At our annual You’re the Cure on the Hill event, approximately 20 middle school and high school students gathered to learn more about advocacy and the impact they can have on heart and stroke policy. Whether they were congenital heart defect survivors or had watched a loved one battle heart disease or stroke, they all came with a passion for eliminating cardiovascular disease and a compelling personal story to share with lawmakers.
The youth advocates were great messengers, asking members of Congress to help make sure kids have the tools and opportunities they need to fight obesity and prevent heart disease and stroke. They asked lawmakers to help ensure students have safe routes to walk and bike to school and prioritize quality physical education in schools. We also partnered with the Pew Charitable Trusts to bring students from several targeted districts who asked lawmakers to help ensure students have access to healthy school lunches.
Many of the youth advocates have experienced or witnessed firsthand the benefits of National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research, and they also asked lawmakers to continue investing in NIH.
The youth advocates enjoyed getting to know other young people passionate about heart disease and stroke issues, and participated in a tour of the U.S. Capitol before spending the day lobbying their elected officials.