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Your Work Has Just Begun

So you got out and voted this week. That’s fantastic!

We are so fortunate to live in a country where the democratic process is alive and well. We each have a chance to make our voices heard at the polls. But our work does not end there.

Nope, don’t go home and prop up your feet and dust off your hands and say to yourself, “Self, you’re finished for another year.”

Because now it’s time to build relationships with new and returning policy makers. It’s time to begin dialogue with them about those issues near and dear to your heart. Those issues that affect the way you live your life every day.

Sheree visiting Rep. Grier Martin

What, you might wonder, would that be?

Well, let’s start with the Farm Bill. Congress returns next week, and has yet to re-authorize the Farm Bill. The Farm Bill affects the very foodstuffs you buy for your families and put on your tables each and every meal. There is a petition you can sign to ask Congress to take up the Farm Bill before the end of the year.

If you support the idea that locally and sustainably grown food is important, then this is something easy you can do now to make a difference.

There will be other issues — local issues – those affecting how we get from point A to point B every day is one example. One way to get inolved this very minute is to weigh in on the City of Raleigh Pedestrian Plan. (Oh, and congratulations to the Towns of Cary, Morrisville and Knightdale on passing your parks bonds!)

There will be state level issues. We’ll keep you posted in January when the legislature gets going in downtown Raleigh to let you know if bills are being considered that affect food or physical activity.

And there will be federal issues – legislation that affects nutrition and physical activity are brought up more often than you would think. We will keep you posted on when to act on those, too.

So start now. You voted. Congratulations.

Now visit the Make A Difference page on our website and familiarize yourself with what’s there. Visit your lawmakers’ websites. Read about them and their positions on issues related to food and activity.  Learn what you can about the issues that are important to you. Let us know if there’s something you want to learn but don’t know where to start.

But let your voice be heard.

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