Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Legislative and Public Policy Committee Priority Areas 2009-2010: the Academy will work strategically and proactively, with emphasis on the following areas with greatest potential for the profession:
Objective: Maximize the impact of nutrition care and services in the Older Americans Act, and advance the concept of “healthy aging.” Seek adequate funding for nutrition studies, programs and services for older adults, and place Academy members appropriately in decision-making positions where they can guide the development of sustainable, effective programs for older adults.
Objective: Improve nutritional content of foods at school as well as through the WIC program. Expand local school wellness policies and improve outcomes. Raise visibility of Academy members' knowledge, skills and talents in their communities.
Food and Food Safety
Objective: Strengthen the government’s capabilities to improve the safety of the food supply and provide accurate information about food and nutrition to consumers. Improve consumer protections in and information about food, food ingredients and dietary supplements. Attain sustained investment in nutrition education for all Americans. Increase opportunities for RDs and DTRs in food safety and management.
Health Literacy and Nutrition Advancement
Objective: Improve the nutritional status of Americans and make this and nutrition and health literacy higher national priorities. Increase access to and awareness of safe and healthful foods in food assistance initiatives so that beneficiaries may “eat right.” Support continuous efforts to make the Dietary Guidelines for Americans more central to our national understanding of food, nutrition and health and the chosen guide for Americans in making dietary and physical activity choices.
Medical Nutrition Therapy and Medicare/Medicaid
Objective: Reform health and health care policies so that they can help improve the health of Americans. Health maintenance and wellness, disease prevention, early detection, delay of disease progression and chronic care management are a continuum of strategies that should be covered in a patient-centered health care system that includes nutrition interventions such as counseling and therapies provided by Registered Dietitians. Assure access to quality health care through referral to qualified professional, where appropriate. Increase payment rates for RD-provided MNT services. Seek MNT expansion in more public and private programs.
Nutrition Monitoring and Research
Objective: Improve and expand nutrition research and related activities. Fund NHANES. Protect the program of work of the ARS and its Human Nutrition Research Centers, and increase federal investment in food, nutrition and health research.
Obesity/Overweight/Healthy Weight Management
Objective: Adopt national strategy to prevent childhood obesity. Put RDs on the front lines in addressing overweight and obesity in all populations. Gain coverage for MNT.