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  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Success!

    Have you ever wondered if all these letters you send to our elected officials make a difference? Well it has in New York City! While the new Council session is just getting ramped up, the American Heart Association has been meeting with targeted members of Council over these past several weeks. One meeting...
  • Blog Post: Heart Felt Heart Stone and Legislative Reception

    A young volunteer whose life was saved by numerous community members when she suffered multiple cardiac arrests during and after an Essex swim meet is now giving back to help others. Payton Jones of Vergennes will be honored at the American Heart Association's Legislative Reception from 4:30-6pm...
  • Blog Post: Get moving Vermont and take some tips from a Vermont Olympian!

    If you missed National Walking Day on April 2nd, don't fret. You can still get out and move! Come hear Vermont Olympian Andy Newell speak at our legislative reception April 10th at 4:30-6pm at the Statehouse in Montpelier. Newell is a country skier who will talk about his recent experience in...
  • Blog Post: A week in the life...

    I thought I would take a moment to tell you what a great and busy week I had this week. Monday: 4 separate meetings in Augusta with legislators on the Appropriations and Financial Affairs Committee to discuss tobacco taxes—then off to Portland to help set up for the Go Red for Women Luncheon...
  • Blog Post: Opening Day!

    Opening Day! Apparently, only the MLB believes that spring actually started in March this year. Mother Nature does not agree. I was awoken last night by the sounds of plows. Yup. Had to scrape the car again this morning However, today is opening day. The Sox play any minute now. I firmly believe that...
  • 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: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: You helped Protect Heart Health Funds

    Earlier this year, we told you about efforts to consolidate many state programs, including those which protect heart disease and stroke. And while consolidation sounds nice, it means the public wouldn't have a good sense of how state funds are being spent on important health programs. Thanks to your...
  • 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: Lieutenant Governor Is Honored at the GRFW Luncheon

    Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman was presented with a very special award at the recently held 2014 Hartford Go Red for Women Luncheon in honor of her participation in the luncheon since its inception and her contributions to women’s health in Connecticut. Known for her signature platform heels,...
  • Blog Post: Protecting Rhode Island's Kids from a New Threat

    Legislation was recently heard at the Rhode Island State House that would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) to kids under the age of 18. The bill would also require e-cigarette vendors to be licensed by the state and subject them to strong enforcement measures, including routine...
  • Blog Post: It is time for Massachusetts to be CPR Smart

    Look to your left. Look to your right. Would the people around you know how to save your life if you suffered from sudden cardiac arrest? You can make sure that across Massachusetts there are thousands of people who would know what to do. It’s time for Massachusetts to Be CPR Smart. Would you...
  • Blog Post: Lace up your Sneakers and Make a Commitment to Live Healthier!

    Spring has arrived on the calendar and soon the warm weather will too. I am sure, like me, you are looking forward to it! When the weather gets warm it motivates me to tie on those sneakers and get moving! Not only is this the perfect time for us as adults to make the commitment to start getting more...
  • Blog Post: It's Time for Rhode Island to Mandate Pulse Ox Screening

    Massachusetts recently joined the growing list of states that require newborns to be screened for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry (pulse ox) test. Congratulations to our fellow You’re the Cure advocates in the Bay State for making this...
  • 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: Victory for Pulse Ox!

    Victory!! The Pulse Ox Bill is on the Governor’s desk! Thanks to your continued advocacy the House and Senate took final action and passed the legislation that would require newborn screening for congenital heart defects with pulse ox! This would not have been possible without our legislative champions...
  • 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: 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: Join Us So Together We Can End Stroke

    We are looking for stroke survivors and passionate advocates like you to participate in our Together to End Stroke event at the Massachusetts State House on February 25, 2014. This event will help us celebrate 10 years of Massachusetts having a Stroke System of Care and help us work towards continuing...
  • 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: Ringing in the New Year!

    Long gone are the days where I wandered around Boston in the freezing cold on New Year’s Eve with my friends. In fact, when I was in my late-teens and early twenties trying to find my friends at First Night Boston, you could still find phones like the one pictured above and none of us had cell...
  • 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: Left Out in the Cold

    Ok, forget what I said yesterday. It is too cold to exercise outside today. This was the thermometer at my house at 7:30 this morning. I would hate to see what it said before then. Facebook tells me that some of my friends a bit inland from me had negative 17degree readings this morning. Although both...
  • 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...