Becca Leighton is our MAND Public Policy Coordinator and led the Minnesota delegation in its visits with legislators at this year’s FNCE/Public Policy Workshop. There were 940 participants from across the country and 16 Minnesota dietitians made eight visits to our Senators’ and Representatives’ offices in Washington, D.C.
Becca said that the main topics of discussion were encouraging the passing of The Farm Bill and focusing on malnutrition in clinical care. “The Academy is developing standardized measurements for malnutrition and we asked that our legislators understand and support the vital role that dietitians play as part of the care team,” said Becca. “The increase in malnutrition, especially among older adults, is something that is often undiagnosed in the hospital setting.”
Thanks to Becca and Laura Perdue, the AND Legislative Public Policy Coordinator, for an outstanding Public Policy Workshop!