Making Your Mark in a Nationally Ranked Dietetics Program

Are you passionate about healthy eating and interested in counseling others about nutrition to improve their well-being?

Look no further than Ashland University’s nationally ranked Dietetics program. You’ll find it’s one of the top nutrition programs in the United States that will expertly prepare you for a career in the diverse field of nutrition and dietetics.

Contact Us

Denise Reed, MS, RDN, LD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Dietetics
239, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.289.5452
dreed8@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Current Academic Year
Dietetics Four-Year Guide

Program Requirements

A student majoring in Dietetics, who is also a candidate for a baccalaureate degree must have completed all the course requirements for that particular degree and must earn 123 semester hours of college work with an overall grade point average (G.P.A.) of not less than 2.0. The grade point average in the Dietetics major field must be at least 2.25 (although a G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater is recommended). Students whose semester G.P.A. falls below 2.0 but whose cumulative G.P.A. is above 2.0 will receive a letter of concern from their Academic Advising unit inviting them to review their academic performance and outlining available support services.

Institutional Core Requirements

Course Number and TitleHours
COM 101 Human Communication 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Math 208 Elementary Statistics 3
Religion Course 3
Aesthetics -Any two approved courses 6
Humanities -Any two approved courses 6
Natural Sciences -Any two approved courses
(BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life)
(CHEM 103 General Chemistry)
8
Social Sciences-Any two approved courses
(PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology)
6
Historical Reasoning -Any approved course 3
Cultural Requirements 3
Total Institutional Core Requirements 47 hr.

Dietetics Course Requirements 2021

Course Number and TitleHours
DIET 130 Principles of Food and Meal Preparation 3
DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics 2
DIET 213 Society’s Influence on Body Image and Eating 3
DIET 230 Food Science & Applications 3
DIET 320 Human Nutrition 3
DIET 330 Nutrition Counseling Skills 3
DIET 360 Lifecycle Nutrition 3
DIET 370 Community Nutrition 3
DIET 385 Advanced Nutrition 3
DIET 395 Vitamins and Minerals 3
DIET 400 Nutrition & Disease I 3
DIET 425 Nutrition & Disease II 3
BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life (4)**
BIO 222 H.S. Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 223 H.S. Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 340 Microbiology 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry (4)**
CHEM 104 General Chemistry 4
CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 307L Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 429 Biochemistry 3
EXS 309 Exercise Physiology or EXS 474 Sports Nutrition 3
HS 360 Research in Health Sciences 3
HSM 250 Food and Beverage Operation Management 3
HSM 335 Environmental Management 3
HSM 336 Food Production I 3
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (3)**
MGT 240 Introduction to Management 3
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology (3)**
   
Total Dietetics Course Requirements 76 (87) hrs.
Institutional Core Requirements 47 hrs.
Total Credits for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree 123 hrs.

**Credits hours in parentheses indicate courses that meet both institutional requirements for all students, as well as requirements of the Dietetics major

Completing Your Degree

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Ashland University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

Accredited Internships

Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is extremely competitive. Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed. Because of this shortage, it is vitally important to excel academically and gain work-related experiences to improve your chances of being accepted.

Goals & Objectives

The Ashland University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AU DP) mission is to provide the foundational knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to encourage the development of ethical behavior, intellectual growth, critical thought, communication and problem solving skills, in preparation for entry into post-baccalaureate dietetics internships, eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, professional employment, and/or graduate school, as well as developing students to become contributing members of the scientific/professional community.

To assess and guide the AU DP, several goals and objectives have been developed.  These include the following three program goals and ten outcomes:

Program Goal 1

The AU DP will prepare, assist, and encourage program graduates to seek admittance into an ACEND accredited internship program, professional employment, or graduate school.

Objective 1.1: Sixty percent (60%) of DP graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.2: Fifty percent (50%) of DP graduates will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3: over a 5-year period, 50% or more of program graduates who complete a supervised internship will be employed in dietetics within 12 months.

Objective 1.4: Over a 5-year period, 50% or more of AU DP graduates not going into an internship, employed or seeking employment, will report pursuing an advanced degree.

Objective 1.5: Over a 5-year period, the pass rate for AU DP graduates taking the DTR examination will be greater than or equal to 80%.

Program Goal 2

The AU DP will prepare graduates to become contributing members of the scientific/professional community who can function as competent entry-level dietitians in a variety of settings.

Objective 2.1: The AU DP one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Objective 2.2: At least 80% of AU DP graduates will receive satisfactory or higher ratings from supervised practice program directors or employers in at least 75% of the areas surveyed.

Program Goal 3

The AU DP will assist graduates in completing the program of study, as well as prepare and encourage graduates to serve the community through volunteerism, educational, and professional involvement.

Objective 3.1: At least 80% of students enrolled in the AU DP, after completing the course DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics, will complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years, 150% of the program length.

Objective 3.2: At least 75% of AU DP graduates will have been a member of a pre-professional or related professional organization (such as AU Student Dietetic Association, Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to program completion.

Objective 3.3: At least 75% of AU DP graduates will have completed >20 hours of volunteer or philanthropic activities prior to program completion.

AU DP Program outcomes data are available upon request.  Please contact the Program Director, Denise Reed, MS, RDN, LD

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Nutrition Information on Beverages

Drinking water is important for physical and mental performance because it keeps the body hydrated. Adequate amounts of milk are beneficial to structures such as teeth and bones because it is filled with calcium which keeps them strong. Fat-free or low-fat options of milk contribute fewer calories to your total caloric intake for the day and still has the same nutritional value. Four to six ounces of 100% juice should be drunk daily because it is full of nutrients; however, juice should not replace eating whole fruits and vegetables because they provide more vitamins and minerals. Also, there is an added value of fiber and phytonutrients from the skin. People should be cautious about the levels of “energy” drinks and soft drinks they consume because they are high in sugar and calories. Coffee and alcohol are empty calories that add to your total calories without giving you any benefits. To manage sugary beverages: read food labels, avoid “energy” drinks, and consume them in moderation. 

For more information, please visit:
https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/your-overall-health/nutrition-info-about-beverages...Read more

5 Reasons Your Teen Needs Breakfast

Although it’s easy to become distracted amid the chaos of the morning, there are several benefits to prioritizing a nutritious breakfast. A nutritious breakfast packed with quality protein and carbohydrates is an excellent way to ensure the body has the energy to start off the day. Another reason is it will help improve concentration because consistently eating a nutritious breakfast has been shown to improve brain function, which will help with memory and recalling that information later on. Another reason breakfast is essential is its correlation with academic performance. Whether the nutrients provide the brain with components necessary to excel, or eating breakfast simply takes away the distraction of an empty stomach. Additionally, eating a nutritious breakfast often results in healthier food choices throughout the day, which can positively impact long-term health. Reward your body each day with this nutritious meal and enjoy reaping the benefits it provides.
Source: https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-reasons-your-teen-needs-breakfast
...Read more

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup canned pumpkin1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt1 cup fat-free milk½ teaspoon ground cinnamon¼ teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons sugarsprinkle of nutmegDirections
Before you begin: Wash your hands.
Combine all the ingredients except the nutmeg in a blender or food processor.Blend until smooth.Pour into a glass and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.For a nuttier taste and another burst of nutrition, add ¼ cup toasted wheat germ to the blender. (Calories increase to 270 per serving, and fiber bumps up 1 gram.)Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1.5 Cups
Serves 2

Calories: 210; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 150mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 12g.
Source: https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/pumpkin-cheesecake-smoothie-recipe...Read more

Fall Sports & Nutrition

Proper eating is crucial when participating in stop-and-go sports such as football and basketball. Unhealthy fats and added sugars can affect performance, growth, and development. Teenagers are still growing, so they need enough calories for their activities and development. Calorie intake varies depending on activity level, sex, and age. A general guideline for active teenage boys is 3,000-4,000 calories a day, while active teenage girls is 2,400-3,000 calories daily. To optimize performance and gain quality calories, try eating lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Carbohydrates are essential before practice or a game because muscles store them as fuel. Carbs are also important after practice or a game because they help replenish your body for the next day. Small snacks such as half a turkey sandwich and water will supply energy for practice while a banana and trail mix will get your body ready for the next day. Instead of taking protein supplements, try eating foods high in protein such as chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, lentils, and seeds. Having protein in every meal will help to recover muscles which in turn will help to build muscle. Having small snacks such as peanut butter crackers or dried fruit readily available will boost energy in between meals. For specialized eating programs, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. 
For more information, please visit: https://www.eatright.org/fitness/sports-and-performance/fueling-your-workout/teen-nutrition-for-fall-sports
...Read more

Contact Us

Contact Us

Denise Reed, MS, RDN, LD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Director of Dietetics
239, College of Nursing & Health Sciences
419.289.5452
dreed8@ashland.edu

Curriculum

Curriculum

Current Academic Year
Dietetics Four-Year Guide

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

A student majoring in Dietetics, who is also a candidate for a baccalaureate degree must have completed all the course requirements for that particular degree and must earn 123 semester hours of college work with an overall grade point average (G.P.A.) of not less than 2.0. The grade point average in the Dietetics major field must be at least 2.25 (although a G.P.A. of 3.0 or greater is recommended). Students whose semester G.P.A. falls below 2.0 but whose cumulative G.P.A. is above 2.0 will receive a letter of concern from their Academic Advising unit inviting them to review their academic performance and outlining available support services.

Institutional Core Requirements

Course Number and TitleHours
COM 101 Human Communication 3
ENG 101 Composition I 3
ENG 102 Composition II 3
Math 208 Elementary Statistics 3
Religion Course 3
Aesthetics -Any two approved courses 6
Humanities -Any two approved courses 6
Natural Sciences -Any two approved courses
(BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life)
(CHEM 103 General Chemistry)
8
Social Sciences-Any two approved courses
(PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology)
6
Historical Reasoning -Any approved course 3
Cultural Requirements 3
Total Institutional Core Requirements 47 hr.

Dietetics Course Requirements 2021

Course Number and TitleHours
DIET 130 Principles of Food and Meal Preparation 3
DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics 2
DIET 213 Society’s Influence on Body Image and Eating 3
DIET 230 Food Science & Applications 3
DIET 320 Human Nutrition 3
DIET 330 Nutrition Counseling Skills 3
DIET 360 Lifecycle Nutrition 3
DIET 370 Community Nutrition 3
DIET 385 Advanced Nutrition 3
DIET 395 Vitamins and Minerals 3
DIET 400 Nutrition & Disease I 3
DIET 425 Nutrition & Disease II 3
BIO 201 Molecular and Cellular Basis of Life (4)**
BIO 222 H.S. Anatomy and Physiology I 4
BIO 223 H.S. Anatomy and Physiology II 4
BIO 340 Microbiology 4
CHEM 103 General Chemistry (4)**
CHEM 104 General Chemistry 4
CHEM 307 Organic Chemistry 3
CHEM 307L Organic Chemistry 1
CHEM 429 Biochemistry 3
EXS 309 Exercise Physiology or EXS 474 Sports Nutrition 3
HS 360 Research in Health Sciences 3
HSM 250 Food and Beverage Operation Management 3
HSM 335 Environmental Management 3
HSM 336 Food Production I 3
MATH 208 Elementary Statistics (3)**
MGT 240 Introduction to Management 3
PSYC 101 Intro to Psychology (3)**
   
Total Dietetics Course Requirements 76 (87) hrs.
Institutional Core Requirements 47 hrs.
Total Credits for a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) Degree 123 hrs.

**Credits hours in parentheses indicate courses that meet both institutional requirements for all students, as well as requirements of the Dietetics major

Completing Your Degree

Completing Your Degree

Effective January 1, 2024, the Commission on Dietetic Registration (CDR) will require a minimum of a master’s degree to be eligible to take the credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN). In order to be approved for registration examination eligibility with a bachelor’s degree, an individual must meet all eligibility requirements and be submitted into CDR's Registration Eligibility Processing System (REPS) before 12:00 midnight Central Time, December 31, 2023. For more information about this requirement visit CDR's website: https://www.cdrnet.org/graduatedegree. In addition, CDR requires that individuals complete coursework and supervised practice in program(s) accredited by the Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND). Graduates who successfully complete the ACEND-accredited Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics at Ashland University are eligible to apply to an ACEND-accredited supervised practice program.

In most states, graduates also must obtain licensure or certification to practice. For more information about state licensure requirements.

For more information about educational pathways to become a RDN.

Accredited Internships

Acceptance into an accredited dietetic internship program is extremely competitive. Currently, there is a significant shortage of available internship positions for the number of students applying for acceptance. Acceptance into an internship program cannot be guaranteed. Because of this shortage, it is vitally important to excel academically and gain work-related experiences to improve your chances of being accepted.

Goals & Objectives

Goals & Objectives

The Ashland University Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics’ (AU DP) mission is to provide the foundational knowledge, skills, and experiences necessary to encourage the development of ethical behavior, intellectual growth, critical thought, communication and problem solving skills, in preparation for entry into post-baccalaureate dietetics internships, eligibility for the CDR credentialing exam to become a registered dietitian nutritionist, professional employment, and/or graduate school, as well as developing students to become contributing members of the scientific/professional community.

To assess and guide the AU DP, several goals and objectives have been developed.  These include the following three program goals and ten outcomes:

Program Goal 1

The AU DP will prepare, assist, and encourage program graduates to seek admittance into an ACEND accredited internship program, professional employment, or graduate school.

Objective 1.1: Sixty percent (60%) of DP graduates will apply for admission to a supervised practice program prior to or within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.2: Fifty percent (50%) of DP graduates will be admitted to a supervised practice program within 12 months of graduation.

Objective 1.3: over a 5-year period, 50% or more of program graduates who complete a supervised internship will be employed in dietetics within 12 months.

Objective 1.4: Over a 5-year period, 50% or more of AU DP graduates not going into an internship, employed or seeking employment, will report pursuing an advanced degree.

Objective 1.5: Over a 5-year period, the pass rate for AU DP graduates taking the DTR examination will be greater than or equal to 80%.

Program Goal 2

The AU DP will prepare graduates to become contributing members of the scientific/professional community who can function as competent entry-level dietitians in a variety of settings.

Objective 2.1: The AU DP one-year pass rate (graduates who pass the registration exam within one year of first attempt) on the CDR credentialing exam for dietitian nutritionists is at least 80%.

Objective 2.2: At least 80% of AU DP graduates will receive satisfactory or higher ratings from supervised practice program directors or employers in at least 75% of the areas surveyed.

Program Goal 3

The AU DP will assist graduates in completing the program of study, as well as prepare and encourage graduates to serve the community through volunteerism, educational, and professional involvement.

Objective 3.1: At least 80% of students enrolled in the AU DP, after completing the course DIET 210 Introduction to Dietetics, will complete the program/degree requirements within 3 years, 150% of the program length.

Objective 3.2: At least 75% of AU DP graduates will have been a member of a pre-professional or related professional organization (such as AU Student Dietetic Association, Ohio Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, or the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics) prior to program completion.

Objective 3.3: At least 75% of AU DP graduates will have completed >20 hours of volunteer or philanthropic activities prior to program completion.

AU DP Program outcomes data are available upon request.  Please contact the Program Director, Denise Reed, MS, RDN, LD

Blog

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Nutrition Information on Beverages

Drinking water is important for physical and mental performance because it keeps the body hydrated. Adequate amounts of milk are beneficial to structures such as teeth and bones because it is filled with calcium which keeps them strong. Fat-free or low-fat options of milk contribute fewer calories to your total caloric intake for the day and still has the same nutritional value. Four to six ounces of 100% juice should be drunk daily because it is full of nutrients; however, juice should not replace eating whole fruits and vegetables because they provide more vitamins and minerals. Also, there is an added value of fiber and phytonutrients from the skin. People should be cautious about the levels of “energy” drinks and soft drinks they consume because they are high in sugar and calories. Coffee and alcohol are empty calories that add to your total calories without giving you any benefits. To manage sugary beverages: read food labels, avoid “energy” drinks, and consume them in moderation. 

For more information, please visit:
https://www.eatright.org/health/wellness/your-overall-health/nutrition-info-about-beverages...Read more

5 Reasons Your Teen Needs Breakfast

Although it’s easy to become distracted amid the chaos of the morning, there are several benefits to prioritizing a nutritious breakfast. A nutritious breakfast packed with quality protein and carbohydrates is an excellent way to ensure the body has the energy to start off the day. Another reason is it will help improve concentration because consistently eating a nutritious breakfast has been shown to improve brain function, which will help with memory and recalling that information later on. Another reason breakfast is essential is its correlation with academic performance. Whether the nutrients provide the brain with components necessary to excel, or eating breakfast simply takes away the distraction of an empty stomach. Additionally, eating a nutritious breakfast often results in healthier food choices throughout the day, which can positively impact long-term health. Reward your body each day with this nutritious meal and enjoy reaping the benefits it provides.
Source: https://www.eatright.org/food/nutrition/healthy-eating/5-reasons-your-teen-needs-breakfast
...Read more

Pumpkin Cheesecake Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients
1 cup canned pumpkin1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt1 cup fat-free milk½ teaspoon ground cinnamon¼ teaspoon vanilla extract2 teaspoons sugarsprinkle of nutmegDirections
Before you begin: Wash your hands.
Combine all the ingredients except the nutmeg in a blender or food processor.Blend until smooth.Pour into a glass and garnish with a sprinkle of nutmeg.For a nuttier taste and another burst of nutrition, add ¼ cup toasted wheat germ to the blender. (Calories increase to 270 per serving, and fiber bumps up 1 gram.)Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1.5 Cups
Serves 2

Calories: 210; Total Fat: 1g; Saturated Fat: 0g; Cholesterol: 5mg; Sodium: 150mg; Total Carbohydrate: 41g; Dietary Fiber: 4g; Protein: 12g.
Source: https://www.eatright.org/food/planning-and-prep/recipes/pumpkin-cheesecake-smoothie-recipe...Read more

Fall Sports & Nutrition

Proper eating is crucial when participating in stop-and-go sports such as football and basketball. Unhealthy fats and added sugars can affect performance, growth, and development. Teenagers are still growing, so they need enough calories for their activities and development. Calorie intake varies depending on activity level, sex, and age. A general guideline for active teenage boys is 3,000-4,000 calories a day, while active teenage girls is 2,400-3,000 calories daily. To optimize performance and gain quality calories, try eating lean meats, vegetables, healthy fats, and whole grains. Carbohydrates are essential before practice or a game because muscles store them as fuel. Carbs are also important after practice or a game because they help replenish your body for the next day. Small snacks such as half a turkey sandwich and water will supply energy for practice while a banana and trail mix will get your body ready for the next day. Instead of taking protein supplements, try eating foods high in protein such as chicken, fish, eggs, tofu, lentils, and seeds. Having protein in every meal will help to recover muscles which in turn will help to build muscle. Having small snacks such as peanut butter crackers or dried fruit readily available will boost energy in between meals. For specialized eating programs, consult a registered dietitian who specializes in sports nutrition. 
For more information, please visit: https://www.eatright.org/fitness/sports-and-performance/fueling-your-workout/teen-nutrition-for-fall-sports
...Read more

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What to Expect in the Dietetics Program

In today’s world, more people than ever are having health-related issues that are directly related to their nutritional intake. Ashland University’s top Dietetics program will provide you with the educational knowledge to help others truly make a difference in their health. From day one in the Dietetics program, you’ll acquire a strong foundation of physical, biological, and social sciences in order to understand the social and psychological dimensions of human nutrition.

Dietetics Program Benefits

The Dietetics program at Ashland University is fully accredited by the Accreditation of Nutrition & Dietetics (ACEND) of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics (AND). This accreditation certifies our program as a highly-regarded program—which means that as a graduate, you’ll be eligible to apply for a highly competitive ACEND-accredited dietetic internship.

Other program benefits include:

  • Dietetic internship match rates significantly above national average
  • Accent on the Individual with small class sizes and passionate faculty mentorship
  • Guaranteed career success proven by a historically high number of Dietetic graduates receiving a full-time job offer within the field of Nutrition and Dietetics

There’s no better time than the present to start your path toward making lives healthier at one of Ashland University's most prestigious undergraduate programs.

About the Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics

 When you complete the Dietetics program at Ashland University, you’ll be awarded a B.S. degree and a Verification Statement of completion of the AU Didactic Program in Nutrition and Dietetics. (“Didactic” refers to the specific teaching method we use.) The completion of an accredited dietetic internship is required before you’re eligible to take the registration examination and obtain the Registered Dietitian (RD) credential.

Dietetics Career Outlook

Future Employment

The Dietetics program prepares you to become a practitioner in clinical, community, food industry, and other food service areas of nutrition. Registered Dietitians are employed by hospitals, community agencies, and various food service areas of nutrition.

Learn more about exams to further your career:

Additionally, the Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes an Occupational Handbook for Dietitians and Nutritionists.

Average Career Salary

$59,410; with those in business and consulting earning above $87,000

Anticipated Career Growth

The average growth rate for this field is 15 percent by 2026, much faster than the average growth of other occupations

Career Opportunities

  • Hospitals
  • Long-term care facilities
  • Clinics
  • Private practice
  • Government or private organizations

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