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  • Blog Post: Mock Vending is Causing a Buzz!

    We have been working on a healthy vending bill to requiring State Buildings to have healthier options in their vending machines. We put on display “mock vending machines” and it created a buzz. I have included the State House News Article below Examining the contents of a mock vending...
  • Blog Post: AED Advocates Stormed the State House

    A group of dedicated advocates came to the State House to lobby for a bill that would require automated external defibrillators in Schools. The advocates are so passionate because they unfortunately lost a child because when they suffered sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator was not available. You could...
  • Blog Post: July Means Healthier Eating Statewide

    One of the great things that happened when you flipped your calendar on July 1 st was that that’s the day the state of Vermont began requiring state agencies to meet nutrition standards for the foods they sell and serve. And you’re part of the reason! We advocated this past legislative...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Getting a Healthy Kids Meal Anywhere

    Imagine going out to eat with your family and knowing that any restaurant you chose that had a kids’ meal would offer some nice, healthy choices. Any restaurant. That’s what we’re striving for. But that’s not the case currently. Today, due to work demands and hectic school...
  • Blog Post: Portland Passes Tobacco 21- First in the State!

    On June 20, Portland became Maine’s first municipality to take the next step to keep all harmful tobacco products out of the hands of our children. Portland City Council unanimously agreed to an ordinance change that will raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. American Heart Association volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Lunch and Learn with a Side of Sunshine

    I spend most of my work time striving to reduce heart disease and stroke through changing statewide policies in Maine. Even when the legislature is out of session, the work does not cease. Maine’s American Heart Association Advocacy Committee analyzes Maine’s current landscape for policy...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Celebrate Successful Legislative Session

    The 2016 RI Legislative Session wrapped up on June 18th. Lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in the frenzied final days of session. Thanks to the passion, commitment and advocacy of our You’re the Cure advocates, we are celebrating a very successful year at the State House! Below is a quick recap...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Highlights Partnership with Providence Public School District

    We are very excited to share a new report entitled “Providence Teachers Learn How to Get Kids Moving” that highlights our recent work with the Providence Public School District (PPSD). This work was part of the American Heart Association’s Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Learning CPR in Schools

    Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: First Major City To Pass Sugary Drink Tax Is..

    Earlier this month, Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city to pass a sugary drink tax, scoring a significant win for kids and public health- while defeating a very formidable opponent, Big Soda, which spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the proposal. The City Council has approved a budget...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Choices Just Around the Corner!

    The Healthy Small Food Retailer Act has made it through the Legislature in late June and is now on Governor Christie's desk! This bill would provide state support for programs that assist small corner stores and bodegas with offering healthy food for sale, such as the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative...
  • 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: NH Governor Responds to Advocates Request for a Veto

    In an 'end of session’ twist, NH You’re The Cure advocates had to rush into action to oppose a bill which threatened our Smoke-free Restaurant law - and succeeded in securing the Governor’s veto! In May the NH Legislature passed a bill, amended to add a provision loosening the license...
  • 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: 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: Happy New Year New Jersey!

    Its not only a New Year in the Garden State, but also the start of a new legislative session. Toward the end of last legislative session, we saw some movement on several long time priorities for the American Heart Association. Thanks to you and other "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: Its Time for Our Kids to Get Physically Active!

    We have an opportunity to increase accountability of schools to provide quality physical education. The Senate took action on a quality physical education bill which is a huge first step in ensuring that we are providing opportunities for our kids to be active, your advocacy helped them prioritize the...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Healthy Food Just Around the Corner!

    Last month, the New Jersey Senate came one step closer to creating a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative in New Jersey. On November 16, the Senate Economic Growth Committee voted 4-0 to release the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act from the committee. This means the bill is one step closer to becoming...
  • Blog Post: Kicking the Habit, Reducing the Burden of Tobacco

    Despite all of our efforts, tobacco use is still the number one cause of premature death and preventable chronic disease across the state and country. More than 9,000 Massachusetts residents die annually from tobacco-related disease. If we do not continue to push prevention policies, 103,000 Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Does Not Discriminate, Stroke Can Affect Us All

    Behind the stroke numbers are real lives. Stroke is the nation's No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. October 29th marked World Stroke Day, which was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread...
  • Blog Post: Calling All NJ Advocates!

    Want to share your story about how you are fighting heart disease and stroke in your community? Now is your chance! Each day, "You're the Cure" advocates like you are stepping up and taking action to make the Garden State a healthier place to live, work, play and learn and we want to hear...
  • Blog Post: Marketing of Unhealthy Foods in New Hampshire Schools Undermines Efforts to Instill Healthy Habits in Children

    Preventing childhood obesity is one of the most important ways we can reduce the future risk of heart disease in adults. Tremendous progress has been made in school nutrition in recent years. There is overwhelming support among parents that their children have a healthier food environment during the...
  • Blog Post: Just around the Corner

    Over the past several years, there have been local efforts in communities throughout the state to improve access to healthy food in communities where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce. The American Heart Association is working with our partners at The Food Trust, Partnership for Healthy Kids...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...