give back a small portion of what the Foundation has invested in me through a yearly donation, and as a young professional, I hope I can impact the lives of those who are walking down the road I once traveled."
- Meghan Windham, MPH, RD, LD

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