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Oh when the Saints come marching in

When we all have (healthy) food to eat

When we all have (healthy) food to eat

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

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Most of us know the chorus to this song made famous Louis Armstrong, but until this week, I had never focused on the other verses. I decided to look them up after hearing the song for the 15th time on my recent trip to New Orleans.

The lyrics are obviously written from a religious point of view, but they can also be heard through an advocacy lens. Especially this week.  It seems that Mr. Armstrong was singing the song for the American Heart Association Advocacy team. As we took our riverboat cruises and wandered the streets of post-Katrina NOLA, it seemed every musician played their rendition of the traditional NOLA song. 

We were in (smoke free!) NOLA for some advocacy and media training and to learn more about the American Heart Association/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation collaboration called Voices for Healthy Kids. This exciting initiative is providing the resources to really try to impact childhood obesity through policy change. The exciting research and innovative policy changes from VHK are already making a difference across the country and I am excited to bring what I learned back home. Look for more from me in the coming months. If you would like to get involved in our initiatives to decrease cardiovascular disease through improved nutrition and physical activity, please reach out to me. 

And as they say:

When we all have (healthy) food to eat

When we all have (healthy) food to eat

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

PS:   In honor of the lunar eclipse that started the week:   

When the moon turns red with blood

When the moon turns red with blood

O Lord, I want to be in that number

When the Saints go marching in

Becky.smith@heart.org 

 

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