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  • Blog Post: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - Start with Blueberries and Help with Policy!

    I don’t know about you, but this time of year, all I want to do is snack on fresh Vermont blueberries. Yummy! I put a bowl in the front of our fridge, and every time the door is opened, it’s hard for someone in my family not to grab a handful and pop them in their mouth. That’s a...
  • Blog Post: Katie Towle - Supporting Families and Pushing for Critical Heart Tests for Kids

    Katie Towle knows there are two things that can help a child when they are born with a heart defect – a life-saving test that can help detect it, and the support of other families with children who also have heart defects. Katie helped promote the need for mandatory pulse oximetry testing for...
  • Blog Post: Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

    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. When left untreated, possible health consequences can include heart disease, heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. But...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate. This was a true team effort that could not be achieved without your support of our work, taking action on alerts, being part of lobby day, and you, our dedicated volunteers being tireless advocates throughout...
  • Blog Post: You Can Detect a Stroke

    I grew up worshipping Nancy Drew. Now, my daughter loves her as well. My daughter has a notebook that she fills with mysteries that she is trying to solve—it is really cool. Everyone knows that Nancy Drew is someone you want to have around in a pinch (or if you are held hostage by evil inn owners...
  • Blog Post: MA Budget Success

    Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work...
  • Blog Post: The Legislative Session is a Wrap!

    New Hampshire state lawmakers have finished session and bills now move on to the Governor’s office for signing into law. Two of the American Heart Association’s priority bills have succeeded. The Reauthorization of NH’s Medicaid Expansion program, continues healthcare coverage for 47...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • Blog Post: Falling on Deaf Ears

    All winter and spring, volunteers from the American Heart Association have been meeting with legislators, writing letters to the editor, making calls and sending email. Why? Because one of the most lifesaving bills in the past decade is being debated in the state house. LD633 would accept the federal...
  • Blog Post: Together We Can End Stroke in Massachusetts

    When someone has a stroke, time and type of care are the two most important factors to their survival and quality of life. A person experiencing a stroke needs to be sent to a hospital that is properly equipped to handle their particular type and severity of stroke. And the sooner, the better, as time...
  • Blog Post: Tessa Daniels Urges Lawmakers to Require a Test that Saved Her Son

    Springfield mom Tessa Daniels, with 2 ½ year old son Sawyer and family in tow, urged House Health Care Committee members recently to pass legislation that would require all birthing facilities in Vermont to require a test that helped save her son’s life right after he was born. Tessa...
  • Blog Post: A Win for Access to Healthcare in New Hampshire

    Last month the Legislature voted to continue the NH Health Protection Program for another two years! The American Heart Association knows providing low wage workers access to affordable healthcare is key to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. For the past two years, nearly 47,000 Granite Staters...
  • Blog Post: Mom Tells Health Care Committee To Take Up Heart Defect Screening Bill Now

    Vermont AHA volunteer Kathryn Towle is also the mom of a toddler with a critical congenital heart defect. She took action recently to urge House Health Care Committee members to take up H.639, legislation to require birthing facilities in Vermont to screen infant for congenital heart defects using a...
  • Blog Post: Meaghan O'Brien, Massachusetts

    Meaghan O’Brien is 25 years old young working professional with a full-time job, she is a daughter, sister, granddaughter, niece, cousin and friend, She is a world traveler, a thrill-seeker and A STROKE SURVIVOR. She grew up in a small town on the South Shore with her parents and two younger...
  • Blog Post: Maine Goes Red!

    Friday, February 5 th we celebrate national Go Red for Women day. I love this day. It is really great to go from one event to another and see everyone sporting their red. I am looking forward to educating the people who I encounter about the risks of cardiovascular disease to the women they love. ...
  • Blog Post: Governor Cuomo's 2016 budget proposal doesn't do enough!

    On January 13, Governor Cuomo laid out his 2016 agenda in a combined State of the State and budget address in Albany. While my colleague Martha and I sat in the Convention Center and anxiously waited to hear how Governor Cuomo would be supporting programs that protect New Yorkers from heart disease...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Connecticut

    The legislature is getting ready to go back to work and I am excited about all the great policies we are going to be working on. We have made great progress on ensuring that our schools aren’t serving unhealthy foods, so why are they allowed to advertise them in schools? We think that schools should...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Good Health

    Now that we have a full team in place to help lead the AHA's advocacy in Albany, we are full steam ahead! This past week, Kristin, Martha and Robin met with key staff members from Governor Cuomo's office who are helping to craft his focus for the upcoming state budget. With so many important...
  • Blog Post: Help Vermont's Little Hearts

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S. Early detection is key, which is why we need your help ensuring a simple, life-saving test for all newborns is required in Vermont. Pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for all you do!

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the Holidays, I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Many lives throughout Vermont and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on important health issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families are...
  • Blog Post: Kristin Salvi, New York

    My name is Kristin Salvi and I am the newest member of the Government Relations team in New York! I look forward to the opportunity to champion our policy goals related to the prevention of heart disease and stroke. Coming from doing advocacy work for the New York State Nurses Association, and most recently...
  • Blog Post: A New Test Could Soon be Required to Ensure VT newborns Go Home Heart Healthy

    Before a baby leaves a hospital, pulse oximetry screening – a simple clip on the toe – helps identify congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association has been working to ensure that babies in every state have this screening before they go home from any birthing facility. Currently...
  • Blog Post: It Does Not Take a Super Sleuth...

    We don’t need Nancy Drew to solve this crime. My daughter was Nancy Drew for Halloween. She loves using her notebook and magnifying glass to solve mysteries that a 1 st grader understands (Who left their soccer medal at our house? What shelf at Hannaford is missing its unit price label?). ...
  • Blog Post: Critical Stroke Funding Saved!

    We were able to secure $500,000 in critical funding for stroke data collection, prevention, and awareness. This is a great first step in ensuring that we are providing access to high quality of care for all stroke patients in the Commonwealth. This has not been an easy budget process and we know that...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...