WASHINGTON, D.C. (January 28, 2008) — On Tuesday, April 8, 2008, the Natural Products Association hosts its 11th annual lobbying effort on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Natural Products Day. Natural Products Day is designed to broaden the natural products industry’s base of political support by educating members of Congress about the important role natural products play in keeping Americans healthy, and the overwhelming public benefits of preventative care. Each year, participants visit the congressional offices of their legislators and talk to staffers about key legislation that affects the natural products industry. Lobby Day continues to rise in popularity, with last year’s attendance at its highest level ever.
This year, Natural Products Day will focus around the Child Nutrition Promotion and School Lunch Protection Act of 2007, proposed by Senator Tom Harkin (D- Iowa) to redefine what foods are considered healthy to be served in our schools, which has not been updated in over 25 years, despite vast improvements in nutrition knowledge. Also featured will be the association’s opposition to legislation limiting the availability of the popular dietary supplement DHEA, used to aid with aspects of aging. Bills in both the House and Senate are wrongly classifying it as an anabolic steroid or restricting its sale, despite the fact that it has no proven athletic performance-enhancing attributes that would lead to abuse.
Building on the success of last year, when nearly 200 retailers, suppliers, manufacturers, and supporters of the natural products industry gathered at the Capitol to rally for natural products, in 2008 the association will expand the event to include an evening cruise along the Potomac on a private yacht the Monday evening before the lobbying event.
Natural Products Day features a morning brief and training session with association and government relations experts to teach participants about the best ways to communicate with legislators, and provide briefings on our key legislation. Following afternoon appointments, participants will attend an evening reception honoring our Congressional Champions, legislators who have worked hard to support initiatives important to the natural products industry.
“Natural Products Day is a fun and effective way for industry members to establish and strengthen personal relationships with Members of Congress,” said David Seckman, the Natural Products Association’s executive director and CEO. “It helps legislators stay aware of issues important to our industry and to their district, and is an essential tool in gaining support for our many important initiatives. We make it easy for anyone to participate by making appointments with legislators, providing educational reference materials and thoroughly briefing participants about the issues,” Seckman added.
Registration for Natural Products Day has already opened. To easily register online, and find out more information on Natural Products Day, visit www.NaturalProductsAssoc.org/npd08. Please contact [email protected] or call (202) 223-0101 ext. 109 with any questions or concerns.
About The Natural Products Association
The Natural Products Association (www.NaturalProductsAssoc.org) is the nation’s largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. The association represents more than 10,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products, including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.