Friday, February 7th was a big day for the American Heart Association! As it was the 11th annual Go Red for Women Day, we thought it would be a perfect day for our annual event, Heart on the Hill Day. On this day, AHA volunteers stormed the Capitol in RED to raise awareness about heart disease as well as advocate for life saving policies designed to make Utah a healthier place to live. Specifically, we urged lawmakers to restore funding for CPR training in high schools as funding was originally cut when the Recession hit.
Thanks to our volunteers, Heart on the Hill Day was a successful event. As a quick review of the day, we started with a heart healthy breakfast and quickly followed with a wonderful program consisting of a group of passionate speakers including: Rep. Paul Ray, Dr. Lillian Khor who gave us a physician’s perspective on the importance of knowing CPR; “Heart Saver” Award recipient Scott Hunt who spoke on his experience saving the life of his co-worker; and House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart. Following the program, we had a special CPR presentation on the House and Senate floors where individuals who saved lives using CPR were recognized. After the CPR presentations, community members were encouraged to individually meet with their legislators as well as participate in the complementary health screenings in the Capitol Rotunda.
Thank you for being a You’re the Cure Advocate and supporting policies that will make Utah a healthier place to live. Please visit the action center to stay up-to-date on legislative updates as well as stay in touch with your legislators.