Important Congressional Issues Require Your Action!

As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, please urge your policymakers to support legislation that protects and values nutrition services in areas of prevention and treatment (including treatment and reduction of obesity and diabetes prevention) and in the role of nutrition education as highlighted in the Farm Bill. It is important for members of Congress to hear from their constituency. As vital decisions are made regarding health care in the upcoming weeks, the voice of every member is critical. Take action today!! Log on to and click for more ways to take action.

November CDAND Meeting

When: Thursday, November 30th

Time: 11am – 1pm

Where: G. Chastaine Flynt Memorial Library; Flowood, MS

Speaker: Quala Madkin, MSU Extension

,strong>Topic: SNAP-ed (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Education) and RD’s Role in SNAP-ed

Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP to Kathryn Johnson at by Monday, November 27th.

Also if you have not paid your membership dues please come prepared to do so. $10 per meeting or $20 per year.

Academy Updates

EAL Update

The EAL is working on new content. Coming soon is Malnutrition in Pregnancy (early 2018), Nutrition Screening Pediatrics (January 2018), Nutrition Screening Adults (spring 2018), Chronic Kidney Disease Guideline (summer/fall 2018), Preterm Infant Guideline (January 2019). Just starting are projects on cystic fibrosis and dietary cholesterol. Visit the EAL at

Now Available: Revised 2017 Scope and Standards of Practice for RDNs

The Revised 2017 Scope of Practice for the RDN, and the Revised 2017 Standards of Practice (SOP) in Nutrition Care and Standards of Professional Performance (SOPP) for RDNs, are now available in the Journal as ‘Articles in Press’. The RDN documents reflect changes impacting practice such as:

  • CMS regulations- hospital ordering privileges and delegated orders in long-term care
  • Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 – discharge planning and transition of care
  • National efforts to address malnutrition
  • Learn more about the Scope and Standards of Practice at

    Now Accepting Applications for Academy’s Spokesperson Program

    The Academy is seeking outgoing, knowledgeable registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) with experience working with the news media to apply to join the Academy’s Spokesperson Program. Members who have been RDNs for more than five years and have at least two years of media experience are encouraged to apply. Numerous topic areas and geographical markets are available. The application deadline is February 2, 2018.

    October MNT Provider

    To find out how the growth in Medicare Advantage plans offers opportunities for RDNs, and learn about resources for understanding and reporting under MIPS, read the October MNT Provider.

    Pledge of Professional Civility

    Food &; Nutrition Magazine has launched an initiative to help foster community and constructive discourse among peers: The Pledge of Professional Civility. The pledge was announced during FNCE& by Academy President Donna Martin at the Member Showcase and discussed during the FNCE session on Cyberbullying, presented by Academy President-elect Mary Russell and Past-President Connie Diekman.

    As professionals who are active in social media and communications, you are no doubt aware of some challenges regarding a shift in the online behavioral landscape. Forums such as social media channels and listservs continue to provide positive opportunities for discussion and connection; however, antagonism and negativity also have become more prevalent.

    The Pledge of Professional Civility is a voluntary, public commitment to the civil treatment of professional peers, including those with whom we may not agree on all issues. Anyone is welcome to take the pledge. As Academy leaders, we encourage all of you to review the Guiding Principles and supporting resources, take the Pledge of Professional Civility and help demonstrate positive, productive engagement among our community.

    Free ANDHII webinar November 30th at 11am Central

    A free webinar will introduce you to the benefits of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Health Informatics Infrastructure, an online tool available to all Academy members that enables RDNs to track nutrition care outcomes and advance evidence-based nutrition practice research by recording usual encounters with patients.

    This webinar, scheduled for November 30 from 11 a.m. to noon (Central time), will highlight the benefits of using ANDHII in clinical practice settings featuring the real-world experiences of two dietitians.

    Visit more information.

    Announcing the 2017-2018 diversity awards!

    The below diversity awards are now accepting applications as of November 1, 2017. Applications will close March 1, 2018. Please review and submit an application today!

    Diversity Mini-Grants:The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ Diversity Mini-Grants provides $100 – $1,000 grants to support affiliate or DPG outreach to students and professionals from underrepresented groups within the dietetics profession. (Plans are underway to open this program to MIGs in the 2018-2019 year.) These mini-grants are only open to Diversity Liaisons. (Apply today:

    Diversity Action Award:A $1,000 award will be given to a dietetics educational program accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics, Academy Affiliate, dietetic practice group, member interest group or other recognized Academy group in recognition of past accomplishments to successfully recruit and retain diverse individuals. Learn more:

    Diversity Promotion Grant:Up to a $10,000 grant to support diversity recruitment and retention projects by dietetics education programs accredited/approved by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND), dietetic practice groups, Academy affiliates and member interest groups is available. Learn more:

    If you have any questions, please email

    Council on Future Practice Names its Top Innovators in Dietetics Practice and Education

    The Council on Future Practice is excited to announce the top two innovators from the ninth annual FNCE Innovations in Dietetics Practice and Education session.

    Top Innovator in Practice

    Amy Buehrle Light, RDN, LDN, for the project “Using Informatics to Control Food Costs in Foodservice Operations.”

    Top Innovator in Education

    Erin Bergquist, MPH, RD, CNSC, LD, for the project“Team Based Learning Activities Improve Application of the Nutrition Care Process in a Dietetic Internship.”

    The session’s purpose is to promote new innovations in dietetics practice and education. Learn more about the innovations that were presented in Chicago in the;September 2017 Supplement of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, pages A69-A71

    Transforming Vision into Action Award

    The Council on Future Practice’s Transforming Vision into Action Award is given in recognition of outstanding collaborative contributions of Academy members and their teams. The purpose of this award is to recognize innovative programs or products that transform a vision into nutrition and dietetics practice and/or education with outcomes relevant to the future. The deadline to apply is March 1, 2018.

    ACEND Update

    A copy of the November Standards Update is posted on the ACEND webpage: Monthly Standards Update. In this issue the proposed demonstration program research logic model is discussed, updates to the Rationale Document are released and a call for the second cohort of demonstration program applications is issued.

    ACEND has made some slight changes to the 2017 Accreditation Standards. The revised documents are available on the ACEND Standards Website at Public comments on the revised standards can be made at: until December 4, 2017.

    The monthly Virtual Town Hall meetings are held on the second Thursday of the month at 1 PM Central Time. The town hall provides a time for ACEND to share updates on its standards work and for stakeholders to ask questions. Information on joining the town hall can be found at

    If you have questions, please send them to or call 312-899-4872, so we can respond to them. Future editions of the monthly update will include these questions and an ACEND response.

    2017 Referral Program Winners Announced

    The Academy would like to thank all of its valuable members who promoted Academy membership in 2017 and encouraged a colleague or friend to become a new member. The 2017 Referral Program helped recruit over 1,300 new Academy members. If someone entered your name in the “Referral Information” section of the online membership application, you were both entered into a drawing for complimentary 2018-2019 Academy memberships!

    This year;s winners are:

    Holly Conrady, Student Member

    Haley Klinger, Student Member

    Laura Kull, Active Member

    Zachary Siemieniak, Student Member

    Ronna Croft, Active Member

    Annjeanette Soltysiak, Active Member

    Congratulations and thanks again for all you do in support of the Academy. Remember, nobody can recruit members better than you can!

    For questions, please e-mail and thank you for supporting the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

    Submit National Honors and Awards Nominations

    Do you know an outstanding role model who has advanced the nutrition and dietetics profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both dietetics and allied fields? If so, recognize their contributions by nominating them for an Academy National Award. Submit an intent to nominate by January 15, 2018 and complete the full online nomination by March 1, 2018. Award recipients will be announced in May 2018 and recognized at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2018 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

    Learn More


    The deadline to submit material for the February  issue of the Journal‘s People & Events sections is December 1st.

    The People & Events section is a venue for announcements, obituaries, and educational opportunities that will be of interest to Academy members and Journal subscribers. A People & Events item should not exceed 150 words. If you or a member of your group are interested in submitting to the People & Events section, please send your submission as a Microsoft Word file to Dan Carroll at

    Publication of an educational event is not an endorsement by the Academy of the event or sponsor.


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    It’s Back! A Print Version of the NCPT Manual is Available Now!

    Abridged Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT) Reference Manual: Standardized Terminology for the Nutrition Care Process

    Perfect for everyone who loves a printed book, the renowned Nutrition Care Process Terminology (NCPT) reference manual is available in an abridged printed publication. This book offers a subset of the 2017 NCPT, PLUS a 1-year individual subscription to the complete online eNCPT manual!

    Also included is a select collection of NCP terminology, and practice tools including the NCP snapshots, the nutrition assessment matrix, and the nutrition diagnosis matrix.

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    Making Nutrition Your Business: Building a Successful Private Practice, 2nd Ed.

    Written by two experienced and successful private practitioners, this resource provides detailed advice on marketing and growing your business, billing and reimbursement, getting clients to return, and more!

    Making Nutrition Your Business is must-read for all dietetics professionals who aspire to go out on their own.

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    Sports Nutrition: A Handbook for Professionals, 6th Ed. Is Now Available!

    The sixth edition of Sports Nutrition offers timely research and evidence-based advice for health professionals working with athletes at all levels. Written and reviewed by esteemed sports RDNs and exercise experts, this brand-new edition incorporates theoretical and practical information with key takeaways designed for easy implementation in daily practice.

    Become an Expert in Malnutrition Assessment With One Handy Guide

    Nutrition Focused Physical Exam Pocket Guide, 2ndEd.

    The brand-new second edition NFPE Pocket Guide provides you with all the tools you’ll need for malnutrition assessment, documentation, and coding. It includes the adult malnutrition characteristics chart, a physical exam table describing muscle and fat wasting, micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities, edema charts, and much more!

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    Pocket Guide to Pediatric Weight Management, 2nd Ed.

    Build healthy lifestyles from the start with this must-own guide. The new edition integrates the latest evidence-based practice guidelines with the Nutrition Care Process to help practitioners create individualized nutrition care blended with practical and realistic advice.

    The Food and Nutrition Gold Standard, Updated and Comprehensive

    Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food & Nutrition Guide, 5th Ed.

    Whether addressing nutrition questions from clients, consumers, students, or others, this is the ultimate resource for communicating science-based advice and answers on a myriad of topics. Now more comprehensive than ever, this guide has been updated to reflect the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, current Academy positions, and the most up-to-date and authoritative public health guidelines.

    Keep Your Clients Informed with Educational Handouts

    With a colorful design, engaging format, and short, clearly defined sections, these brochures are easy-to-read for clients who may be unfamiliar with a variety of nutrition topics. The latest brochures cover the hottest topics such as gluten-free eating, smart snacking, added sugars, Mediterranean-style eating, and more.

    Want to write better Nutrition Diagnosis (PES) statements?

    eNCPT is an online, mobile-friendly tool containing a comprehensive explanation of the Nutrition Care Process and standardized terminology, which can help improve care team communication. Subscribers have access to the most up-to-date terminology, free access to the Electronic Health Records Toolkit, and translations available in six languages. Using NCPT can help you improve your documentation, so doctors and nurses can quickly read your note, understand the patient’s nutrition problem and support the nutrition care plan.

    Learn how eNCPT can impact on your effectiveness:

    Success Starts with eatrightPREP for the RDN Exam

    Put yourself in the best position to pass the RDN Exam with this comprehensive and convenient resource from the Academy. eatrightPREP goes above and beyond what any book can do, with an exam study plan including over 900 questions, unlimited access to three full-length practice exams, and performance stats to identify your strengths and target weaknesses. As a cutting-edge resource, eatrightPREP complies with the Commission on Dietetic Registration’s (CDR) latest Test Specifications for 2017, better preparing the student for the exam.

    Obtain the skills to Identify Malnutrition at the Nutrition Focused Physical Exam (NFPE) Hands-on Training Workshop

    Attend the NFPE Workshop and you’ll gain the knowledge and skills needed to:

    Access muscle-wasting and fat loss

    Identify clinical signs of micronutrient deficiencies and toxicities

    Evaluate the presence of edema or fluid accumulation

    Demonstrate basic NFPE skills with actual patients!

    RDNs who attend the Workshop will receive the NFPE Pocket Guide and reference text, PLUS 10 CEUs!

    To view the schedule and register, visit

    Earn CPEU with Online Certificate of Training Programs

    Public Health Nutrition

    Develop competency and earn CPEUs online with this program concerning the emerging and exciting area of public health nutrition. The level two program consists of five modules covering the foundations of public health nutrition, developing, implementing and evaluating a plan, and much more! This program has been developed by the Academy’s Center for Lifelong Learning and planned with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists (ASPHN) and the Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition (CPHCN) and the Public Health and Community Nutrition Practice Group (PHCNPG).

    Informatics in Nutrition: Spanning All Areas of Practice. Keep up with the rapidly changing world of health care and earn CPEUs with this vital new program. The Academy’s Center for Lifelong Learning, planned with the Nutrition Informatics Committee, the NIC Consumer Health Informatics Workgroup and the Interoperability and Standards Committee, are offering this program to ensure nutrition professionals stay up-to-date with the latest methods of processing and using data in all areas of the profession. The program covers every facet of informatics, including Electronic Health Records (HER), security and ethics, utilizing data, and much more.

    Foundation and Kids Eat Right (KER)

    Tuesday, Nov. 28 is #GivingTuesday! Support your Academy Foundation with a gift at

    New Infographics Available

    Three new infographics are available from the Academy Foundation. The infographics were made possible through an educational grant from National Dairy Council.

    “Tossed Treasures: America’s Wasted Food Problem and How Dietetics Professionals Can Help”

    “What’s in Our Food? The Science and Safety of Food Additives”

    “The Nutrition Professional’s Guide to GMOs”

    View the infographics, which are posted with the webinar of the same title