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Calling all Nutrition Activists!

Do you have a passion for public policy? Registration is now open for The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics’ premier policy advocacy training.  Public Policy Workshop 2017 will be held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington DC June 25 and 26. Join us on Sunday while we learn from the nation’s leaders in nutrition policy, network with fellow RDs passionate about policy and on Monday as we lobby the House and Senate for critical nutrition policy.

If finances are holding you back, the Julia Brunson Award provides financial assistance to dietitians, who are current members of SCAND, for continuing education or academic credit. Preference will be given to board members of SCAND or SCAND members who have demonstrated either past leadership or future leadership potential. Awards will be allotted as follows, pending availability of funds: one award for attending FNCE, one award for attending the PPW, and one award for attending the SCAND Annual Meeting. Apply here Application Link

If you would like to be a part of our SCAND Team, register here and contact Jennifer Schlub at


Public Policy Workshop 2016

Preparing for “Act”ion

Nina Crowley (Public Policy Coordinator), Rebecca Fuller (State Policy Representative) and Jennifer Schlub (Public Policy Coordinator-Elect) attended last year’s Public Policy Workshop in Washington DC. The weekend was filled with education, networking, and action.

On Thursday evening attendees gathered in preparation of our visits with our representatives. Speakers included AND President Lucille Beseler and former DNC Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Shultz. The Academy’s Keynote Address, Preparing for "Act"ion: The Academy's Big Three: provided experts in the fields for each “ask” bill presented the Academy’s position. Each expert also answered questions from the audience. Presentation from ANDPAC, took up donation. Attendees were invited to a reception immediately following the seminar.

On Friday, the SC Team took Capitol Hill by storm and met with seven lawmakers.  Every office was excited to see us and asked us all their burning nutrition questions. We also found that many staff we met with had personal connections to obesity and diabetes. This helped drive our “ask” for the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act and Diabetes in Medicare Act. We were able to meet with Senators Tim Scott and Lindsey Graham and Representatives Joe Wilson, Mark Sanford, Tom Rice, Jeff Duncan and James Clyburn.

Public Policy Workshop serves as a great opportunity to light our policy fire and now it’s time to carry the torch!  While meeting with our lawmakers and their staff is critical, so is our involvement with them at a district level throughout the year. Participating in Action Alerts and attending local campaign or community events are great ways to continue our face time and communication.

Nina Crowley (Public Policy Coordinator), Rebecca Fuller (State Policy Representative)
and Jennifer Schlub (Public Policy Coordinator-Elect