Thursday, March 28, 2013

Policy from the Ground Up

On March 10th, Wendy and I had an opportunity to attend the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetic’s 2013 Public Policy Workshop at the Omni Shoreham Hotel in Washington, D.C. At the Public Policy Workshop (PPW), I was able to sit in on lectures focusing on topics such as developing influential messages, sequestration, Older Americans Act, Affordable Care Act, industry etc. Along with being able to attend the workshop, I had an opportunity to work at the Nutrition Informatics Genius Bar during the networking session. Wendy and I provided technology tool presentations on Weebly, Dropbox and Eyejot. For each technology tool we provided information on how nutrition professionals can use these tools in their practice

Weebly is a Web-based software use for the development of a personal or professional website. It is easy to use and you can market yourself while job searching, market your private practice and add to your email signature. There is a free and paid version of Weebly but the free version provides almost everything you need to design your own website! You can choose a template from over 70 different designs for your website. Here is an example of my Weebly account: is an online video messaging platform that allows anyone to be able to create or receive video messages via email. Eyejot helps to avoid any email misinterpretations and personalizes interactions. The free version provides up to 5 minutes of video and there are no advertisements attached.

Dropbox is a free online service that allows you to store your photos, documents, videos and folders. After creating a Dropbox account you can easily share files within your Dropbox account to friends, family or coworkers. In addition, Dropbox can be used to store presentation materials or files that are too big for email attachments.

I really enjoyed the Public Policy Workshop! It was definitely a great way for dietetic interns to be involved. 

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