Legislative update from the American Heart Association
An update from the AHA, topics include:
- Tobacco purchases by minors
- Option for no physical education in schools
- Worksite wellness programs
- CPR and AED awareness week
We continue to work with legislators to address loopholes regarding other tobacco products and how they are defined, regulated and sold in Wisconsin. Rep. Bies (R-Sister Bay) introduced legislation to prohibit the purchase of any tobacco product on behalf of a minor. Assembly Bill 93 was introduced in May and awaits a hearing in the Assembly Public Health Committee.
Senator Olsen (R-Ripon) and Rep. Kestell (R-Elkhart Lake) introduced legislation (Assembly Bill 130/ Senate Bill 95) that would, among other things, allow student to waive out of physical education courses if they participate in extracurricular, seasonal sports activities. AHA opposes PE waivers and continues to work at the Capitol on this issue. Legislators are definitely taking notice after receiving nearly 1200 emails and countless phone calls from YOU - as members of our You’re the Cure Network. Thank you for using your voice to help us show legislators how important physical education is for our kids in the fight against obesity! Stay tuned for more opportunities to take action on this issue as we move towards a committee vote in the coming weeks.
We continue to work with legislators to create incentives for employers to create or expand worksite wellness programs. AHA has a long history of participating in worksite wellness programs, and we support policies that encourage employers to offer comprehensive, culturally sensitive programs. Please watch your email for ways you can engage on this issue.
Senator Wanggaard (R-Racine) and Rep. Kaufert (R-Neenah) will be offering a Resolution proclaiming June 1-7 CPR/AED Awareness Week. Thank you to those of you who contacted your legislators in support of this resolution.