On Thursday, February 9th, the American Heart Association hosted Go Red Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol to recognize National Wear Red Day and American Heart Month. Advocates from across Oklahoma joined together to promote heart-healthy and stroke smart policy in the state.
To kick-off the day, Rep. Leslie Osborn sponsored the Go Red Day Resolution and presented the Resolution to the House. She introduced advocates in the gallery and five Oklahomans joined her on the floor for the presentation.
Oklahoma Government Relations Director Liz Waggoner led an advocacy training, provided an overview of the AHA legislative agenda, and gave in-depth information regarding Early Child Care legislation for which the volunteers would be advocating throughout the day.
Advocates had the opportunity to visit with Governor Mary Fallin before and after a group picture. Several volunteers shared their story, why they advocate for AHA, and thanked the Governor for her continued support of AHA efforts. Governor Fallin thanked the volunteers for being engaged and advocating for legislation that matters and makes a difference in Oklahoma.
During the Heart Healthy Reception, Oklahoma State Department of Health Commissioner Terry Cline presented to the group and shared on the parallel ways the department and AHA are working together to reduce the prevalence of heart disease and related diseases in Oklahoma. Advocates engaged the commissioner with questions, feedback, and support.
Advocates ended the day conducting legislative visits where they were able to visit their respective legislators offices. Thank you to everyone that attended the event and helped us advocate for heart-healthy policies in Oklahoma!