Policy is a critical part of each RDN’s practice. Whether at the state level with specific legislation or at the federal level, each of us should stay informed and participate. Laws get passed when voices are heard. Your involvement in public policy and advocacy is a critical part of advancing our profession into the future. If we as nutrition professionals don’t speak up on behalf of the health of our nation, who will? There are others who have loud voices and questionable motives. We need to be the ones communicating policies that will positively impact the health of our nation as well as our profession.
Most of us don’t have the time to visit members of Congress or our local legislatures, but we do have time to do a few clicks on our computers. The Academy has really made it quite easy for us to do. You will be able to take action on current issues in a matter of seconds.
Catherine Conway, MS, RD, CDN, CDCES
VN DPG Policy and Advocacy Leader
Academy Public Policy Activities and Resources
Stay informed through the Academy's policy updates
The Academy sends outs a weekly newsletter with valuable updates on the policies that impact our profession. If you would like to be added to the Public Policy Weekly News (PPWN) distribution list, please email Courtney Doby. Read the latest news on policy, advocacy, and regulatory comments from the Academy.
Here’s what you can do:
- Academy's Grassroots Advocacy Guidebook
- Watch for e-blast updates with ACTION ALERTS – then do them!
- Contact Catherine Conway, MS, RD, CDN, CDE the VN DPG Policy and Advocacy Leader if you want to join the policy team
- Track your congressional representatives to see how they are voting by visiting: