Find Your Legislator: Speak Up About Childhood Obesity
America’s children need your help and are asking you to be their voice!
The rise in the prevalence of obesity in children and adolescents is one of the most alarming public health issues facing the world today. Over the past three decades, the prevalence of childhood obesity in the US has more than tripled. Children in low socioeconomic status families and children in the country’s southern region tend to have higher rates of obesity than that of the general population. The current increase is especially evident among African-American, Hispanic, and American Indian populations.
Take a moment to voice your opinion in five simple steps:
Find your legislator:
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Make an appointment, write or call:
All Senators and Representatives have multiple “district” offices. Call the “main” office (NOT the one closest to where you live, but the one in the biggest town in your district or state). Ask to speak to the District Director. Tell the District Director who you are and that you are calling to request a meeting with the Congressman/Senator. In many cases they will want you to meet with staff. This is fine, but insist on meeting with the District Director. They may ask for a request for the meeting in writing.
You can also effect change in your community by contacting your local school board officials and transportation or city planning officials.
Write a letter (or deliver one at your meeting):
Also, ask others in your family or community to write, or join in with a local coalition or membership organization. There is power in numbers and members of
Congress and their staff pay attention to volume. If they get multiple letters on this issue, they will pay attention.
Follow up with staff:
Call the staff you meet with back every two weeks or so to ask for an update on your request. Staff will pay attention to a squeaky wheel.
Write a letter to the editor of your local paper:
To raise awareness for childhood obesity, consider writing a letter to the editor of your local paper. Make sure you mention your local Congressman or Senator’s name in your letter.