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  • Blog Post: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: You helped Protect Heart Health Funds

    Earlier this year, we told you about efforts to consolidate many state programs, including those which protect heart disease and stroke. And while consolidation sounds nice, it means the public wouldn't have a good sense of how state funds are being spent on important health programs. Thanks to your...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire's Lawmakers Pass Expanded Healthcare Coverage

    New Hampshire has passed a bipartisan plan to get thousands covered by health insurance! One component of the federal law to increase access to healthcare coverage for currently uninsured adults is the expansion of NH's population eligible for coverage under the Medicaid program. In March the NH...
  • Blog Post: An Update from Albany

    CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training. Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation? Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?...
  • Blog Post: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • Blog Post: Is your school 'excellent' when it comes to wellness?

    Is the elementary school in your neighborhood amazing? Do the kids get all of the necessary physical activity? How about school meals? Are they healthy, nutritious and downright delicious? If you think your elementary school is a rock star, help us recognize their efforts! It's not easy to do right...
  • Blog Post: Join us in Albany... Speak Up for Heart Health!

    Join the American Heart Association in Albany as we advocate for programs to improve heart health! On March 12th, advocates from across the state will be headed to Albany with a message for lawmakers: Heart Health Matter - Make obesity prevention and tobacco control a priority...Want to join us? Register...
  • Blog Post: CVS Will Stop Selling Tobacco Products!

    We have made great progress in the fight against tobacco and today one more step was made! By October 1, CVS will no longer sell tobacco products in any of its 7,600 stores. This is a huge step taken by a chain pharmacy to date especially with the loss of revenue they will face. CVS’s decision...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House & Senate Recognize National Wear Red Day

    Special thanks to State Senator Donna Nesselbush and State Representative Brian Kennedy for introducing resolutions officially proclaiming February 7 as "National Wear Red Day" in the State of Rhode Island. AHA staff and volunteers Laurie Stephenson and Miriam Plitt were on hand as the Senate...
  • Blog Post: We need your help in fighting obesity!

    We need your help in our effort to provide Vermonters more places to recreate. Legislation which would give schools protection from liability to open their facilities to the community for recreational use has stalled. Though we had some amazing testimony from supporters before the House Education Committee...
  • Blog Post: Active Streets is on the Move!

    Last week, the House passed a Transportation Bond Bill and as part of the bill, the Active Streets Program was included for an authorization of $50 million in funding. We appreciate everyone’s outreach on this issue and this is just one of many steps. We still need your help to get it to the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready to Rock Red Rhode Island!

    National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 7 . Have you picked out your favorite RED outfit yet? Why is National Wear Red Day so important? Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke account for 30% of all female deaths in Rhode Island. On average, 4...
  • Blog Post: Prevention & Wellness Trust Grants Awarded

    This week, the Department of Public Health announced nine recipients of the first awards from the $60 million Massachusetts Prevention and Wellness Trust Fund. This funding will help Massachusetts combat health disparities and reduce preventable health conditions that are costly to our residents and...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Ed Adrian Argues for Shared Use Legislation

    Burlington Attorney Ed Adrian rallied behind the American Heart Association's effort to pass legislation providing schools with greater liability protection to open their buildings to the community for recreational purposes. Ed testified before the House Education Committee this month telling committee...
  • Blog Post: Vermont principals support community use of schools - but are also concerned about liability

    The American Heart Association supports legislation providing Vermont schools with greater protection from liability to encourage schools to open their buildings and grounds to the public for recreational use during non-school hours. Research shows people are 38% more likely to exercise when they have...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Happy Meals?

    Do you think food companies market to children? Today the NYS Assembly health committee voted in favor a bill that calls for restaurant meals marketed to kids (you know them, the ones with the colorful toys) to meet nutrition standards. This is a great start - the bill will help busy families eat healthier...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco trust fund is needed

    Fifty years after the surgeon general first told Americans that smoking causes disease and death, the American Heart Association and other public health advocacy groups have announced bold new goals to end the tobacco epidemic for good, including reducing adult tobacco use to 10 percent. As the president...
  • Blog Post: Vermont legislative session begins!

    January 7th kicked off the first day of Vermont's legislative session. Our work to pass legislation fighting heart disease and stroke kicks into full gear. AHA legislative reception – A reminder that our legislative reception will be held February 5 th from 4:30-5:30pm at the Cedar Creek...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    Karen Christensen was born with a hole in her heart but that didn’t stop her from achieving her dream of skating in the Ice Capades. Christensen shared her story as an honoree for Fairfield County Heart Walk helping raise heart disease awareness and funds for the American Heart Association. She...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • Blog Post: Ringing in the New Year!

    Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarettes to Be Included in NYC's Smoke Free Air Act!

    After a whirlwind effort, New York City Council followed the lead of numerous other states and municipalities on Thursday by expanding the restrictions found in the Smoke Free Air Act. Beginning in 120 days after enacted, you will no longer be permitted to use electronic cigarettes in the locations covered...
  • Blog Post: City Hall Update: E-Cigarette Vote Tonight!

    Today's final stated meeting of New York City Council is historic in so many ways. While we're preparing to transition to new government leadership, it's an appropriate time to reflect on the tremendous progress we've achieved over these past several years. Tonight, City Council is taking...
  • Blog Post: Help Promote Our Legislative Priorities This Coming Session!

    Vermont 2014 Public Policy Agenda Obesity Prevention – Encourage school districts to share recreational facilities with the community to promote activity. Provide greater liability protection to schools to encourage community use. Obesity Prevention - Support policy that eliminates...