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Fighting for the Profession: The Recent History of Legislative and Public Policy Efforts at the Academy

      As part of its mission and vision, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics
      Until 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was known as the American Dietetic Association. Throughout this article, it will be referred to as “the Academy.”
      Until 2012, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics was known as the American Dietetic Association. Throughout this article, it will be referred to as “the Academy.”
      is committed “to improving the nation's health and advancing the profession of dietetics through research, education, and advocacy.” The Academy first set its sights on policy-related activity with the establishment of a legislative committee in 1923, when the Academy comprised slightly more than 700 members.
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      Carry the Flame: The History of the American Dietetic Association.
      • Smith J.
      • Patrick M.S.
      Growing on the roots of ADA’s public policy.
      The legislative committee achieved much throughout the decades that followed—including the publication of the Academy’s first statement on legislation and public policy in 1969—their work expanded exponentially in the 1980s.
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