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Volunteers with American Heart Association head to Lansing to advocate for healthy food

American Heart Association hosts Health Food Access Lobby Day. ( Photo: AHA.)

Lansing, Mich-- Nearly a hundred volunteers with the American Heart Association headed to Lansing this morning to talk about healthy food access in the state of Michigan.

May 4 is their annual lobby day and this year they hope to encourage lawmakers to pass legislation that would increase greater access to fruits, vegetables and proteins through financial programs.

Members are hoping House Bill 4207 will pass. It was created by State Representative, Andy Schor( D )Lansing, but has bipartisan support.

The bill would amend the Michigan Strategic Fund Act and expand the definition of eligible property for community revitalization incentives to include property used for an urban food initiatives.

Supporters hope to see more healthy items in places like gas stations and corner stores throughout the state.

"We know that 1.8 million people in the state are challenged with access to healthy food and more than 300,000 of them are children," said American Heart Association Campaign Manager, Ted O'Dell.

If you would like to help their cause, you can call your state senator and ask them to vote "YES" on House Bill 4207. You can click here to find your senator.


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