The first ever Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day was held on March 25th, and it was a huge success! Many people described this event as "the best lobby day ever!" Thank you to all the volunteers, staff and attendees who made this event happen! There were well over 200 attendees who received excellent training throughout the morning program then met with 148 state legislators (!) in the afternoon to advocate for:
1) A transportation funding bill that includes resources to improve pedestrian and bicycle options
2) A bill to strengthen physical education standards in MN schools
3) Continued base funding for SHIP
During the morning training Lt. Gov. Tina Smith and Health Commissioner Ehlinger spoke about the future of transportation policy for public health. Sen. Dibble and Rep. Dettmer spoke about safe routes and quality physical education!
Attendees also dropped packets off at the offices of all 201 legislators that included petition cards in support of the Active Transportation and Physical Education.
A huge representation from the Duluth community showed their support as well! This included 30 students from Duluth East & Denfeld along with chaperones, Duluth school board member, UMD students representing Colleges against Cancer, RFL volunteers, SLB & ASC-CAN!
Their TV sponsor, KBJR, came to the state building and met with the delegation and did a great interview which aired that night. Watch Here
Check out a few photos from the day below!
Professional photos: By Rebecca Studios
Photos: Lobby Day Attendees