The ANDPAC Board of Directors is proud to share the new issue of ANDPAC's quarterly newsletter. This publication will keep friends of ANDPAC informed about the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and ANDPAC efforts to represent food and nutrition goals in Washington, DC and in state governments. There have been recent developments on Capitol Hill that have made it an exciting time to be a member of the Academy—learn how registered dietitians are making real-world impact on the nation's health.
ANDPAC Quarterly - Spring 2014
The Signature Event of the Year
Held in downtown Washington, D.C. at the historic National Press Club, Academy members mingled at ANDPAC’s Signature Event. ANDPAC donors heard inspirational stories from Representative Lujan Grisham (N.M.) about hunger, food deserts and nutrition education.
As the guest of honor and a strong supporter of robust public health programs, the Representative enthused attendees with her motivational words: "This is the group that is going to cure diabetes. This is the group that is going to get Congress to score prevention programs. I want to be associated with people like you who are on the ground making a difference!"
Academy President, Dr. Glenna McCollum MPH, RDN concluded the event by saying, "She truly understands what we do and that we can change the world!"
ANDPAC Raises Over $26,000 at PPW
Members demonstrated record support for the Academy's Political Action Committee, ANDPAC, at PPW by donating $26,512. Since membership dues cannot be used to fund ANDPAC, the Academy was thrilled by members' generosity and support. Contributions to ANDPAC help the Academy and its members forge relationships with members of Congress who influence health, food and nutrition policies.
Four Congressional Members Honored for Their Leadership in Nutrition Policy
At PPW, four members of Congress were recognized as the 2014 Public Policy Leadership Award (PPLA) recipients for their outstanding support of the Academy’s nutrition policy priorities.
As the Senate and U.S. House sponsors of the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, Senator Tom Carper from Delaware and U.S. Representative Bill Cassidy from Louisiana have been instrumental in helping RDNs independently bill for intensive behavioral therapy for seniors with obesity. Their efforts to tackle the obesity epidemic make them worthy of this award.
Senator Jeff Merkley from Oregon, another well-deserving recipient, was honored for being a champion of chronic disease prevention, child nutrition, breast-feeding, the Older Americans Act, health care reform and legislation that aims to protect clean water, small farms and the integrity of food labels.
The fourth PPLA recipient, Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham from New Mexico, accepted her award at ANDPAC’s Signature Event in downtown Washington, D.C. Her avid support of SNAP-Ed in the Farm Bill and longstanding public health advocacy made her a shoe in for the award.
Give Dietetics a "High Five"
ANDPAC is launching a new program – the High Five Club – that will allow members to automatically donate as little as $5 a month to ANDPAC. To join, simply go to the donate page and sign up for a monthly contribution of $5. ANDPAC donations will automatically be deducted each month.
Check Your Donation Online
If you want to track your donations online, simply go to ANDPAC, click on donate, sign in and click on donation summary. It's that easy! With the donation summary feature you can see every penny you have donated in the past two years.
ANDPAC's Impact on the 113th Congress
ANDPAC is very strategic in its spending. So far, ANDPAC has given to 15 Senators, 49 US Representatives and 3 political action committees. It takes advantage of opportunities to build relationships with key members of Congress who share the same political and legislative interests as the Academy. ANDPAC is bringing nutrition policy to the forefront by discussing our issues with policymakers.
Members Discuss Nutrition Policy with Congress: You Can, Too!
Across the nation affiliates are getting to know their legislators and speaking to them about nutrition policies that impact the profession and the health of the nation.
From Ohio to Oregon, Academy members are bringing nutrition policy to the forefront. By talking to their members of Congress about obesity, prevention, hunger, nutrition education and senior nutrition, the Academy’s issues are getting attention and critical relationships are being formed.
ANDPAC wants to sponsor YOU to meet with your member of Congress at a local fundraising event in your state.
If you are interested in meeting your representative, download the ANDPAC fundraising form.
PPW Video Winners
Why is nutrition policy important? Just ask Christine Scott MS and Emilie Fielder MS, RDN, LDN, a winner and runner up of the Academy's 2014 Public Policy Workshop Video Challenge. If you are more curious as to why supporting ANDPAC is important to the profession then Nancy Becker, MS, RD, LD, FAND, (winner) and Taylor Carmon (runner up) have your answers. Congratulations to every member who participated!
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Your Support Matters
Kathleen W. McClusky, MS, RD, FADA, Foundation Chair and member of the ANDPAC Board of Directors, talks about supporting ANDPAC and how your donations help impact the nation's health. Read more »