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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: 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: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, serving on both the Vermont and National AHA Advocacy Committees. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and stroke. But she also...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Vermont EMS Conference October 24-27, heart and stroke issues and more!

    The Vermont EMS Conference sponsored by the Vermont Department of Health will be held this year at Jay Peak Resort October 24-27. Registration ends October 16th. Register now at: www.VTEMSConference.com You can register for pre-conference workshops as well as a wide variety of sessions offered...
  • Blog Post: Will increasing physical education and activity in Vermont schools help fight obesity?

    You bet! Plus kids reap other benefits. The American Heart Association and many other health organizations are recommending that schools increase the amount of physical education and activity provided during the school day. The Institutes of Medicine has recommended that schools take a “whole...
  • Blog Post: It's Sudden Cardiac Awareness month.. Do you know what to do in an emergency?

    Each year, more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and only 11% survive. It is a leading cause of death in Vermont and across the nation and the only way to save a victim is through quick CPR and defibrillation. October is the perfect time to learn more about sudden cardiac...
  • Blog Post: Take Action - Urge More Physical Education and Activity in Schools!

    The American Heart Association is a member of the statewide coalition Eat Well Play More Vermont which has set increased physical education and activity in schools are part of its policy goals for addressing childhood obesity. The coalition is recommending that each Vermont school should ensure that...
  • Blog Post: Back to School Means More Kids Learning CPR in Vermont:

    Schools are meant to prepare students to contribute to their communities. And they are doing just that in Vermont. The American Heart Association helped pass a law requiring Vermont schools to teach Hands-only CPR as part of health education in schools. This means, each year in Vermont, a new batch...
  • Blog Post: Give Five Years Back to Our Kids - Fight Obesity!

    Preschoolers who consume sugary drinks are more likely to gain extra weight and run the risk of being obese according to new research conducted at the University of Virginia. Their message – be vigilant about kids’ sugary drink consumption habits. That’s wise advice. But we need to...