Legislation 101

PA Academy Legislation and Advocacy

Making a Difference in the Health of Pennsylvania

Advocacy = Grassroots Efforts & Lobbying

Advocacy is a key!  We encourage nutrition professionals of PAND to enhance your advocacy skills and gather the materials that needed for talking with policymakers and others about nutrition and health.

“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has."  ~ Margaret Mead

Important definitions:

  • Grassroots - Any political activity that happens at the local or community level. Typically generated by individuals motivated by a cause.
  • Lobbying - Uses for direct meetings including community and governmental, information tours with elected representatives, advertising and public relations campaigns.

For information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics:

Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy Summit

Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Advocacy

Visit the Library of Congress website for information related to all current and past bills before Congress.  Navigating the site takes getting used to, but it’s a wealth of information on bill language and status.