The week of May 11th was busy for Rhode Island advocates! A small group traveled to Washington, D.C. May 11th & 12th to meet with the RI Congressional Delegation – and on May 13th, advocates gathered at the State House for RI Lobby Day.
Federal Lobby Day: More than 380 You're the Cure advocates descended on Washington, D.C. May 11th & 12th for You're the Cure on the Hill. Rhode Island was represented by John Potvin, EMT-C, Vice Chair of the RI Advocacy Committee; Tracey Kennedy, stroke survivor and Immediate Past Chair of the RI Advocacy Committee; Ron Kennedy, Tracey’s husband and caregiver; and, Megan Tucker, AHA Director of Government Relations. The group had very productive meetings with Senators Reed and Whitehouse and staff for Representatives Langevin and Cicilline. Advocates asked the RI Congressional Delegation to protect the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and to support strong school nutrition standards, and also to make cardiovascular disease and stroke research a national priority by increasing the budget of the National Institutes of Health.
State Lobby Day: On May 13th, Rhode Island advocates gathered at the State House to help build support for the AHA’s priority issues. Advocates asked their legislators to support our bill that would eliminate unhealthy food and beverage advertising in schools by making sure that federal and state nutrition standards also apply to advertising/marketing. They also asked legislators to support funding to purchase new CPR equipment/manikins for all public high schools to help implement the 2013 CPR in Schools Law.