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  • Blog Post: Summer is Sweet Enough Without Sugary Drinks

    Sugar sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Consumption of these drinks has increased 500% in the last fifty years! It’s no wonder we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that’s responsible for 21% of all health care costs. Join...
  • Blog Post: New York City Tackles Obesity!

    Did you see the news? New York City recently announced that they've achieved a significant drop in the rate of severe obesity among our city's kids. A nearly 10% decline of this leading cause of heart disease and stroke is a tremendous achievement! However, the thing I liked most about this announcement...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, New York City!

    Say what?? That's right...it's the new fiscal year for the American Heart Association. While much of our focus remained on the state-level opportunities, we have a lot to celebrate here in New York City! Let's take a look back as we prepare to move forward: CPR in Schools legislation:...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Schools Fighting Obesity!

    The American Heart Association has been working with the statewide coalition Eat Well Play More Vermont (EWPM) to reduce childhood obesity. The EWPM coalition offered the opportunity for schools across Vermont to apply for grants to reduce obesity in their communities and we received a number of great...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, serving on both the Vermont and National AHA Advocacy Committees. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and stroke. But she also...
  • Blog Post: You Can Help Prevent Childhood Obesity

    Obesity is a major risk factor for cardiovascular and other chronic diseases. Despite New Hampshire being rated one of the healthiest states in the country, we are battling our own obesity epidemic. The rate of overweight and obesity in our adult population is about 60%. And perhaps more startling, almost...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Wrap-up

    The NYS Session has wrapped up and we're happy to report substantial progress in many areas. Here's a quick recap. CPR in Schools bill passes both houses: Thanks to the help of our dedicated advocates and the bill sponsors, Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg and Senator Mark Grisanti, we took a...
  • Blog Post: Need your voice TODAY!

    Hey advocates—Since you are soooo good at getting things passed, we could really use your help on our trans fat legislation! Trans fat = dangerous . But it is still lurking on restaurant menus. Any chance you can use some of your advocacy zeal to help us get this passed too? Today is the LAST day...
  • Blog Post: Just a click away...

    The CPR in Schools bill has passed the Senate! It has passed numerous committees in the Assembly! Next up: a full vote by the Assembly . We're almost there...just click below to send a message to your Assembly Member and key leaders. A simple click, that's all it takes! Send a message...you can...
  • Blog Post: AHA Stands with Legislators Calling for E-Cig Regulations

    American Heart Association’s own David Day, Vice President of Advocacy for the Founders Affiliate, stood with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Congresswoman Elizabeth Esty calling for new regulations on electronic cigarettes during a recent press conference at the Connecticut State Legislative...
  • Blog Post: Spring Heart Walkers Advocate for Heart Health Policies

    This is always my favorite time of the year! The snow and cold is (mostly) melted away and behind us. The birds are singing in the morning as I wake up. The tender buds of Spring foliage are beginning to pop open. And the New England landscape is inviting us to engage in outdoor activities. Plus it means...
  • Blog Post: Bob Goodman, New Jersey

    Bob Goodman was the picture of good health. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, when Bob was still a child. He knew that if he wanted to live a long, healthy life, it would be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Bob’s daily routine included plenty of physical activity, including...
  • Blog Post: Linda, Helen and Sheryl - Three Amazing Women

    Linda, Helen and Sheryl—three women legislators—American Heart Association advocates. Everyone stop reading this blog and go to http://blog.heart.org/tag/rep-helen-rankin/ Read the phenomenal story of two legislators and friends.. Rep. Linda Sanborn knew that her friend, sometimes carpool...
  • Blog Post: Mindy's Trip to Augusta - Hanging with the Cool Kids

    My Trip to Augusta by Mindy Beyer About a week ago I had the pleasure of joining Becky Smith our Government Relations Director in Augusta. Before my trip, I really didn't know what to expect. I had been to the state house before. I had also talked to legislators before, but for some reason this...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Are Almost a Reality in the Commonwealth

    At the End of April Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill into law, which authorizes $50 million in funding for cities and towns through a new Complete Streets Certification Program over the next five years! The Complete Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk...
  • 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...