Throughout the year, our blog will feature AHA volunteer stories of survival and hope. We know there are thousands of stories like these - thats why we want to say “Thanks” to all of you for giving your time and sharing your lives with us. You can’t spell CURE without U! Thank you for all you do to build healthier lives free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. YOU’RE THE CURE!

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Minnesota Advocates Share their Hearts with Legislators

On Wednesday, March 11, about 150 advocates participated in the 2009 Minnesota Heart on the Hill. These dedicated advocates traveled from across the state (from Two Harbors to Rochester) and braved ice, wind and below zero temps to lobby their legislators about the importance of heart disease and stroke prevention. Advocates attended workshops and trainings in the morning and were energized to meet with their legislators in the afternoon. On this one day, nearly 70% of the legislature learned about these issues directly from an AHA volunteer and constituent in person!

Advocates asked their legislators to support heart disease and stroke prevention through the Women’s Heart Health Promotion Act (SF 473/HF 504), Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Unit (SF 432/HF 499) funded by a $1.00 increase of the tobacco tax. Advocates also asked legislators to establis statewide standards for quality physical education program (SF 61/HF 439).

Couldn't attend? No problem! You can still contact your legislator and let them know you support these prevention efforts!

Participate in MN Heart on the Hill - from your computer!

Check out these photos from the exciting day!

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