American Heart Association Advocacy in Florida

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Influencing public policy through advocacy is an essential strategy used by the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association to achieve its health impact goals and programmatic objectives, which include helping all Americans lead healthier lives and reducing the incidence and consequences of cardiovascular disease and stroke.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association works across the public policy continuum to influence public policy, including planning, stakeholder and coalition development, policy research and analysis, a comprehensive legislative and regulatory agenda, the creation of media advocacy and grassroots strategies, implementing policy change, and then following through with effective evaluation to assess implementation and the ultimate impact of the law or regulation.

For local information, contact:
David Francis GSA Satff PicDavid Francis, Government Relations Director
Phone: 727-563-8192

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Florida Advocacy Successes

During the 2007 and 2008 Legislative Sessions we were able to ensure that Florida’s children would continue to have access to Physical Education classes so that they could learn how to properly exercise and take care of themselves as they get older. In 2007 we mandated 150 minutes a week of P.E. for all elementary school students in our state. And during the 2008 session we were able to mandate a minimum of one semester of P.E. per school year for every Middle School Student.