04/12/2017 - The Senate and House of Representatives introduced the Treat and Reduce Obesity Act of 2017 last week.
The Treat and Reduce Obesity Act is a critical step in addressing the obesity epidemic in the United States by providing better treatment options for healthcare professionals, including intervention and counseling by RDNs and safe, innovative medications approved for obesity management.
The bills were introduced to both houses of Congress with bipartisan support. Sens. Bill Cassidy (La.) and Tom Carper (Del.) supported the legislation in the Senate and Reps. Erik Paulsen (Minn.) and Ron Kind (Wis.) supported the legislation in the House. Last congressional term, the bill was sponsored by more than 175 congresspersons and senators.
Visit the Academy's Treat and Reduce Obesity Act page for more information about the legislation or take action and encourage their representatives to sponsor the initiative, which will expand members' professional opportunities.