What better way to end the week than with some good news?
The Los Angeles District of the California Dietetic Association has voted to not accept funding from Big Food sponsors moving forward, but rather increase membership fees this year by five dollars.
Although by and large the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics continues to staunchly defend its partnerships with companies like Coca-Cola, PepsiCo, Kellogg’s, and General Mills, it has come to our attention that several local city, county, and state chapters have recently started having serious discussions around the topic of sponsorship.
Some chapters have even invited DFPI co-founders to address their constituents about the issue of sponsorships, talks that have been very well-received and where very thought-provoking questions were asked and discussion was raised.
If you are interested in booking a DFPI co-founder for a presentation on the topic of sponsorships, please email us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Again — kudos to the LA District Association for taking a stand and addressing this important issue.
Is your local dietetic association starting to address this issue? Is the topic up for a vote in the near future? Chime in below! Remember — change at the local level is crucial to any grassroots movement.