NNFA announces 6th annual Natural Foods Day

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., (December 27, 2002) - The National Nutritional Foods Association (NNFA) will hold its 6th annual Natural Foods Day lobbying event, Tuesday, March 25, 2003 in Washington, D.C. Designed to broaden the natural products industry's base of political support, Natural Foods Day allows NNFA members to personally meet with key congressional leaders to discuss their concerns regarding industry issues.

"NNFA members are delivering a powerful message to their legislators by participating in Natural Foods Day each year," said NNFA Executive Director and CEO David Seckman. "This lobbying effort allows our industry to maintain a strong presence in Washington that will lead to an increased appreciation of the role our members' products play in maintaining and improving the health of all Americans."

Natural Foods Day 2003 will begin with a morning briefing session discussing the legislative process and how best to maximize lobbying time on the Hill. Political insiders, including NNFA's lobbyists and legal counsel will be on hand to discuss the issues of the day and provide tips on how to communicate important issues effectively. Attendees will spend the afternoon in meetings with lawmakers and key staff members from their district and state. The evening will conclude with a gala reception featuring the presentation of NNFA's 2002 Congressional Champion Awards. Past legislative leaders at the reception have included Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), and Reps. Dan Burton (R-Ind.), Chris Cannon (R-Utah), Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio), and Frank Pallone, Jr. (D-N.J.).

The National Nutritional Foods Association (www.nnfa.org) is the nation's largest and oldest non-profit organization dedicated to the natural products industry. NNFA represents more than 4,000 retailers, manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors of natural products including foods, dietary supplements, and health/beauty aids.

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For information on how to participate in Natural Foods Day, please visit http://www.nnfa.org/services/government/NFD.htm or call (800) 966-6632, ext. 235.

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