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The Road to Nutrition and Health Policy: Following and Communicating With Policymakers Online

Cappellano, Kathleen L. MS, RD, LDN

Nutrition Today:
doi: 10.1097/NT.0b013e3181b00bda
Nutrition Policy Online

Lawmaking is often a bumpy road, with many stops, potholes, and detours. It is not uncommon for Congressional sessions of discussion, debate, concession, and revision to occur before a bill passes. There are a number of Web resources that provide traffic updates on the status of local, state, and national legislation. This article highlights Web sites that map out the legislative process and a few that follow the roads to food and nutrition, physical activity, and health initiatives both nationally and statewide.

In Brief

How to use the internet to track ongoing legislation and policy issues

Author Information

Kathleen L. Cappellano, MS, RD, LDN, is an instructor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University where she provides expertise on biomedical databases and Internet-based resources pertaining to nutrition and health.

Correspondence: Kathleen L. Cappellano, MS, RD, LDN, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Tufts University, 150 Harrison Ave, Boston, MA 02111 (

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