The Need for a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist on the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition: Letter from the Academy’s President

May 7, 2018

The President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President:

Nutrition is just as important to health as exercise. Upon review of the selections for the President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition, I was disappointed that none of the country’s more than 100,000 registered dietitian nutritionists was selected to serve. This is something we can help correct.

RDNs, especially those who are members of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, are the nation’s leading experts on the science of nutrition. We educate individuals, families and communities in making healthful eating a part of a healthy lifestyle.

RDNs have the most extensive education and experience in nutrition of any health professional. We translate science into practical ways for people to bring nutritious foods into their lives and improve their health. Every day, RDNs change people's lives for the better.

In addition, RDNs have been recognized by Congress and by federal health agencies such as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services as the leading provider of lifesaving medical nutrition therapy services for millions of Americans including Medicare beneficiaries. RDNs provide low-cost services that produce effective outcomes for chronic diseases.

The presence of an RDN on the President’s Council would help give our fellow citizens the tools they need to make the best food choices for health, while preventing food and nutrition confusion that hurts our citizens. Let me respectfully suggest it is not too late to make the invaluable addition of a registered dietitian nutritionist for the post, and add that there are many highly qualified candidates among the ranks of the nation’s RDNs. The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics would be happy to work with your team to identify potential Council members.

Thank you for your time and attention, and for your interest in the health of all Americans.

Donna S. Martin, EdS, RDN, LD, SNS, FAND
President, 2017-2018
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics