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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!


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VAND 2024 Legislative Day

Let’s Make An Impact!

  January 31, 2024: REGISTRATION Link Below!

RDNs, DTRs, Dietetic Interns, and students are invited to meet IN PERSON with our Virginia state legislators. We will meet in Richmond to discuss important food and nutrition legislation under consideration by the Virginia General Assembly during the 2024 session. Cost to register is $25 for members and $35 for non-members, and includes breakfast and 3 CEUs for the full event!



Action Alerts

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Action alerts allow us to bring the Academy’s policy issues to the attention of members of Congress and help to raise awareness and add legitimacy to a particular priority issue – in less than a minute!

Access the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics EatRightPRO Advocacy Action Center and take action today!

There’s no limit on how many times you can take action, so put it on your daily to-do list and make your voice heard!

Remember: Action Alerts can be sent multiple times! Legislators will remember you if they have received multiple emails on the same topic.

Every letter sent through an Action Alert makes an impact!
Action Alerts can be edited to personalize them. Just type your changes in the message body text box when reviewing your message and then click on “Send Message”.

You will need your to enter your email and mailing address to find your legislators. Share action alerts with your RD/RDN/NDTR colleagues and friends via email and/or social media.

Email  Public Policy Coordinator, if you need assistance.

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  • Sports Nutrition and Corporate Wellness Programs, educating clients about the association of food, fitness, and health
  • Private Practice and Consultation, providing education and services to consumers, health care facilities, and food companies
  • Schools, Community, and Public Health Settings, advocating healthy eating habits and sound policy to improve the quality of life
  • Colleges, Universities, and Medical Centers as educators of students, interns, and allied health professionals
  • Government and Food and Nutrition Related Industries, working in research, public relations, marketing, and product development

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VAND President’s Advocacy Message  


Exercising your voice is one of the most impactful rights that we hold as citizens and professionals!  Involvement in Public Policy issues at the state and federal level is critical to establish fair and just policies that have the greatest impacts on the health and wellbeing of the patients, clients, students, and neighbors that we serve!  Becoming an advocate is just as easy as clicking the button below to participate in the Academy’s action alerts which send a message directly to your legislators!  Interested in doing more, locally? Check out our annual state advocacy day, where VAND brings its collective voice to Richmond!

General Assembly

Andrew Lamar

Principal, Lamar Consulting
Andrew Lamar and Lamar Consulting work with the Virginia Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics to advocate for good food, nutrition, and health policy before the Virginia General Assembly and state agencies in Richmond.





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