Recently, Greater Phoenix Division Board Member Dr. Adriana Perez, attended the American Heart Association’s Federal Lobby Day. The theme for this event was “Step Up to the Plate.” Dr. Perez, along with our Government Relations Director, Nicole Olmstead, met with staff from both Senator Flake and Senator McCain’s Office, as well as staff from Representative Sinema and Salmon’s Office. The highlight of the trip was the meeting with Representative Raul Grijalva.
Dr. Perez advocated on behalf of the AHA for increased support of NIH Research funding, especially around heart disease and stroke research, and also emphasized the need to reauthorize the Healthy Hunger Free Kids Act in its entirety. During the event, Ms. Olmstead, Dr. Perez and the other nearly 400 volunteers enjoyed a heart healthy school lunch to support how easy and tasty it is to stick to the school lunch guidelines. Dr. Perez was a strong voice for the needs of all Arizonans and we would like to thank her for her support.