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  • Blog Post: Why New Hampshire Should Raise its Cigarette Tax

    Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death, for heart disease and stroke and other chronic diseases. NH’s last cigarette tax increase was in 2009. Two years later, the state gave in to tobacco industry pressure and decreased its tobacco tax! At the same time, the industry raised its...
  • Blog Post: Renewed Call To Action for CPR in NH Schools

    Schools across New Hampshire are back in session! And now is the time to renew our push to get hands on CPR training into school curriculums. Schools are the place we expect our children to learn not only the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but to become active members of their community....
  • 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: 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: A Major Milestone for CPR in Schools

    As of the end of May, 16 states have passed policies requiring CPR training for all students prior to graduation from high school. And even more exciting, this means 1 million students will graduate annually as trained lifesavers for their communities! However, New Hampshire is not one of those states...
  • 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: 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: A Hopeful Sign in the Fight Against Childhood Obesity

    A recent article in the New York Times covered the latest report on advances against obesity in the US. The article announced we have seen a 43% drop in obesity rates over the past decade among young children ages 2-5. While obesity rates in general have been flat, in NH the rates for youth are still...
  • 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: Patti Mahoney, New Hampshire

    December 10th is such an important date to me and my family. Not only was my daughter, Kelly, born on that date, but six hours after her birth… I went into cardiac failure. After being rushed in to the Intensive Care Unit and placed on 100% life support, my doctors diagnosed me with idiopathic...
  • Blog Post: 50th Anniversary of Tobacco Control in America

    I recently had the pleasure of attending a conference celebrating the past 50 years of tobacco control – since the 1964 landmark Surgeon General’s report on the harmful effects of tobacco use. But rather than spend much time reflecting on our successes, we used our time to look ahead to ‘finishing...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: Expanded Healthcare Access Battle Continues in New Hampshire

    New Hampshire is back to the drawing board in pursuit of expanded access to healthcare for all granite-staters following the Nov 21 vote by the Senate on expanded Medicaid. A bill with a compromise proposal was narrowly defeated by just three votes. This ended the special session to accept the billions...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story Of Hope and Inspiration

    It’s that time of the year, right before the New Hampshire Legislative session kicks off, when lawmakers are readying themselves for the issues to come before them starting in January. The American Heart Association has been sending information to our You’re The Cure network on the policy...
  • 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: Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in under 30 minutes

    In a split second, Bert Carey’s afternoon went from a casual conversation with fellow shoppers in a small men’s shop to a life-and-death scenario—and he was the victim, who was saved, ultimately, by a high school student who recently had learned CPR at school. “One minute we were...
  • Blog Post: $57 million received by NH this year from tobacco settlement funds. How much used for tobacco prevention? $0

    Recently, New Hampshire received a windfall of $15 million from tobacco settlement funds – this is in addition to the $42 million the state receives every year from tobacco companies for the healthcare costs caused by their products. Yet, New Hampshire has not been using any of these funds to help...
  • Blog Post: Preventing Youth Use of Tobacco Through Higher Excise Taxes

    After many years without a tobacco increase – and an actual decrease by the legislature in 2011 of 10 cents per pack – NH lawmakers will be considering increasing the excise tax on cigarettes. There is a House Bill to increase the tax by 20 cents and yesterday Governor Hassan presented her...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for You!

    I am so lucky. Everyday I get to work with the best volunteers and staff in the world. Together we are able to help make our families and our communities more heart healthy and stroke-free. I want to make sure you know how thankful all of the AHA staff is for you and all of your actions. Every time you...
  • Blog Post: $8 million in initial funding to fight childhood obesity!

    Exciting? Yes! Ambitious? You, bet! Attainable? Absolutely! The AHA & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proud to announce a new collaboration aimed at reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S. by 2015. And we’ll need your help! Learn more http://bit.ly/QJ8gmk What do you think...
  • Blog Post: CPR Training of Students Creates a New Generation of Lifesavers

    How often have we heard stories of children saving the life of a sibling or a grandparent by not hesitating to call 911 or starting CPR? Now imagine if all of our children learned how to do CPR correctly through a training offered through their required High School Health Class. How many more lives can...
  • Blog Post: Welcome!

    Hi, my name is David Day and I am the Vice President of Government Relations for the American Heart Association’s “Founders” Affiliate. The photo you see here is of me participating in the New England "Tough Mudder" race at Mt. Snow, Vermont earlier this past spring. I wanted...
  • Blog Post: Matt Keene, New Hampshire

    In October of 2006, I was a high school athlete on the football field when I collapsed and stopped breathing, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest at the age of 17.  Thanks to the staff at Kimball Union Academy who used their CPR training and their automated external defibrillator (AED), I was revived and...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to You’re the Cure New Hampshire. Thanks for being an advocate!

    The American Heart Association and the American Stroke Association are hard at work, advocating for life-saving policies from Concord to Washington, D.C. Your fellow New Hampshire advocates have already accomplished some amazing things: pulse ox testing for all newborns and smoke free workplaces to...