The Long Island Dietetic Association (LIDA) is an organization of nutrition professionals affiliated with the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and the New York State Dietetic Association. Members include Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDN) and Dietetic Technicians, Registered (DTR). Many of our members hold New York State Certification as Dietitian/Nutritionist (CDN).
Members are employed in various settings throughout the island such as hospitals, long- term care facilities, schools, community agencies, business and industry, private practice and research just to name a few. One of our goals is to increase the recognition of nutrition professionals and the integral role they play in preventing disease. Six out of ten leading causes of death are linked to poor nutrition/diet quality. RDN's and DTR's use evidence-based practice to help Long Islanders lead a healthy, nutritious lifestyle!
Congratulations Jacqueline Gutierrez, MS, MSEd, RD, CDN on your new children's book!
What Happened to My Strawberry Yogurt?
In the story, Andy shrinks down to the size of a pea and falls into a bowl of nuts! To make matters worse, his sister Lisa accidently swallows him along with her yogurt! Kids will learn about digestion as they follow Andy on his journey through Lisa’s mouth, throat, stomach, and intestines.
Come to the book signing event at the Barnes & Noble in Bay Shore, NY on Saturday, August 15th to get your own signed copy of What Happened to My Strawberry Yogurt? I will be participating in this event, run by LIAWS.
Date: Saturday, August 15, 2015
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM
Location: Barnes & Noble, Gardiner Manor Mall, 842 Sunrise Highway, Bay Shore, NY 11706
Date: Thursday, August 20th (see attached PDF postcard flyer)
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: The Long Island Writers' House, 46 Green Street, Huntington, NY
Jacqueline Gutierrez will read the first two chapters from her book, What Happened to My Strawberry Yogurt, discuss her inspiration for the book, how the idea changed over time, and how she created the illustrations. Books will be for sale at the event. Refreshments will be served.
Stacy Surkis Memorial Scholarship
The deadline to submit applications for the Stacy Surkis Memorial Scholarship have been EXTENDED until August 15th, 2015. Please visit our scholarship page here for more information and to apply.
Next Level Functional Nutrition Webinar
If you haven't already registered for tonight's webinar, here is the information for it. Approved for 2 CEU's for RDN's.
Dr. Gaby will present his newly updated webinar, Nutrition Update 2015, exclusively for Next level Functional Nutrition followers. This is a hot off the press compilation of the latest research supporting food as medicine and nutritional supplements as vital support of chronic disease. You do not want to miss this!
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) Update for LTC RDs
We are thrilled to announce that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a proposed regulation that will allow registered dietitian nutritionists in long term care facilities to prescribe patient diets, in accordance with state law. When we first achieved success in allowing hospital RDNs to order therapeutic diets, we assured members we were continuing to work diligently to enable long term care RDNs to order them as well. Members will have significant new opportunities to work autonomously, and the rule recognizes both the variation in oversight in facilities and the fact that RDNs are “are well qualified to assess a resident’s nutritional status and design and implement a nutritional treatment plan in consultation with the resident’s interdisciplinary team.”
This development fulfills a priority of the Board to work “with CMS to assure consistent application and uniformity in interpretation of the regulation concerning nutrition supplements and therapeutic diet orders” by enabling RDNs to independently order therapeutic diets in multiple care settings.
The proposed long term care regulations also include revisions consistent with those made in the Academy’s formal 2012 recommendations to CMS and in multiple meetings held with CMS, staff, and our member leaders. We will be carefully reviewing the proposed rule to fully understand all of the exciting opportunities and implications for RDNs in LTC facilities and will be working closely with the Dietitians in Health Care Communities DPG and other experts to submit comments within the next sixty days.
Recognition goes to Pepin Tuma, Senior Director, Government and Regulatory Affairs and Sharon McCauley, Director, Quality Management for their continued efforts to advance the Academy’s goals in this area.
New Blog Post! Plant Based Diets for Beginners
Check out this month's new blog from guest blogger Kristen Donnelly.
The House - 2 Bills 2X The Threats
The House Appropriations Committee held a markup hearing today on the fiscal year 2016 Agriculture Appropriations bill, which contained harmful language that limits the scope and blocks the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans from fulfilling their purpose. Congressman Sam Farr (CA) introduced an amendment to rid the bill of restrictions on the Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) and to restore the DGA to their original intent. This amendment did not pass, and therefore the harmful language is still in the bill.
This bill, House Agriculture Appropriations, is ready to be debated on the House floor.
These harmful provisions to the DGA are also included in the House Labor/HHS Appropriations bill, that is also ready to be debated on the House floor.
Next week the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill will be debated in Committee. We have not seen language yet, but we are worried that there may be harmful language concerning the DGA. We will continue to monitor and keep you apprised.
Immediate Action Needed
We need you to continue to push your members to email their Representative using the Academy’s Action Alert to express grave concern over the provisions in the House Labor/HHS and Agriculture Appropriations bills.
Please send the following message to members immediately:
Please send your Representative an email letter urging them to support the dietary guidelines by asking them to remove language from appropriations bills that would restrict the implementation of the 2 015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This provision will be debated this week in the Appropriations Committee, so there is still time to reach out and ask your member of Congress to vote “yes” for an amendment that protects the integrity and science of the Dietary Guidelines process.
Click here to take action today. It takes only a few minutes! It is urgent that your Representative hears from you this week. Please take action today.
Your RDN friend,
Insert your name and title
Insert your affiliate or DPG name
We are also asking that you be ready to activate your members, in the event there is harmful language in the Senate bill. We anticipate opening an action alert in the event that there is harmful language in the Senate bill.
To learn more about the harmful provisions in the House bills, click here.
If you have questions, please let us know.
Exciting News! A Joint Position Statement and Support Paper of the American Diabetes Association, the American Association of Diabetes Educators and the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics has been published!
The “Diabetes Self-Management Education and Support in Type 2 Diabetes” position paper has been published on the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ website and is available at the link posted below. The paper is also available on the Academy website under "Practice," Position and Practice Papers. The Academy plans on publishing the article in the August 2015 print issue of the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
Academy Meets with CMS Innovation Center about "Better Care, Healthier People and Smarter Spending"
06/22/2015 - Academy Staff from the Policy Initiatives & Advocacy and Nutrition Services Coverage teams met with representatives from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) to explore the role of nutrition and the value of RDNs in initiatives that encourage the delivery of better care at lower cost. The meeting was significant as CMMI projects involve numerous states, practices, health care organizations, and populations and have the potential for widespread adoption.
The Academy is working to promote the integration of RDNs in evolving models of health care delivery and payment and RDN involvement. For more information read the PCMH/ACO Workgroup Report or contact Academy staff Michelle Kuppich, RD, Senior Manager, Nutrition Services Integration.
Action Alert: Support the Dietary Guidelines!
We need your immediate attention! There is a move to defund the Dietary Guidelines in the Agriculture and Health and Human Services Appropriations bills and is questioning the evidence analysis process. The integrity of the science is being challenged by non-nutrition professionals, and we need you to set the record straight. This is an urgent issue that needs your help. Here is what you can do today:
1. Contact your Representative today and ask them to remove language from the appropriations bills that would restrict the implementation of the Dietary Guidelines. The full House Appropriations Committee will be voting on Wednesday, June 24th on the Labor-HHS appropriations bill and on Thursday, June 25th on the Agriculture appropriations bill, so time is of the essence! Please contact Stefanie Winston with any questions.
2. Urge your Affiliate and DPG members to utilize to send letters to their Representative today. There is power in numbers but only if we activate our membership! Here is what you can do:
a. Send an eblast message to your members asking them to contact their Representative today. You can also post the message to your electronic mailing list. The following approved message should be used.
Please send your Representative an email letters urging them to support the dietary guidelines. Click here to take action today . It takes only a few minutes!. It is urgent that your Representative hears from you. Please take action today.
Your RDN friend,
Insert your name and title
Insert your affiliate or DPG name
b. Please encourage all public policy panel leaders, affiliate board members, DPG executive committee members, colleagues and friends to take action today!
Action Alerts Remain Open!
The action alerts for the three PPW legislative issues are still open for Academy members. The three PPW issues are:
1. Urge your Affiliate and DPG members to send letters to members of Congress. There is power in numbers but only if we activate our membership!
2. Send an eblast message to your members asking them to send letters to their Senators and Representative. You can also post the message to your electronic mailing list. The following approved message should be used.
Please send your members of Congress email letters urging them to support. Click on each of the titles below to take action. It takes only a few minutes!
Older Americans Act
Treat and Reduce Obesity Act
Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act
It is urgent that members of Congress hear from you. Please take action today.
Your RDN friend,
Insert your name and title
Insert your affiliate or DPG name
Action Alert Reports
Over 15267 letters were sent by 2211 Academy members or 2.95 % to 506 members of Congress. The reports of the number of Academy members by state who have responded to the three action alerts are located in the participation topic file of the Public Policy Panel COI at http://pia.webauthor.com/.
The Affiliate Presidents and the PPCs will find the most current report on your affiliate participation posted on the COI. We will continue to provide this type of information for you to use, but ask that you don’t post names of members (yours or from another affiliate) for public viewing. PPCs should review the action alert participation list.
Academy DPG Experts Needed
The Academy is considering commenting on a number of proposed regulations, regulatory guidance, and information/data collections in the next month. If you are interested in contributing to the Academy’s responses to these regulatory initiatives, please contact Pepin Tuma, Director of Regulatory Affairs.
Please note that regulatory comments are particularly time sensitive. In drafting comments and taking associated stances, the Academy works closely with member experts in relevant DPGs, but wants to ensure all members have the ability to provide evidence-based input. The DPG Policy and Advocacy Leaders (PAL) will be receiving specifically identified questions to share with members to help direct input and should collect comments from their members and submit to Pepin as a single submission on behalf of the DPG.
To read more about the proposed rules, click on the links below. The dates noted are the deadline for DPGs to submit input to the Academy’s Regulatory Affairs department.
Administrative Reviews in School Nutrition Programs (June 30th)
Evaluation of SNAP Employment and Training Pilots (July 7th)
Draft Guidance for Industry; Studies To Evaluate the Safety of Residues of Veterinary Drugs in Human Food: General Approach To Establish an Acute Reference Dose (July 17th)
USDA National Hunger Clearinghouse Database (July 17th)
Reimbursement Representative Orientation
A Reimbursement Representative Orientation call/webinar has been scheduled for July 8, 2015 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. (Central Time). All Reimbursement Representatives are encourage to attend. To register for the webinar—click the word Register. After your request has been approved, you'll receive instructions for joining the meeting. If you already registered for this meeting, you do not need to register again.
LIDA congratulates it's award winning members!
Dear LIDA members,
This year several members were selected as recipients of AND, NYSDA and LIDA Awards.
LIDA is proud to recognize it's very accomplished members:
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics 2015 Medallion Award
John Krakowski, MA, RDN, CDN, FAND
NYSDA Award for Outstanding Educator-Dietetic Internship.
Luz E. Valencia Penagos, MS, RD, CNSC
NYSDA’s Distinguished Dietitian Award
Lisa Stollman, MA, RDN, CDE, CDN
LIDA Dietitian of the Year Award
Barbara Shorter, Ed.D, RD, CDN
LIDA Stacey Surkis Scholarship
Jackie Slomin, LIU Post Dietetic Intern and Website Chair of the LIDA
If you see any of these members, be sure to congratulate them on their amazing accomplishments!!
New blog post: Battling with Your Kids at the Dinner Table
Written by guest blogger, Alison Barkman
On behalf of the LIDA, thank you to all who voted in our recent elections.
Here is a list of our updated Board of Directors for 2015-16:
Co-presidents: Tracey Giambertone, RDN and Michelle Hill, RD, CDN, CDE, CLC
President-elect: Kerry Fannon, MS, RDN
Immediate Past President: Steve Della Croce, MS, RDN, CDN
Treasurer: Shirley Fu
Website Chair: Jackie Slomin
Website Advisor: Jacqueline S. Gutierrez, MS, MSEd, RD, CDN
Recording Secretary: Charlene Quinn, DT-R
Corresponding Secretary: John Krakowski
Bylaws and Handbook: Annemarie Ng: MS, RD, CDN, CDE
Membership Co-chairs: Nancy Sidnam, Courtney Reiss
Professional Issues Development: Marina Bedrossian, RD, CDN
Legislation Chair/Public Policy Coordinator: Linda Folken, MS, RD, CDN, CNSD
Reimbursement Co-chairs: Maryann Gallucci, MS, RD, CDN, HFS and Rita Batheja, MS, RDN, CDN
Public Relations Chair: Jennifer Assael, DT-R
Scholarship Chair: Lynne Chimon, MS, CDE
Parliamentarian: Eileen Kane-Gemmel, MPA, RDN, CDN
Nominating Chair: Pam Bonney, MS, RD, CDN
We are also looking to fill 2 appointed positions: Sponsorship/Fundraiser Chair and Professional Liason. For a job description or with any questions please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
With that, I would like to thank the entire board of directors and volunteers who helped make my time as President a wonderful experience. I believe we had a successful year:
-Our membership has increased,
-We offered CEU opportunities worth a total of 14 credits,
-and contributed to several health fairs and a National Nutrition Month Health Expo with over 150 people in attendance!
Thank you all for being a part of the LIDA, and special thanks to the hard working board members who volunteer their time to show the world how WE ARE THE NUTRITION EXPERTS!
LIDA Members Recognized by NYSAND and The Academy!
LIDA would like to recognize the following members who have been recognized by the NYSAND and The Academy for their hard work and contributions in the field.
Luz E. Valencia-Penagos has received the 2015 award for Outstanding Dietetics Educator
Lisa Stollman has received the 2015 Distinguished Dietetian award!
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:
John Krakowsky has been awarded the Academy's 2015 Medallion Award which recognizes a lifetime of contributions to the dietetics profession and the Academy.
Congratulations! We are so proud to have such outstanding and dedicated members as part of the LIDA!