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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 2023 Legislative Day

Let’s Make An Impact!

SAVE THE DATE: January 25, 2023

RDNs, DTRs, Dietetic Interns, and students are invited to meet IN PERSON — for the first time in 2 years — 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 2023 session.


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.

  • Hospitals, HMOs, Long Term Care facilities, and other health care facilities as integral members of the health care team in the provision of Medical Nutrition Therapy through the Nutrition Care Process
  • 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 Presidents Picks


Public policy isn’t just a passion for a select few, but of interest to each one of us! One of the most helpful ways we can be an advocate for our profession, our clients, and our patients is to communicate our priorities to the legislators representing us.

See below for my Action Alert picks for this month! Take two minutes out of your day to help make an impact – I promise you won’t regret it!

Action alert Picks

Passage of the Providing Urgent Maternal Protections for Nursing Mothers Act (S. 1658), or PUMP Act, would provide lactating, working parents with the break time and space to express milk while also offering employers the flexibility to identify solutions that work for their unique business environment. 

The PUMP Act is a step in the right direction to support babies, mothers, employers and ultimately the health and prosperity of our nation. 

Contact your senators today and ask them to support the PUMP Act!


  • Urge Your Senators to Invest in the Dietary Guidelines Process

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans is the nation’s leading set of science-based food and nutrition recommendations aimed at supporting public health and preventing chronic disease. It is a foundational tool used by health professionals, policymakers and federal food and nutrition program administrators serving nutritious foods to millions of kids, parents, seniors, veterans and more each day.

The U.S. Senate has the opportunity to match the U.S. House’s commitment to support and invest in the development and dissemination of the Dietary Guidelines. Due to decades of inadequate funding for human nutrition research, nutrition education and the development and dissemination processes, the Dietary Guidelines have not reached their full potential to positively shape the future of America’s health.

Take action today and urge your Senators to add their support!

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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