Important Congressional Issues Require Your Action!

by Wendy Jeffco on March 14, 2018

Important Congressional Issues Require Your Action!

  • As a member of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, please urge your policymakers to support legislation that protects and values nutrition programs in the farm bill and nutrition services in areas of prevention and treatment, including treatment and reduction of obesity and diabetes prevention. It is important for members of Congress to hear from their constituency. As vital decisions are made regarding health care in the upcoming weeks, the voice of every member is critical. Take action today!

There are two action alerts now open:

  • Farm Bill: Congress is currently working on the 2018 farm bill, which is the primary legislation that authorizes many of our nation’s food and nutrition programs. The farm bill includes nutrition assistance programs that help people access nutritious food; nutrition education programs that empower people to make lasting, healthy choices; and nutrition research that addresses the nutrition-related health concerns we face as a nation. We are asking Academy members to take action and urge Congress to support the important nutrition programs in the farm bill that contribute to the health of all, especially those most susceptible to experiencing insecurity. Learn more about the Academy’s farm bill priorities here.
  • Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, H.R. 1953/S.830: According to IHS Markit’s whitepaper, a newly validated microsimulation model predicts that increasing Medicare beneficiaries’ utilization of these clinically effective obesity treatments could save Medicare $19 to $21 billion over the next 10 years. Also, the CDC has estimated that one-third of U.S. adults have obesity. These stunning statistics are another reminder of the importance of intervention and counseling from RDNs. There are several ways you can get involved. The Academy encourages you to contact your Senators and Representative today and ask them to support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, a bill which will help address the obesity epidemic by providing better treatment options from health professional such as RDNs.

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