On Wednesday, January 29th, over 60 American Heart Association youth advocates, volunteers, staff, and board members took over the Idaho Statehouse to talk with over 30 Legislators.
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Advocates received issue training on the importance of walking and biking infrastructure in communities, particularly for children, and the new and increasing danger from youth use of electronic smoking devices. Legislators were excited to welcome the students and learned about the efforts the American Heart Association is making in children’s health across Idaho. Based on the work of so many wonderful advocates, we are introducing legislation that will provide local communities funding for things like sidewalks and crosswalks, and we are drafting legislation that will ensure retailers of tobacco products and electronic smoking devices obtain permits for sales, and to ensure compliance checks are performed to prevent underage purchase of these harmful products.
It was a great day at the 10th Annual Idaho Youth Lobby Day, and we are making great strides in health across Idaho!