To Our Fellow Academy Members:
We have exciting news to share! To celebrate the contributions of food and nutrition professionals in helping children eat well, and to encourage all Academy members to help ensure the next generation of Americans is the healthiest ever, the Academy and the Foundation announce the first-ever Kids Eat Right Month.
For the entire month of August, we are spotlighting healthy nutrition and active lifestyles for children and families, as well as the role Academy members play as the food and nutrition experts when it comes to eating right.
Kids Eat Right Month is devoted to nutrition education and action. Find out how you can get involved by visiting KidsEatRight.org, where you can also sign up to become a Kids Eat Right campaign member. As a campaign member, you can access free resources and toolkits, as well as grant opportunities to support your work.
Please encourage your community to celebrate Kids Eat Right Month as well. Solving childhood obesity and improving the nutritional health of children requires all of us working together. That's why we're calling on all stakeholders – parents and kids, schools, community leaders, faith groups, public policy leaders and organizations – to visit www.KidsEatRight.org where they will find action items and opportunities to collaborate with registered dietitian nutritionists like you in local communities across the country. Together, our local outreach can result in a big impact nationwide and turn the tide in improving children's health.
Throughout August, share photos and stories of your Kids Eat Right Month activities for a chance to be highlighted in the Academy's social media accounts and in Eat Right Weekly.
Join the thousands of Academy members who have already signed up as Kids Eat Right campaign members and help make the first Kids Eat Right Month one to remember!
Sonja L. Connor, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
Terri J. Raymond, MA, RDN, CD, FAND
Academy Foundation Chair
To Our Fellow Academy Members:
Improving Quality of Care and Saving the Nation $459 Million per year
During the past four years of the Academy has been working with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to pave the way for RDNs employed in hospitals to write diet orders for patients without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or another practitioner. CMS expects this rule to improve the efficiency and efficacy of nutrition care and save up to $459 million in annual hospital costs.
The Academy supports this new rule which will provide patients with better health care and help hospitals function more efficiently.
What the rule does:
Among other things, the rule will allow registered dietitian nutritionists (RDNs) to become privileged to independently:
- Order patient diets without requiring the supervision or approval of a physician or other practitioner; and
- Order laboratory tests to monitor the effectiveness of dietary plans and orders. Please note that ordering privileges for laboratory tests are determined by hospitals and their medical staffs in accordance with state law as well as any other requirements and/or incentives that CMS or other insurers might have.
In the near future the Academy will provide members with:
- Suggestions for how to discuss this issue with employers and medical staff.
- Detailed processes and strategies for obtaining privileges.
- Model policies and procedures for privileging RDNs in the hospital setting.
- Analysis of the impact of state licensure laws and regulations on implementation.
Read the final rule by clicking: here.
Our Annual Spring Pre-Conference Event and Conference and Expo on April 10th and 11th was fun, informative and well attended. The theme this year was "Got Nutrition" and the relevant speaker topics, research posters and pre-conference event reflected it!
The Conference and Expo included the following Poster Presentations:
Weight Prejudice in an Overweight Culture: including weight sensitivity training in cultural competence education
Devon L. Golem, PhD, RD, LD
New Mexico State University, Department of Family and Consumer Sciences, Human Nutrition and Dietetic Science
The effect of BMI on the age of menarche in adolescent girls
Peter Pribis, DrPH, RD; University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Gina Segovia-Siapco; Loma Linda University, Nutrition Department
Joan Sabate; Loma Linda University, Nutrition Department
Relationships between ALT, Serum Triglycerides and BMI in a University Outpatient Pediatric Population Diagnosed with NAFLD
Deborah Cohen, DCN, RD, University of New Mexico Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Diana Gonzales-Pacheco, DCN, RD, LD, Research Nutrition Manager, Clinical and Translational Science Center, UNM Health Sciences Center
Orrin Myers, PhD Associate Research Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, UNM Health Sciences Center
Interactive Learning Assessment: Providing Context and Simulating Professional Practices
Elizabeth Yakes Jimenez, PhD, RD, Vanessa Svihla, PhD, Tim Castillo, MArch, Andrea Cantarero, Tabitha McKay, Justin Hertel, Kameron Baumgardner, Ingrid Hernandez, Salma Ahmed, Isaac Valdez
University of New Mexico
Kitchen Creations: A Cooking School for People with Diabetes and their Families
Cassandra Vanderpool, MS, RDN, LD, New Mexico State University
Development of an electronic data collection system for pediatric (ages 5-11) diet intake and physical activity (DIPA) behaviors
Deborah Cohen, DCN, RD University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Elle Skinner, Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Could ADHD Be Influencing Weight Loss Success? Proposal to Gain Insight into the Matter
Amanda Hurford, Dietetic Intern & Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
The Effect of Exercise on Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Adolescents with Polycystic Ovary Syndrome
Cathy McQueen, Dietetic Intern & Graduate Student, University of New Mexico Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Diet beliefs regarding the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus of Hispanics in rural New Mexico
Angela Borrego, Dietetic Intern & Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
The Prevalence of Commercial Diet Use in College Students from a Minority Serving Institution
Stuart Adams, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
The Use of Focus Groups and Interviews to Improve Teaching Strategies for a Fotonovela
Alejandro Colin, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Impact of nutritionist-led grocery store tours on fruit, vegetable, and whole grain redemption rates of WIC participants
Renee Conklin, Dietetic Intern/Graduate Student, University of New Mexico, Nutrition & Dietetics Program
Nutrition Education Evaluation in Elementary Schools
Amanda Esquibel, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Healthy Food Tasting Evaluation for Students at Sierra Middle School
Eloisa Mena, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Water Tasting Lessons in Elementary Schools
Michael Mendoza, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Focus Group Recruitment and Feedback from Students Regarding Healthy Food Zones
Cheryl Neeley, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Las Cruces School Mapping for the Establishment of Healthy Food Zones
Christina Saliba, Dietetic Intern, New Mexico State University
Vitamin D and vitamin B12 status in adolescent and adult patients before and after bariatric surgery.
Brittany Mally, Undergraduate Student, Nutrition Program; Deborah Cohen, DCN, RD, Assistant Professor, Nutrition Program, University of New Mexico
Patty Keane, MS, RD, LD has been appointed to the Academy's Legislative and Public Policy Committee! Her appointment runs from January 1, 2014 through December 31, 2016. She is one of the nine appointed members of this committee. Come meet Patty at our Legislative Day event in Santa Fe on January 24th and give her your support and input! Congratulations Patty!
The Food-Climate Relationship: The Registered Dietitians’ Balanced Approach to Positive Change As food and nutrition experts, it is important for RDs to understand the connection between where and how our food is produced and the subsequent impact on the health of individuals and our environment. The ADA’s Hunger and Environmental Nutrition Dietetic Practice Group (HEN) and Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) jointly formed Sustainable Foods in Health Care Taskforce, has created this resource to help dietetic professionals advocate for nutritious, sustainable health care food. We believe this resource will assist you in understanding the links between how food is produced, processed, and transported and the effect this has on human and environmental health."
Questions? Contact: Kathleen Hoss MPH RD LD email@example.com