Tuesday, March 24, 2009

American Heart Association Sweethearts spend a day at the state capitol

Each year the American Heart Association chooses 40 Oklahoma High School women to serve as American Heart Association Sweethearts. The Sweetheart Program of the American Heart Association provides educational and social activities for the young women as it grooms them as advocates for heart health. The girls spend a year participating in several activities like a CPR and AED Training to a Health and Fitness Day.

One of these activities includes spending a day at the capitol learning about the legislative process and advocating for AHA issues. This year the girls were given the chance to visit their State Senators and educate them on SB 1135 which creates the Dining Information and Nutrition Education taskforce. Each girl met one on one with a Senator or their staff expressing the importance of providing the public with nutritional education when they dine out.

Sweethearts sitting in the House gallery waiting to be introduced.

Waiting for the Governor in the Blue Room.

Group picture with Lt. Governor Jari Askins

Picture with Governor Brad Henry

Representative Ann Coody talks to the girls about life as an elected official

The girls visiting the elected official's offices



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