On February 4, more than 65 American Heart Association advocates gathered at the Washington State Capitol to advocate for important heart-health policies: making healthy drinks the default in restaurant kids’ meals, protecting funding for Safe Routes to School and Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety projects and requesting a budget appropriation for the state Fruit and Vegetable Incentive program, which helps SNAP participants afford more fruits and vegetables.
hero_image_alt_text===WA Lobby Day Group Photo 2020
thumbnail_alt_text===WA Lobby Day Group Photo 2020
Survivors, parents and youth advocates asked legislators to support these important bills and budget appropriations, meeting with 45 legislative offices. Youth advocates included students from Eastlake High School in Sammamish. This was the sixth year we have paired with their high school to bring students down to Olympia. Their voice has been crucial in past years to passing important policies like raising the tobacco sale age to 21 in 2019.
It was a great day and we appreciate the commitment of our advocates to travel to Olympia and hold important meetings with their legislators. We are excited that as of today all three of these issues are still alive in the fast moving 2020 legislative session.