On April 17, Alabama You're the Cure advocates met at the State Capitol for the American Heart Association's state Advocacy Day.
They had the opportunity that morning to speak with newly-elected members of the Legislature, learn about the AHA's policy efforts, and hear from several legislators about which policies they were passionate about in the fight for longer, healthier lives. Guest speakers included Rep. Shane Stringer, sponsor of a couple tobacco control bills; Rep. Will Dismukes, stroke survivor and the youngest member of the current legislature; Rep. Anthony Daniels, Minority Leader; and Sen. Greg Reed, Majority Leader; as well as Jay Love, contract lobbyist for the American Heart Association.
After the presentation and Q&A, attendees joined the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ASAHPERD) for a Move More Rally on the Statehouse Steps to encourage all Alabamians to commit to being more active on a regular basis. Then, they proceeded inside the Statehouse to be recognized by Speaker Mac McCutcheon and to meet with their legislators.
Thank you to all You're the Cure advocates who attended, and to our friends at ASAHPERD for raising awareness with us about the importance of physical activity during Move More Month.