Washington, D.C., June 26, 2017 Hundreds of American Heart Association volunteers from across the country are in Washington, D.C. to tell their representatives tomorrow to “lift the burden of heart disease and stroke.” Specifically, they will advocate for federal research support and key legislation that will benefit Americans with cardiovascular disease (CVD). They will also deliver a strong message to Congress: vote no on the health care bill.

WHO: More than 330 American Heart Association volunteer advocates, including researchers, heart disease and stroke patients and survivors, caregivers and staff from 46 states will turn Capitol Hill red.

Personal trainer, survivor and host of NBC’s hit show, The Biggest Loser, Bob Harper, will address the volunteers on June 27 before they head to their congressional meetings.

WHAT: The association’s bi-annual Lobby Day, “You’re the Cure on the Hill.”

Association volunteers will urge Congress to increase the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) budget by $2 billion for 2018, and make NIH-funded heart and stroke research a national priority.

In addition to that, volunteers will thank members of Congress or ask them, if they haven’t already, to co-sponsor a cardiac rehabilitation supervision bill (H.R. 1155/S. 1361) and the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act (H.R. 1148/S. 431).

They will also tell their representatives to oppose the health care bill.

WHEN: June 27, 2017

WHERE: Washington, D.C.  


ContactAbbey Dively (202) 785-7905 abbey.dively@heart.org