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Please Support Critical Programs for Heart and Stroke in the Commonwealth
The Senate will start debating their budget and we are asking for their support for critical funding for key prevention programs. We knew it was going to be a tough budget year we feel that it is still important for the Legislature to make investments in public health and access to care. We are asking...
21 May 2013
FEATURED ACTION: Support pulse ox by submitting a letter to the editor
We’re all working hard to make pulse ox a requirement in New York, and we know that the more people help out, the better. But how do we reach people in our community who are not yet advocates? Meet them at a common medium, like a newspaper, used by most of the community. Letters to the editor can...
7 May 2013
Pulse Ox: A Simple, Non-Invasive Test that Saves Lives
We need your help. The bill to screen babies for heart defects needs to be placed on a committee agenda. With two simple calls, you can help all babies have a healthy start. This simple test called pulse ox, consists of sensors placed on a baby’s hand and foot to check low blood oxygen levels ...
23 Apr 2013
RI Advocates Testify on "CPR in Schools" Bill at State House
On April 9, Rhode Island advocates John Potvin and Dr. Steven Fera testified before the Senate Health & Human Services Committee in support of legislation that would require all high school students to receive hands-on CPR training and an overview of automated external defibrillator (AED) use prior...
11 Apr 2013
One Simple Test
If you knew that a painless, non-invasive 45 second test that only cost $4.00 could potentially pick up a critical congenital heart disease in a newborn….would you do it? Yup. Me too. Congenital heart defects are the number one birth defect in the US and the number one killer of infants with birth...
4 Mar 2013
Wow—the first half of “Heart Month” has been a whirlwind complete with a blizzard. Just the way I like it. Although (with Cecelia’s help) we dug out from the blizzard, we have not even begun to “dig out” from all the exciting work we have this month. We started...
20 Feb 2013
It is a dog's life
Don’t worry. Things are not going to the dogs here at the Scarborough office. This is just what you might find when you stay late to update your blog. Gary, our Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Coordinator is busy creating his “recess-in-a- bag” incentives. His daughter and puppy Tokie...
10 Jan 2013
Are you going to listen to the State of the State?
Governor Cuomo will outline his vision for the coming year in his State of the State address tomorrow. The American Heart Association is fighting for chronic disease prevention and CPR training. What issues are you hoping to hear about from the Governor?
8 Jan 2013
Happy New Year...Let's Make 2013 a Banner Year!
We have worked together to pass legislation in 2012 that ultimately leads to the gift of a more healthy life for Connecticut residents. Because of your support all of Connecticut’s newborns will be tested for Critical Congenital Heart Disease, our elementary school students will have 20 minutes...
7 Jan 2013
More Physical Activity and Less Sugary Drinks Help Make Healthier Kids
Right now, nearly 27% of Vermont kids are overweight. Providing them with more options for physical acticity and limiting their consumption of sugary drinks can help them to be healthier. Let your legislators know that you want them to make fighting obesity a priority to help our kids and keep health...
12 Nov 2012
Some things are scarier than Halloween
Today is Halloween, and in typical Northern New England style, mermaids need to wear winter coats before they go out trick-or-treating. If you grew up around here, you remember working really hard on your costume and then being forced to cover it up with a ski jacket. Sigh. All that hard work and no...
31 Oct 2012
Little Heart Heros take action for healthy babies - will you?
Last month the American Heart Association's Rhode Island team hosted its annual Little Heart Hero Day at Roger Williams Zoo for children with heart conditions and their families. As part of the day’s activities, parents signed petitions and children colored pictures that will be delivered to...
2 Oct 2012
Share Your Story: Laurie Stephenson
Laurie Stephenson Rhode Island I am a wife, a mother of three children, a business woman, a group fitness instructor, a distance runner, a team coach, a church volunteer, a RI legislative advocate, and my most proud accomplishment, the one that has allowed me to achieve all of the above - a Survivor...
14 Sep 2012
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