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About Advocacy

There are at least four axioms that dominate the political process, and successful advocacy operationalizes these four. They are:

·         The squeaky wheel gets the grease.

·         Get to know them before you need them.

·         All politics is local.

·         It’s all about interpersonal relationships.

Most information on advocacy is “generic,” meaning that you can find information on how to advocate in any number of places just by Googling advocacy. SHAPE America has some excellent links on the “Media and Advocacy” page. Check these out for generic information:

·         Presenting to Your School Board

·         Coalition Building: Cultivating New Partners for Physical Education


To find out more information about National issues please visit the SHAPE America Legislative Action Center

To find out who your elected officials are visit Issues and Legislation Directory at the SHAPE America website. 

Who’s My Legislator

     Want to speak to your legislator? Use the capital phone number and/or the
general assembly email address


○       Vanessa Wigand

          ■       VDOE Liaison

          ■       Email:

         ■       Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM)

○       Becky Bowers-Lanier

          ■       VAHPERD Legislative Liaison

          ■       Email:;


National Advocacy



National Council For Behavioral Health

Mental Health First Aid  
"Mental Heath First Aid Act Passes the U.S. House of Representatives"

On Monday, September 26, the U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed the Mental Health First Aid Act. If passed by Congress, the bill would authorize $15 million in funding to train critical populations — like teachers, veterans, police and other first responders — in Mental Health First Aid. To Read More Click Here. 


Advocacy Alert - Profile of a Virginia Graduate

Thank you for your time and interest in supporting quality health and physical education (HPE) in Virginia. Right now we have an exciting opportunity to ensure that HPE is included as part of the Virginia Department of Education’s standards of quality, characteristics of a graduate, and as a result of federal policy, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), standards of accountability.  To Find Out More Click Here.

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