On Tuesday, March 20th over 120 You’re the Cure volunteers, high school students, survivors, and American Heart Association staff visited the Capitol in Sacramento to raise awareness about heart disease. Our advocates supported Senate Bill 1192, a bill which would make water or milk the default beverage in kids’ meals served in restaurants; and two budget asks calling for the prioritization of healthy early child care and the creation of a Hypertension Awareness pilot program.
hero_image_alt_text===Group photo in front of Capitol building
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Following the legislative meetings, we held a networking activity for our high school students to learn more about career pathing featuring our volunteer leaders who are cardiologists, researchers, nutritionists, nurses and other business leaders.
The California Advocacy Team wants to send a special thank you to the students and teachers from Galileo High School, Florin High School and Grant Union High School for participating in our event. Additionally, we want to thank Julie Carruthers from Los Angeles; Andrew Blackshear, Dr. John Maa, and Dr. Gordon Fung from the Bay Area; and Dr. Lofti Hacien-Bey, Donna Deterding, Lorraine Rinker, Mel Assagai, Jeff Hilliard, and Joseph Debbs from Sacramento for representing your respective Metro Boards and Regions at our Heart at the Capitol event. Thank you for sharing your wisdom and experience with our high school student volunteers!
The event was a great success and has laid the foundation to help move our policy priorities forward. Please remember to regularly visit the action center to stay up-to-date on our initiatives. If you are interested in getting involved or if you have any legislative questions, please contact me at Josh.Brown@heart.org