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  • 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: 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: Volunteer with TLC & Move MN at the State Fair!

    As a member of the Move MN Coalition, the American Heart Association is headed to the State Fair this month to spread the word about urgent transportation needs in our state—and we need your help! Volunteer for a few hours and the Coalition will return the favor with free fair admission and...
  • Blog Post: Study Released on Childhood Obesity Policy

    Health Talk (University of Minnesota) posted an article today on Childhood Obesity Research. Check it out! AHA's RVP of Advocacy, Rachel Callanan was co-author! How our legislators make decisions depends on a variety of factors such as expert beliefs, constituents’ opinions, political principles...
  • Blog Post: Stillwater stepping up to be a heart-safe community

    Check out this article from the Stillwater Gazette! They interviewed Justin Bell, AHA's Government Relations Director of MN, on the importance of AEDs. A automatic external defibrillator (AED) uses recorded voice commands to help bystanders if a cardiac arrest is taking place. (Submitted photo...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Hospitalizations, Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke Drop in the U.S.

    The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation . A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: August Recess: Representative Peterson

    You're the Cure advocates like Mary Bertram and Minnesota Advocacy Committee member, Jo DeBruycker are puzzled why some Members of Congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals. So Mary and Jo made a visit to Representative Colin Peterson's office, delivering a...
  • Blog Post: Triad Advocates Raising Awareness and Making a Difference

    Have you checked out the most recent addition of Heart Insight Magazine? Gracing the cover page is the Triad Triage Trio from North Carolina! You’re the Cure advocates David Layton and Anne Howell have joined forces with Randy Ludington to raise awareness about cardiac risk factors. David is...
  • 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: 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: American Heart Association Response to 8/21/14 GA BOE Smart Snack Vote

    Today, Georgia’s Board of Education voted to allow 30 exempt fundraisers, each lasting 3 days. That equates to half the school year – 90 days – which could provide potentially unhealthy food options in the name of school fundraising. The American Heart Association remains committed...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces Plan to Help Improve Health Equity for Women and Minorities

    A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities, and the elderly in research trials was welcomed today by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called...
  • Blog Post: AHA Releases First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

    For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention. After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: AHA Issues Statement on E-Cigs

    Electronic cigarettes might help some people quit smoking, but the American Heart Association recommends them only as a last resort and only with several notes of caution. AHA President Elliott Antman, M.D., underscored the careful approach Tuesday, a day after the organization’s first policy...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Rep. John Kline

    You’re the Cure advocate and Minnesota State Advocacy Committee member, Jolene Tesch and her two little ones Charlie and Raina visited Minnesota Representative John Kline’s office today to deliver a few special puzzle pieces highlighting nutritional foods that "fit" into a successful...
  • Blog Post: The Truth Lies in the Lunch Bag

    During August, while Congress is on recess, advocates are keeping the importance of child nutrition standards in front our lawmakers! We have been working to support the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides strong nutrition standards for school meals. Congress is working on appropriations...
  • Blog Post: ND Notes a Decline in Deaths From Cardiovascular Disease

    According to new research in the American Heart Association journal "Circulation," hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke in the U.S. dropped significantly in the last decade. Shelly Arnold, manager of trauma, stroke and cardiac care at Sanford Health in Bismarck and chair...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Deliver "Lunch" and a Message

    August was a busy month for many of our fantastic You're the Cure advocates as they met with members of Congress and their staff in their home districts to urge their support of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. Advocates from across the country, like Grace Oberholtzer of Pennsylvania, pictured...
  • Blog Post: What Is Your Why?

    As you may know, the American Heart Association has kicked off our new "Life is Why" campaign. We know there are many reasons "why" you are passionate, and we’d like to know what the reasons are behind your "why!" We are running a social media campaign focused...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...