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October MNT Provider 

To learn how Medicare Advantage growth could mean opportunity, where to find a credentialing and billing resource for RDNs, and what the Academy is doing to advocate for members in healthcare payment and delivery, read the latest issue of the MNT Provider.

Update from the Council on Future Practice

The Council on Future Practice is excited to announce the top two innovators from the tenth annual FNCE® Innovations in Nutrition and Dietetics Practice and Education poster session. The session’s purpose is to promote new innovations in dietetic practice and education of future and current practitioners. The top innovators were selected by a panel of judges (4 for innovations in practice and 4 for innovations in education). 

Based on the evaluations completed by our panel of judges, we would like to recognize the top innovation in practice and the top innovation in education presented during the session:

  • Top Innovator in Education: Holly Estes-Doetsch, MS, RD, CNSC for the project titled, “Dietetic Education: The Value of an Experiential Workshop Using Patient Simulation in Teaching Assessment of Malnutrition”
  • Top Innovator in Practice: Tarrah McCreary, MS, RD, SNS for the project titled, “Pirate Treasure: Uncovering Strategies to Increase SFSP Participation”.


Learn more about the abstracts in the September 2018 Supplement of the Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, pages A59-A60 and the October 2018 Journal of Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, page A153. Please join us in congratulating the members who presented the top two innovations in nutrition and dietetics practice and education!


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 8, 2019.


Evidence Analysis Center: Call for Topic Expert Volunteers

Workgroup Members: The Academy is seeking experts (researchers and practitioners) to conduct a systematic review in the area of Celiac Disease. To learn more about the workgroup responsibilities and apply for this volunteer position, visit the EAL Here( tie in link here).

Content Advisors: The Academy is seeking content advisors to assist in a scoping review in the area of Type 1 Diabetes in the pediatric population. To learn more about the content advisor responsibilities and to apply for this positions, visit the EAL Here ( tie in link here).


ACEND Update

A copy of the November ACEND Standards News is posted on the ACEND webpage: Standards News. In this issue, the ACEND forum presentation at FNCE “Demonstration Program Innovations in Educating Future Practitioners” is highlighted. ACEND has issued a third call for demonstration programs to be accredited under the FEM Standards; applications are due by 11:00 am CT on January 11, 2019 (see for more information).

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND®) is proposing minor revisions to the Future Education Model Accreditation Standards (see: Public comments on the proposed revisions to the Standards can be made at until January 7, 2019. We encourage you to provide your input.

Moving forward, the ACEND Standards News will be published quarterly with the next edition issued in February 2019. The next meeting of the quarterly Virtual Town Hall meetings is scheduled for Tuesday January 8, 2019 at 11 am CT. Please note the new day and 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 7


Journal’s People & Events

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

Now Recruiting! The Malnutrition Clinical Characteristics Validation and Staffing Optimization Study


The Academy’s Nutrition Research Network is conducting a study to validate the malnutrition clinical characteristics, a set of criteria used to diagnose malnutrition in hospitalized adults and children. The study will also examine the amount and level of RDN care necessary to improve patient medical outcomes, overall and in the context of malnutrition. We are currently recruiting 60 adult and 60 pediatric in-patient facilities. For more information, please view our recruitment video ( or email the study team at


Get a Member – Get a Dues Credit

As an Academy member, you know the value of membership firsthand, and your personal recommendation will have the greatest impact on your colleagues. Help your colleagues accelerate their careers and thrive in their professions by recruiting them to join the Academy with the Get a Member – Get a Dues Credit program. For each qualifying recruit who uses promo code GET19 and enters your first and last name into the “Who referred you to join today?” section of the membership application, you will receive a dues credit toward your 2019-2020 Academy membership dues. Remember, nobody can recruit Academy members better than you! Learn More


Nominate for the Academy’s Highest Awards

Recognize those who have advanced the profession, exhibited leadership and shown devotion to serving others in both nutrition and dietetics, as well as allied fields, by submitting an intent to nominate by January 15, 2019 and completing the full online nomination by March 1, 2019. Award recipients will be announced in May 2019 and recognized at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ 2019 Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo in Philadelphia, PA. Learn More


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 pilot 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, 2019. Please share this information with members and/or consider applying.

Academy Webinars

Get CPEs on your own time through the Academy’s Webinar Series.


  •  Nutrition and the RDN in Multimodal Perioperative (ERAS) Protocols
  • Sarcopenia: How Muscle Reserves Affect Cancer Patient Outcomes
  • Lessons in Leadership: How to Manage Conflict and Ethical Outcomes
  • Dietary Factors and Normal Weight Central Obesity: A Chance to Improve Women’s Health
  • Nutritional Misconceptions Travel Across the Globe: Different Cultures, Similar Observations
  • Orthorexia Comes of Age: Perspectives on the Healthy Eating Disorder