On Friday, February 3rd the American Heart Association hosted an Advocating for Heart event at the Wyoming State Capitol interim building in Cheyenne. Advocates from across New Mexico including EMT’s, nurses, and young advocates attended the morning advocacy training where Kristen Waters, Wyoming Government Relations Director discussed the history of the CPR in Schools bill.
Advocates also received an update on American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day activities, including a review of heart attack symptoms in women. The EMT’s in the room also shared their own first hand stories and encouraged attendees to take action if they should feel any of the symptoms.
Next, advocates joined legislators for a heart-healthy lunch where they were able to share their personal stories and why they are passionate about heart health.
To round out the day, Senator Landen and Senator Hastert, who co-sponsored the CPR in Schools bill, came out to shake hands and meet with all of the advocates. Miss Wyoming and Miss Teen Wyoming were also recognized on the House floor as advocates for the American Heart Association.