What is advocacy?
Advocacy is the act of pleading for, supporting, or recommending something
- On your behalf
- On behalf of another (e.g. patients, children, families)
Advocacy needs to happen at the Federal, State, Local and even organizational levels in order to realize the changes we seek to make healthy eating and active living easier.
Advocacy can happen at two levels: “Big A” and “Little a”
“Big A” advocacy is asking an elected official to change a law or ordinance. “Big A” advocacy has the potential to have the biggest impact because it affects the most people.
Examples of Big A advocacy include:
- writing a letter
- sending an email
- making a phone call
- meeting with a decision maker in person.
- attending a public meeting to voice your opinion
“Little a” advocacy is asking for change in organizations in which you are a member. It can even be advocating for change in your own household.
Examples of “little a” advocacy include:
- having a policy in your home that limits screen time to fewer than 2 hours per day
- working at your child’s school to implement or enforce the local wellness policy
- asking your church to implement a healthy beverage policy that limits or prohibits drink vending on church grounds
- working within your neighborhood to organize a community garden.