Written by Kula Koenig, Gov. Relations Director, CA
Capitol Goes Red 2015 was a successful event with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus) discussing our sponsored American Heart Month Resolution (SCR 13) on the Senate floor. After the resolution passed with unanimous support, AHA volunteers took a picture with Senator Jackson and a few of her colleagues.
Up on the fourth floor, healthcare professionals from our sponsor Sutter Vascular Health performed health screenings for over 60 Capitol staffers and legislators who participated in Capitol Goes Red. Assemblymember Tom Lackey and Assemblymember Young Kim (pictured) were the first to arrive when doors opened at 8:30am eager to get screened and make it to the Assembly floor session which started at 9am. Throughout the day we had a steady dream of law makers and their staff come take advantage of not only the screenings, but the healthy snacks and fun tchotchkes as well. Those apple cutters were a hit!
We were able to provide information about AHA’s mission and our current work around tobacco taxation, e-cigarettes, fighting the detrimental effects of overconsumption of sugar sweetened beverages, and requiring high school students learn CPR so that they can be lifesavers. All in all, Capitol Goes Red was a wonderful opportunity to share with those at the Capitol the wonderful, lifesaving work we all do at the American Heart Association.