Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director

The days keep getting hotter, and we are on fire, working hard to prepare for all the exciting things we will be doing this fall!

In 2014, we worked to pass CPR in Schools Legislation that will be implemented when school starts this fall. This means that every student starting as a freshman in Idaho schools will learn hands-only CPR before they graduate. That’s thousands of lifesavers being added to the Idaho population each year! We are now in the process of helping teachers and schools find easy ways to implement this new requirement and working with area first responders and others to make sure they are trained and ready.

In addition to our CPR in schools efforts, we’re also focusing on the importance of quality physical education (PE) classes and nutritious food options. We’ll be talking to advocates around the state to help support these efforts, with a focus on cultivating youth advocates. We want to hear from Idaho’s students!

Also, if there is a great PE program or school garden in your community or you walk or bike to school every day to stay active, we want you on our team! We are in the process of identifying advocates across the state that are interested in talking to their Legislators and other community leaders about how we can be healthier throughout the school day. So if you know someone in school that wants to improve their PE and nutrition programs, we want to hear from you and potentially have you join us for our Youth Advocacy Day at the Capitol in January.

We’ve got a lot more great things getting warmed up in advocacy, so stay tuned. But in the meantime, keep cool out there- I suggest taking a few laps in the pool to cool off, stay active, and have fun all at the same time!

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