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  • 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: Saving lives is why...

    Why fight for healthy hearts? Why fight against strokes? Here in New York State, heart disease and stroke are the No. 1 and No. 4 killers. Our family is why. Our friends are why. Why advocate for heart healthy policies? Saving lives is why. And while the state legislature is on break, we are continuing...
  • Blog Post: Higgins Beach is Why...

    I love the new American Heart Association tag line. “Life is Why.” is a great motto. During a recent all-staff meeting we were asked to determine our own personal “why.” For some, it was easy. For others, including myself, it was hard. There are so many reasons why I do this job...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: As Summer Winds Down, the Countdown to CPR in Schools is On!

    With the start of the school year just weeks away for most students here in New Jersey, you may be curious about the status of the CPR in Schools bill that the Legislature passed in June, so here is a quick update. The bill has not been signed yet, but we have been in contact with the Governor's...
  • 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: Rhode Island Has Second Lowest Youth Smoking Rate in the Nation

    The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that the Ocean State has the SECOND LOWEST youth smoking rate in the nation. The finding is based on national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results show that Rhode Island’s youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Is Your Community HeartSafe?

    The Rhode Island HeartSafe Community Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association. This initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with early access to care...
  • 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: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Thank YOU! Because of all your hard work we have been able to able to make sure that all babies born are screened for congenital heart defects, we made sure to make sure that kids don’t start smoking and adults quit by increasing the tobacco tax, we made sure that our cities and towns are thinking...
  • Blog Post: State Board of Ed Votes to Support CPR Training for CT Students

    American Heart Association Advocacy Volunteer Bruce Hoffman, along with members of the Ellington Rescuer Post 512, presented a CPR / Chain of Survival demonstration at the July meeting of the State Board of Education before board members passed a resolution including CPR training to the Health Curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Little PALs Learn Hands Only CPR

    Staff from the American Heart Association's Advocacy, Development, ECC Departments partnered with Yale New Haven Hospital at this year’s New Haven Police Athletic League Camp. AHA’s staff led a Hands Only CPR demonstration at the recent safety day. Approximately 160 kids ranging from...
  • 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: U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal & American Heart Stand Together in Support of CVS Caremark Decision

    The American Heart Association, along with staff from the Connecticut Chapter of the American Lung Association recently participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal heralding the decision made by CVS Pharmacy to discontinue the sale of cigarettes and other tobacco products...
  • Blog Post: AHA Educating Task Force Members on the Impact of Childhood Obesity

    At the December meeting of Connecticut’s Childhood Obesity Task force, American Heart’s own, Dr. Sally Wong, presented to members an assessment of the causes of childhood obesity, the impact the crisis is having on our communities, and strategies to reverse the disturbing trend. Dr. Wong...
  • Blog Post: Help Promote Our Legislative Priorities This Coming Session!

    Vermont 2014 Public Policy Agenda Obesity Prevention – Encourage school districts to share recreational facilities with the community to promote activity. Provide greater liability protection to schools to encourage community use. Obesity Prevention - Support policy that eliminates...
  • Blog Post: Extension Under Vermont's Health Care Exchange

    Governor Shumlin's Administration announced this week that, if they chose to do so, any enrollee in Catamount Health or VHAP will be allowed to stay in these plans until March 31, 2014 to ensure a seamless transition to Vermont’s Health Care Exchange. Any out of pocket expenses Catamount...
  • 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: Train a Generation of Lifesavers

    In New Hampshire the survival rate for people suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest is about 8 percent. A cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival is much greater if someone nearby knows and gives CPR until EMTs arrive with a defibrillator. That means the victim’s life is literally...