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  • Blog Post: Why do restaurants make it so difficult?

    It's been a long day. You started off before dawn, ran the kids out of the house, dropped them off at school, put in a full day's work, picked the kids up at their after-school program and have just a few precious minutes before getting them settled into bed before the next marathon day. But...
  • Blog Post: New York State Lobby Day on the State Budget was a great success!

    American Heart Month was kicked off on February 1 st by our advocates descending on the New York State Capitol to lobby state legislators in support of funding to make New York more heart-healthy. This year, we are supporting funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, the Healthy Corner Store...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: E-cigs - Creating a Whole New Crop of Smokers

    A whole new generation of smokers may be on the horizon thanks to e-cigarettes. More and more youth are turning to e-cigarettes and studies show that when they do, they are also likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes by kids tripled last year and new data from Vermont...
  • Blog Post: Act Now Before Vermonters Grow Any Bigger

    When obesity is costing Vermont more than $290 million annually to treat the chronic diseases it causes, it should be a crisis deemed big enough for legislators to take action. The Robert Wood Johnson Annual State of Obesity report shows Vermont’s 38,000 cases of heart disease will climb to...
  • Blog Post: Smaller Stomachs Deserve the Healthiest Meals

    New York City may be moving forward to help improve the quality of meals served to kids in our restaurants - but they're not going far enough! The current version of the bill, just posted for a vote in the Council Health Committee - only affects meals that have a toy connected to it. While these...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Access = Good for our Bottom Line!

    Whether you're talking about health or wealth...supporting healthy food retail is a winning equation! All across New York, AHA advocates are talking about the need for Governor Cuomo and our state leaders to invest public funding wisely. Healthy food retail is a proven winner. When New York devoted...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • Blog Post: A New Year's Resolution that Matters

    This year, why not make a resolution that matters and is really easy to keep? We have a number of legislative priorities we’ll be promoting at the Statehouse to help Vermonters live healthier lives. Pick one or two and make a pledge to be a champion. If one of them passes, you’ll feel...
  • Blog Post: We've Saved Over a Billion Dollars Thanks to Reductions in Smoking in Vermont!

    A new report shows that reductions in adult smoking since Vermont’s tobacco control program began have resulted in over $1.4 billion dollars in savings in health care spending! The "Independent Evaluation of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program: 2015 Annual Report" by independent evaluator...
  • Blog Post: Support Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire this New Year

    January kicks off the 2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. Hearings will begin soon on hundreds of bills including the American Heart Association’s policy priorities. Each year the AHA presents a robust policy agenda for our lawmakers to support that will focus on building healthier lives...
  • Blog Post: We must do more in the fight against tobacco in New York!

    A new report released today by a coalition of public health organizations, including the AHA, ranks New York State 20 th in the country in funding programs to prevent kids from smoking and help smokers quit. The report explains that New York State is spending $39.3 million this year on tobacco...
  • 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: Complete Streets are Safe and Convenient for All Users

    When the NH Legislature reconvenes in January, the American Heart Association will be ready to advocate for policies which help create healthier environments for residents and visitors to the Granite State. Legislators will consider one such policy that will have long-term benefits to improving the health...
  • Blog Post: A Victory for Improving PE!

    Before the beginning of the next school year, New York City parents will know whether or not their child receives adequate physical education. Thanks to you all - our You're the Cure network - the PE Reporting Bill is now law in New York City after nearly 5 years of effort! Thanks to your advocacy...
  • 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: When New Yorkers Can't Eat Healthy Foods...

    The first Wednesday in November is National Eating Healthy Day! It's a great opportunity to take stock of our eating habits, and perhaps do a bit more to feed ourselves and our families healthier foods. For about 1.7 million New Yorkers, however, that is easier said than done. More than half of New...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire seeks to raise the tobacco sale age to 21

    The American Heart Association has long supported evidence-based policies to reduce the rate of tobacco use among adults and youth. Eliminating the public’s exposure to second-hand smoke, with smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars has proven very successful and a policy that has been embraced...
  • Blog Post: Should New York Pursue a Tax on Sugary Drinks?

    Hi, everyone! My name is Pam Bonney and I'm a member of the American Heart Association's Advocacy Committee in New York. I wanted to share my thoughts about a recent editorial from the New York Times ( What a Big Tax on Soft Drinks Can Do - 10/19/15). Overconsumption of sugary beverages...
  • Blog Post: Get ready to save more lives NYC!

    What a whirlwind it's been! Last week, our team congregated in (smoke-free!!) New Orleans for a national meeting of AHA government relations staff. We were there to not only congratulate NOLA for banning smoking indoors, but also to dive deeper into the AHA's policy campaigns addressing obesity...
  • Blog Post: Lots of Support for Vermont Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit

    Organizations across Vermont gathered on September 25 th for a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit to pledge to ensure that Vermont kids have access to healthy eating and physical activity in early care and afterschool programs. Organizations including the YMCA, Vermont Afterschool, Vermont...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Rock the Walk

    Thanks to our advocates who turned out to talk about the need for healthy restaurant kids meals to walkers at our Vermont Heart Walk on Saturday, September 26th. Members of our board and advocacy committee including Jane Kolodinsky, Kim Evans, Mary Cushman, Jennifer Nachbur, Michelle Johnston and Christina...
  • Blog Post: Charles Wira MD, Connecticut

    We’re fortunate to have Dr. Charles Wira as the Chairman of our Stroke Task Force. Dr. Wira brings a wealth of knowledge to the group that will help them produce the best recommendations possible for improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. Dr. Wira is board certified in Internal Medicine...