Identifying Opportunities: A Report on the 2010 American Dietetic Association Environmental Scan on Restaurant Menu Labeling

      ‘‘Forewarned is forearmed,” as the old saying goes, and never has it been more true than when it comes to informing dietetics practitioners about the professional opportunities generated by recent legislation regarding the inclusion of nutrition information on restaurant menus. Section 4205 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act, passed in March 2010, mandates that restaurants and food vendors with more than 20 locations must disclose calorie information on their menus, menu boards, and vending machines, while making other nutrition information available to consumers upon request (
      • Stein K.
      A national approach to restaurant menu labeling: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Health Care Act, Section 4205.
      ). But where will that nutrition information come from? And how will consumers put it to use? That, of course, is where dietetics practitioners come in. But before you can put your skills to work by calculating nutrient values or advising the public on how to interpret them, you need to be aware of all of the implications of the new legislation, and what they might mean for you professionally. And that's where the American Dietetic Association (ADA) comes in.
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