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  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day May 7th - Register Today!

    Please mark your calendar for May 7th and plan to join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day. Click this link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 7, 2014 State House...
  • Blog Post: Susan Young, Rhode Island

    While attending a party celebrating the birthday of one of my closest friends, my life came to a screeching halt. As dinner was taking place, I started to feel ill and headed for the ladies room. Fortunately for me, my friend Brenda found me in the restroom where I had become violently ill. I felt as...
  • 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: Teen Zombies Invade RI State House on Kick Butts Day

    More than 100 high school students from throughout the state recently descended on the Rhode Island State House for Kick Butts Day. This important day is an opportunity for kids to STAND UP to tobacco. And kids in Rhode Island did just that – zombie-style! Teens dressed as zombies to show the devastating...
  • 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: SAVE THE DATE: RI Lobby Day May 7

    Please plan to join us at the Rhode Island State House on May 7 from 2:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. for our annual Lobby Day! This is a great opportunity to meet with your state senator and representative to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities. We will determine our target issue...
  • Blog Post: Abby, Rhode Island

    Before our daughter, Abigail Grace, was born, we had never heard of a CHD, a Congenital Heart Defect. We didn’t know what it meant or just how prevalent (1/100 children) CHDs are. Everything through pregnancy and her birth had been smooth. We were filled with joy to finally meet our precious only...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Take On the RI State House

    The American Heart Association and Mended Little Hearts recently met with Governor Chafee to raise awareness of congenital heart disease and to discuss the importance of screening all Rhode Island newborns for critical congenital heart defects using a simple, non-invasive and inexpensive pulse oximetry...
  • 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: Rhode Island House & Senate Recognize National Wear Red Day

    Special thanks to State Senator Donna Nesselbush and State Representative Brian Kennedy for introducing resolutions officially proclaiming February 7 as "National Wear Red Day" in the State of Rhode Island. AHA staff and volunteers Laurie Stephenson and Miriam Plitt were on hand as the Senate...
  • Blog Post: Jamie, Rhode Island

    Jamie's story...shared by his Mom, Shannan. Jamie was diagnosed with congenital heart defects 22 weeks in utero. He was born in March of 2009 and was diagnosed with Pulmonary Atresia with Intact Ventricular Septum, Hypoplastic Right Heart Syndrome, and coronary defects. He has endured 3 open heart...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready to Rock Red Rhode Island!

    National Wear Red Day is Friday, February 7 . Have you picked out your favorite RED outfit yet? Why is National Wear Red Day so important? Heart disease kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. Heart disease and stroke account for 30% of all female deaths in Rhode Island. On average, 4...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention Spending

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual State of Tobacco Control 2014 Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness to protect the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! Rhode...
  • Blog Post: RI House Recognizes 50th Anniversary of Surgeon General's Report on Smoking

    From the State House...special thanks to Rep. Naughton! Naughton resolution celebrates 50th anniversary of surgeon general’s 1st report on smoking, health STATE HOUSE – According to the U.S. Surgeon General’s Office, smoking prevalence has been reduced by more than half since the...
  • Blog Post: RI Legislative Session Begins; E-Cigarette Bill Introduced

    Rhode Island’s 2014 Legislative Session commenced on January 7. On opening day, House Finance Chairman Helio Melo introduced House Bill 7021, which would prohibit the sale of electronic cigarettes to minors and require vendors to be licensed. The bill would define e-cigarettes as a tobacco product...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island's 2014 Policy Priorities

    Rhode Island 2014 Public Policy Agenda Building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The American Heart Association / American Stroke Association supports and advocates for public policies that will help improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent...
  • Blog Post: Senator James E. Doyle, II, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association recently recognized Senator James E. Doyle, II (District 8 – Pawtucket) for his commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke in Rhode Island. Doyle was presented with the 2013 Tracey A. Kennedy Leadership in Advocacy Award , a “lifetime achievement”...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: RI Tobacco Revenue Up - But Funding for Prevention & Cessation at All-Time Low?

    In a recent front page article, the Providence Journal reported that Rhode Island’s cigarette tax revenue is exceeding initial projections for the fiscal year. The Governor and General Assembly now have even less of an excuse to not spend a small portion of our state’s tobacco revenue on...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns: What is Rhode Island waiting for?

    Illinois and Michigan have proudly joined the growing list of states in which all newborns will be screened for critical congenital heart defects (CCHD) using a pulse oximetry test. 27 states now mandate this lifesaving test – Rhode Island is NOT one of them. What is the Ocean State waiting for...
  • Blog Post: John Potvin, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association recently presented John Potvin, EMT-C, with the Heart of the Mission Award for Advocacy in recognition of his leadership and tireless efforts on the "CPR in Schools Law," which requires all RI high school students to receive hands-on CPR training and an overview...
  • Blog Post: Gambling and smoking...

    A great piece in the Providence Journal by our partners at the American Lung Association! Are smokefree casinos in Rhode Island's future? http://www.providencejournal.com/opinion/commentary/20131119-jeff-seyler-gambling-and-smoking.ece
  • Blog Post: New Report: Adult Tobacco Use in Rhode Island

    The Tobacco Control Program at the Rhode Island Department of Health has compiled a comprehensive document with the goal of sharing population-based data on adult tobacco use. The report also describes the program's investment in reducing the burden of tobacco use with tobacco control stakeholders...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Blasdell, Rhode Island

    While I was in nursing school my father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 64. It was his first and only episode. That was 33 years ago. Looking back, although my father was full of life and had an exciting career in the Navy for 30 years, he did not have healthy habits. He smoked cigars for over...