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Advocate Highlight: Professor Robbie Chaney

Each legislative session we hold our Heart on the Hill Day, a day for volunteers to come to the capitol and talk to their lawmakers, as part of our program this year we also had a chance to recognize the efforts of Professor Robbie Chaney from BYU. 

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For the past three years Professor Chaney and his Health Promotion classes have been working with the American Heart Association on our community level efforts around Safe Routes to School. Professor Chaney chose to partner with the AHA because of our efforts to make a real impact in society. He loves that each semester his students have a chance to get “hands on experience” on finding an issue or problem in a city and helping his students plan, coordinate with local schools and the PTA, reach out to elected officials, and work to solve problems that impact health! His students love it as well. One recent student said, “I loved his class because I learned things that I will apply in life and in my profession.”

Robbie’s efforts have also caught the eye of the University and he and his students were recently spotlighted in a recent article. You can find more information here: https://hs.byu.edu/About/DeparmentNews/News/Article/ArticleID/147.

Working together, the AHA, BYU, and Utah PTA are making a difference in lives of elementary students in Utah County and beyond. We were thrilled to present Professor Chaney with an Appreciation Award from the AHA at our latest Heart on the Hill Day!

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