Federal Public Policy

The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) promotes public policy and advocate for issues that are aligned with those of our national Academy, which are outlined in its Strategic Plan.

Find My Federal Legislators

Plug your address or 9 digit zip code into the Illinois State Board of Elections website to identify your FEDERAL legislators (enter your 9 digit zip code with no spaces/hyphens). To find your 9 digit zip code you can use the "Look Up a ZIP Code" link on the USPS website. 

Legislative Priority Areas

In the 2020-2021 session, the Academy's main legislative priorities are:

  • The Medical Nutrition Therapy Act (H.R.6971/S.4504)

This bill amends the Social Security Act to expand Medicare Part B coverage of outpatient MNT for obesity, prediabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, malnutrition, cancer, celiac disease, eating disorders, HIV/AIDS and any other disease or condition causing unintentional weight loss. It also authorizes nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer patients for MNT. CLICK HERE to read the Medical Nutrition Therapy Act. 

  • Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act (H.R.3637/S.2747)

Fostering diversity in allied health professions, including nutrition and dietetics, via funding of health programs in minority-serving institutions. Click here to read more about the Allied Health Workforce Diversity Act.

  • Support Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition Services (HEROS Act)

The bill call for increasing both the SNAP minimum and maximum allotments and providing emergency relief funding for school nutrition programs, given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. CLICK HERE to read more about Supporting Access to Healthy Food and Nutrition Services. 

In the 2019-2020 session, the Academy's main legislative priorities were:

  • Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act (S.814/H.R.1840)- CLICK HERE to read more about Expanding Access to Diabetes Self-Management Training Act.
  • Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (S.595/H.R.1530)- CLICK HERE to read more about the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act. 

Read more about the Academy's legislative and public policy priorities CLICK HERE

Action Alerts

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics needs your help! Complete Action Alerts to send your elected officials a pre-written letter to explain our association's position on current nutrition-related legislation. Action Alerts are available to both Academy members and non-members. They are so quick and easy to do! Follow this link: Action Center

House of Delegates (HOD)

Delegates are a key connection to the Academy's constituency. The House of Delegates supports and encourages proactive communication and continually seeks member input on issues affecting the profession. The work of the association relies on the contributions of members like you. Volunteer leaders are the mainstay of the organization. CLICK HERE to find out about the Illinois House of Delegates and Academy resources. 

Voice Your Opinion By 07/31/21
The Academy’s Board of Directors recently proposed to restructure how the Academy is governed. The Illinois Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics leadership team carefully reviewed and discussed the proposed restructuring and has concluded the changes, as currently presented, would NOT be in the best interest of all association members. Click here to read more.

Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit

Formerly known as the Public Policy Workshop, the Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit is the Academy’s annual event focused on activism. Hundreds of food and nutrition advocates gather in our nation’s capital to:

  • Sharpen their communication skills
  • Take a deep-dive into key policy nutrition and dietetics issues
  • Develop new high-level personal and professional relationships
  • Receive top-notch training that will help prepare them for meetings on Capital Hill and back at home with their representatives

 Learn more about the Advocacy Summit HERE.

Mark Your Calendars for the virtual 2022 Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit, January 25-27! Registration will open after FNCE and be announced in Eat Right Weekly. Affiliate Public Policy Coordinators and DPG/MIG Policy and Advocacy Leaders are strongly encouraged to attend. 

What is a Political Action Committee?

ANDPACA political action committee (called a PAC) is a group that collects contributions from its members and then uses the pooled fund to support political candidates. ANDPAC is the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Political Action Committee and is the only political action committee broadly focused on food, nutrition and health. It ranks among the top health professional political action committees in the country. Our goal is to support pro-nutrition candidates for federal office. ANDPAC offers Academy members the opportunity to explore many of the issues and activities involving political action and dietetics, as well as a directory of relevant links. For more information CLICK HERE.