Get Involved in Policy and Advocacy!

Here’s How:

Who better than RDNs and NDTRs to address the nutrition-related aspects of legislative issues?  We are the food and nutrition experts, and without your voice there will be a gap in the legislators’ knowledge about food, nutrition, and health.  Getting involved in public policy is a rewarding experience, and you will have the opportunity to make an impact on nutrition-related policies.  Some easy ways to get involved are to participate in action alerts, meet with your legislators, and be on the lookout for additional public policy opportunities and events with VAND.  Join us and enjoy seeing the difference your unique expertise will make for Virginians!

  • If you would like to join VAND’s Public Policy Team, please contact Lesley McPhatter, State Policy Representative.
  • View the “Be an Advocate!” tutorial from Connie Diekman, MEd, RD, LD, FADA, Past President of the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics

Communicating with Your State & Local Legislators

Be prepared!  Use the tools below to prepare yourself and make visits to your legislators both enjoyable, and effective.

Please submit the “Legislator Contact Report Form” below, to notify our Public Policy Team about your experience communicating with your legislator(s).

“All politics are local.”  – Tip O’Neill, Former Speaker of the House