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Our History


We have been the most trusted diet manual for over 40 years, and we are proud of our rich history of providing evidence-based nutrition resources for Registered Dietitian Nutritionists. The American Dietetic Association published the first edition of the Handbook of Clinical Dietetics in 1981. This essential practice resource and diet manual later became the Manual of Clinical Dietetics and was published for 6 editions and over 20 years. The Pediatric Manual of Clinical Dietetics was introduced as the premier resource and diet manual for pediatric nutrition in 1998. After nearly 20 years as a printed resources, the printed diet manuals were transitioned to web format, and the first editions of the Nutrition Care Manual® and Pediatric Nutrition Care Manual® were born! The Sports Nutrition Care Manual® was added to the series as a cutting-edge resource for sports dietitians in 2011.


Our Future


The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Nutrition Care Manual® team constantly innovating new ways to improve and expand the NCM® to meet the ever-growing demands of evolving nutrition practice. Our team of experienced Registered Dietitian Nutritionists, technical support specialists, editors, and project managers are dedicated to providing our subscribers with convenient, high-quality nutrition information. NCM® has a bright future ahead!


Our Approach to Inclusivity

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics encourages inclusion, diversity, equity and access (IDEA) by striving to recognize, respect and include differences in ability, age, creed, culture, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, size, and socioeconomic characteristics in the nutrition and dietetics profession. Learn more about the Academy’s IDEA work here.

The Nutrition Care Manual® (NCM®) strives to employ inclusive language in our vast library of clinical and consumer content.

The information in NCM® is meant to serve as a general guideline and therefore may need to be adapted to meet the unique nutrition needs of individual patients. Individualized patient-centered care requires using your knowledge and nutrition assessment data to tailor nutrition interventions for your patients’ specific circumstances, including but not limited to their ability, culture, and socioeconomic status.

Client education handouts include a Notes area where you can insert additional instructions to individualize the information for your patients. If you’d like to customize a meal plan to include patient or client food preferences, we offer a blank sample meal plan. 

If you have any questions about our approach to inclusivity in NCM®, please don’t hesitate to contact us by selecting the “Contact” link at the top of this page.

Our Team


Andrea Anderson, RDN, CD, CDCES

Director of Online Clinical Content - Clinical Content Strategy

Andrea is a registered dietitian nutritionist and certified diabetes educator. She earned a Bachelor of Science in dietetics  from the University of Wisconsin - Madison and later completed her dietetic internship at Loyola University Chicago.  Before joining the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics in 2017, Andrea served as a registered dietitian nutritionist at hospitals in Chicago and Milwaukee for over 10 years.

Karen Stein, MFA

Senior Development Editor - Clinical Content Strategy

Karen has worked in varying roles at the Academy since 1999 and has served as an NCM editor since its inception as an online product in 2003. She has also written extensively for the Journal, including the centennial series published in 2017. Her contributions to the Journal have been recognized by the Hermes Creative and MarCom Awards.

Beth Garst, MS, RDN, LDN

Clinical Content Manager - Clinical Content Strategy

Beth is a registered dietitian nutritionist.  Beth has worked at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics for 5 years and joined the Clinical Content Strategy team in November 2019.  She earned a Bachelor of Arts from Illinois Wesleyan University and earned a Master of Science in dietetics from Illinois State University.  She completed her dietetic internship at Ingalls Memorial Hospital.  Prior to working at the Academy, Beth worked as a clinical dietitian for 7 years. 

Melinda Nordena

Technical Support Specialist - Product Strategy and Development

Melinda Nordena is the Techincal Support Specialist for the Product Strategy and Development team at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She earned a Bachelor Degree  in Liberal Science with a concentration in Computer Science from Roosevelt University. Melinda has been working for the Academy for 17 years.