And just like that, summer was over!
We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. With Fall upon us and the kids’ back to school, we are excited for another busy season full of AHA events. From Heart Walks, to Go Red Luncheons and everything in between, we are anxious to get the ball rolling on important legislative work in advance of the 2017 legislative session and have started to work on various campaigns in preparation.
This year we are working on some of the same budget priorities as last year, including funding for Healthy Food Access Programs, CPR in Schools Implementation, Tobacco Cessation Programs, Hypertension and Obesity Prevention Programs, etc.
Legislatively, we plan to work on Stroke Designation Legislation again, as well as a two new bills: One that hopes to improve Healthy Food in Public Places by changing the vending machine requirements in state owned buildings, and another that would raise the legal purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old.
It is an exciting time here at the American Heart Association and we look forward to working with all of our advocates to help move the needle on these important public health initiatives!