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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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Martha Auster, New York

    My name is Martha Auster and I am thrilled to join Kristin Salvi and Robin Vitale to complete the expanded government relations team for New York State! I first witnessed the extraordinary reach of American Heart Association volunteers and staff early in my public affairs career when I was a staff...
  • 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 Tackles Smoke Free Hotel Rooms!

    American Heart Association volunteer Jeff Reilly, COO Bon Secours Charity Health System recently joined with Assemblyman Kenneth Zebrowski to announce new legislation that would add hotel and motel rooms to the list of places where smoking is restricted under the Clean Indoor Air Act (A.8371). Currently...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: New York City and the Battle Against #SneakySalt

    The New York City Health Department hopes to shed some light on the sneaky sources of salt in our diets. Several weeks ago, they proposed a rule that would require chain restaurants to post a warning to patrons when menu items exceed the daily recommended limit of sodium. And we agree...we should be...
  • Blog Post: Options for CPR and AED Instruction in Schools

    Thank you for your interest in training the next generation of lifesavers! With your leadership, we can save more lives from the dangers of cardiac arrest in New York. There are several low or no cost options for your school to consider for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Score: Vaping Industry 1 Public Health 0

    State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces . A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why...
  • Blog Post: NYC Council Hearing on the PE Reporting Bill

    Welcome another blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This past week, the American Heart Association participated in a hearing for the PE Reporting bill in front of the NYC Council Committee on Education...
  • Blog Post: PHONE BLITZ

    IT'S TIME TO STOP VAPING IN WORKPLACES! Time is running out in Albany to close the ecig loophole – yes, electronic cigarettes are allowed where smoking is prohibited! We are working to close this loophole…with just 2 legislative session days left , we need your help ! PHONE BLITZ TO...
  • Blog Post: PE Reporting Bill Makes Progress!

    Great news! New York City Council has scheduled a hearing for the PE Reporting Bill! This long-awaited legislation will help to address a systemic concern in NYC schools - too few of them are meeting the state requirements for physical education. According to American Heart Association research...