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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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Hilary Schae Lavorgna - Modeling the Fight Against Obesity

    Congratulations to advocacy volunteer Hilary Schae Lavorgna for “walking the walk” in the efforts to fight obesity! A student in Exercise Science at the University of Vermont, Hilary helped the American Heart Association lead an obesity workshop at a youth conference in Burlington this past...
  • 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: Trans fat will be off the menu soon!

    Last week’s announcement by the FDA paves the way for the eventual elimination of artificial trans fats. The importance of this can’t be understated – This is a great victory for the health of the American public and supported by the American Heart Association. Here in New York,...
  • 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: Making New Hampshire Heart-Healthy and Stroke-Free

    You’re The Cure advocates may ask, ”Does it make a difference to contact my lawmakers on the issues important to me, do they really listen to my one voice?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!”. New Hampshire’s legislature works within a two year biennium cycle...
  • Blog Post: Take Action - Urge More Physical Education and Activity in Schools!

    The American Heart Association is a member of the statewide coalition Eat Well Play More Vermont which has set increased physical education and activity in schools are part of its policy goals for addressing childhood obesity. The coalition is recommending that each Vermont school should ensure that...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Means More Kids Learning CPR in Vermont:

    Schools are meant to prepare students to contribute to their communities. And they are doing just that in Vermont. The American Heart Association helped pass a law requiring Vermont schools to teach Hands-only CPR as part of health education in schools. This means, each year in Vermont, a new batch...
  • Blog Post: Give Five Years Back to Our Kids - Fight Obesity!

    Preschoolers who consume sugary drinks are more likely to gain extra weight and run the risk of being obese according to new research conducted at the University of Virginia. Their message – be vigilant about kids’ sugary drink consumption habits. That’s wise advice. But we need to...
  • Blog Post: Mel is more than just a stroke survivor, she's an advocate!

    Melody Trombly is a seven year stroke survivor. Her husband knew the signs and symtoms and recognized what was happening. Mel was having a stroke. Fortunately she received care quickly and the life saving drug (TPA). Now Mel is spreading the word so that others can live a healthy life. Do you know the...
  • Blog Post: NYC's 800 Lb Gorilla - We Need to Improve PE!

    Today, the American Heart Association released preliminary results of a survey analysis regarding Physical Education (PE) in all New York City schools. Every school, in all five boroughs was invited to participate and the American Heart Association secured responses from 272! More than half of these...
  • Blog Post: National Wear Red Day is quickly approaching...

    We are quickly closing in on National Wear Red Day, this year arriving on Friday, February 1st. 2013’s Wear Red Day marks the 10th anniversary and more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who...