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  • Hailey Auster, New York

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    Hi, my name is Hailey Auster and I testified before the Schenectady County Legislature to support increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21. Let me explain why...
  • Mock Vending is Causing a Buzz!

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    We have been working on a healthy vending bill to requiring State Buildings to have healthier options in their vending machines. We put on display “mock vending machines” and it created a buzz.
  • AED Advocates Stormed the State House

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    The advocates are so passionate because they unfortunately lost a child because when they suffered sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator was not available. You could not have asked for better advocates to storm the State House and share the message.
  • July Means Healthier Eating Statewide

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    One of the great things that happened when you flipped your calendar on July 1 st was that that’s the day the state of Vermont began requiring state agencies to meet nutrition standards for the foods they sell and serve. And you’re part of...
  • Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

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    High blood pressure is called The Silent Killer for a reason. It has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs.
  • Imagine Getting a Healthy Kids Meal Anywhere

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    Imagine going out to eat with your family and knowing that any restaurant you chose that had a kids’ meal would offer some nice, healthy choices. Any restaurant. That’s what we’re striving for.
  • Portland Passes Tobacco 21- First in the State!

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    On June 20, Portland became Maine’s first municipality to take the next step to keep all harmful tobacco products out of the hands of our children.
  • Lunch and Learn with a Side of Sunshine

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    I spend most of my work time striving to reduce heart disease and stroke through changing statewide policies in Maine. Even when the legislature is out of session, the work does not cease.
  • Callie Ponder, Rhode Island

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    Meet Callie, the newest member of our American Heart Association team! Callie will be working on a grant that is focused on the cities of Pawtucket and Central Falls.
  • Rhode Island Advocates Celebrate Successful Legislative Session

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    The 2016 RI Legislative Session wrapped up on June 18th. Thanks to the passion, commitment and advocacy of our You’re the Cure advocates, we are celebrating a very successful year at the State House!
  • American Heart Association Highlights Partnership with Providence Public School District

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    We are very excited to share a new report entitled “Providence Teachers Learn How to Get Kids Moving” that highlights our recent work with the Providence Public School District.
  • Catherine Zalewski, New Jersey

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    Meet Catherine Zalewski. Catherine is a mother of 2, a certified personal trainer, a former Mrs. New Jersey and a stroke survivor.
  • Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

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    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate.
  • Dina Plapler, Connecticut

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    Dina Plapler has been an advocate and supporter of the fight against heart disease and stroke for much of her professional career.
  • Learning CPR in Schools

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    Sudden cardiac arrest can happen any place, at any time. If you suffer sudden cardiac arrest, your best chance at survival is receiving bystander CPR. But most do not.
  • First Major City To Pass Sugary Drink Tax Is..

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    ... and it's not the city you think. With this win, this city joins other cities and countries in passing a measure to help reduce sugary drink consumption and lower rates of diabetes, heart disease, stroke and other chronic diseases.
  • Healthier Choices Just Around the Corner!

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    The Healthy Small Food Retailer Act has made it through the Legislature in late June and is now on Governor Christie's desk!
  • Advocacy Staff Attends Policy Summit in Minneapolis!

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    The last week of June was a busy one for us. We spent it at a Voices For Healthy Kids Policy Summit, where we discussed campaign work around Healthy Food Financing Initiatives, Physical Education, and Complete Streets
  • NH Governor Responds to Advocates Request for a Veto

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    In an 'end of session’ twist, NH You’re The Cure advocates had to rush into action to oppose a bill which threatened our Smoke-free Restaurant law - and succeeded in securing the Governor’s veto!
  • Significant Funding Headed to NYC Schools for Physical Education!

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    Thanks to the incredible efforts of American Heart Association advocates and our partners in the Phys Ed 4 All coalition, New York City is investing some serious funding in our mission to improve physical education for every student!
  • Capital Region Heart Walk Brings Out Hundreds, Many Learn CPR

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    Over the weekend, the Capital Region Heart Walk was held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Despite the rain and the wind, the event brought out hundreds of people looking to make a difference in the lives of those living with heart disease or at risk...
  • Albany County Executive Signs Tobacco 21!

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    On Wednesday June 8, County Executive Dan McCoy signed Tobacco 21 into law, making it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. As you are aware, smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This new law will...
  • Strengthening the Chain of Survival in NJ

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    On June 6, several "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey successfully advocated for passage of the NJ stroke bill out of the Senate Health Committee!
  • LeanBox: Making Heart-Healthy Food Available in the Workplace

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    We believe everyone should have access to nutrition-dense meals at work.
  • UVM Student Research Aids Restaurant Kids Meal Effort

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    Thanks to research conducted by UVM medical students this past year, we have great data to help us in our efforts this summer and fall to promote nutrition standards for kids meals at Vermont restaurants.