This year three Mississippi volunteer advocates visited their members of Congress during August recess. These scheduled meetings were held to discuss the four most important federal advocacy priorities of the American Heart Association including: Child Nutrition Reauthorization, Cardiac Rehabilitation, the F.A.S.T. Act and National Institutes of Health Funding.
Claire Hick of Hernando spoke with Representative Trent Kelly and Field Director, Walt Starr, about Cardiac Rehab and the F.A.S.T. Act. "I was able to speak firsthand about how this type of legislation has helped and will hopefully continue to support my hospital system do a better job of taking care of patients and making adults and children in the community healthier. It was a productive meeting, and I'm thankful to be given the opportunity to advocate on these important issues for my community and state."
Ollie Galloway of Jackson met with the office of Senator Thad Cochran about the Child Nutrition Reauthorization. She had the opportunity to meet and share the 'why' behind this Senate Child Nutrition bill that will help children achieve better long-term health and academic success.
Sherri Bevis of Diamondhead met with the office of Congressman Steve Palazzo to discuss Child Nutrition Reauthorization.
Thank you to these wonderful volunteers advocates who made time to advocate for these key issues in Mississippi. We will continue to reach out to our elected representatives to make sure they continue to prioritize and support healthy initiatives, locally, across the state, and nation.