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Commitment to Food, Nutrition and Health Policy: Rep. Bruce Braley Receives American Dietetic Association's Top Congressional Award

2010-02-24

Media Contacts: Ryan O'Malley, Allison MacMunn
800/877-1600, ext. 4769, 4802 media@eatright.org

CHICAGO – U.S. Rep. Bruce L. Braley (D.-Iowa) has been named the recipient of the American Dietetic Association’s 2010 Public Policy Leadership Award for his outstanding work in support of nutrition issues in Congress.

“ADA’s award recognizes Rep. Braley’s role in championing important policy initiatives, especially related to nutrition services in health care and child nutrition programs,” said registered dietitian and ADA President Jessie M. Pavlinac.

Braley’s efforts on the House of Representatives’ health reform bill ensured dietetic technicians, registered were listed as qualified to serve as Medicaid Food Service Directors, and he included registered dietitians in the Frontline Health-care Providers bill, a loan re-payment program for essential health personnel who work in underserved areas.

ADA’s Public Policy Leadership Award annually recognizes a member of Congress who exhibits strong support for efforts to change or strengthen public policy, especially in the areas of nutrition, food, health care and public health. Rep. Braley serves on the House Energy and Commerce Committee, where his priorities include expanding renewable energy and reforming health care.

Rep. Braley was nominated for the Public Policy Leadership Award by ADA’s Iowa Dietetic Association affiliate, and was approved by ADA’s Board of Directors. It is the highest public policy award given by ADA.

“Vital to improving the quality of health care and reducing the costs of that care is preventing and controlling chronic diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and kidney disease,” Pavlinac said.

“Many chronic conditions are preventable and, once they develop, are manageable with appropriate diet and nutrition interventions. Whatever the final shape of health reform debates now taking place in Congress, our system needs to include prevention programs as well as effective, timely nutrition counseling and related interventions,” Pavlinac said.

Guided by a philosophy of creating and using sound information drawn from peer-reviewed research and credible sources representing scientific consensus, ADA members are highly sought participants in domestic and international discussions, working on nearly every aspect of food, nutrition and health.

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The American Dietetic Association is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. ADA is committed to improving the nation’s health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education and advocacy. Visit the American Dietetic Association at www.eatright.org.