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September 2015 Kickoff Member Meeting Details


Advocacy and Public Policy: Increasing Engagement of Dietitians in the Legislative Process


This live professional development activity will present information regarding current state and national legislative policies relevant to the practice of Registered Dietitians. Research regarding nutrition policy and major pieces of nutrition-related legislation at the national level will also be presented for review and discussion. Participants will also learn how registered dietitians can increase their voice and engagement in public policy and legislative processes at the district, state and national level.




Andrew Lamar, Lobbyist

Vivica Kraak, PhD, RD

Susan Noble, RD



Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Blacksburg, VA

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CPEUs requested: 3



  • Describe major organizations and government institutions at the national level that work to promote a healthy diet to prevent obesity in the United States.

  • Identify three key pieces of legislation on both a state and national level that effect dietetics practice, including but not limited to upcoming changes proposed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to update the Nutrition Facts panel and provide oversight for menu labeling.

  • Recognize efforts being made by the Virginia Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics to represent dietitians in public policy issues within the state of Virginia.

  • Understand the importance of why dietitians need to be involved in public policy and comprehend best methodologies to increase participation in nutrition policy issues at the district, state and national level.




3:30-4:00  Registration & Light Refreshments

4:00-4:10 Welcome & SVAND/VAND News Updates (Rachel Werkheiser)

4:10-5:00 “Overview of the Legislative Process & VAND’s Public Policy Initiatives” (Andrew Lamar)

5:00-5:20 Networking Activity

5:20-6:05 “National Nutrition Policy” (Vivica Kraak)

6:05-6:15 Break

6:15-6:50 “Involvement of RD’s at the Local Level” (Susan Noble)

6:50-7:00 Conclusion & Evaluation


To Register, click here    ***Please register by September 8th 2015***

For the Meeting Brochure click here


Meeting Handouts: click on the links below

Public Policy - Vivica Kraak

Issue Brief

Commonly Asked Questions

Child Nutrition Reauthorization

Older Americans Act Reauthorization

Public Policy - Andrew Lamar



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