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  • Blog Post: Vermont Could Lead the Fight Against Obesity

    After implementation of a sugary drink tax in Mexico, sales of unhealthy drinks have fallen while sales of healthier drinks have increased. That nation, one of the most obese in the world, saw the sugary drink tax as a way to begin to put a dent in obesity there. Just this week, Berkeley, CA voters passed...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for Volunteer Efforts

    With the addition of 76 freshmen students from Champlain Valley Union High School, Williston teenager Tommy Watson has now trained nearly 1,500 people in hands-only CPR! Not bad for a youth who started out with a goal of training 100 people when we met two years ago. You may recall Tommy helped the...
  • Blog Post: 6 Lives Saved and Counting!

    Congratulations to Dr. Marc Kutler and The Edge fitness facilities for yet another life saved! Dr. Marc Kutler, an emergency department physician from Northwestern Medical Center, is a strong advocate for CPR and public access to defibrillation. He helped the AHA pass legislation two years ago requiring...
  • Blog Post: Do You Live in a HEART Safe Community?

    Its Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Do you know if your community is HEART safe? The HEART Safe program recognizes communities that meet specific criteria that help increase the potential for saving the lives of individuals who have sudden cardiac arrest through the use of CPR and increased...
  • Blog Post: Medical Students Turned Advocates

    Peter Evans, Christina Cahill and Lana Khuong know there is more than one way to save a life. They’ve organized CPR trainings, worked on tobacco cessation counseling protocols, coordinated cardiovascular research and fundraisers, and helped create healthy living lessons for adolescents. They’re...
  • Blog Post: Greece Odyssey Academy Keeps the Beat!

    Congratulations to Greece Odyssey Academy! Recently the Rochester area school teamed up with the American Heart and Upstate NY Life Support to provide hands-only CPR training to all students in grades 6-12 and any interested staff members. As a result, over 1000 people are now trained to be lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney, Vermont

    The American Heart Association recently released a new position paper on e-cigarettes and reconfirmed its desire for the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate these devices. Vermonters like the Attorney General, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont and Dr. Jan Carney, a member...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Should Mean Exercise for Kids of All Ages

    With our kids back to school, are they getting as much exercise as they did this summer? This year, Vermont’s State Board of Education required Vermont schools to offer at least 30 minutes of physical activity to kids a day. Ask your schools what they are doing. Physical activity can be easily...
  • Blog Post: Me, Affected by Obesity?

    Think about whether your life might be affected by obesity. Now think again. Over 60% of Vermont adults and 29% of our kids are overweight or obese. Are you paying for that? New estimates from the Rudd Center for Food Policy shows it’s pretty likely. Obesity-related health care costs among...
  • Blog Post: Staff Meeting = Fun and Fundraising

    Just look at this picture. What an amazing place for a staff meeting! One of the Maine fundraising staff has access to family camps on Kezar Lake in Center Lovell. She and her cousins from all over the country (first, second, once removed etc.) spend their summers reuniting, swimming, boating and relaxing...
  • Blog Post: New crusader in fight to reduce consumption of sugar drinks

    The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont is poised to fight for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugar-added drinks to fight obesity in Vermont. And our coalition has an experienced leader joining the fight. Anthony Iarrapino will be the sugar sweetened beverage tax campaign coordinator. He has served previously...
  • Blog Post: Burlington event focuses on sugar's impact on cardiovascular disease and health

    The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories or 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and 150 calories of 9 for teaspoons for men. But the reality is people are consuming far more. And sugary drinks are the primary source of added sugars in American diets. Learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Are New Hampshire Roads Safe for Biking and Walking?

    New Hampshire has a unique opportunity to make roads going through our communities to be safe for all. By adopting a "Complete Streets" policy, the NH Department of Transportation can help us all be a little more physically active. And that is good for the health of Granite Staters! You may...
  • 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: 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: 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: Williston Volunteer Tommy Watson Passes 1,300 Trained in CPR!

    American Heart Association Volunteer Tommy Watson - who set a goal of training 100 people in "Hands-only CPR" two years ago -- has now trained over 1,300 people! Among those trained by Tommy at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon was former Vermont Governor Madeleine...
  • 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: 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: Soup on a cold rainy day‚Ķ

    I love soup, especially tomato soup. So, when I stepped out at lunch to run errands on this 36-degree damp day, I stopped at a chain restaurant to buy some soup to bring back to my desk. When I returned, I decided to catch up on emails from Nancy Brown. Nancy, as most of you know, is the CEO of the American...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Vermont Schools on the Horizon

    Thanks to all of our volunteers who contacted the State Board of Education to encourage the board to include improvements in nutrition, PE and physical activity in the state education standards. While the board has not yet concluded its process that will finalize these changes, it instructed the Agency...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon - 802Quits!

    There will soon be a new look to the quit-smoking resources available to Vermonters through Vermont's Tobacco Control Program. The Vermont Department of Health recently conducted research to see how the Vermont Quit Network was being received. Results showed the current brand was a bit confusing...