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  • Blog Post: We are Looking for Go Red Spokespeople!

    Are you a woman who is a heart disease or stroke survivor? Has heart or stroke touched your life personally? Has a loved one had a heart attack or stroke? Have you made a lifestyle change to help prevent heart disease or stroke? We are looking for you to share your story! Help us spread the message!...
  • 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 is 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: Governor Cuomo - Please Pass CPR in Schools!

    American Heart Association advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki and Melinda Murray joined our NYC Government Relations Senior Director for a CPR training opportunity this morning. Hear what they have to say... (Please visit the site to view this video) http://youtu.be/CJ8A2FP9vVI
  • Blog Post: $57.81

    Last evening, I took a trip to CVS. I don’t generally shop there—it is out of my way and I can get the same things at the grocery store. However, I thought it was important to support a business that understands how tobacco can ruin people’s health and their lives. CVS stopped selling...
  • Blog Post: New Report...Troubling for Waistlines

    A new report now ranks New York with the 10th lowest adult obesity rate in the nation (The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America)…sounds great, right? Wrong! New York's adult obesity rate is 25.4 percent, up from 21.2 percent in 2004 and from 9.3 percent in 1990. Obesity...
  • 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: Back to School Should Mean Exercise for Kids of All Ages

    With our kids back to school, are they getting as much exercise as they did this summer? This year, Vermont’s State Board of Education required Vermont schools to offer at least 30 minutes of physical activity to kids a day. Ask your schools what they are doing. Physical activity can be easily...
  • Blog Post: Me, Affected by Obesity?

    Think about whether your life might be affected by obesity. Now think again. Over 60% of Vermont adults and 29% of our kids are overweight or obese. Are you paying for that? New estimates from the Rudd Center for Food Policy shows it’s pretty likely. Obesity-related health care costs among...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Advocacy

    Advocacy Committee member, Richard Veilleux and Cecelia Smith (my soon-to-be-kindergartener) stopped by Senator Susan Collins’ Portland office to talk about school food. We met with two of the Senator’s staff members and gave them the good news. The new healthy food standards are working...
  • Blog Post: NJ Celebrates New School Year with New CPR Training Law!

    Students throughout the Garden State are heading back to school this month. Those who are starting high school will be learning an important lesson before graduation-how to perform CPR during an emergency! On August 20, Lt. Governor Kimberly Guadagno signed a bill that will ensure that students entering...
  • Blog Post: Calling on the Feds to do More to Discourage Young People from Getting Hooked on E-Cigs

    The American Heart Association’s John Bailey, State Director of Government Relations, participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite implementation...
  • Blog Post: Bill Signing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Legislation

    The American Heart Association recently attended the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 229 “An Act Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention”. Advocacy worked closely with State Senators Senator Carlo Leone and Bob Duff, along with the Pena Family whose son died of a SCA, in passing...
  • Blog Post: Heart of Gold

    I am excited to be able to celebrate some amazing advocates from Central MA as Heart of Gold Winners at the Heart of the Commonwealth Event. The Heart of Gold Award is presented each year to members of the Central Massachusetts’ community who have enhanced the quality of life in the region and...
  • Blog Post: Does Your Child have PE in Schools?

    As we start another school year and our students head back to start learning critical skills, I wonder what about their health? Are they getting the opportunity to be physical active in school? Are they learning the life-long habit of the importance of being active? With your help we can start to make...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Leads Congressional Visits During August Recess

    On August 29, Rhode Island advocate, grandmother and Pawtucket Wellness Committee member Miriam Plitt dropped by the offices of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse to talk about a very important issue – school nutrition. The visits were part of a national campaign where advocates from across...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island to Require Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns

    Good news for Rhode Island's tiniest hearts! The RI Department of Health recently finalized a regulation that adds critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the mandatory newborn screening panel in the Ocean State. The new requirement will take effect on July 1, 2015. Implementation is well underway...
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: Kudos to Albany County!

    Albany County Legislators just passed a ban on the sale of tobacco in pharmacies...Yup, many pharmacies still sell tobacco! You wouldn't see tobacco sold at the doctor's office and you shouldn't see them when filling up your prescription. If signed by County Executive McCoy, it will be the...
  • Blog Post: RI’s Tobacco Settlement Refinance is Now Toxic Debt

    Very interesting piece from GOLOCALProv News. ZERO dollars devoted to tobacco cessation & prevention, and now RI faces $2.8 billion in debt on capital appreciation tobacco bonds due in 2052. Tobacco Free RI weighs in on the latest development in this shameful saga… RI’s...
  • 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: Randi Clatchey, Maine

    On Friday afternoon January 7, 2000, Joshua Peck passed away from a sudden cardiac arrest in the gym of his school. He was 17 years old, a fantastic basketball player and a senior who had already been accepted to two colleges. Josh performed in a skit at the school’s pep rally, changed his clothes...
  • 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...