The American Heart Association had a wonderful and successful lobby day this year. Volunteers from around the state joined staff from the American Heart Association to meet with legislators, talk about our policy priorities and (of course) teach hands only CPR. The snow squalls even held off until late afternoon!
We spoke to over 30 legislators about the importance of access to healthy food for all Mainers, quality PE, hands only CPR, and the importance health care coverage for everyone in Maine, regardless of ability to pay. We also gave them some great AHA tools to pass on to their constituents.
The Camden-Rockport Skippers Jump team performed to a very appreciative crowd. We were all just a bit awed and jealous of their jump skills. Those kids can jump!
We were also happy to invite our partners to join us for the morning. Maine Senior Games even brought their corn hole set! Did you know that anyone over the age of 45 can participate in Maine Senior Games? Nope. I did not either. Maine Senior Games hosts and facilitates annual athletic and recreational events and competitions. There are 3 on 3 basketball tournaments, pickle ball, road races, bowling and yes, corn hole. More information can be found at: http://www.smaaa.org/msg.html
In addition to Maine Senior Games, we invited the Maine Cardiovascular Health Council to showcase their Rural AED program, SNAP-Ed and Let’s Go were there to discuss their important work to encourage healthy eating and the Maine Association of Health, P.E., Recreation and Dance presented how they are instilling a lifetime of valuable physical activity skills in our children.
The American Heart Association believes it is important to provide a venue for our community partners to showcase their wonderful work around the state. Legislators’ primary job is to represent their constituents in Augusta, but they are often called upon to assist folks back at home and we want to make sure they have the tools they need.
If you would like to come to this event next year, please let me know!