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  • Blog Post: Advocacy Staff Attends Policy Summit in Minneapolis!

    The last week of June was a busy one for myself, Robin (NYC) and Patricia (Boston). The three of us spent a few days in Minneapolis at a Voices For Healthy Kids Policy Summit, where we discussed campaign work around Healthy Food Financing Initiatives, Physical Education, and Complete Streets. We met...
  • Blog Post: Significant Funding Headed to NYC Schools for Physical Education!

    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! New York City Council approved a $9 million appropriation, originally...
  • Blog Post: A Victory for NYC's Sodium Warning Icon Law!

    The saga that surrounds New York City's Sodium Warning Label continues. But every step has been a strong show of support of this policy which will help to empower consumers to make healthy decisions about the food they eat when dining out at chain restaurants. On Thursday, May 26, the New York...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces New Rule Overseeing All Tobacco Products Including E-Cigs!

    Today, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced exciting news that they finalized a rule extending its authority to all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, cigars, hookah tobacco and pipe tobacco, among others. This move will help improve public health and protect future generations...
  • Blog Post: Yuki Courtland - PE Advocate in NYC!

    Yuki Courtland is an advocate. She sees something wrong in her world and pushes to make the necessary change to help. As the chair of our Advocacy Committee in New York City, she has been leading the way to help make sure every student, regardless of where they go to school, learn how to embrace physical...
  • Blog Post: #PE4All Victory in NYC!

    It's almost too good to be true! After years of advocacy, more emails than you probably want to remember and countless hours of work with our community partners in the Phys Ed 4 All coalition, New York City is poised to make significant progress in our goal to improve physical education for every...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Tobacco 21 Moves Through Committees in Albany County, Goes to Full Vote!

    On Wednesday, April 27, the Albany County Health Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee voted to move Local Law "C" through to a vote with the full legislature on May 9. Local Law "C" would raise the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Legislature Holds Public Hearing on Tobacco 21!

    Last night, the Albany County Legislature held a public hearing on raising the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Public Health advocates and community members came out in full force to discuss the reasons why raising the purchase age is so important. I was there beside my colleagues...
  • Blog Post: New Stroke Advocacy Video Coming Soon!

    Yesterday, staff at the Albany, NY office met with local paramedics and AHA volunteers to create a new video highlighting the advances in stroke treatment and why it is important for states to have stroke systems of care, including designation of stroke hospitals. In New York, the AHA/ASA is advocating...
  • Blog Post: A busy Albany comes to a stand still as Legislators go on break

    You would never have guessed that yesterday more than 20,000 people came out to rally in support of three different candidates all vying for the 2017 Presidential bid. With supporters and protesters lining the streets of downtown Albany in hopes to see Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or John Kasich, the...
  • Blog Post: NYS Passes Final Budget Agreement, But What's in it for Heart Health?

    On Friday, April 1, Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders announced an agreement on a final state budget totaling approximately $147 billion dollars. Built-in to the agreement were several hot ticket items including Paid Family Leave, $15 minimum wage, and an increase in school aid. Not included, however...
  • Blog Post: Final Week of State Budget Negotiations

    This week is already turning into a frenzy. With tons of advocacy and coalition groups vying for funding in this year's budget, the Capitol has turned into a zoo. One group is holding a 24-hour vigil in the Assembly chamber starting today in hopes to see their budget requests reflected in the final...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE - A Victory Against #SneakySalt

    Salt likely won't be sneaking around restaurant menus in New York City any more - thanks to a ruling by the State Supreme Court that upheld the city's Sodium Warning Label. This law requires that any food item or meal combination that has a dangerously high level of sodium must have a small 'salt...
  • 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: Bob Elling, New York

    Bob Elling is a career paramedic, but has many other “jobs,” including educator, author, and four decades of service as a very passionate American Heart Association volunteer. Bob has served in a number of capacities: Founder’s Affiliate board member, Albany Regional Board of Directors...
  • 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: 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: 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: It's a CPR Celebration!

    We did it! After more than 16 years of effort, New York will finally require every student be trained in Hands-Only CPR before graduation! Thanks to all of you - our You're the Cure advocates - New York is the 26th state to make this training a requirement for our students. As a result, our nation's...
  • Blog Post: New York City Loves our Hearts! Stay Tuned for the Salt Shaker Icon!

    New York City is forging new territory in the fight against high blood pressure! The city's Board of Health officially approved the Sodium Warning Icon policy. Essentially, if your food has a dangerous level of sodium in it, the restaurant will be required to warn you with a salt shaker icon on the...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, New York

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind, a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, is gravely concerned about the high rates of hypertension in New York City. And he’s pushing the city to do something about it. Dr. Elkind recently submitted testimony to the New York City Board...