Get Involved – Tools for Members

The American Society for Nutrition represents more than 7,000 individuals dedicated to nutrition science and research. Each and every member can play a valuable role in advancing the Society’s public policy agenda, and ASN encourages your involvement! Every legislative session, policymakers make decisions that shape the nutrition landscape and may impact you, your research, your employer, and your community, region, or state. It’s critical that nutrition researchers get involved in public policy to ensure that policymakers understand how nutrition research influences global health and economies, and how legislative and regulatory policies affect the ability of nutrition researchers to sucessfully conduct research that will have a positive impact on public health. As a constituent and nutrition scientist, you can provide valuable input to help guide decision making and make a difference!

10 Ways to Get Involved (PDF)


ASN offers a wealth of resources to help members become advocates for nutrition research, in addition to sharing the Society’s formal communications to Congress and various federal agencies to serve as talking points for members. Regular advocacy updates are communicated via the Society’s Health and Nutrition Policy Newsletter, distributed semi-monthly.

Advocacy Tips and Primers

Quick Guide to Meeting with Your Legislator
The Legislative Process
The Federal Budget Process
Common Acronyms

FASEB Resources

The Legislative Action Center can help you quickly locate your Member of Congress and also learn more about his or her voting record on biomedical research-related issues.

Become an Advocate contains everything you need to plan and conduct a congressional visit: including templates for meeting requests and follow-up letters; printable, state-specific “leave behind” materials and customizable talking points on biomedical research.

NIH State and District Funding Information Fact Sheets

Useful Links

U.S. House of Representatives

U.S. Senate

THOMAS (Library of Congress)

Federal Register

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Division of Nutrition Research Coordination

U.S. Food and Drug Administration

U.S. Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention


ASN Advocacy Workshop

Held during the 2011 ASN Scientific Sessions and Annual Meeting, this workshop provided for ASN members interested in conducting nutrition research advocacy featured up-to-date information on the current policy environment and best practices for outreach to policy makers from a panel of previous and current congressional staffers.  See the presentation from FASEB’s legislative team for more information.

ASN Fact Sheets, Statements, Position Papers, and Vignettes

Educational Materials

ASN, through its membership in The Osteoarthritis Action Alliance, created pamphlets to assist individuals affected by excess weight who are experiencing joint pain.

Can My Weight Make My Joint Pain Worse?

Weight Gain and Joint Pain

Dietary Guidelines Alliance It’s All About You Toolkit

ASN’s Committee on Advocacy and Science Policy wants to hear from you! If you have an issue that you believe the Society should consider within its advocacy program or any questions, please contact Sarah D. Ohlhorst, M.S., R.D., Chief Science Policy Officer at