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  • Blog Post: Tell the Board of Regents to say YES to CPR!

    Will the Board of Regents say YES to CPR in Schools? As you know the Governor signed the CPR in Schools bill... So what now? The Commissioner of the State Education Department and the Board of Regents must provide their stamp of approval. The Commissioner has 180 days to issue a report on CPR/AED instruction...
  • Blog Post: Victory! Coaches will be required to know CPR in 2015!

    Victory! Thanks to your advocacy, critical lifesaving legislation that would require coaches to be trained in CPR is headed to the Governor’s desk. This law, when signed by the Governor, will require all public high school coaches to be certified in CPR by August 2015! This has been a long battle...
  • Blog Post: Do You Live in a HEART Safe Community?

    Its Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Do you know if your community is HEART safe? The HEART Safe program recognizes communities that meet specific criteria that help increase the potential for saving the lives of individuals who have sudden cardiac arrest through the use of CPR and increased...
  • Blog Post: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Ok: It is obvious that I am in my mid-40’s. I actually giggled when I saw this gentleman show up at the Central Maine Heart Walk. Yes, I was one of the first one to get my picture taken. Yes, I FaceTimed my husband so he could see us. Yes, I emailed the picture to all my fellow dorks. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Down the Rabbit Hole...

    The fall at the American Heart Association appears to be more than just a time to finalize goals and plans. It is also a time for whimsy and learning. I have been bouncing around the state going to Heart Walks, conferences and Go Red for Women events. It has been so much fun! The most fun was the Alice...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Corner Stores, Healthy Communities, Healthy People!

    In some communities in New Jersey, it is easier to find grape soda than an actual grape! In areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, people go to corner stores and other small retailers to buy the items they need to feed their families. Unfortunately, many small business owner face challenges in...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Hero Day

    The American Heart Association recently hosted an event for children with congenital heart defects and their families to come together for fun activities, support, and networking. The event included heart healthy snacks, fun activities like face painting, crafts, games, and more. Kids came by the Advocacy...
  • Blog Post: AHA Honors Youth for Advocacy Work

    The American Heart Association, along with state and congressional leaders, recently honored three Ellington high school students who were instrumental in getting a Connecticut State Board of Education resolution passed calling for public school districts to train CPR and AED awareness to their students...
  • Blog Post: Greece Odyssey Academy Keeps the Beat!

    Congratulations to Greece Odyssey Academy! Recently the Rochester area school teamed up with the American Heart and Upstate NY Life Support to provide hands-only CPR training to all students in grades 6-12 and any interested staff members. As a result, over 1000 people are now trained to be lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Your Story Can Save Lives!

    There is nothing that brings about public and legislative support for an issue more than a real-life story from someone close to home. Your personal stories can make our advocacy issues real by putting a face to a cause. Please share your stories about how sugary drinks or obesity have impacted you...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Gather in Rhode Island

    On September 13, the American Heart Association hosted the 5th Annual Little Heart Hero Day at Goddard Park, drawing more than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects for a fun day of play – and advocacy! Little Heart Hero Day is the American Heart Association’s annual celebration...
  • 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: NYC Smoking Rates Increase!

    Scary but true - more New Yorkers are smoking today than they were just 4 years ago! The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene just released data from their Community Healthy Survey that shows that smoking prevalence has increased to 16.1% in 2013 from a low of 14% in 2010. For the...
  • Blog Post: Is Childhood Obesity a Problem in Rhode Island?

    September was Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and, according to the annual report The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America , we still have some work to do in Rhode Island! How does the Ocean State rank in The State of Obesity report? 13.2% of 10- to- 17-year-olds are obese...
  • Blog Post: What are we feeding our kids?

    NYC parents will soon gain support in the effort to feed healthy, nutritious meals to their kids once a newly introduced bill is passed. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos and co-sponsored by Council Members Stephen Levin and Corey Johnson would require that kids’ restaurant meals...
  • 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: 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...