I am excited to have the opportunity to serve as your Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (IAND) incoming President. Over the past year the Iowa Academy has taken on a new initiative to market dietitians as the go-to nutrition professionals. In doing so we are communicating to our colleagues the benefit of working together to improve the health of our communities. The presence of dietitians in a wide variety of employment sectors demonstrates the value we provide to the public.
This spring I was fortunate to attend the Public Policy Workshop in Washington, D.C. The message relayed there was clear, “If dietetics is your profession, policy should be your passion.” Becoming involved in policy work at the local, state or national level is paramount in continuing to move our profession forward. Responding to Action Alerts, attending the State Legislative Day or other Grassroots initiatives gives dietitians an opportunity to make our voices heard and do more to improve the nutrition landscape.
This year, I challenge Iowa dietitians to work with the IAND marketing committee to increase our exposure within the state. Together we will continue to improve the health of our communities through nutrition counseling, education and involvement in public policy. I look forward to working with many of you in the upcoming year.
Lori Dietzenbach Winborn, MPH, RDN, LD
President Iowa Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics