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  • Blog Post: Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.

    When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, families have more money in their wallets every month, and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower. Why, then does Governor LePage recommend gutting Maine’s only state source of tobacco and...
  • Blog Post: Sugary Drink Tax Passes Legislative First Hurdle

    The General Assembly’s Committee on Children voted on a bill that would place a 1 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks and use the dollars raised to fund childhood obesity prevention initiatives. Sugary drinks are staples of today’s American diet. These beverages are inexpensive...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocates Testify At CPR in Schools Public Hearing.

    American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers from around the state traveled to Hartford to testify at the Connecticut Public Health Committee hearing to support a bill requiring Connecticut high school students learn hands-only CPR prior to graduation. Seven volunteers attended, including Leigh Pechillo...
  • Blog Post: Protecting NJ's Littlest Athletes

    In New Jersey, there has been great progress in recent years to make sure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are widely available in public places and that people know how to use the devices and perform CPR. Janet's Law, which went into effect this past September, requires all schools...
  • Blog Post: House Committee Holds Hearing on Rhode Island School Marketing Bill

    The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) recently heard testimony on legislation that would eliminate unhealthy food and beverage marketing in Rhode Island schools. The bill, introduced by HEW Committee Chairman Joe McNamara, is one of our top priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Speaks at Go Red for Women Luncheon

    The American Heart Association was thrilled that Governor Gina Raimondo could join us for the recent Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Nearly 600 women and men dressed in red to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Governor Raimondo’s...
  • Blog Post: New Legislative Leadership in Massachusetts

    We have new Committee Chairs named and now hundreds of bills can be assigned to their committees. We will have a lot of our issues in Public Health, Education, Health Care Finance and Judiciary Committee. If you have any personal relationships with these newly named chairs, please let us know. Your voice...
  • Blog Post: Getting Some Traction on the Sugary Drink Tax!

    Legislators left Montpelier for their March break with interest hanging on the sugary drink tax. The House Health Care Committee took testimony on the tax as a possible source of revenue for health care reform measures and will likely vote on the tax when they return on March 10 th . Read more here....
  • Blog Post: Cutting Funding for Tobacco Prevention is a Step Backwards

    Despite the historic successes of Vermont’s tobacco control program, tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease. While we’ve made great headway, there is more work that needs to be done and the program is at risk. The Governor’s proposed budget would...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic in the Commonwealth!

    Help build the next generation of lifesavers through working with your local high school to include CPR training into a currently required course that reaches all students. You can help by signing up with AHA as a champion for working with an area school(s). allyson.perron@heart.org . Others champions...
  • Blog Post: How Heartsafe Is Your Town?

    New Hampshire’s Heartsafe Communities grew in number this year to 22 cities and towns which have taken action to strengthen their chain of survival from cardiac arrest. A Heartsafe Community is one that has taken steps to develop and implement a lifesaving network by coordinating local resources...
  • Blog Post: Kids can't eat healthy foods if they don't have a healthy choice…

    Did you know low-income neighborhoods have 50 percent fewer supermarkets than the wealthiest neighborhoods? For millions of people around the country—many of them kids—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. But things don’t have to be this way. Healthy food financing...
  • Blog Post: Making Progress on PE in NYC

    New York City Council has joined our fight to improve Physical Education in New York City! At their Stated Meeting on February 12th, legislation was introduced that will help to improve the transparency of how schools are (or are not) complying with the state's PE requirements. The Council's...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Update...

    Stay with us... we're getting closer. As we told you earlier, the Board of Regents held their first public discussion on CPR in Schools at their December meeting . The next steps? The State Education Department (SED) is gathering input from interested parties - and we're happy they sought...
  • Blog Post: Board of Regents discusses CPR in Schools...

    It's been a long time coming... the NYS Board of Regents held their first public discussion on CPR in Schools at their December meeting! The item was briefly discussed on the P-12 committee agenda. Staff from the State Education Department (SED) presented on the new law and will begin the required...
  • Blog Post: New Year Brings New Opportunities for Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire

    This month is the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. We will soon have the opportunity to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities with returning lawmakers as well as newly elected Senators and House Representatives. Each year the AHA presents a robust...
  • Blog Post: Greece Central School District is CPR Smart!

    Greece Central School District is now CPR Smart! The district adopted a CPR Smart policy - all of their students will now graduate knowing CPR and how to use an AED. The district is now the largest district in New York State to be recognized as a CPR Smart School. During Physical Education classes...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Seth Lapuk, Connecticut

    I was raised in a family committed to volunteerism. The American Heart Association has given me a home to continue this tradition. I have been a member of the North Central Connecticut Board of The American Heart Association for 4 years and have had the honor of being the Board President for the last...
  • Blog Post: Train a Generation of Lifesavers

    In New Hampshire the survival rate for people suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest is about 8 percent. A cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival is much greater if someone nearby knows and gives CPR until EMTs arrive with a defibrillator. That means the victim’s life is literally...