Food is Medicine: How US Policy is Shifting Toward Nutrition for Better Health

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You want to take part in the voting process. It is a right AND a responsibility.

Estimates are that about 58% of Americans eligible to vote did so in the 2016 national elections.

The insidious resignation that makes us feel like it is optional, or that "My vote won't matter," or "My state is already so red/blue I can't make a difference" doesn't really bear weight when it comes to considering your personal impact on the world. 

It's just resignation - you've dealt with THAT before!

It's not bad or wrong, but it IS a missed opportunity.

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Andrew is the author of Frommer's global guide to volunteer vacations, "500 Places Where You Can Make a Difference" (Gold Medal Winner from Society of American Travel Writers: Best Guide Book 2010). He spent more than a decade on the editorial team of PASSPORT Magazine. He has volunteered and led teams on service projects around the world, and is honored to be on the boards of directors for the Alisa Ann Ruch Burn Foundation (AARBF.org) and Mentor Artists Playwrights Project (mentorartists.org). Mersmann has been a featured speaker, interview guest, or moderator on several travel talks, from the New York Times Travel Show, Smithsonian Associates, and the 92nd Street Y-TriBeCa to Oprah and Friends, Animal House, and The Focus Group on satellite radio as well as on NY1 television. Past participant at the Clinton Global Initiative and judge for Condé Nast World Changers Conference, he blogs about volunteering and service travel at www.ChangeByDoing.com. As part of the evox television team, he is dedicated to audience engagement, so if you're not engaged, he needs to be thumped on the head (gently)...or at least told (nicely). Twitter: /ChangeByDoing

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