Public Policy

This is a very special year for NJAND as we celebrate 85 years of serving as New Jersey’s leading organization supporting food and nutrition professionals. As personal resolutions are made with the focus on self-improvement, we also make professional goals to improve the health and well-being of NJ communities.

Our member survey responses indicate that members want us to support licensure efforts.  While our membership dues can support operating expenses of a lobbyist, we cannot use those funds to make donations to our state legislators who have sponsored or support the licensure bill. To support them as well as legislators who support legislation regarding food and nutrition policy federally and locally, we need Political Action Committee (PAC) funds.  We ask you to make a one time or recurring donation to our NJAND PAC. Whatever you can afford, even the cost of a cup of coffee will help.  Make your donations below by clicking the BUY NOW button or by check payable to NJAND PAC and mail to NJAND, PO Box 478, Middletown, NJ 07748.

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This page is dedicated to public policy news at both the state and federal level. 

The following Legislative Alerts are open - we encourage members to participate and take action on these items. 

Co-Sponsor Treat and Reduce Obesity Act: The bipartisan Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 (H.R. 1953; S. 830) in both the U.S. House and Senate will allow a registered dietitian nutritionist or other qualified nutrition professional to provide intensive behavioral counseling services for Medicare beneficiaries with obesity. Let your members of Congress know where you stand and urge them to support this bill to improve health care access and reduce health care costs. 

Support Nutrition Education Programs Paired with Nutrition Assistance Programs: Congress is currently working on the reauthorization of the Farm Bill, which reauthorizes two effective nutrition education programs: SNAP Nutrition Education and Obesity Prevention grants (SNAP-Ed) and the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program (EFNEP). These education programs coordinate and create synergies to maximize reach and attempt with limited funding to meet the need for nutrition education messages to empower families to make healthy choices. 

We are asking Academy members to take action and ask Congress to include SNAP-ED and EFNEP in the Farm Bill. These programs provide targeted effective nutrition education that empowers families to make lasting behavior change and builds skills to manage limited resources towards economic self-sufficiency beyond the short time that a typical SNAP recipient utilizes that benefit.

Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act
The U.S. House and Senate have recently introduced the bipartisan Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act (H.R. 3124/S. 1299), which will allow a dietitian or nutrition professional to provide MNT services for prediabetes. Let members of Congress know that you support them in improving health care access and reducing health care costs associated with diabetes among Medicare beneficiaries.

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Lauren Au, a researcher at the UC Nutrition Policy Institute, is profiled by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Foundation.