Highlights: A Year in Review 2016–2017

05/22/2017 - This report contains selected highlights from the past fiscal year, but it is not a comprehensive report of all of the events and activities of the Academy.



June 2016

Dietitians of Canada National Conference

Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak attended Dietitians of Canada's National Conference. They met with leaders of Dietitians of Canada, networked with the Board of Directors and attended keynote sessions, symposia and workshops. Dietitians of Canada's major initiatives are related to branding the RDN. The organization shifted its credential from RD to RDN to maintain consistency in North America. The Academy continues to work with Dietitians of Canada, specifically on joint efforts related to International Confederation of Dietetic Associations and collaborating across disciplines with international food and nutrition communities.

Public Policy Workshop

Lucille Beseler, Donna Martin, Evelyn Crayton, Linda Farr, Diane Polly, Aida Miles, Tracey Bates, Denice Ferko-Adams and Pat Babjak met in Washington, D.C., with more than 325 passionate Academy members at the Public Policy Workshop. Members representing each of the 50 states, as well as Academy dietetic practice groups and member interest groups, visited Capitol Hill to communicate nutrition policy that will positively affect the health of the nation and the nutrition and dietetics profession. Members reviewed the Academy's priority areas to effectively communicate nutrition messages to congressmen and senators. Members were encouraged to build relationships with their representatives to prioritize nutrition policy for the health of their constituents.

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July 2016

IFT's Annual Meeting

Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak attended the Institute of Food Technologists annual meeting and food expo, the biggest gathering of food science professionals. They met with IFT leaders and senior-level executives from the world's top food companies. The event brought together food professionals from around the world — in industry, government and academia — for knowledge exchange, networking and problem solving. Presenters addressed the latest global trends and the newest innovations in food technology.

2017 Trailblazer Award

The joint Academy and IFT Trailblazer Award was presented to Connie Weaver, PhD. The recipient has demonstrated innovative contributions to improve health among underserved populations through at least one aspect of food science and technology and has exhibited intellectual courage in research, instruction and/or communication at this intersection. In 2016, Weaver joined the Academy. This year the award will be presented at the Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™ in October; the Board will approve the recommendation at the May meeting.

Advocacy Efforts at Political Conventions

Policy Initiatives and Advocacy staff and Lucille Beseler met with policy and entertainment industry leaders at the Republican and Democratic National Conventions. Jeanne Blankenship, vice president for policy initiatives and advocacy, joined Lucille at the Republican Convention in Cleveland; and Pepin Tuma, senior director for government and regulatory affairs, joined Lucille at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia. Briefings were held to educate policymakers about obesity and to increase support for access to evidence-based care by advocating for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (H.R. 2404). Denice Ferko-Adams also attended the DNC.

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August 2016

AADE Meeting

Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak met with the presidents and CEOs of the American Diabetes Association and the American Association of Diabetes Educators at AADE's Annual Meeting in San Diego. The discussions addressed key issues and opportunities for collaboration to provide improved care for persons newly diagnosed with diabetes and pathways for MNT reimbursement. They also met with Diabetes Care and Education dietetic practice group leaders to discuss concerns over health coaches encroaching on RDN scope of practice.

Third Annual Kids Eat Right Month

An initiative of the Academy Foundation, Kids Eat Right Month focused on the importance of healthful eating and active lifestyles for children and families and featured expert advice from members. The Academy developed member, consumer and media messaging around Kids Eat Right's core principles: "shop smart, cook healthy and eat right." Kids Eat Right reached a milestone of 200,000 social media followers.

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September 2016

International Congress of Dietetics

Lucille Beseler, Donna Martin and Pat Babjak were among Academy members and representatives who joined presidents and directors from nutrition and dietetics organizations from more than 40 countries September 7 to 10 at the XVII International Congress of Dietetics in Granada, Spain. At this quadrennial conference, nutritionists and dietitians from around the world gathered to share knowledge and practice perspectives. The theme of the 2016 conference was "Going to Sustainable Eating." The Academy's representatives presented several sessions at ICD and hosted a global nutrition collaborative meeting with leaders of the International Confederation of Dietetics Associations and the European Federation of the Association of Dietitians. The Academy's recommendations related to international education and accreditation standards were shared. Past Academy President Judy Rodriguez was elected to the ICDA Board of Directors.

Nutrition Impact Summit

The Academy convened the Nutrition Impact Summit, which brought together more than 175 leaders, including Academy members and participants from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Feeding America, PEW Charitable Trusts, YMCA, Kaiser Permanente, Abbott Nutrition, Project Peanut Butter, Kroger, USDA Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and Wholesome Wave, as well as institutions including Duke University, Tufts University’s Gerald J. and Dorothy R. Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy and Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health. Thought leaders in food, wellness and health care systems identified potential projects and strategic partners in the U.S. and worldwide. Areas discussed included improving food system resilience, scaling nutrition solutions and transforming treatment through nutrition interventions. The Summit provided opportunities for participating organizations to collaborate on national and global health issues and informs the strategic planning process for the Second Century.

Briefing on Malnutrition to Highlight Need for Medical Intervention

In cooperation with Defeat Malnutrition Today, the Academy organized a congressional briefing on "The Growing Crisis of Malnutrition in Older Adults." The Washington, D.C., briefing addressed the current state of health care delivery for adults with malnutrition in the United States; malnutrition's effect on health care costs; and interventions that could help reduce incidents of malnutrition and improve the quality of life for adult patients. U.S. Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) gave opening remarks. Speakers included RDNs representing the Academy and other partner organizations. This event kicked off Malnutrition Awareness Week and the Academy's Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, where RDNs, other health care professionals, advocates and private sector stakeholders visited more than 60 congressional offices and encouraged all members to support the measures with a sign-on letter.

Third Annual National Obesity Collaborative Care Summit

Lucille Beseler appointed Anne Wolf to represent the Academy at National Obesity Collaborative Care Summit in Chicago. Representatives from more than 30 major health and medical organizations convened for discussions about how the different health specialties and the organizations themselves can better collaborate on providing care to individuals affected by obesity. The Summit was orchestrated and hosted by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery. Summit participants discussed prevention and treatment strategies for obesity, patient access to treatment, the continuum of care and potential opportunities for collaboration.

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October 2016

Food & Nutrition Conference & Expo™

  • Attendees from 49 countries
  • More than 10,000 attendees
  • 135 educational sessions, with 92 percent at Level 2 or Level 3
  • Social media impressions:
    • 51.6 million impressions
    • #FNCE trended nationally for two days
    • More than 21,000 posts from October 13 to 21
    • Topics that trended locally: orthorexia, yoga, FODMAP
  • FNCE® mobile app had a 83-percent adoption rate with 7,076 users
  • 13 hotels were utilized with 15,200 rooms which generated more than $300,000 in hotel rebates
  • Two new FNCE® toolkits designed for attendee and employer ROI
  • For the first time, we opened registration onsite for the next FNCE®, which generated $66,075 in revenue
  • Academy received a Hermes Creative Gold Award for the 2016 FNCE® Exhibitor Prospectus

Let's Move! Program Event

Donna Martin joined First Lady Michelle Obama and delivered remarks, addressing an audience of more than 200 people from various sectors that have championed healthier eating and active living. There were approximately 10 RDNs in attendance, including Jean Ragalie-Carr. Donna also participated with President and Mrs. Obama in welcoming children participating in Let's Move! programs. These programs were launched in collaboration with federal agencies, businesses and nonprofits to mobilize every sector to help kids and families lead healthier lives.

Malnutrition and Quality Improvement Initiative Video

Lucille Beseler filmed a video to update members on the new Malnutrition and Quality Improvement Initiative, and the toolkit and resources that have been developed to assist in the diagnosis and treatment of malnutrition, especially among hospitalized adults. MQii was established in partnership Avalere Health, and other stakeholders providing guidance through key technical expert and advisory roles. The engagement was undertaken to advance evidence-based, high-quality, patient-driven care for hospitalized older adults (age 65 and older) who are malnourished or at-risk for malnutrition. Support for the MQii was provided by Abbott.

New Member Engagement Zone

This new online platform was created and launched to secure member feedback, comments and opinions on issues affecting the profession; obtain member input quickly on new products and services; engage members in Academy programs, services and initiatives; and involve members in the strategic direction and initiatives of the Academy.

In October, the first question was launched:

  • The Academy has advanced malnutrition documentation in the inpatient setting and provided many resources for RDNs to be successful in diagnosing malnutrition. What tools and resources are needed to expand this focus to identify and prevent malnutrition in the community?

In a week, we received 1,070 responses from Academy members.

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November 2016

Publicity and Award Nomination: Vegetarian Diets Position Paper (Updated)

The Academy updated the position paper on vegetarian diets and it was nominated for the Atlas Award, designed by Elsevier to highlight research that could have a significant social impact. Nominees are selected from among all Elsevier journals and are evaluated by an advisory board of representatives from international nongovernmental organizations. The panel typically favors original research, so it is unusual for a position paper to be considered. The paper has an Altmetric score of 1,150, based on 102 news articles, 318 tweets and 216 Facebook posts. The Academy's press release on the vegetarian position paper generated dozens of news stories and interviews with Academy spokespeople and was prominently featured on the Academy's social media channels. In addition, the paper was translated into Italian by the Scientific Society of Vegetarian Nutrition, which also translated the Academy's 2009 position paper on this topic.

Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention

Lucille Beseler attended the national conference Healthy Futures: Engaging the Oral Health Community in Childhood Obesity Prevention in Washington, D.C. Discussions with the National Maternal and Child Oral Health Resource Center, American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, American Dental Association, American Dental Hygienists Association and others provided an opportunity for collaboration and educating them on the role of RDNs.

The Obesity Society Meeting

At the Obesity Society meeting in New Orleans, Donna Martin participated in a panel discussion addressing school nutrition policy changes with Kevin Concannon, undersecretary of USDA-FNCS.

World Diabetes Day

Lucille Beseler represented the Academy at an event in New York City commemorating World Diabetes Day. Novo Nordisk hosted the event at the Danish Consulate. The discussions included the important work done by thousands of Academy members in diabetes prevention and care.

Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Innovators Summit

Lucille Beseler attended American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Innovators Summit in Downers Grove, Ill. Presenters at the summit spoke positively about the role and value of RDNs in patient care for obesity management. Staff is continuing the dialogue with the organization related to practice and experiential simulations.

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December 2016

Transition to New Office Space

The Academy relocated to the 21st floor of our Chicago headquarters at 120 South Riverside Plaza and the staff smoothly settled in. The move was a business decision based on current best practices and leverages a clean and efficient office design with better usage of space. Unlike the old office space, the new suite has state-of-the-art technology, recently renovated facilities and upgraded meeting rooms. Dedicated staff made a seamless transition to the new space providing members the superlative service they have come to expect from the Academy. The open-plan office design facilitates increased communication and collaboration among departments and individuals alike. The new layout promotes flexibility for staff to accomplish their work, with various-sized conference rooms, small "huddle" rooms and private areas for phone conversations and meetings.

The move has resulted in direct cost savings to the Academy in rent and utilities. In addition, the Academy also donated excess furniture, supplies and other materials to organizations and agencies including Chicago Public Schools, Kids in Need, Open Books, American Red Cross, a nursing home, a child care center and other entities. The move immediately resulted in a cost savings benefit of more than $70,000 per month and is expected to generate more $15 million in savings over the life of the lease.

On January 26, Lucille Beseler hosted a ribbon cutting at headquarters and expressed thanks and congratulations. The headquarters team is enjoying the new space and also is excited about beginning the Academy's Second Century in an environment that reflects 21st-century needs which can be easily adapted as needed in the years to come.

ACEND's Draft Future Education Model Standards

The Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics released the draft Future Education Model Accreditation Standards for Associate, Bachelor and Master Degree Programs for public comment. The development of these standards began in 2013 with a visioning process. Subsequent phases have included an environmental scan, development of a Rationale Document and multiple rounds of stakeholder input and data collection. The Board provided regular feedback.

New USDA/Academy Effort to Bring Interns to Child Nutrition

The Academy has been working with leadership at USDA to provide more internship opportunities for dietetics students at federal, state and local levels. USDA and the Academy are making it easier than ever for interns to find the Child Nutrition Program rotation that is right for them. A toolkit of resources is available to help state agencies get ready to host and prepare interns for rotations.

9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes

Lucille Beseler, Donna Martin, Jo Jo Dantone and Marcy Kyle attended the 9th World Congress on Prevention of Diabetes and Its Complications in Atlanta, Ga. They presented a workshop and a session highlighting the importance of the RDN and nutrition services in diabetes prevention and care. They contributed comments to the consensus paper, "Global Status of Diabetes Prevention and Prospects for Action."

Fiscal Year 2016 Annual Report

The Academy's Annual Report contained highlights and accomplishments from the past fiscal year as well as the financial statements for the Academy and Foundation. It is available to read or download on the Academy's website as well as on the Commitment to Transparency site. The Academy's Annual Report received a Platinum Hermes Creative Award for excellence in graphic design.

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January 2017

Academy's Centennial Year Launched

For a century, the Academy has been dedicated to building a profession that optimizes health through food and nutrition. As we plan for the future with the Second Century initiative, the Academy is honoring our past and celebrating the present throughout 2017. A new page was launched in January on the Academy's website; it contains information on the Academy's history and how all members can get involved in the celebration activities as we prepare for a new direction in our Second Century.

Consumer Electronics Show

Lucille Beseler attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. She met with representatives of companies and discussed how RDNs can be instrumental in helping advance their products and services and encouraged technology companies to exhibit at FNCE®.

New Initiative: Further With Food

The Academy is a founding member, along with the Rockefeller Foundation, USDA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and leading private sector and nonprofit organizations, of the "Further with Food Center for Food Loss and Waste Solutions," an online hub for the exchange of information and solutions to cut food waste in half by 2030. Further with Food is designed to be the definitive online destination for businesses, government entities, investor, non-governmental organizations, educators and other interested individuals to learn more about their role in meeting the national food waste reduction goal. The Academy is proud to be one of the founders of this collaborative effort to solve one of the most pressing challenges of our time. Some of those areas that the Academy and the Further with Food team have identified include:

  • Household behavior change
  • Food waste diversion
  • Recycling and upcycling (conversion of food waste into energy)
  • Consumer education
  • Government action and policy

More information on Further with Food is available at www.furtherwithfood.org.

Academy Joins in Farewell to USDA Undersecretary Concannon

Donna Martin joined staff from the USDA's Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services in Washington, D.C., to bid a fond farewell to Undersecretary Concannon and celebrate the collective accomplishments under his leadership.

Malnutrition Collaboration

The Academy and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition continue to collaborate on efforts to support the identification and treatment of malnutrition. The Academy signed a letter with ASPEN's president that was sent to public and private payers recommending they not use low BMI as the only diagnostic criteria for identifying malnutrition in hospitalized patients. Since the release of the Academy/ASPEN Consensus Statement on identifying and documenting adult malnutrition in 2012, members have periodically brought to the Academy's attention the fact that payers have been denying hospital claims for patients with malnutrition based on BMI alone. Several state Medicaid programs have acknowledged receipt of our letter and have requested conference calls with staff for further information and education on this topic.

Academy Participates in Obesity Quality Measures Discussion

The Academy was one of more than 20 groups who met as part of the Strategies to Overcome and Prevent Obesity Alliance to discuss the development of obesity quality measures. As part of the discussion, the National Quality Forum Incubator Project Team presented an environmental scan that identified NQF-endorsed measures related to obesity or weight assessment. The Academy will continue to participate in future discussions with the STOP Obesity Alliance to advance policies supporting obesity management and coverage.

Council on Future Practice's 2017 Visioning Report in the Journal

The Council on Future Practice completed a three-year visioning cycle designed to help inform members and organizational units for moving the profession forward. Visioning Report 2017: A Preferred Path Forward for the Nutrition and Dietetics Profession was published in the January issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the final version of the document, "Change Drivers and Trends Driving the Profession: A Prelude to the Visioning Report 2017" was published on the Academy's website. The report outlines recommendations for specific, actionable items that can be pursued in the next 10 to 15 years to advance the profession. The work done by the Council helped inform the Nutrition Impact Summit Briefing Paper and efforts on the Second Century initiative.

International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative

The Academy and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association announced their support of a new global initiative to standardize diets for the treatment of people who suffer from swallowing disorders. The International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative created global standardized terminology and definitions for texture-modified foods and thickened liquids to improve the safety and care for individuals with dysphagia, a swallowing disorder, which affects an estimated 560 million people worldwide. The Academy's Evidence Based Practice Committee reviewed IDDSI's 2015 article, "The Influence of Food Texture and Liquid Consistency Modification on Swallowing Physiology and Function: A Systematic Review," and determined the methodology is sound. Based on this and other reviews, Academy leaders voted to support the adoption of IDDSI. ASHA supported IDDSI's multidisciplinary effort to gather information from clinicians around the world that led to the IDDSI framework and methods for standardizing both food and drink and its Board of Directors passed a resolution in 2016 to support the IDDSI Framework. IDDSI is leading the implementation of this program in 21 countries.

Interprofessional Education Collaborative

The Academy was accepted as a member of the nation's leading advocacy organization for team-based care. The Academy will ensure that students and interns have opportunities for Interprofessional Education and practicing RDNs are included in Interprofessional Practice Teams. Kathy Kolasa represented the Academy at the Interprofessional Education Collaborative in Washington, D.C. The meeting was hosted by the Association of American Medical Colleges. IPEC is looking toward expanding programming: focus on well-being; developing webinar series; developing an IPEC Leadership Institute to focus on deans and senior leaders; and developing assessment tools to determine how effective IPE programs are on campuses. IPEC's mission is to ensure that new and current health professionals are proficient in the competencies essential for patient-centered, community- and population-oriented, interprofessional, collaborative practice. Eligible institutional members must be associations that represent and serve academic units at institutions of higher education that provide an educational program leading to the award of one or more academic degrees to students in one or more of the health professions that provide direct care to patients. The next meeting of the IPEC Council will be held June 7.

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February 2017

The following Position Papers were released:

  • Treating Excess Weight and Obesity Requires Many Different Approaches and the Expertise of Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (updated paper)
    Excess weight and obesity among adults results from many influences including personal factors, the communities where people live and government policies. Therefore, successful weight loss must include multiple strategies addressing each of these influences, as well as the expertise of RDNs.
  • Individualized Nutrition Support Is Critical to Athletic Performance (revised paper)
    Nutrition-related factors influence athletic performance and RDNs who are also certified specialists in sports dietetics are the best-qualified professionals to assist active adults and competitive athletes, according to this revised position paper from the Academy, Dietitians of Canada and American College of Sports Medicine.

Sponsorship Evaluation Process Approved

The Board of Directors accepted the Member Sponsorship Review Committee's recommended sponsor evaluation process and forms, which were developed with feedback from dietetic practice groups and member interest groups. Companies that are interested in becoming a national- or premier-level sponsor will use the new evaluation process.

Leaders Receive NAFEM Honors

The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers has a long tradition of honoring volunteer leaders who have contributed to the foodservice industry with the doctorate of foodservice award. Lucille Beseler and immediate Past President Evelyn Crayton were honored with the award and recognized for the Academy’s leadership and the contributions to the industry at-large during two special events during NAFEM's Show, February 9 to 11, in Orlando, Fla.

United Nations: International Day of Women and Girls in Science

Lucille Beseler represented the Academy on February 10 at the International Day of Women and Girls in Science commemoration at the United Nations in New York City. She spoke on "Gender, Science and Sustainable Development: The Impact of Media from Vision to Action." Her remarks included a discussion of the Academy's history, Second Century, the future of the dietetics profession and the future of women in STEM fields.

NASDAQ Opening Bell

The Academy rang the NASDAQ opening bell on February 16. Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak were joined by members who live in the New York area. Lucille's remarks highlighted the Academy's Centennial, the Second Century initiative, Academy members and their great work in optimizing the nutritional health of individuals, families, communities and the world. The NASDAQ ceremony was broadcast live on NASDAQ's website and on video screens in Times Square. The Academy's Centennial logo was broadcast on NASDAQ's tower with the message "The Stock Exchange Welcomes the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics."

Congressional Briefing: Economics of Obesity

The Academy co-hosted a briefing for members of Congress and their staffs February 27 in Washington, D.C., on "The Economics of Obesity: Implications for Productivity and Competitiveness." The Academy is a member of the Obesity Care Advocacy Network. Speakers addressed obesity's impact on the U.S. economy and the need for access to obesity management services. One of the Academy's highest legislative priorities is passage of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. This bipartisan bill would give the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services the authority to allow health care providers such as RDNs to offer intensive behavioral therapy – or IBT – services. The Academy highlighted research showing that allowing RDNs to treat obesity is not only clinically effective but also cost-effective.

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March 2017

New Organizational Vision, Mission and Principles

The Board of Directors established a new vision, mission and principles to support a future strategic direction that will expand the influence and reach of the Academy and the nutrition and dietetics profession. The Academy's new vision, as endorsed by the Board, is: A world where all people thrive through the transformative power of food and nutrition; with a mission to: Accelerate improvements in global health and well-being through food and nutrition.

The Academy's principles are: The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and our members:

  • Integrate research, professional development and practice to stimulate innovation and discovery
  • Collaborate to solve the greatest food and nutrition challenges now and in the future
  • Focus on system-wide impact across the food, wellness and health care sectors
  • Have a global impact in eliminating all forms of malnutrition
  • Amplify the contribution of nutrition practitioners and expand workforce capacity and capability.

Put Your Best Fork Forward: National Nutrition Month and Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Day

Expanded social media promotion greatly increased visibility of National Nutrition Month and RDNs. In March, the official hashtag #NationalNutritionMonth saw a reach of 41.4 million social media users. Many individuals continued to use the previous hashtag #NNM, which saw a reach of 9.9 million social media users. The #NNMchat hashtag saw a reach of 1.5 million users and it even trended nationally on Twitter on Wednesday, March 1. The hashtag #RDNday was used 2,911 times by 1,771 unique authors for a reach of 2.6 million users and 11.1 million impressions. More than 600,000 unique users came to eatright.org and viewed more than 1.4 million pages, of which 13 percent were specifically National Nutrition Month articles and content. The National Nutrition Month landing page saw more than 61,000 page views and the National Nutrition Month Handouts and Tip Sheets page saw more than 23,000 page views. Additionally, on RDN Day, the website saw more than 29,000 unique visitors.

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April 2017

Academy Participated in National Public Health Week

The Academy partnered with the American Public Health Association on National Public Health Week from April 3 to 9. Observed for more than two decades, National Public Health Week recognizes the contributions of public health and highlights important issues. This year's theme was "Healthiest Nation 2030," with the goal of making the U.S. the healthiest nation in one generation.

Malnutrition Measures Included in CMS' Proposed Rule

On April 14, CMS favorably received a recommendation by the Academy and the coalition groups that will help improve the health of millions of adults, including half of all older patients who face malnutrition. CMS proposed the adoption of malnutrition-focused quality measures into a future Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. CMS has proposed to adopt recommendations of the Malnutrition Quality Improvement Initiative, which developed and tested four malnutrition electronic clinical quality measures.

  • NQF #3087: Completion of a Malnutrition Screening within 24 hours of Admission
  • NQF #3088: Completion of a Nutrition Assessment for Patients Identified as At-Risk for Malnutrition within 24 hours of a Malnutrition Screening
  • NQF #3089: Nutrition Care Plan for Patients Identified as Malnourished after a Completed Nutrition Assessment
  • NQF #3090: Appropriate Documentation of a Malnutrition Diagnosis

These measures, which were the focus of the Academy's September 26 Quarterly Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill, are for malnutrition screening, assessment, care planning and documentation that will be included in a future Hospital Inpatient Quality Reporting Program. The Academy will submit formal comments as CMS refines its proposal.

Membership Update

Year-to-date membership dues revenue is outpacing FY17 budget projections. If the trend continues, at year-end, dues revenue will exceed the FY17 budget projections. Retired category membership has grown 22.2 percent over the past year; although 2016 ACEND® student enrollment has decreased, the Academy continues to maintain an 85-percent market share of student members.

Increasing Diversity

Nearing the end of the program's second year, 24 affiliates have a Diversity Liaison and the Academy received 10 applications for a Diversity Mini-Grant to help fund diversity outreach events. This is a 58-percent growth in the number of affiliates who had a Diversity Liaison from 2015-2016 to 2016-2017. Plans are in the works to open the Diversity Liaison program to dietetic practice groups in the 2017-2018 year.

Fifth Edition of Best-Selling Complete Food and Nutrition Guide Released

The new fifth edition of the Complete Food and Nutrition Guide contains hundreds of pages of new information and is the go-to resource for members and consumers.

Stance on Health Coaches

Consumers are not aware that health coaches or personal trainers may not have the educational background to address anything beyond general nutrition education and cannot provide medical nutrition therapy. People do not know that health coaches or personal trainers may not have the educational background to address anything beyond general nutrition education and cannot provide medical nutrition therapy. Lucille Beseler spearheaded an effort to develop an Academy stance and the Board of Directors agreed to educate organizations that hire coaches. The messaging will inform them that only an RDN has the qualifications to provide medical nutrition therapy. The Academy will soon launch an assertive strategic communications campaign and will seek and seize opportunities to provide reimbursable nutrition services or oversee services to ensure use of evidence-based protocols.

Wasted Food Initiative: IFT/ASN/Academy/IFIC

Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak met with the presidents and CEOs of the Institute of Food Technologists, American Society for Nutrition and International Food Information Council to propose a collaboration on reducing food loss and waste in the United States. The proposal was unanimously accepted and the organizations will collectively align educational efforts for reducing food loss and waste in the United States. The Academy will lead the collaboration to provide access to information on best practices for preventing, recovering and recycling food loss and waste. Food and nutrition security is an emerging focus area for the Academy's Second Century and creates many opportunities for impact in food waste. Academy members, like members of ASN and IFT, are well-positioned to elevate the food loss/waste/recovery dialogue to the next level. We will partner to educate and empower consumers in reducing wasted food in the home and secure commitments and measure impact of retailers in diverting perishable food to food banks and feed food insecure families.

The initiative will apply innovative communication strategies to reach consumers and prevent food waste, including tips on grocery shopping, using leftovers, planning meals, eating out and food safety. The campaign includes recruiting retailers committed to being socially responsible community partners in food and would establish baseline measures of food loss, set measurable goals, provide technical assistance in creating systems for donating to food banks and food pantries and measure progress on commitments.

Academy Receives Publication Editors' Awards

Food & Nutrition Magazine was honored with the following American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors' Awards:

  • Gold Award in the Best Use of Social Media Category: Engage
  • Silver Award in the Best Regular Department Category: Savor
  • Silver Award in the Best Blog Category: Stone Soup

ASHPE recognizes editorial excellence and achievement in the field of health care publishing. The annual awards competition honors the very best the health care sector has to offer.

Food & Nutrition Magazine's Test Kitchen

Lucille Beseler participated in Food & Nutrition Magazine's first test kitchen event held in Chicago. Academy members prepared, tested and refined a recipe that was featured in the print issue and online at www.FoodandNutrition.org. Over 150 members joined Lucille for a Twitter chat and members posted photos and used #FNTestKitchen social sharing wall.

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May 2017

Museum Display to Commemorate Centennial of the Dietetics Profession

To commemorate the Academy's Centennial, the Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the Greater Cleveland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics are hosting a display at the Dittrick Museum of Medical History at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. The display, "Celebrating the Centennial of the Dietetics Profession in America: 100 Years of Optimizing Health through Food and Nutrition," will run through May 22 and includes original photographs, archives and commemorative items documenting the organization's first century.

May is Nutrition Research Month

The Academy's Research Month takes place every May. The annual theme "Research Matters!" will highlight the relevance and importance of scientific research in nutrition and dietetics, while promoting valuable resources the Academy provides to encourage and support the research process by all RDNs.

Food Service Guideline Collaborative's Food Systems Engagement Meeting

Lucille Beseler attended the Food Service Guideline Collaborative's Food Systems Engagement Meeting on May 5 in Washington, D.C. The group discussed opportunities and barriers to align the food system with dietary needs. The meeting included representatives from across the food system such as food manufacturers to end users such as government entities and Fortune 500 companies.

Special Olympics Inclusive Health Forum

Lucille Beseler attended the Special Olympics Inclusive Health Forum meeting on May 9 in Washington, D.C. The Academy is collaborating with this leading organization to advocate for nutrition services provided by RDNs to improve the health of people with intellectual disabilities, especially individuals who have chronic diseases such as obesity. The Academy was recognized by the Special Olympics as a key champions of health with expertise and influence that could greatly affect the lives of people with intellectual disabilities. The Health Forum addressed how attendees can collectively have a profound impact on the health of people with intellectual disabilities by ensuring that people with and without disabilities have the same opportunities to be healthy.

Academy Applies for USAID Grant

The Academy was invited by Research Triangle Institute International to participate as a partner in a grant proposal on Multisector Nutrition Activities to the United States Agency for International Development. If the grant is accepted, the Academy will provide assistance to governments and training and educational institutions related to the accreditation of global training programs and worldwide credentialing. The Academy will also provide consultation and technical assistance on the development of pre-service and in-service training curricula for related medical/clinical training programs in developing countries to build capacity in nutrition.

Pew Research Center: Global Research and Public Policy

The Academy is working with the Pew Research Center to ensure that kitchen equipment and infrastructure provisions as included in the School Food Modernization Act are included in any child nutrition reauthorization legislation. This will spotlight the important role of members who work in school nutrition and foodservice.

World Nutrition Policy Center at Duke University

Lucille Beseler and Pat Babjak will be meeting with Kelly D. Brownell, dean of the Sanford School of Public Policy at Duke University, to explore opportunities to collaborate with the university's World Nutrition Policy Center. Given mutual interests in worldwide nutritional health and joint working relationships as members of the National Academy of Medicine's Obesity Roundtable, the Academy and the World Nutrition Policy Center will exchange ideas, discuss future goals and determine opportunities that might exist to partner strategically.

Managing CVD Risk in Diabetes Roundtable

Lucille Beseler appointed Wahida Karmally to represent the Academy at the American College of Cardiology's 2017 Managing CVD Risk in Diabetes Roundtable, scheduled for June 20 in Washington, D.C. The purpose of the roundtable is to explore recent trial evidence for new antidiabetic drugs, their demonstrated improved cardiovascular outcomes and what that means for the cardiology community. The one-day meeting will engage participants in interactive discussions to facilitate a greater understanding of real-life challenges faced by patients, caregivers, clinicians, payers and health systems in incorporating newer agents for improved outcomes in patients with Type 2 diabetes that are either at high risk for or have established CVD. Outcomes of the roundtable may include identifying the need for an expert consensus document, developing care algorithms and/or practical tools to address the cardiovascular team's role in the management of diabetes to reduce cardiovascular risk. Wahida has served as chairman of the nutrition committee of the American Heart Association in New York and also is a certified diabetes educator. She is also a member of several AHA committees including Physicians' Cholesterol Education Program, Public Policy and Government Affairs, Women and Heart Disease and Prevention Cardiology, and has served on its Board of Directors for two terms.

Certificates of Training Programs

The Academy's Center for Lifelong Learning collaborated with the Nutrition Informatics Committee, the NIC Consumer Health Informatics Workgroup and the Interoperability and Standards Committee, to offer an online Certificate of Training program in Informatics to ensure nutrition professionals stay up-to-date with the latest methods of processing and using data in all areas of the profession. The information provided is critical to the nutrition professional and can be successfully utilized on a daily basis, covering topics such as, electronic health records, security and ethics and utilizing data.

New Guideline Published on Evidence Analysis Library

The Academy's Evidence Analysis Library published the Gestational Diabetes Evidence-Based Nutrition Practice Guideline and Supporting Systematic Reviews. Highlights of the publication include 17 evidence-based nutrition recommendations and supporting systematic reviews of MNT, calories, macronutrients, dietary patterns and meal and snack distributions. The guideline is free and available to all Academy members and EAL subscribers.

Academy Positions Committee Update

The Academy Positions Committee facilitated the National Osteoporosis Foundation and the American Society for Preventive Cardiology request to support their joint position statement on calcium and cardiovascular disease. APC, Evidence-Based Practice Committee and the Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition dietetic practice group reviewed and recommended support. The House Leadership Team voted for the Academy to support this position statement. APC also supported, along with EBPC and Pediatric Nutrition dietetic practice group, Addendum Guidelines for the Prevention of Peanut Allergy from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. HLT voted to support this guideline.

The following position/practice papers have been submitted for publication in the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

  • Inter-professional Education in Nutrition as an Essential Component of Medical Education position paper to be published in July
  • Classic and Modified Diets for Treatment of Epilepsy practice paper to be published in August

All published position and practice papers can be viewed here.

Partnership for a Healthier America Summit

Former President Bill Clinton recognized the work of RDNs during his remarks at the Partnership for a Healthier America's seventh annual summit in Washington, D.C. The meeting convened some of the nation’s most influential leaders in the fight to end childhood obesity. The summit provided a unique opportunity for business and industry leaders to sit at the table with their nonprofit, academic and government counterparts to address major considerations for the health of our nation's youth.

American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Conference

Jo Jo Dantone represented the Academy at the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists Annual Conference in Austin. Through many discussions with their leadership, an RDN will now serve on two committees. This is a major accomplishment and will further the education of endocrinologists about the importance and benefit of including an RDN in their practices to promote positive patient outcomes through Medical Nutrition Therapy and Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support.

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Submitted by:

Lucille Beseler, President 2016-2017
Patricia M. Babjak, Chief Executive Officer