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On the Horizon for the Mississippi 2014 Legislative Session

by Elizabeth W. on Thursday, December 5, 2013

Over the past several months, You’re the Cure advocates and American Heart Association staff have been hard at work preparing for the upcoming 2014 Legislative Session.  Session begins on January 7.  You should have received several You’re the Cure emails that explained our two issues in Mississippi: CPR Education in Schools and Healthy Food Financing

Making sure that ALL of Mississippi’s high school students know CPR by the time they graduate will position thousands of CPR-trained bystanders in the community.  This “next generation of lifesavers” will be able to save lives, maybe even yours.  They will be ready, willing and able to act whenever they witness an emergency at home or within the community. These important actions can potentially save thousands of lives every year.

Creating the healthy food financing initiative will aid in breaking down economic barriers and providing healthy choices to Mississippians that live in food deserts.  Research indicates that people who live in communities without a supermarket suffer from disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related health problems.  This situation is pressing; Mississippi spends an estimated $ 1 billion dollars each year treating obesity related diseases.  Providing Mississippians with greater access to nutritious, affordable food will help alleviate these public health concerns, as well as, unnecessary and preventable statewide health expenses.

Both of these issues are important to the future health of our state.  They will not be possible without your help!!  Throughout the legislative session, we are asking that you please take action on alerts that show up in your email inbox, talk to your lawmakers when you see them, and ask others to join in the effort.  Click here to invite your friends, family, and co-worker to join You’re the Cure today!

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