How to Advocate

Advocacy versus Lobbying

Advocacy covers a range of activities which includes contact with people with influence on public policy and funding of those laws. Advocacy serves to educate lawmakers and policy-makers about issues. For the Missouri Academy, this means speaking out on behalf of our members, and asking our members to help in carrying out our mission.

Advocacy should not be confused with lobbying. Lobbying, as defined by the IRS, involves attempts to influence specific legislation at the local, state, or federal level. Direct lobbying includes in person meetings, telephone calls, letter writing, or emailing a lawmaker or their staff.

MOAND both advocates and lobbies for policies that benefit our members and the health of all Missourians. 

Ways to Get Involved

1.    Stay informed of the issues – you are the nutrition expert!

2.    Read policy articles in The Advocate newsletter. Get informed on the nutrition policies being discussed on local,state, and national levels

3.    Stay aware of current health issues in your state and nationally by reading a major metropolitan newspaperdaily

4.    Know your local officials and the issues by participating in: local health fairs, city council meetings, local boardof health meetings, write to and call your policy makers, go to the state capital and meet yourrepresentatives. 

5.    Position the RD as the expert. Find ways to work with business groups or companies to advise them of thevalues of sound food, nutrition, and health habits.

6.    Donate to ANDPAC and MOPAC