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Thursday
Mar312011

Exercise Your Rights

Fitness enthusiasts, we've made it fast, easy, and free for you to lobby Congress and your state legislature on important health promotion initiatives. Just choose the issue below to send a personalized letter via e-mail. See below for tips on how to write your email.


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There is currently 1 active issue: 

Campaign for a Healthier America
Join a national movement to make healthy lifestyles and wellness driving principles behind America's health care system. Ask your members of Congress and the president to support initiatives that promote healthy living such as tax-free gym memberships for adults and families, and increased access to facilities for worksite wellness.

 

QUICK TIPS ON EFFECTIVE ADVOCACY EMAIL WRITING


1. Keep it professional: Just because it's an email doesn't mean you should be casual. Email is preferred over letters, especially for Congress because of mail delays, but it's not the same as sending a quick note to a friend about weekend plans. Therefore, always:

  • Use proper capitalization. You would never send a letter to a business associate signed: joey treadmill. Joseph P. Treadmill Jr. is more like it.
  • Sparingly use bold, underlines, italics, ALL CAPS, and exclamation points!!! You can show you really care about an issue without using every font option available.
  • Use spell check and proper grammar. Just like you wouldn't send a sloppy and error-filled letter to a business associate, you should never do the same with elected officials. Take a minute to run spell check and proofread your email before hitting the send button.

2. Get to the point: Don't make them read to the third paragraph to find out what you're really writing about. A great way to start: As a concerned constituent and fitness enthusiast, I ask for your support of (or opposition to) Bill #/Bill Name.

3. Make it personal: After stating the issue and your position, talk about your connection to the issue. How has regular exercise at your health club impacted your life? What would this bill mean to you? You don't need to tell your life story, but illustrate how the bill affects real people in the lawmakers' community.

4. Back up your argument: Use the talking points provided to help back up your argument, but don't forget that your personal touch helps drive home the key points.

Please contact exerciseyourrights@ihrsa.org with any questions or problems.