On Wednesday, March 8, a diverse group of approximately 20 AHA advocates attended our “Put the ‘Heart’ in Hartford” Advocacy Day.
hero_image_alt_text===A diverse group of approximately 20 AHA advocates attended our Advocacy Day.
The event included a heart healthy breakfast and an advocacy training, followed by visits with legislators. This event is an exciting time for advocates to have the opportunity to meet and speak with their legislators, and is equally as valuable for the legislators to hear from their constituents.
This Advocacy Day was centered on three main issues that we are working hard on during the current legislative session, and that if passed, will improve the heart health of all CT residents.
- Pass a sugary drink tax: this would bring in much-needed revenue that can support public health programs and could also help reduce consumption of sugary drinks, which contributes to rising obesity rates and increased risk for various chronic diseases.
- Increase the tobacco purchase age to 21 in CT: we want to make it much more difficult for our youth to begin down a path of addiction and serious health related consequences caused by tobacco products. The final issue is
- Creating a stroke system of care: assure that stroke is recognized quickly, and that emergency medical services personnel get the patient to the most appropriate facility, where they can offer the best possible outcome.
All attendees met with at least one legislator, and feedback received from legislators and advocates alike was very positive. The most valuable tool in the AHA’s advocacy toolbox is you, the advocate, and we love to have any chance that we can to get you involved!