It might be cold outside, but things are heating up in the Maryland General Assembly! You’re the Cure advocates from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on February 5 for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Lobby Day to support legislation to improve the nutritional quality of kids’ meals.
Advocates spent the morning enjoying a heart healthy breakfast and networking with legislators, staff, and partner organizations. Through displays, participants saw first-hand the amount of sugar that lurks in many popular drinks (18 tsps in a 20oz bottle of Mountain Dew!), and had the chance to experience what it’s like to carry around 10 extra pounds of weight.
The major focus of the day was on urging Maryland legislators to support a bill that would make restaurant kids’ meals healthier by positioning water, 100% fruit juice, and low-fat milk as the default beverages offered on dedicated kids’ menus. Many advocates had the chance to meet one-on-one with their legislators to educate them about the bill and the importance of making the healthy choice the easy choice in Maryland.
A big thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s event, and a special shout out to our wonderful event partners, The Maryland Chapter of the American College of Cardiology, the Women Legislators of the Maryland General Assembly, and Sugar Free Kids, Maryland.
P.S. If you missed this year’s event, you can still ask your legislators to support healthy kids meals by taking action here.
<Special thanks to You're the Cure Intern Hannah Jones for help crafting this blog post>