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WAND Government Affairs January 2018 E-Newsletter

Friday, January 12, 2018  
Posted by: Jamie Michael
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WAND Government Affairs January 2018 E-Newsletter

 

Nutrition Education Act - Update

On Thursday, January 11th, the Assembly Committee on Education unanimously approved the Nutrition Education Act! This is one of our top legislative priorities this session and WAND has been working closely on this bill with the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin. The bill is also supported by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and American Heart Association.

The bill requires a school board to modify its instruction about nutrition to include knowledge of the nutritive value of foods and the role of a nutritious diet in promoting health, preventing chronic disease and maintaining a healthy weight as outlined by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. The government affairs team looked at statutes going as far back as we could online (1941) and the same language as it relates to nutrition education has been on the books since at least that long. Needless to say, it was time for an update, and we are pleased the language includes the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. It only makes sense to use this trusted source and clearly lawmakers feel the same way!

The next step for the bill is for it to be scheduled for a full vote of the Assembly and Senate. The government affairs team at Hoven Consulting will be reaching out to legislative leaders and request the bill is added to the calendar in the coming weeks. The legislative session is winding down so time is of the essence at this point. Stay tuned for more details!

Thanks to WAND President Christina Lemon and WAND Public Policy and Advocacy Committee Member Karen Krchma for testifying about the importance of nutrition education in classrooms during public hearings at the State Capitol! Both did an excellent job explaining why this bill is important and representing WAND.

Advocacy Day is Wednesday March 7, 2018

WAND’s annual Advocacy Day is fast approaching! We are once again teaming up with the School Nutrition Association of Wisconsin for a day of legislative advocacy at the State Capitol.

This is our opportunity to meet with legislators and make sure our professional voice is heard. Our government affairs team provides detailed information to help introduce and coach attendees through legislative meetings. It is a great experience and it helps WAND members form relationships with legislators, which is key to advocacy on behalf of our profession!

To join your colleagues and meet some new ones at Advocacy Day, please click here and guarantee your spot today!

WANDPAC

Have you contributed to WAND’s political action committee, WANDPAC? Your contributions help increase WAND’s access to lawmakers and give WAND a stronger voice on nutrition and healthcare policies at the State Capitol. This is especially important as the 2018 election cycle is only a few months away and our PAC allows us to support candidates who share WAND’s policy goals and vision for the dietetics profession. 

Not sure if or when you donated?  Go to the WAND website, log in, click on “Manage Profile” under “My Profile” (to the right) and you’ll find a confidential listing of your “Donations” under “Invoicing, Payments and History.”  To make an online donation now, click here.


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