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  • Blog Post: New Yorkers Attend White House Briefing

    On Friday, September 9th, several New York advocates participated in an event sponsored by the White House, titled "Making Health Care Better Series: Cardiovascular Health." The day-long forum offered an opportunity for volunteers to directly witness the impact of the American Heart Association's...
  • Blog Post: Gearing Up for a Busy Fall!

    And just like that, summer was over! We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. With Fall upon us and the kids’ back to school, we are excited for another busy season full of AHA events. From Heart Walks, to Go Red Luncheons and everything in between, we are anxious...
  • Blog Post: NYC Education Department Releases PE Report!

    Do you know how your school is doing when it comes to offering effective PE to city kids? Well, thanks to the City Council, the city's Education Department and You're the Cure advocates like yourself, you can find out! The city released the first annual report on physical education last week...
  • Blog Post: Tatum Weishaupt, New York State

    My name is Tatum Weishaupt and I joined the AHA in April 2016 as the Mission Lifeline Director of the Capital Region of New York State. Before I tell you about myself, let me share a little bit about Mission Lifeline. The American Heart Association developed Mission: Lifeline to transform heart attack...
  • Blog Post: Founders Affiliate Convenes Staff Stroke Workgroup

    Challenging ourselves to elevate the vital topic of stroke throughout the Founders Affiliate, a staff stroke workgroup was convened in May 2016. Comprised of AHA/ASA staff leaders from communications, advocacy, quality improvement and development group is focused on executing on the 2020 goal of reducing...
  • Blog Post: NYC's PE Report Card is Due This Month!

    A lot of exciting things have happened in New York City schools over the past year. But we're really proud of one achievement. Thanks to our You're the Cure advocates and the leadership of Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council, we are soon going to see certified PE teachers in every elementary...
  • Blog Post: AHA Hosts Summer Meeting of DASH-NY

    On July 28 th , the AHA hosted a summer steering committee meeting of DASH-NY. Like me, you may be unfamiliar with the acronym, so I will end the suspense: it stands for Designing A Strong and Healthy New York. What is most impressive, however, is what DASH-NY stands up for: ending the obesity epidemic...
  • Blog Post: Hailey Auster, New York

    Hi, my name is Hailey Auster and in September I will be in 6 th grade at Van Antwerp Middle School in Niskayuna, NY. I believe the quest for health in New York State is very important and on July 5th, I testified before the Schenectady County Legislature to support increasing the tobacco purchase...
  • 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: Capital Region Heart Walk Brings Out Hundreds, Many Learn CPR

    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 for stroke. In addition to walking, there were...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Executive Signs Tobacco 21!

    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 make it harder for youth to get their hands on tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Two more NYS counties interested in learning more about Tobacco 21

    With all eyes on Albany County lately waiting to see if the County Executive signs the Tobacco 21 bill into law, the AHA has heard from two more counties who are interested in passing Tobacco 21 laws in their communities. Tobacco 21 would raise the legal purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21...
  • Blog Post: AHA/ASA Advocates Descend on New York State Capitol for Stroke Awareness Lobby Day

    On May 16, 2016 dozens of AHA/ASA volunteers arrived in Albany, New York for the 2 nd Annual Stroke Awareness Advocacy Day. Coming from all over the state and comprised of stroke survivors, caregivers, neurologists, and stroke nurses, this mighty group met with over 50 legislators in support of Stroke...
  • 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: Tobacco 21 Passes in Albany County!

    Today is a great day to live in Albany County. Last night the Albany County Legislature voted to pass Local Law C, which would raise the legal smoking age from 18 to 21. The vote was 24-13. It was inspiring to see the work of the legislature at it's finest. While some legislators still argued...
  • Blog Post: Capital Region NY Stroke Ambassador Kicks Off American Stroke Month!

    On May 5th, Stroke Ambassador Paula Symanski was joined by her New York Assemblymember Carrie Woerner as she rode her bicycle through the streets of Albany, NY - arriving in front of the State Capitol to cheers of her friends and supporters! May and June marks the height of the state legislative session...
  • 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: In Preparation for American Stroke Month

    You likely know the statistics: Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the number five cause of death in the United States. In 2013, over 50,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized due to stroke and that same year over 6,000 died from stroke. Over the next three months, the American Stroke Association...