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Welcome to the Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' federal public policy page! This is your place to get connected and be informed of nutrition bills that have been introduced at the national level. The Maryland Academy Public Policy Coordinator (PPC) is your point person in helping to establish and apply the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' legislative positions in Washington, D.C.

The Maryland 112th Congress leaders include two Senators:

Sen. Ben Cardin (D)

Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D)

and eight from the House of Representatives:

Rep. Andy Harris, MD (R-1st)

Rep. Steny Hoyer (D-5th)

Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-2nd)

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-6th)

Rep. John Sarbanes (D-3rd)

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-7th)

Rep. Donna Edwards (D-4th)

Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-8th)

The Maryland Academy Public Policy Coordinator builds relationships with the 10 congressmen and/or their health aides by meeting with them as much as possible in their district offices and/or on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The Academy's Washington D.C. office communicates to the PPC for updates and materials on important nutrition bills. Here are the most recent nutrition bills in the 112th Congress:

Bill Name and Number (if applicable)

Bill Status (updated Aug 2011)

Older Americans Act Reauthorization


S. 311 and H.R. 1311 Medical Foods Equity Act

Senate referred to committee

House referred to committee

S. 174 The Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America Act-the HeLP America Act

House referred to committee

H.R. 1382 White House Conference on Food and Nutrition Act

House referred to committee

H.R. 531 Access to Frontline Health Care Act of 2011

House referred to committee

H.R. 2741 Preventing Diabetes in Medicare Act

House referred to committee

S. 269 and H.R. 2245 Preserving Access to Life-Saving Medication Act of 2011

Senate referred to committee

House referred to committee

S. 1463 and H.R. 2758 Breastfeeding Promotion Act

Senate referred to committee

House referred to committee

Farm Bil


                                                                                                Source: www.govtrack.us

Wherever you are in your career or place of work, public policy nutrition affects everyone and the people we work with. Meeting with Congress, responding to Academy Action Alerts, calling, emailing, and writing are just some ways you can have an influence on nutrition issues and bills.

“Anything is possible when enough people realize that everything is at stake.” –Norman Cousins

Maryland has traditionally had support for nutrition bills from its congressmen. With some congressmen in ranking positions in their committees and Rep. Hoyer as House Minority Whip, Maryland holds a significant position in policy making that the Maryland Academy can influence.

It is important that Maryland Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics members communicate the same message to Congress as the Academy: whether to support or oppose a bill. To find out key messages to tell your Congress, contact the PPC (see below) and visit Congressional Materials.

Join Maryland Academy members at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics annual Public Policy Workshop (PPW) in Washington, D.C! Geographically, Maryland is conveniently located near our nation’s capitol which makes for a great opportunity to have a larger representation of RD, DTR, and student constituents meet with Congress.  The Maryland Academy PPC will coordinate visits to Capitol Hill during PPW. Your presence makes a positive impact representing a sampling of over 2,000 RDs in Maryland!

There are many ways to get involved with nutrition policy initiatives happening around the state with MDA. Contact the PPC to hear about opportunities or if you would like a companion to visit Capitol Hill.

Maryland Academy Public Policy Coordinator (PPC) contact:

Berit Christensen RD, LD


cell 928-848-9590