RD Day Capitol 20142014 Registered Dietitian Day in AlabamaThe University of Alabama at Birmingham Dietetic Internship program attended Registered Dietitian Day at the Alabama State House in Montgomery on Wednesday, March 19, 2014. The event was coordinated with the Alabama Dietetic Association.

Pictured L/R: Susan Scott, ALDA Public Policy Coordinator; Dana Herazo, ALDA President; Governor Robert Bentley; Susan Miller, director, UAB DI Program and ALDA State Policy Representative; and Mary Martin-Nordness, ALDA President-Elect.

In addition to a proclamation signing with the Governor, this event was designed to gather RDs across the state to highlight key issues facing Alabama and how they can help with their legislators; learn more about healthcare reform and the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; plus learn advocacy skills and tips associated with policy change.

The group also advocated for the inclusion of a nutrition assessment to Alabama House Bill 504 (HB 504). This event was part of the UAB Dietetic Internship program's month-long 50th anniversary celebration.