Protect Access to Lifesaving Mammograms – Cosponsor the PALS Act

This year, more than 40,000 Americans will lose their lives to breast cancer. While most women develop breast cancer later in life, young women do develop this horrible disease, often developing rapidly in more aggressive forms. In 2017, the American Cancer
Society estimated that nine percent of new, fatal cases of breast cancer were among women in their forties.

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Protect Americans from the Flu

The flu is more than just an annual inconvenience. During the last flu season, at least 37 million Americans had flu symptoms, 17.3 million received medical care, 531,000 were hospitalized, and 36,400 died (1). In fact, influenza/pneumonia is the eighth
leading cause of mortality in the United States, responsible for approximately 1 out of every 50 deaths (2).

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SAVE BLACK AND HISPANIC LGBTQ KIDS FROM ABUSE & NEGLECT

Research shows that Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth entering the juvenile justice system have higher rates of child abuse, neglect, family conflict, and homelessness as other youth. Since they still depend on their families to meet their material needs, abuse
and neglect can leave Black and Hispanic LGBTQ youth emotionally and physically vulnerable, particularly if they find themselves contemplating living on the streets with nowhere to turn for support.

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Help Students Develop Healthy Eating Habits!

Investments to improve access to nutritious meals need to be paired with investments in nutrition education to make sure students develop healthy eating habits. A Government Accountability Office (GAO) study found that the National School Lunch Program (NSLP)
did not have an adequate structure to deliver nutrition education, disseminate nutrition education materials or to coordinate across State health and nutrition programs.

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Teacher Health & Wellness Act, H.R. 4221 – Seeking Cosponsors!

High levels of stress are adversely affecting teachers’ health. According to a 2014 Gallup survey, 46 percent of teachers experience high daily stress during the school year. This percentage is tied for the highest rate of high daily stress among occupations.
Stress affects the physical health of teachers which compromises teaching performance and negatively impacts student well-being. Elementary school teachers who have greater stress and show more symptoms of depression create classroom environments that are
less conducive to learning.

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Join the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus

We hope this movement will continue to garner broad, bipartisan support here on Capitol Hill and attract a large and diverse membership. We would be honored if you would consider joining us as a member of the Congressional Olympic and Paralympic Caucus,
and if you have any questions, please contact Katherine Lee in Representative Langevin’s Office at Katherine.Lee@mail.house.gov, Ben Nyce in Representative Stefanik’s office at Ben.Nyce@mail.house.gov, Joe Minges in Representative Perlmutter’s office at Joe.Minges@mail.house.gov,
or Troy Dougall in Representative Curtis’s office at Troy.Dougall@mail.house.gov. If you were a member of the caucus in the 115th Congress, your membership will automatically rollover.  

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Oppose Rollback of School Meal Nutrition Standards

Last Friday, Secretary Perdue proposed a rule to rollback the nutrition standards in school lunches. In 2010, Congress authorized child nutrition programs with the bipartisan
Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010. For the first time, these standards included evidence-based standards for the nutritional quality of school meals. They paved the way for students to get more fruits and vegetables in their school lunch while
also limiting sugar, fat, and sodium. These historic standards were based on the simple premise that nutrition is a vital foundation of successful learning.

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