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  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....
  • Blog Post: Vermont Superhero Tommy Watson and Governor Kunin

    As National Superhero Day, April 28th draws near, we're sending a big "shout-out" to Tommy Watson. Tommy worked with the American Heart Association two years ago to pass legislation requiring Hands-only CPR to be taught in health classes in Vermont schools. And, like the Energizer Bunny...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Louis

    Last week, Karen Acompora wrote to many of you about her son Louis, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Please read Karen’s note about Louis and join her in calling for Governor Cuomo to take a stand to support CPR in Schools… Today marks 14 years since my son, Louis, played in his first...
  • Blog Post: Now it's time for Governor Cuomo to support CPR

    Too many lives have been lost from sudden cardiac arrest...isn't it time for Governor Cuomo to stand in support of CPR in Schools? Click the link to send a letter to Governor Cuomo - It's that easy. The letter is already drafted for you - but feel free to personalize it! http://yourethecure...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools...Spread the word!

    If everyone finds just one minute to contact their Senator, we can get hundreds of messages in support of CPR in Schools sent today! Just click below to ask your Senator to sponsor... http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=34257
  • Blog Post: Just your everyday heroes: Rich Albright and Jared Alpern

    Kids today?! Well, wait to you hear about these kids…Rich and Jared are seniors at Shaker High School in Latham, NY. Last year, Rich and Jared (pictured with AHA NYS Advocacy Committee Chair Dan Moran) approached school administrators to let them know something was missing in the curriculum: CPR...
  • 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: Everyday Heroes

    A young life was saved, in New Hampshire, recently because of the actions taken by bystanders giving CPR and the use of an AED. This is a reminder that cardiac arrest emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Several years ago, New Hampshire began an initiative called Heartsafe Communities...
  • Blog Post: The day has arrived...pulse ox law goes into effect!

    American Heart Association volunteers across the state are celebrating the day a critical newborn screening test officially went into effect. For nearly a year, advocates met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and wrote letters to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law. Gov...
  • Blog Post: Update from Albany: Senate CPR Bill Sponsor Resigns

    Surprising news hit Albany this past week. Senator Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), the sponsor of the CPR in Schools legislation, announced he is stepping down after 16 years of service to join the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. For those of you following our efforts to pass the CPR in Schools legislation...
  • 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: "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" Clears Assembly!

    On December 19, the NJ Assembly passed the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" by a margin of 79-0! There was not one, single dissenting vote. This bill makes sure that parents, coaches and student athletes get information about sudden cardiac arrest prior to participating in school sports...
  • Blog Post: NYS Session is just around the corner...

    NYS Legislative Session is just around the corner...Governor Cuomo will release his budget in January and lawmakers will consider hundreds, possibly thousands of bills. What are the policy priorities for the American Heart Association? Here's a quick peek: CPR for graduation. Yes, it is hard to...
  • Blog Post: Our Hands Can Save Lives!

    A few weeks ago a study came out that said that performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer can improve a patient’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. This is great news! Sustaining CPR that long also improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said. Now we just...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Device That Can Save a Life

    You see AEDs on walls in airports, malls and office buildings, but do you see them in your kids schools? On sports field or in rinks? The answer might be sadly no. We need to do better; we need to make sure that AEDs are available in our schools and on our fields at all times so that it is never more...
  • Blog Post: CPR in minutes!

    Just one minute of CPR video training could save lives in emergencies, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013...wouldn't you think that NYS lawmakers would want schools to take just minutes out of the school year to teach CPR? Now will...
  • Blog Post: Only 11 percent of sudden cardiac arrest victims survive...

    Two months until session starts in New York State and there is lots of work ahead to help the 360,000 victims of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest each year in the U.S! Only eleven percent of victims survive...most likely because they don't receive timely CPR. That's why twelve other states now...
  • Blog Post: We Did This (and Go Red Sox)!

    Maine left Massachusetts in 1820—but we remain part of Red Sox Nation. We don’t have any of those weird mixed allegiances that Connecticut may have living so close to that other city. We are tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool fans. In fact, many of the men here already had beards—and...
  • Blog Post: 12 other states train students in CPR...

    What is NYS waiting for?!....Tell lawmakers it's time to pass the CPR in Schools bill. Go to www.supportcprinschools.org to send your message today!
  • Blog Post: Another reason to support CPR in Schools...

    Need another reason to join the American Heart Association in support of CPR in Schools? It works! Cardiac arrest survival rates tripled after Denmark's CPR push...go to www.supportcprinschool.org to send a message of support to lawmakers today.
  • Blog Post: Vermont EMS Conference October 24-27, heart and stroke issues and more!

    The Vermont EMS Conference sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health will be held this year at Jay Peak Resort October 24-27. Registration ends October 16th. Register now at: www.VTEMSConference.com You can register for pre-conference workshops as well as a wide variety of sessions offered...
  • Blog Post: It's Sudden Cardiac Awareness month.. Do you know what to do in an emergency?

    Each year, more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and only 11% survive. It is a leading cause of death in Vermont and across the nation and the only way to save a victim is through quick CPR and defibrillation. October is the perfect time to learn more about sudden cardiac...
  • Blog Post: It's Sudden Cardiac Awareness month... Would you know what to do in an emergency?

    Did you know the American Heart Association’s new guidelines for hands-only CPR make it easier than ever before to teach and perform CPR? There are two simple steps: Call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest. Sounds simple, right? Imagine how many more lifesavers we would have...
  • Blog Post: Two young lives saved by CPR.

    A 10-year old saved in western NY. A 12-year-old saved in Long Island. These young lives are a poignant reminder of how CPR saves lives...why isn't this simple skill being taught to all NYS students before graduation?
  • Blog Post: Advocating for AEDs

    Yesterday the Committee of Public Health heard legislation that would require AEDs in Schools. We were so lucky to have two dedication and passionate advocates come and share their story. John lost his son Michael from sudden cardiac arrest when he took a hit on the football field and there was no AED...