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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Winners of Rhode Island Get Active! Poster Contest Announced

    The American Heart Association is committed to helping kids and families live heart-healthy lives. As we educate and lobby lawmakers to support policies that promote healthy and active communities in Rhode Island, we wanted to take an extra step and get students involved through the 2014 Get Active!...
  • Blog Post: Linda, Helen and Sheryl - Three Amazing Women

    Linda, Helen and Sheryl—three women legislators—American Heart Association advocates. Everyone stop reading this blog and go to http://blog.heart.org/tag/rep-helen-rankin/ Read the phenomenal story of two legislators and friends.. Rep. Linda Sanborn knew that her friend, sometimes carpool...
  • Blog Post: Mindy's Trip to Augusta - Hanging with the Cool Kids

    My Trip to Augusta by Mindy Beyer About a week ago I had the pleasure of joining Becky Smith our Government Relations Director in Augusta. Before my trip, I really didn't know what to expect. I had been to the state house before. I had also talked to legislators before, but for some reason this...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Are Almost a Reality in the Commonwealth

    At the End of April Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill into law, which authorizes $50 million in funding for cities and towns through a new Complete Streets Certification Program over the next five years! The Complete Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk...
  • 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: 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: An Update from Albany

    CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training. Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation? Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?...
  • 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: New Study Finds SSB Taxes Won't Impact Jobs

    Interesting news and tips from PreventObesity.net . While we probably won't see a sugar-sweetened beverage tax proposal in Rhode Island this year, the American Heart Association and our partners continue to educate lawmakers and build support for a future SSB tax campaign. Study: SSB Taxes Won't...
  • Blog Post: Is your school 'excellent' when it comes to wellness?

    Is the elementary school in your neighborhood amazing? Do the kids get all of the necessary physical activity? How about school meals? Are they healthy, nutritious and downright delicious? If you think your elementary school is a rock star, help us recognize their efforts! It's not easy to do right...
  • Blog Post: Join us in Albany... Speak Up for Heart Health!

    Join the American Heart Association in Albany as we advocate for programs to improve heart health! On March 12th, advocates from across the state will be headed to Albany with a message for lawmakers: Heart Health Matter - Make obesity prevention and tobacco control a priority...Want to join us? Register...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: We need your help in fighting obesity!

    We need your help in our effort to provide Vermonters more places to recreate. Legislation which would give schools protection from liability to open their facilities to the community for recreational use has stalled. Though we had some amazing testimony from supporters before the House Education Committee...
  • Blog Post: Active Streets is on the Move!

    Last week, the House passed a Transportation Bond Bill and as part of the bill, the Active Streets Program was included for an authorization of $50 million in funding. We appreciate everyone’s outreach on this issue and this is just one of many steps. We still need your help to get it to the Governor’s...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Ed Adrian Argues for Shared Use Legislation

    Burlington Attorney Ed Adrian rallied behind the American Heart Association's effort to pass legislation providing schools with greater liability protection to open their buildings to the community for recreational purposes. Ed testified before the House Education Committee this month telling committee...
  • Blog Post: Vermont principals support community use of schools - but are also concerned about liability

    The American Heart Association supports legislation providing Vermont schools with greater protection from liability to encourage schools to open their buildings and grounds to the public for recreational use during non-school hours. Research shows people are 38% more likely to exercise when they have...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Happy Meals?

    Do you think food companies market to children? Today the NYS Assembly health committee voted in favor a bill that calls for restaurant meals marketed to kids (you know them, the ones with the colorful toys) to meet nutrition standards. This is a great start - the bill will help busy families eat healthier...
  • Blog Post: Weird vegetables--Great people.

    I was fortunate to be able to attend a Voices for Healthy Kids (VHK) training with my friend and colleague, Tina Pettingill from the Maine Public Health Association. VHK is a joint venture between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association that seeks to combat obesity through...
  • Blog Post: Vermont legislative session begins!

    January 7th kicked off the first day of Vermont's legislative session. Our work to pass legislation fighting heart disease and stroke kicks into full gear. AHA legislative reception – A reminder that our legislative reception will be held February 5 th from 4:30-5:30pm at the Cedar Creek...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...