387. Making a National Impact: RDN Influence in Federal Government

Monday, October 28
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Location: 120-ABC
CE: 1.5
Level 1- Basic
Activity Code: 149539

Registered dietitian nutritionists play an important role in helping to translate federal dietary guidance into nutrition education for the public. With the upcoming release of the 2020 Dietary Guidelines and changes to the Nutrition Facts panel, these professionals will help develop communication strategies and apply new nutrition science to federal nutrition assistance programs. In this session, hear from RDNs working in three different areas of the federal government about roles they play in providing nutrition education at the national level. Gain insight from their stories of the paths they took to their current roles and the skills that have proven most useful in their current work. Explore current nutrition education efforts underway in the federal government and preview new materials available for RDNs to use in providing nutrition education.

Learning Objectives:

  • Describe various roles for RDNs in the federal government.
  • Explain how nutrition education messages are developed and disseminated by the federal government.
  • Identify three new federally developed nutrition education resources that RDNs can use in their work with families and communities.

Learning Need Codes:

  • 4030 Dietary guidelines, DRIs, Food Guide Pyramid, food labeling
  • 1010 Career planning, Standards of Practice, Standards of Professional Performance, Scope of Dietetic Practice Framework
  • 4080 Government-funded Food & Nutrition Programs

Performance Indicator:

  • 1.1.8 Adheres to the Standards of Professional Performance for RDNs.
  • 12.3.5 Takes into consideration public health policies and standards related to food and nutrition.
  • 13.2.1 Adheres to and communicates relevant regulations, dietary guidelines and organization policies in menu development and implementation.


  • Cheryl Lewis, MPA, RD, LDN

    Director, Nutrition, Education, Training and Technical Assistance Division

    USDA Food and Nutrition Service

  • Speaker(s)

  • Alicia White, MS, RD

    Branch Chief, Nutrition Education and Promotion Branch, Child Nutrition Programs

    USDA Food and Nutrition Service

  • Maya Maroto, EdD, MPH, RDN

    Public Heallth Educator

    FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition

  • Caitlin Merlo, MPH, RD

    Health Scientist

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention