Feb 2nd Was More Than Just Groundhog Day for WV Advocates!


Most of us think of February 2nd as Groundhog Day, but for advocates in WV, it was another special occasion: West Virginia Advocacy Day. With over 3 dozen passionate advocates in attendance for the first WV Advocacy Day in many years, it was a great success. The day began with a heart-healthy breakfast and issue training, followed by participants setting out for scheduled meetings with lawmakers. The agenda included CPR training for WV’s high school students, Shared Use to increase opportunities for physical activity, tobacco tax to reduce smoking rates and defeating House Bill 2208, which would nullify all existing smoke-free air laws in the state.

Advocates were also acknowledged on the House and Senate floors in recognition of February 6th as Wear Red Day in West Virginia to increase awareness of heart disease as the No. 1 killer in the state. However the highlight of the event was when advocates were able to watch from the Gallery as the Senate voted unanimously in favor of passage of Senate Bill 7, CPR training for WV’s high school students. The bill is now in the House for consideration. To urge your Delegate to support, just click here!

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