Congress Set to Pass Law Requiring Dietitians Expertise to Reduce Impact of Lead Exposure

12/06/2016 - The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act is expected to pass in Congress. The WIIN Act establishes an advisory committee that specifically includes dietitians. The committee will review research and best practices on lead prevention with the aim of mitigating the risks of lead exposure for communities nationwide, as well as report to Congress on effective services relating to healthcare, education and nutrition for individuals and communities affected by lead exposure.

The inclusion of dietitians in the committee follows efforts on state and national levels to address the Flint water crisis by Academy leaders, the Michigan Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and national organizations with dietitians at the helm, such as Share our Strength and United Fresh Produce Association.

The WIIN ACT will also provide critical investment in the country's aging drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, assisting poor and disadvantaged communities in meeting public health standards under the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act and responding to the drinking water crisis in Flint, Mich.