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Illinois State University Day at the Capitol


On March 2nd, the American Heart Association held the second Illinois State University Day at the Capitol in Springfield, Illinois. 50 students from the exercise physiology program at ISU, led by You’re the Cure volunteers Karen Dennis and Dale Brown, attended a morning training and an afternoon of lobbying. The students asked their lawmakers to protect the daily physical education requirement in Illinois schools. The students also advocated for the Illinois Safe Routes to School Program so kids have a safe opportunity to get physical activity every day.

The students visited their own lawmakers and dropped-off personalized notes asking their legislators to protect P.E. and fund a Safe Routes to School Program. Prior to the day, the students collected over 200 petitions that they were then able to deliver to Illinois State Senators and State Representatives, which helped to show legislators the amount of support from their districts for daily P.E. and a Safe Routes to School Program. This event would not have been possible without Karen Dennis and Dale Brown who allowed us to steal their class away for the day and teach them a little about advocacy. This was a great opportunity and we are looking forward to partnering with ISU in the future!

More photos from the day can be found on our Facebook page here:

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