Federal Public Policy

Get updates on advocacy and public policy issues impacting nutrition and dietetics professionals at the federal level by checking out the Academy's Public Policy Initiatives. Academy resources include: Medical Nutrition Therapy Act, Farm Bill, Treat and Reduce Obesity Act, Dietitian Licensure Compact, Dietary Guidelines for Americans, and more.

Action Alerts:

Amplify the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' voice for better food, nutrition and health policies. 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. Available to both Academy members and the public, it literally only takes a minute to support specific bills or topics, share your view with your elected officials and advocate for strong nutrition policy.

Action Alerts are announced via Eat Right Weekly and Latest News, posted to social media, shared with dietetic practice groups, member interest groups and affiliate associations, and may be emailed to all or some Academy members, depending on geographic location or specialty. 

  • Support the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act (H.R. 4818/S.2407)

Tell congress that comprehensive coverage for obesity treatment must include lifestyle interventions such as intensive behavioral counseling in addition to anti-obesity medication. This would expand the providers and programs that could deliver IBT within Medicare Part B and would provide coverage for anti-obesity medications in Medicare Part D.  

  • Expand Medicare Medical Nutrition Therapy (MNT) Coverage

Urge your members of congress to support this expansion. If passed the Secretary of Health would expand coverage to other disease states (prediabetes, obesity, hypertension, eating disorders, malnutrition, celiac disease, etc.) and would allow nurse practitioners, physician assistants, clinical nurse specialists and psychologists to refer their patients for medical nutrition therapy (MNT). 


Nutrition and Dietetics State Advocacy Summit

Rather than hold one day of advocacy, all Academy members – including students – are encouraged to get involved year-round by participating in an affinity group. There is a group dedicated to the following issues that impact the nutrition and dietetics profession: MNT Expansion; Nutrition Security; Licensure Initiatives; and Payment and Reimbursement. Convening once a month, these specialized groups connect members with an interest, experience and/or expertise in a specific policy issue area with opportunities to learn more and advocate.

For a deeper dive into the world of advocacy, complete the Academy’s Policy and Advocacy Certificate of Training, which consists of four modules that prepare nutrition professionals to advocate for policy change across all levels of government. There is 8 CPEU available to those who complete the Certificate of Training.

Updated May 2024