Each year at the Public Policy Workshop, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics presents a member or members of Congress with the Public Policy Leadership Award.
The Academy seeks to recognize member(s) of Congress who have demonstrated or have the potential to demonstrate outstanding service and support for nutrition and health issues of importance to the Academy and the public. The recipient(s) must be nominated by state affiliates.
The recipients must meet the following criteria:
- Must have exhibited support for efforts to change/improve/strengthen public policy particularly in, but not limited to, the areas of nutrition, food, health care and public health and/or be in a position (i.e., committee assignment or leadership) to have an impact on key policy issues.
- Member of Congress and staff must be accessible to Academy members and the Academy's Policy Initiatives and Advocacy staff.