The American Heart Association was very excited to sponsor and present at 2015 RI Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast for School Leaders Symposium on September 24th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The event brought together more than 300 superintendents, district administrators, school committee members, food service directors, community wellness partners and parent leaders from all 36 school districts in the state for an informative presentation and discussion of current school wellness issues, best practices and challenges.
Megan Tucker, AHA Director of Government Relations for Rhode Island presented on the importance of advocacy and using your voice to influence and shape policies at the State House. Megan encouraged attendees to join the You’re the Cure grassroots network; call their legislators; draft op-eds; provide expert testimony and attend a Lobby Day at the State House to show support for issues that are important to them. She also discussed bills related to updating Rhode Island’s school nutrition/competitive foods standards and ensuring that only healthy foods and beverages are advertised and marketed to children on school property. The audience was encouraged to join the AHA’s efforts to get these measures passed by the General Assembly in 2016.
The Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC) consists of over 100 members representing over 100 RI organizations, schools and districts committed to working towards the achievement of better health through nutrition and physical activity in RI public schools. For more information visit: http://www.rihsc.org/