Members Discuss Nutrition Policy with Congress: You Can, Too!
Thanks to the Academy's Political Action Committee, California Dietetic Association members recently attended a fundraiser for one of their members in Congress, Rep. Doris Matsui.
CDA members Sue Foerster, MPH, RD, and Judy Gould, MA, MS, RD, spoke with Rep. Matsui and her staff about critical nutrition legislation, including the Farm Bill, which provides nutrition education for SNAP participants and the Older American's Act, which supports essential senior nutrition programs.
Gould was complimentary of Foerster, a member of the Legislative and Public Policy Committee, who she deemed as "highly knowledgeable about pertinent nutrition policy due to her recent attendance at the Academy's Public Policy Workshop." Rep. Matsui encouraged members to schedule a meeting with her office to further discuss these key nutrition issues.
Foerster and Gould are not done yet. They plan to work with ANDPAC on more opportunities to speak with other California representatives to discuss the importance of nutrition programs and services. SNAP-Ed and the Older Americans Act translate into jobs for dietitians not only in California, but nationwide.
You can meet with your members of Congress, too. Complete an ANDPAC Contribution Request Form and ANDPAC will sponsor you to attend a local fundraiser with your representatives. It's advocacy made easy. (May 8, 2013)
ANDPAC at Affiliate, DPG Meetings: What Are You Willing to Give?
Attendees at the 6th Weight Management Dietetics Practice Group Symposium last month raised nearly $800 for the Academy's Political Action Committee.
Academy President Ethan A. Bergman, PhD, RDN, CD, FADA, spoke to nearly 400 members about the importance of ANDPAC, challenging attendees to support its advocacy activities. In addition, a member leader who was inspired by this year's Public Policy Workshop motivated the WM DPG to raffle off a 2014 WM Symposium registration to any member who contributed $25 or more to ANDPAC or the Academy's Foundation. The camaraderie among members was elevated when the winner of the drawing graciously gave her free registration to a fellow student. (May 1, 2013)
ANDPAC Hits the Affiliate Circuit: Are You Ready?
The Academy's Political Action Committee has hit the road, presenting at affiliate meetings across the country and speaking to members about the important role policy plays in dietetics.
At the Missouri, Iowa, Nebraska and Kansas (MINK) meeting, nearly 500 members heard how policy affects their professional careers. Attendees learned the connection between policy and nutrition services and generously gave more than $700 to ANDPAC.
The Louisiana Dietetic Association got creative with its ANDPAC donation system and raffled prizes to members who contributed $5 or more. Louisiana turned its meeting into a public policy pep rally and raised $600 for ANDPAC.
ANDPAC is coming to an affiliate meeting near you. What will you give? (April 17, 2013)
If dietetics is your profession, policy should be your passion!
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