Who: Governor Branstad, the American Heart Association, members of the Bridging Solutions to a Healthier Iowa coalition and volunteer advocates
 
Interviews Available:
Stacy Frelund, Iowa Director of Government Relations, American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate
               
What:   Governor Branstad will host a formal signing of HF 570 to make it law.  The bill, known both as the “Community Use” and “The Sledding” Bill, clarifies liability protection for schools and communities who wish to open their facilities for public use and was passed unanimously out of both the House of Representatives and Senate in March. 
 
Following the signing, the American Heart Association will host a brief reception to thank those that advocated for the legislation.
 
When:  Wednesday, April 1, 2:00-3:00 PM
 
Where:  Iowa State Capitol, Governor Branstad’s formal office, Reception to be held in the First Floor Rotunda
 
Why:  Studies show when people have access to exercise facilities they are more likely to be physically active. Many schools are reluctant to open their facilities to their communities because liability concerns are a primary challenge to open these doors. A recent survey of Iowa’s superintendents demonstrated more than half of the schools surveyed do not engage in shared use agreements because of concerns about liability. It should be noted that 64.2 percent of the surveyed superintendents would be more inclined to open their facilities with liability protection.
 
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About the American Heart Association
The American Heart Association is devoted to saving people from heart disease and stroke – two leading causes of death in the world. We team with millions of volunteers to fund innovative research, fight for stronger public health policies, and provide lifesaving tools and information to prevent and treat these diseases. We are the nation’s oldest and largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting heart disease and stroke. To learn more or to get involved, contact our local office at 319-378-1763, visit heart.org/DesMoines, or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.