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#RepealTheSeal - An Update on Academy Action

Rachel Begun
Pacific Palisades, CA, United States

Mar 25, 2015 — In launching the #RepealTheSeal campaign and starting this petition, we have remained committed to creating a professional and respectful platform for RDNs to express their concerns about this issue to the Academy. This public step was taken only after multiple formal channels were followed during our respective careers on similar issues to little response.

We decided to speak out publicly because we believe credibility is everything. We also believe that our organization is stronger when we take action to make it better. Our intention has always been to be a spark for change and to fight for the principles of our organization and our profession.

In March 24th’s Wall Street Journal article — http://www.wsj.com/articles/eat-right-meltdown-for-kraft-singles-1427152818 — the Academy stated that it “is working toward changing any perceptions of endorsement.” To our ears, this means the Academy is keeping their decision intact and continuing to explain the rationale, rather than taking meaningful steps to keep the Kids Eat Right (KER) logo off product packaging, as was requested in our #RepealTheSeal petition.

#RepealTheSeal Impact

Without all of you, we couldn’t have achieved the overwhelming impact that we have, including:

- More than 11,000 signatures — composed primarily of RDNs, Academy members and dietetic interns

- Millions reached through social media — the #RepealTheSeal hashtag has been shared on Twitter to more than 1.7 million accounts, which represents almost 5 million total possible impressions

- More than 40 blog posts*** — Academy Members, Dietetic Students and Health Professional Blogs have voiced their concerns through their blogs, reaching tens of millions of online readers

We are deeply grateful to all of our colleagues and fellow RDNs who have added the power of their voice, both publicly and privately, to express disagreement over the Academy’s decision to allow the KER logo on food packaging.

Call to Action

To date, the Academy has not responded with the actions requested in our original petition. A resolution on this issue may only come if your pressure remains strong. Email your State and DPG Leadership and ask that these petition requests be addressed by the Academy now, and not pushed back to future meetings.

Thank you to all of you who supported this petition.


Rachel Begun MS, RDN
Kate Geagan MS, RDN

Regan Jones RDN

The following is a listing of posts by bloggers who are supporting the repeal of the KER logo on food packaging. Please visit their sites for more thoughtful commentary on this issue.

Kelly Plowe, MS, RD @ Livestrong
Lindsay Livingston, RD @ The Lean Green Bean
Rachael Hartley, RD @ Avocado A Day
Deanna Segrave-Daly, RD & Serena Ball, MS RD @ Teaspoon of Spice 
Gretchen Brown, RD @ Kumquat 
Alanna Waldron, RD @ Eat Real Food 
Alex Caspero, RD @ Delicious Knowledge 
Anne Mauney, MPH, RD @ Fannetastic Food 
Sherry Coleman Collins, MS, RDN, LD @ Southern Fried Nutrition 
Ashley Colpaart, MS, RD @ Epicurean Ideal 
Christina Schu, Dietetics Student @ The Beautiful Balance 
Hannah Eddy, Dietetic Intern @ The Wholey Trinity 
Jessica Serdikoff, RDN, CPT @ Floptimism
Sarah Moran, RDN @ Sarah Moran Nutrition 
April Graff, RD @ This RD Eats
Emily Hein, RDN @ Zen & Spice 
Rebecca Scritchfield, MA, RD, ACSM, @ US News Health (Eat + Run) 
Robin Plotkin, RD, LD @ Robin's Bite 
Yoni Freedhoff, MD @ Weighty Matters 
Marie Spano MS, RD, CSCS, CSSD @ Performance Nutrition 
Vicki Shanta Retelny, RDN @ Simple Cravings. Real Food. 
Jennifer Pullman, RD @ Nourished Simply 
Parke Wilde @ U.S. Food Policy 
Caroline Kaufman, MS, RDN @ Caroline Kaufman Nutrition 
Danielle Omar, RD @ Food Confidence 
Tammy Lakatos Shames, RDN, LD, CDN, CFT & Lyssie Lakatos, RDN, CDN, CFT @  Nutrition Twins 
David Katz MD, MPH, FACPM, FACP  
Marion Nestle, PhD, MPH @ Food Politics 
Darren Stehle @ Eat Move Be 
Denine Stracker, MPH, RD @ Apples and Olives 
Sally Kuzemchak, MS, RDN @ Real Mom Nutrition 
Elizabeth Abrahamson, RDN @ Enjoy Every Bite 
Rebecca Clyde, RDN @ Be Truly Nourished 
Kristy Hegner, MPH, RD @ Chocolate Slopes 
Kara Lydon, RDN @ The Foodie Dietitian 
Joanne Perez, RD @ Real Bite Nutrition 
Beth Critser, BS Undergraduate Student via @ More Plant Foods 
Sidney Fry, MS, RD @ Cooking Light Simmer & Boil 
Martha McKittrick, RD, CDN, CDE @ City Girl Bites 
Francesca Cugini, MS, RDN, LD @ Energy We Bring
Andy Bellati, RD @ Civil Eats

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