Ask Your Members of Congress to Co-sponsor the EAT for Health Act (H.R. 4378)

U.S. Capitol

Please take a minute to ask your Representative to sign on as a co-sponsor of the EAT for Health Act. We have provided some text for you, but we encourage you to personalize your message to make it stand out. If you decide to write your own email, please be polite and encouraging. Here are some talking points: 

  • I am writing as a constituent to urge you to sign on as co-sponsor of the EAT for Health Act (H.R. 4378).
  • Introduced by Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH) and Rep. Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), along with support by Rep. Glenn ‘GT’ Thompson (R-PA), the EAT for Health Act is a bipartisan and commonsense bill that has no cost associated with it and encourages all federally-employed physicians and nurse practitioners to receive 6 hours of annual continuing medical education (CME) in nutrition.
  • The EAT for Health Act is not a mandate and simply encourages these health care providers to receive CME in nutrition to keep them up to date on the latest in nutritional science to better prepare them for handling diet-related disease in their patients.
  • The EAT for Health Act is supported by a broad coalition of public health, nutrition, and veterans’ organizations, including the American Heart Association, the American Nurses Association, Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Returning Veterans Project.
  • Seven out of ten deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases such as heart disease, cancer, and diabetes that can be prevented and treated through proper nutrition and other lifestyle changes.
  • Currently, 15 states mandate CME in specific topics but none require nutrition.
  • Encouraging federally-employed health care providers to receive nutrition CME is the only way to reach special populations disproportionately impacted by diet-related disease such as veterans seeking health care at VA hospitals and active armed service members at the Department of Defense.
  • The number one cause of military discharge is weight problems and the Department of Defense spends $1 billion annually on healthcare associated with weight-related health problems.
  • Chronic diseases account for 75 percent of the $2 trillion spent on healthcare annually in the United States.
  • The vast majority of physicians feel that nutrition counseling should be part of primary care visits, but very few feel qualified to offer it.
  • Please sign on as a co-sponsor of the EAT for Health Act and do everything you can to ensure its passage.

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