We have set the date for our annual American Heart Association/American Stroke Association Washington advocacy day (newly renamed Heart of Washington Day), Tuesday February 9, and we would like to invite you to RSVP today!
With help from advocates like you last legislative session we successfully passed legislation that requires all babies born in Washington be screened for critical congenital heart defects. This legislation will ensure that if there is a problem it will be found early so the baby can receive help immediately. In addition we secured a record amount of investment in the Safe Routes to School program which will allow more Washington children to safely walk and bike to school.
Our Heart of Washington Day is a great opportunity for you to meet with your lawmakers to discuss issues that will help build a healthier Washington.
At this year’s event we plan to discuss two issues that will help build a healthier Washington:
· Tobacco Control – Tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death in our state. Research has shown that raising the minimum legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 may dramatically reduce the number of smokers in our state.
· Build support for quality systems of care: Victims of heart disease and stroke deserve the best care possible. We will begin building support to enhance and improve Washington’s stroke and STEMI systems of care.
Prior lobbying experience is not necessary as we will provide training the day of the event. If you would like to attend but need help getting to the Capitol let me know I can help arrange carpooling. RSVP Today!