Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director
Despite the sometimes stormy weather, we’re excited for summer and all the great things we’re working on in Idaho!
On May 11-12, survivor and advocate Pamela Dell and I traveled to Washington, DC for the AHA’s National You’re the Cure on the Hill Lobby Day to talk our Congressional Delegation about heart healthy nutrition in schools and funding for the National Institutes for Health. We had great conversations with our delegation and their staff, and also presented the AHA National Public Service Award to Senator Crapo for his years of work on heart health issues.
Having school nutrition as one of the topics of discussion was a bonus in our member meetings, because of all the work we’ve been doing on the state level to encourage improved nutrition and physical activity. It was great to be able to discuss steps the state has already taken, and how support at a national level can help reinforce the advances we’ve already made, and boost progress as we continue our work.
We have big plans for the summer including meeting with state Legislators, administrative agencies, and working with different outside groups to create momentum behind improving physical activity/nutrition standards in Idaho schools through creative and innovative programs.
I encourage all our fantastic volunteers and advocates to get out there and be active, to pack your healthy snacks, and share all the fun, heart healthy things you’ll be doing this summer, so we can show policymakers just how easy it is to improve heart health!