As the use of technology expands in healthcare industry and is more portable with devices such as smart phones and tablets, the dietitian needs more resources that can be easily accessed with electronic devices. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is expanding the resources that can be accessed by electronic tools. This allows dietitians to have the most current materials with them on multidisciplinary healthcare rounds, in client counseling sessions and in community-based practice settings.
Since the Nutrition Care Process is a standard tool used in a variety of work settings, having an easy reference targeted to special practice procedures is proving useful to practitioners. One of the newest tools available in an electronic format is “The Nutrition Care Process in Pediatric Practice.” This publication covers 15 conditions such as, food allergies, cystic fibrosis, diabetes, oncology, and overweight and shows how the International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology can be applied with pediatric patients. There also are guides for adult conditions such as, lipid disorders, hypertension, diabetes, weight management and eating disorders.
By building electronic resources, the Academy is focused on helping dietitians in their daily practice to have the most current information easily accessible. In addition to the guidebooks on applying the Nutrition Care Process, the Academy updates on an annual basis its electronic diet manuals. Currently three editions exist for general practice, pediatrics and sports nutrition. Each manual links the practitioner to evidence-based practice information, practice tools, patient instruction materials, and cultural food descriptions.
The Academy has released two new position papers. One is titled, “Interventions for Prevention and Treatment of Pediatric Overweight and Obesity”. It was released in October, 2013. Another paper is “Dietary Fatty Acids for Healthy Adults” which was published in January, 2014. Both papers were developed using the Academy’s evidence-based library as a resource.
The Academy celebrates National Nutrition Month® in March. This year members will promote the theme, “Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right”. This campaign is focused on the public and encourages personalized healthy eating styles and recognizes that food preferences, lifestyle, health issues and cultural and ethnic traditions all impact individual food choices. On March 12, the Academy honors the Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) by promoting the value of the profession in the marketplace.
Sylvia Escott-Stump, MA, RD, LDN
US Representative for ICDA
Dietetic Internship Director
East Carolina University