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Vegetarian Nutrition DPG Update

Hello ArAND!

Many of you know me as your past Executive Director, a job I passed onto Tiffanie Snyder recently. I did this so I’d have more time for other things such as my job as the Culinary Nutritionist for the UAMS Culinary Medicine Program and also the State Coordinator for AND’s Vegetarian Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group.

When I agreed to take the coordinator’s position, I figured we had many people in the group. It shocked me that only have 5 members in the state, including myself! I hope that we can make those numbers grow. Out of all the DPGs I belong to, the VNDPG is my favorite. I eat mostly plant based and I promote it to my patients, many of whom have found success with eating more plants. I don’t expect them to be full-fledged vegans or even any of the many forms of vegetarianism (lacto, lacto-ovo, etc.) I just promote eating more plants and if they like to eat animal products, we talk about reducing the amount. We talk about bringing the plants to the forefront of the plate and making the animal product the garnish. It makes everyone happy and in the end, healthier.

I know I’m preaching to the choir here; as dietitians, we’ve been taught about the benefits of more plants in the diet. So join me in the VNDPG to learn more about those benefits by reading the most up-to-date research and learn about scholarships, research grants and more:

I encourage you to contact me at if you want any further info. Also, as of next month I’ll start sharing my favorite vegetarian or vegan recipes with you. 

Best regards,


Margaret Pauly, MS, RD, LD

State Coordinator, VNDPG

Arkansas RDN Presenting Webinar on Pulmonary Hypertension

Spread the word, Dr. Nina Roofe is presenting a webinar on pulmonary hypertension. Sign up for CEU's HERE!

Upon successful completion of this one-hour course, the participant should be able to:

  • Summarize the etiology of pulmonary hypertension.
  • Identify risk factors for pulmonary hypertension.
  • Identify effective evidence-based treatment and prevention strategies.
  • Recap available data regarding the impact of diet on patient outcomes.
  • Identify members of the interprofessional health care team that should be involved in this patient's care.

Live Webinar Date: May 27, 2021   (03:00 PM - 04:00 PM CST)


Shepherd's Hope Free Clinic in Little Rock is in need of nutritionists and dietitians (students or interns) to help with their clinic. Shepherd's Hope Free Clinic is nonprofit and volunteer-run. They serve community members who do not have health insurance and have in-person clinics 5-6 times per month for health-related issues. One time per month there is a gynecology clinic, with dental and vision clinics up and running soon. They are hoping to add a dietary clinic a couple of times a month as well. The RD clinic could be in person or via telehealth, it is a flexible schedule and would have support staff the entire time. 

Many of the patients have chronic conditions such as diabetes and hypertension and they realize the importance of lifestyle changes. In order to focus on patient compliance and overall quality of life, they seek to educate them on dietary improvements. If you would like to volunteer, please contact: 

Opal Flowers, RN
VAD Coordinator
Baptist Health Heart Transplant/MCS Clinic



Mrs. Stella Kay Chapman Locke, 87, died Saturday, August 22, 2020 at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, MS. A visitation for Mrs. Locke will be held on September 2, 2020 at 1 P.M. with a memorial service following at 2 P.M. Central Time in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Warren Black officiating. Waller Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. For those who cannot attend, A Facebook live will be available on the Waller Funeral Home Facebook page.

Born to the late Rupert and Carrie Chapman in Coffeeville, MS, Mrs. Locke was a retired Chief Clinical Dietician at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, AR. She was a former member of Oxford-University United Methodist Church and was a current member of Clear Creek Baptist. She enjoyed spending her time quilting, sewing, and traveling. Mrs. Locke was an incredible housewife and greatly enjoyed and loved her family.

Mrs. Locke is survived by her husband of 65 years, Cecil Locke; one daughter, Lynda Locke Mace, and her husband, Noel of Little Rock, AR; two sons, James Byron Locke, of Little Rock, AR, and Stanley Dwight Locke of Soldotna, AK; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Expressions of sympathy or memorial contributions in Mrs. Locke’s memory can be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, 5159 Main St, Tupelo, MS 38801,(662) 844-2111.

Diversity Series

Q & A with Shannon Hendrix MS, RD, LD  

What is your current position, and can you describe a little of what it entails? 

Vice President, Clinical/Diagnostic Services at Arkansas Children's Hospital. I have responsibility for the following departments: Pharmacy, Lab, Radiology, Clinical Nutrition, Social Work, Child Life, Pastoral and Palliative Care. Altogether, this includes close to 500 employees. I also serve as co-chair of our system Diversity & Inclusion Committee. 

Can you tell us a little bit about your journey to where you are now?

When I graduated from the internship I took a job as a clinical dietitian, but I knew I didn't want to stay there for my entire career. I worked as a Clinical Dietitian for a year then left to work at Sysco Foods as a Healthcare Specialist. This position opened several doors for me throughout my career. Each job opportunity since working at Sysco has basically found me, if that makes sense and mainly through networking. While working at Sysco, I received a call from a former co-worker at a part-time job ( a small hospital where I served as a consultant). She worked at the Heart Hospital and they were looking for a consultant. Long story, short, I walked in thinking I was interviewing for a consultant position and walked out with an offer for the Nutrition Services Director position! As for my transition to ACH, it was a similar story. There's a dietitian who currently works at ACH, whom I had worked with previously on the ArAND Board. She called and asked if I was interested in the Clinical Nutrition Director position. At the time my mom was sick and eventually passed away, so it wasn't the right time for me to change jobs. Fast forward a few months and the same dietitian reached out again because the position was still vacant. I applied and after a series of interviews, was hired for the position! I have been at ACH for 7 years now and promoted to my current position of Vice President almost three years ago. When I came to ACH I had no idea where my path would lead me, but here I am. And this will not be my last stop . . .  

Why did you choose to become an RD? 

In college I started off as an Occupational Therapy major. When I was a junior and didn't get into OT school, I had to figure out an alternative plan. My aunt was a dietitian and influenced me to consider it as a career. I started working at Conway Regional with two amazing dietitian mentors, Kathy Hall and Mary Jane Pettit, who inspired me to pursue to dietetics. 

Did/do you have an African American mentor during your journey to becoming a RD?  How did they help you along the journey to becoming an African American RD in a predominately white profession? 

As referenced above, my aunt was one of many mentors to me. Throughout my career, I have had several mentors, both black and white. Being a minority in this field has never bothered me. I grew up in a predominantly white neighborhood and have always had an equal number of both black and white friends. I think the best advice I have received is to always speak up for myself, and always hold true to my values. 

What barriers did you face in your journey to where you are now?

When I made the transition to management, it was a huge learning curve. I started off managing staff who were old enough to be my parents. I had to roll up my sleeves and work beside them in order to earn their respect. By learning this important skill early on in my career, it served me well as I transitioned to other Directors roles, as well as my Vice President role, especially in establishing relationships with key leaders within the organization.

Can you explain in your own words how important it is for African Americans and people of color to be in the field of dietetics? 

Unfortunately, African Americans are at higher risk for many diseases, such as obesity, diabetes, kidney disease, and hypertension. All of these conditions are directly related to diet and exercise. If we had more diversity within the Dietetics field, I feel like our African American patients could potentially have better outcomes. We often here that African American patients feel better connected to providers who look like them and understand their needs and struggles. 

REGISTER NOW for The Renfrew Center Foundation’s Fall Seminar Training. The False Self: The Complexity of Body Image and Identity Issues in the Treatment of Eating Disorders will address the intricate interplay between brain, body and beliefs (why we believe what we believe). Repetition of messages and experiences become internalized and influence, not only self-perception and self-talk, but the body itself. Negative reinforcement often becomes imprinted in the client’s bodymind, feels “true” and serves as the client’s identity. For more information or to register, visit

Friday, September 27, 2019

8:15 am - 12:30 pm

The Capital Hotel

Offers 4 CE Credits; includes a continental breakfast.

Washington DC – Mid July saw four members of the Arkansas Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Public Policy Panel engaged in advocacy efforts addressing two pieces of legislation that would help Medicare beneficiaries access registered dietitians for counseling assistance. The bills were the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (TROA) (S. 595 ; H.R. 1530) and the Diabetes Self-Management Training Act (DSMT) (S. 814 ; H.R. 1840)

Carole Garner, ArAND Public Policy Coordinator (PPC), started July 11 with morning training and strategic planning sessions with the PPCs from other states and the Policy and Advocacy Leaders (PALS) from the DPGs. These sessions progressed through lunch and up to the mid- afternoon Summit kick-off with all attendees including ArAND Consumer Protection Coordinator (CPC) Debie Head, State Regulatory Specialist (SRS) Stephanie Bassett and co-SRS Candace Turner. Hill preparation, story-telling practice and grass-roots awards filled the remainder of the day.

Friday the 12th saw Fitbits logging a lot of steps of the Arkansas team. About a half mile from our hotel was the Metro Red line stop that would take us to Union Station for the next half mile walk to the Hart

Senate Office Building and first meeting of the day with Senator Boozman’s Legislative Assistant Ryan Losak and Legislative Correspondent Lindsey Parobek. Staying on the Senate side of Capitol Hill we utilized the tunnel that connected Hart via the Dirksen Building to the Russell Building for our appointment with Senator Cotton’s Counsel Andrew “Vu’ Ritchie. We were treated to a ride on the Capitol subway/people mover system that connects the Senate and House sides of the Hill. While all four of us were able to speak with the Senators’ staff, we had to split up in order to meet with all four of Arkansas’ Congressmen. After lunch on the House side in the Longworth Building cafeteria, Debra and I met with Legislative Assistant Nick Lisowski in Representative Westerman’s office in the Cannon Building followed by Legislative Director Ashley Shelton in Representative Crawford’s office in the Rayburn Building. Stephanie and Candace’s first afternoon meeting was with Legislative Director Geoff Hempelmann in Representative Womack’s office in Rayburn. Their last meeting of the day was with Legislative Assistant Lesley Hill in Representative Hill’s office back in Longworth. Ms. Shelton and Ms. Hill have been staff that we have been able to build relationships with for the past several years. All discussions included main points of the two pieces of legislation, Arkansas and District data on Arkansans aged 65+ who are obese or have diabetes, relevant stories of patients’ and/or personal experiences, a list of DSME programs in the state, and AND created Leave Behinds. Staff appeared positive responding that their legislator was interested in the issues and would consider our “ask”. The AND “ask” for the meetings was to have legislators sign on as co-sponsors of the bills. Representative Westerman is a co- sponsor of the TROA bill. Some staff had questions that needed follow-up. This was provided with email thank-you messages. This was viewed as important by the other staff in generating their “bosses” support.

More steps and Metro rides took us from the Hill back to our hotel to retrieve our luggage and then out to the airport for our flight home.

These two days were the culmination of many hours of pre-Summit preparation. Prior to the DC events, AND provided two required Digital Bootcamp sessions for PPCs and PALs. These focused on their role and responsibilities for the summit, i.e. contacting all Congressional offices and making appointments with legislators and/or staff, team preparation strategies, as well as background and talking points regarding the specific pieces of legislations, i.e. creating relevant fact sheets of state specific data and programs. All attendees participated in an additional set of required prep webinars. These reviewed the importance of advocacy, how to engage with policymakers and the legislative bill focus. Advanced readings of select research articles completed the training.

Arkansas Children’s Hospital 7th Annual Pediatric Nutrition Conference

“Back to Basics”

This annual nutrition conference has applied for 7 CPEUs for Dietitians and Diet Technicians. The conference will feature a variety of topics including nutrition for infants through adolescents, GI disorders, diabetes, obesity, and more!

September 20th, 2019
Time: 7:45 AM – 4:15 PM
Location: Arkansas Children’s Hospital
Professional Building 3
Little Rock, AR 72202
Registration cost: $80 (breakfast and lunch included) [$40 for ACH/UAMS employees]
Registration open: July 1st- August 31st

For more information, please visit our website:

If you have any questions regarding registration please contact:

or 501-364-7564 or 501-364-3085




The Arkansas Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition will be hosting a webinar as part of the ASPEN: Fluids, Electrolytes and Acid-Base Series

Fluids and Sodium Disorders 
Date: May 1, 2019
Time: 3:00pm-4:30pm
Location: UAMS main campus, Rahn Building Room G222
Parking Available on the top level of Parking Deck 2
Please email Jessica Turker @ if you plan to attend
Description: Introduction to the identification and management of fluid and sodium disorders.
Learning Objectives:
  1. Describe  disorders of fluid and sodium homeostasis for various patient populations
  2. Differentiate between types of hyponatremia and hypernatremia in patients receiving nutrition support
  3. Develop therapeutic plans for treating hyponatremia in patients receiving nutrition support
CE Hours: 1.5
Level: Intermediate

Wed, May 1st 1:00 PM ET
What’s Past is Prologue: Leveraging Previous Experiences into a Meaningful Career
Elana Natker, MS, RD
Speaker: Emma Fogt MBA, MS, RDN, LDN, FAND

After this webinar you should be able to assess your strengths of skills to support a career transition, pinpoint resources to develop a business plan to support career transition, realize the various career paths a dietitian can embark upon.



Wed, May 15th at 1:00 PM ET
Strategic Communication-Knowing What to Say and How to Say It
Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD

Description: Strategic communication is essential for any student, intern and dietitian professional who wants to go a step higher in his/her career. Knowing what to say and how to say it can make or break a relationship, job promotion, and your business. This webinar teaches you the tips and common mistakes of communicating effectively, ultimately helping you come out on top.  Learning how to think on your feet and respond confidently is key to becoming a successful professional and entrepreneur.


Webinar Title: Upcoming Changes to Supplement Facts Labels: What Every Dietitian Should Know

SpeakerLeila Saldanha, PhD, RDN, FAND

 Date: Tuesday, March 5, 2019

 Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT/ 12:00 pm CDT / 11:00 am MDT / 10:00 am PDT / 11:30 PM India--Please adjust the time Internationally

 Registration LINK

  • Registration is FREE
  • This session will be presented using VOIP. A phone number will not be available.
  • 1 Free CPEU Credit will be earned for live attendance.
  • The webinar will be recorded and posted to the IND website for later viewing. Slides and recording will be sent to all registrants.


ATTENTION STUDENTS: Scholarship and Student Liaison Applications Open

Scholarship applications will be accepted on January 15- March 12.  The selected applicant will be notified March 16. See details here! 

Student liasions help with recruitment and retention of student members. They also serve on the Board of Directors. This is a great opportunity for students! Click HERE for more information and to apply. 

RDN's in the News

ArAND members Nina Roofe and Alicia Landrywere recently published in the Renal Nutrition Forum for  their work interprofessionally with motivational interviewing!

Special Invitation for a Free Webinar


Want to be the first to know? Health care payment systems are changing, potentially affecting your practice and bottom line. This past spring you let your voice be heard to help influence Academy activities related to coding and coverage for RDN-provided nutrition services in outpatient settings. What did we learn from you and others and how can you use the results to maximize your future revenues? Join speakers Keith Ayoob, EdD, RD, FADA and Lucille Beseler, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE for a sneak preview of the survey results and an interactive discussion of the implications of the results for you and the Academy. Click on the link below to register for the live event on Thursday, September 20, 12:00 – 1:00 pm Central time and earn 1.0 CPEs.

 The Bottom Line is Your Bottom Line: Results of the Academy’s 2018 Coding Survey

Can’t join us live for the interactive discussion and Q&A? No need to register as we’ll send you a link to the webinar recording after the event. Earn 1.0 CPEs for listening to the recording. For questions about the event, contact


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Are you an RDN who performs medical nutrition therapy? Are you responsible for billing in a facility where RDNs use medical nutrition therapy? The Academy seeks to empower dietetics professionals — including billing personnel — to expand coverage and receive competitive reimbursement for quality nutrition services.

See this great INFO SHEET for more. 

Message from ArAND Fundraising Chair


Celebrating a Centennial Anniversary is always special, and the Academy (AND) did it well at the October 2017 FNCE meeting in Chicago.  Donna Martin, Academy president showed us how far we’ve come since the beginning of our organization as indicated by the photos.  I want to challenge each of you, ArAND member or student, to express a centennial-size appreciation to the Academy during our ArAND Fundraising effort by donating dollars according to where you stand in your career path.

I recommend each RDN or NDTR donate $1 for each year you have been a RDN or NDTR.  For example, I became a RD in 1976 so I will donate $42.  For students or interns I recommend you donate $1 for your year of study.  If you are a sophomore, donate $2.  And if you are a senior, donate $4.   For dietetic interns, donate $5. Of course, we appreciate and will accept any donation in any amount you can make!

For those attending the ArAND AME meeting you can donate in person.  If you are unable to attend this year, here is the link where you can donate by credit card.  If you prefer, mail a check to: ArAND, PO Box 55234, Little Rock, AR 72215, and indicate in the note section that it is for the Foundation Anniversary Challenge. (Check is to be made out to ArAND.)

Why does it matter? All the monies collected will be donated to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation as a kick start for the Second Century.   The Foundation provides for scholarships, awards, research, public education, international resources & opportunities and Second Century. 

To read more about Why It Matters, click on the

Thank you.

Ruth Johnston, MS, RD, LD, FAND

ArAND Fundraising Chair

Conversations with Arkansas Agriculture Department

Check out the Farm to School fliers and learn how you can get involved.


A New Role for RDNs

By: Jennifer Shelton

Healthcare reimbursement has recently made a 180 degree change. If you haven’t heard of terms such as MACRA, CPC+, Value Based Care, or Pay for Performance, then you must make it a priority to watch the news and perform some internet research. If you have heard of these terms, keep reading as there may be a few new key points worth knowing. The main focus of this article is to discuss a fairly new role for Registered Dietitians in an outpatient setting, specifically Family Practice and Pediatrics, called a care coordinator.

I’m speaking from experience when I reference most of the key points in this article. I had the opportunity to serve as a Care Coordinator in a Family Practice clinic a few years ago, and I am now employed as a Practice Transformation Coach for clinics functioning in a similar model that I participated in. This has all been made possible by a significant change in healthcare reimbursement trending from the “Fee for Service” world to “Pay for Performance.”

What does this mean? I know it can be confusing to many of us who aren’t used to dealing with reimbursement. The traditional way to reimburse for healthcare is fee-for- service. This means a patient receives a service by a provider and the provider bills the appropriate code to the insurance company for reimbursement. One issue with this way of billing is the quality provided to the patients isn’t measured. As healthcare costs and the rate of comorbidities continue to rise, payers had to create a model of reimbursement that ensures the patient/member is receiving the care they deserve. Therefore, providers are now required to submit quality measures to CMS on their patients and services in order to prevent a reduction in payments. There are several models and programs that are based on this concept. The models vary by payer and state.

A specific model that incentivizes practices that focus on quality and transforming the patient’s experience is known as the Patient-Centered-Medical Home (PCMH) model. This is not a new model of care, as it was invented in the late 1960s; however, it is a new model that has recently received recognition for reimbursement by many payers in Arkansas. There are a few program choices for practices in Arkansas, including The State Medicaid PCMH, Arkansas Blue Cross PCMH, and the CMS led-multi-payer Compressive Primary Care Plus (CPC+).

The PCMH model focuses on the individual patient by including their preferences and goals, utilizing a healthcare team, coordinating care with specialists, and including aspects of the community.  A Care Coordinator is an integral part of the healthcare team that is often funded by these value-based care models. As a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, you may think this isn’t the job for you; however, many of the job duties listed for Care Coordinators include common core concepts RDNs are educated and trained in. Here are some examples of duties you may find listed for a Care Coordinator:  chronic disease education and management, care plans, transitions of care from the hospital to home, behavioral change counseling, etc.  These job descriptions vary by provider, clinic, system, and program and can often be adapted to fit the needs of the population served. Since RDNs have the medical and counseling background, this can be an ideal position for those who enjoy working in an outpatient setting.

As far as reimbursement goes, there are a few ways to reimburse the RDN in the practice. Many clinics employee the RDN and pay a yearly salary supported by the funds received in the value-based program. The clinic can chose whether or not they will bill for the RDNS services under this model. Another option is contracting RDNs for a selected amount of time for an hourly wage or allowing the RDN to bill under their own NPI.

Like I mentioned earlier, healthcare reimbursement is changing and there are still many aspects to figure out. If you are one that enjoys providing nutrition education and assisting in managing chronic diseases of patients, or establishing  rapport with patients that you see regularly on an outpatient bases, this is possibly the  job for you. Would you like to provide MNT to patients with diseases that aren’t typically covered under insurance? If so, this is also a possibility under this type of reimbursement. Many of the job descriptions are written with a nurse in mind, so don’t be afraid to reach out to the clinic or employer and let them know you are interested and have many skills to bring to the table.

If you are interesting in learning more about these models of care, visit the payment tab on and see the resources below:

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 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.

Pledge of Professional Civility

The Academy’s 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.

Public antagonism and hostility among peers dishonors the nutrition and dietetics profession, and is a disservice to the more than 100,000 professionals who hold the RDN or NDTR credentials. Just as in work environments and professional settings, words and behaviors on social media not only reflect the competencies and conduct of individuals, but the values and credibility of the entire profession. It is crucial that strong examples of personal conduct and professional behavior be set for fellow and future practitioners.

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.  You are welcome to share this information with your members.

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The Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) recommends comprehensive telehealth interventions to supplement the care of adults who have chronic diseases that are affected by diet, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes. 

Telehealth interventions allow healthcare providers and patients to communicate by phone, email, web-based programs, or other electronic or digital media. Healthcare providers and patients may also interact in person, though in comprehensive telehealth interventions, most of their interactions are distance-based.

Telehealth methods were found effective for a variety of dietary outcomes and for several chronic conditions. They were effective when delivered by a diverse range of healthcare providers (including, nurses, dietitians, social workers, health educators and physicians), using several electronic media/modalities. Therefore, the CPSTF finding should be applicable to U.S. adults with diet-affected chronic conditions.

 CPSTF notes that implementers should understand state policies regarding application of HIPAA to electronic communications involving patients.

See FULL report HERE!

The Research DPG is holding an exciting, educational symposium on October 21, noon to 3 pm, the Saturday FNCE starts.  Anyone is welcome to attend, and they do not have be registered for FNCE, but they do have to register to participate in the symposium. We have secured 3 continuing education credits for the symposium. During the last decade, interest in and scientific information on the gut microbiome has exploded. Has that left you confused? This symposium will unravel the mystery of the many different bacteria present in our gut, the fiber sources used as fuel, and their health impact, and then demonstrate how industry is translating the scientific literature into products. Four experts from the field will dispel your confusion. Register Here!

School Meal Successes: President's Message to USDA Secretary
An August 19 op-ed column in the Augusta Chronicle by Academy President Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND, discussed the successes of school meal programs at her county's public school district. Martin wrote she was "surprised to hear Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue recently dust off the antiquated excuse that 'kids won't eat healthy food' when he moved to delay the enactment of school nutrition standards. And when Perdue specifically claimed kids won't eat whole grains, I had to wonder where he's getting his information. He's certainly not talking about the schools I've visited! At our school, participation spikes to 99 percent on cheese grits day. We serve affordable, whole-grain grits that our local farmers provide. Cheese grits day is the day here in Burke County." Martin noted improvements in school meals since Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 and called Perdue to support implementation of successful national school nutrition standards. The Academy continues to be a leader in urging Congress and the Trump administration not to roll back the standards.
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Academy Urges CMS: Consider Needs of RDNs in Medicare Quality Payment Program
The Academy's comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' proposed rule for the 2018 Quality Payment Program Year 2 strongly encouraged CMS to offer registered dietitian nutritionists the same opportunities to earn value-based payments as physicians and other Medicare providers, given RDNs' contribution to CMS's goals of better care, smarter spending and healthier people. The Academy also urged CMS to avoid financially penalizing RDNs under new payment models due to the present lack of opportunities; and recommended CMS cover medical nutrition therapy services for additional disease states and provide incentives for physicians to utilize RDNs to increase access to evidence-based, cost-effective MNT services.
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Academy Meets with Senior CMS and Medicare Officials
Academy staff members and other representatives of the Obesity Care Continuum met last week with senior officials of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, including Demetrios Kouzoukas, principal deputy administrator and director of the Center for Medicare, to urge CMS to enable Medicare beneficiaries to have access - consistent with recommendations of the United States Preventive Services Task Force - to medical nutrition therapy for obesity, risk factors for cardiovascular disease and prediabetes. The Academy strongly believes CMS has the authority to modify the current, limited coverage of MNT to include these additional disease states and conditions.
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Academy Participation in New Mexico Farm Bill Hearing
Academy member Patty Keane, MS, RD, recipient of the Academy's 2017 Award for Grassroots Advocacy, participated in a listening session August 18, hosted by U.S. Rep Michelle Lujan Grisham (N.M.)., on nutrition programs included in the Farm Bill. Keane highlighted the Academy's 2018 Farm Bill recommendations and New Mexico-specific priorities for SNAP and SNAP-education as important drivers of public health. The Academy thanks Keane and other passionate advocates who support strong nutrition programs in the Farm Bill that employ Academy members and improve the nation's health.

Congress' August Recess: A Great Time for Members to Take Action
Members of Congress are in their districts until September 5, so now is a great time to make your voice heard on the Academy's important legislative priorities. Help secure your member's support to co-sponsor the congressional resolution recognizing the Academy's Centennial and the contributions of our past and present. There is still time to contact your member of Congress (or do so again); we need additional Academy members' outreach to succeed.
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September 5 Webinar: Nutritional Misconceptions Travel Across the Globe - Different Cultures, Similar Observations
Different cultures have different perspectives on nutrition, but too often myth supersedes understanding. A September 5 webinar will address nutrition misconceptions observed across the globe and educational opportunities based on current evidence to correct them. The webinar offers 1 CPEU.
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September and October Nutrition-Focused Physical Exam Hands-On Training
The Academy has developed an interactive, hands-on training workshop to provide registered dietitian nutritionists with skills and knowledge to perform nutrition-focused physical exam skills in the workplace and aid in the nutrition diagnosis of malnutrition. Workshops will be held September 8 in Dodgeville, Wis.; September 18 in Rock Springs, Wyo.; September 18 in Alexandria, Va.; andOctober 20 and 21 (pre-FNCE) in Chicago, Ill. Ten CPEUs for each workshop are available.
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September 19 Webinar: Operationalizing Dietitian Order Writing Privileges - The Step-by-Step Process
Clinical nutrition managers can learn how to establish an order writing system in their facilities via an in-depth look at the dietitian order writing process. A September 19 webinar will provide CNMs with the tools to implement a complete program, including stakeholder analysis, executive summary and process timeline. The webinar offers 1 CPEU.
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Revised: Food Allergy Management Certificate of Training Program
The Center for Lifelong Learning, with experts in food allergy management, has completed a full update of the online certificate program with a focus on food allergy management. The update includes the latest research and recommendations on preventing peanut allergies as well as additional information on managing food allergens in schools and foodservice. Members enjoy a reduced rate of $24 for each module.
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New Online Certificate of Training Program: Public Health Nutrition
Develop competency and earn CPEUs online with a new program concerning the emerging and exciting area of public health nutrition. The Level 2 program consists of five modules covering the foundations of public health nutrition, developing, implementing and evaluating a plan and more. This program has been developed by the Academy's Center for Lifelong Learning and planned with the Association of State Public Health Nutritionists, Committee for Public Health/Community Nutrition and the Public Health and Community Nutrition dietetic practice group.
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New Certificate of Training Program: Informatics in Nutrition
Keep up with the rapidly changing world of health care: 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, offers 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, security and ethics, utilizing data and more. The information in this program can be successfully utilized on a daily basis.
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New Certificate of Training Program: Integrative and Functional Nutrition
Develop competency and earn CPEUs online with a new program on digestive health, dietary supplements, inflammation and more. This certificate of training program was planned by the Academy's Center for Lifelong Learning and the Dietitians in Integrative and Functional Medicine dietetic practice group. Don't miss out on the opportunity to become an expert in this rapidly growing field.
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Certificate of Training Program: Chronic Kidney Disease Nutrition Management
Learn about the most recent population data from USRDS and NHANES and recently revised recommendations for sodium intake and blood pressure control.
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Certificate of Training Program: Vegetarian Nutrition
A growing trend offers registered dietitian nutritionists opportunities to be the go-to source for tailoring a healthy vegetarian diet. A new online certificate program prepares RDNs to excel in this specialty.
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Certificate of Training Program: Supermarket Business and Industry Skills to Thrive in Retail Dietetics
Learn business basics, influence the retail environment, create return on investment, build and nurture community and business relationships and understand the roles and responsibilities of today's retail dietitian.
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Online Certificate of Training Program: Culinary Nutrition
The Center for Lifelong Learning, with the Food and Culinary Professionals dietetic practice group, offers a new program to prepare registered dietitian nutritionists to excel in the fast-growing field of culinary nutrition. Topics such as planning healthy meals, food safety, preparation techniques and more are covered.
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Revised Certificate of Training Program: Developing Your Role as Leader
The Center for Lifelong Learning introduces updates and a revision to the online certificate program with a focus on enhancing leadership skills for all members.
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Revised Certificate of Training Program: Executive Management
The Center for Lifelong Learning introduces updates and a revision to the online certificate program with a focus on enhancing executive management skills for all members.
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Certificate of Training: Adult Weight Management
This program takes place September 29 to October 1 in Phoenix, Ariz.; October 19 to 21 in Chicago, Ill.; and November 16 to 18 in Orlando, Fla.
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Certificate of Training: Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management
This program takes place September 7 to 9 in Memphis, Tenn.
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Level 2 Certificate of Training: Adult Weight Management
This program takes place October 19 to 21 in Chicago, Ill.
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Self-Study Modules
Members who are unable to attend an on-site Certificate of Training Program may wish to consider a self-study module: Adult Weight Management; Childhood and Adolescent Weight Management; Level 2 Adult Weight Management.

CDR Customer Service Survey
Please take a moment to provide feedback to the Commission on Dietetic Registration regarding the quality of service you received and improvements that could be made to better meet your needs.
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Practice Papers Offer Free CPE Opportunities
Read Academy Practice Papers and complete a quiz to earn 1 free CPEU.
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Free Member Handbook: Working with the Media
Whether you're new to working with the news media or an experienced veteran, the Academy's revised and expanded public relations handbook Working with the Media: A Handbook for Members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is packed with hundreds of useful and practical tips. You'll find advice on developing story ideas and pitches, preparing for and conducting interviews in print, TV and radio, responding to incoming media calls, tackling tough questions, dressing for success on TV and more.
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Revised Practice Tips
The practice tips "Hospital Regulation: Ordering Privileges for the RDN" and "Implementation Steps: Ordering Privileges for the RDN," updated in July, include revised web links. The "Hospital Regulation" practice tip also includes the revised CMS State Operations Manual for various practice areas. Find specific practice areas that include hospital, critical access hospital, end-stage renal disease facilities and long-term care. Steps on how to utilize the CMS Manual are provided.
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New Issue: MNT Provider
Learn how to use the Explanation of Benefits to manage claims; read about the expansion of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Comprehensive Primary Care Plus model and opportunities for registered dietitian nutritionists; and discover new resources to assist with successful participation in MIPS, all in the new issue of the MNT Provider.
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Just Released: New Edition of Pocket Guide to Pediatric Weight Management
Build healthy lifestyles from the start with this must-own guide. The Pocket Guide to Pediatric Weight Management (2nd ed.) 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.
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Updated Food and Nutrition Gold Standard Is Now Available
Whether addressing nutrition questions from clients, consumers, students or others, the 5th edition of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food & Nutrition Guide is the ultimate resource for communicating science-based advice and answers on a myriad of topics. More comprehensive than ever, this guide has been updated to reflect the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Academy positions and the most recent and authoritative public health guidelines.
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Guide Your Clients to a Healthy Pregnancy with Updated Book
The Academy's newly published book, Expect the Best: Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During and After Pregnancy (2nd ed.), is a comprehensive resource for new and future parents to make the best choices throughout the entire pregnancy journey, including nutrition lifestyle habits from preconception to post-delivery.
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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.
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Get Your Clients on the Healthy Track with the Latest Tech: Now Available in 10-Packs
The accessible Bits and Bytes: A Guide to Digitally Tracking Your Food, Fitness and Healthdescribes how to get started with digital health tracking and choose the right tools to achieve personal health goals. With colorful illustrations and sample screens, this guide compares popular apps and tracking programs, explaining the features they offer. Save 50 percent when you buy more: Bits and Bytes is now available in economy packs of 10, making them easy to distribute to clients.
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Easily Track and Improve Patient Outcomes with eNCPT
eNCPT is an online publication containing a comprehensive explanation of the Nutrition Care Process and standardized terminology, which allows for a consistent approach to practice, making tracking patient outcomes easier. Subscribers have access to the most up-to-date terminology, an easy-to-access web platform, multiple language translations and free access to the Electronic Health Records Toolkit. Learn how eNCPT can make a positive impact on your effectiveness.
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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 more than 900 questions, unlimited access to three full-length practice exams and performance statistics to identify your strengths and target weaknesses. eatrightPREP complies with the Commission on Dietetic Registration's 2017 Test Specifications, better preparing the student for the exam.
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