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  • 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: Medical Students Turned Advocates

    Peter Evans, Christina Cahill and Lana Khuong know there is more than one way to save a life. They’ve organized CPR trainings, worked on tobacco cessation counseling protocols, coordinated cardiovascular research and fundraisers, and helped create healthy living lessons for adolescents. They’re...
  • 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: Dr. Jan Carney, Vermont

    The American Heart Association recently released a new position paper on e-cigarettes and reconfirmed its desire for the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate these devices. Vermonters like the Attorney General, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont and Dr. Jan Carney, a member...
  • 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: New crusader in fight to reduce consumption of sugar drinks

    The Alliance for a Healthier Vermont is poised to fight for a 2 cent per ounce tax on sugar-added drinks to fight obesity in Vermont. And our coalition has an experienced leader joining the fight. Anthony Iarrapino will be the sugar sweetened beverage tax campaign coordinator. He has served previously...
  • Blog Post: Burlington event focuses on sugar's impact on cardiovascular disease and health

    The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories or 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and 150 calories of 9 for teaspoons for men. But the reality is people are consuming far more. And sugary drinks are the primary source of added sugars in American diets. Learn more about...
  • 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: 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: Williston Volunteer Tommy Watson Passes 1,300 Trained in CPR!

    American Heart Association Volunteer Tommy Watson - who set a goal of training 100 people in "Hands-only CPR" two years ago -- has now trained over 1,300 people! Among those trained by Tommy at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon was former Vermont Governor Madeleine...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Healthier Vermont Schools on the Horizon

    Thanks to all of our volunteers who contacted the State Board of Education to encourage the board to include improvements in nutrition, PE and physical activity in the state education standards. While the board has not yet concluded its process that will finalize these changes, it instructed the Agency...
  • 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: Ask Your Principal to Share Their Concerns and Help Us Fight Obesity!

    If we want to get more people moving, we need to expand access to places where people can exercise and play. Research shows people who have parks or recreational facilities nearby exercise 38 percent more than people who do not. Many communities are looking to schools to provide opportunities for...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney: FDA Needs to Regulate E-Cigarettes

    Vermont’s Attorney general joined more than 40 others recently to urge the Food and Drug Administration to take action soon to regulate e-cigarettes. Dr. Carney, a member of the American Heart Association’s Vermont Board and Associate Dean for Public Health at UVM’s Medical School...
  • Blog Post: Smoking Causes 30% of Heart Disease – Quit Today and Even Get Paid!

    If you’re considering quitting smoking for this year’s Great American Smoke-out on November 21, there are a few good reasons to encourage that next step. Smoking causes 30% of all heart disease and strokes. If you’re a lifelong smoker, your habit will shave 13-14 years off your life...