Nutrition professional societies select and address US public policy issues from their various perspectives. This article provides a summary of the public policy advocacy alignment with organizational goals, description of the most recent public policy priorities, and the actual issues addressed in the 18-month period from January 2013 to June 2014. Every nutrition professional must determine if there are public policy issues of importance to them and whether their perspective is being addressed. If your issues are not being addressed, then it is time for you to determine if it is important enough for you be become involved.
Esther F. Myers, PhD, RDN, FAND, is chief executive officer at EFMyers Consulting, Inc, Trenton, Illinois. She is an internationally recognized author and speaker on evidence-based dietetics practice. She served as the chief science officer for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Chicago, Illinois, where she led the development of the academy’s Evidence Analysis Library until July 2012. She was the chief military consultant to the US Air Force surgeon general on nutrition and dietetics before her retirement from the US Air Force in 2000.
The author has no conflicts of interest to disclose.
Correspondence: Esther F. Myers, PhD, RDN, FAND, 600 N Oak St, Trenton, IL 62293 (firstname.lastname@example.org).