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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: Happy New Year, New York City!

    Say what?? That's right...it's the new fiscal year for the American Heart Association. While much of our focus remained on the state-level opportunities, we have a lot to celebrate here in New York City! Let's take a look back as we prepare to move forward: CPR in Schools legislation:...
  • Blog Post: Right Back Atcha!

    You should have received a mailing from us last week. The mailing contained what candidates call "door hangers." You know what they are….those annoying pieces of paper that you find on your door or lawn or flowerbed when you come home from work during campaign season. Well, my sentiment...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Schools Fighting Obesity!

    The American Heart Association has been working with the statewide coalition Eat Well Play More Vermont (EWPM) to reduce childhood obesity. The EWPM coalition offered the opportunity for schools across Vermont to apply for grants to reduce obesity in their communities and we received a number of great...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, serving on both the Vermont and National AHA Advocacy Committees. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and stroke. But she also...
  • Blog Post: The Start of Summer Brings New Board Members to CT AHA

    The American Heart Association of Connecticut has a new board of directors who have already committed to helping move AHA’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol. The new crop of board members have all been touched in one way or another by heart disease and stroke and are committed in assisting...
  • Blog Post: A Star Comes to Connecticut

    The American Heart Association recently held its Fairfield County Go Red for Women luncheon, which was attended by more than 400 guest learning how to combat heart disease and stroke, the number one and three killers among women. The guests were treated to Star Jones, who was the key note speaker and...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: RI Department of Health Releases Proposed Regulation

    Earlier this year, the American Heart Association, little heart heroes in red superhero capes, and families from Mended Little Hearts met with Governor Chafee to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive...
  • Blog Post: New Jersey Legislature Passes CPR in Schools Bill

    On June 23, 2014, the NJ General Assembly voted on A2072, a bill requiring public high schools to teach CPR with a hands-on training component as part of the health curriculum. The bill passed 77-0! Later that afternoon, the Senate took a vote on the same legislation. They also passed the bill with an...
  • 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: Maine is one big small town....

    Scott Nevers is an amazing guy. In the past year, he suffered a sudden cardiac arrest, was laid off and started a new business venture. He also started volunteering countless hours for the American Heart Association. CPR, AEDs and a little luck saved his life and he is bound to make the best of it. I...
  • Blog Post: Aphasia Advocates Back Improved Stroke Care Bills

    We know that stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and the leading cause of disability in the U.S. A stroke can have various communication effects, one of which is aphasia. Stroke is the most common cause of aphasia, which is a language disorder that affects the ability to communicate. Aphasia does not...
  • Blog Post: RI Legislative Session Concludes

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up on June 21st. It was an interesting few months at the State House following the mid-session transition in the House Leadership. We found ourselves trying to hold ground on several issues while working in a very new political dynamic. But through it all, one thing...
  • 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: Tedy Tackles the Legislature

    On June 18th, Tedy Bruschi came to the State House to talk about important Stroke Legislation. He has been a dedicated advocate for us since suffering his stroke. He spoke passionately to the legislators about how he had a "stroke system of care" in place because he was a three time super bowl...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...