The 2nd Annual Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 16th, and it was a huge success! Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were nearly 300 attendees who received excellent training throughout the morning program then met with 132 state legislators (!) in the afternoon to lobby for kids' health for Phy Ed standards and Safe Routes to School funding. We had over 40 students and chaperones from the Rochester and White Bear Lake/Irondale schools who showed their support as well!
During the morning training Senator Melisa Franzen spoke about the importance of Safe Routes to School. Represenative Kim Norton was given a lifetime achievment award for being a champion of children's health!
Attendees also dropped packets off at the offices of all 201 legislators and Governor that included petition cards in support of Physical Education and Safe Routes to School.
Our virtual lobby day action alert sent an additional 205 messages to lawmakers during the day from advocates who could not be in St. Paul. Our text-to-act mobile alert sent 126 messages to lawmaker's social media accoutns from attendess. We also made a HUGE buzz on social media! We had 251 engagements on the Minnesota Twitter account and overal 766 hashtag mentions throughout the day!
Check out a few photos from the day below!
Professional photos: By Rebecca Studios
Photos: Lobby Day Attendees