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  • Blog Post: Continuing the Fight!

    We've suffered an unfortunate set back on the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act. The governor conditionally vetoed the bill on August 31. He suggested that the bill be amended to direct the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health to review existing programs to determine if resources...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Being Considered for New Hampshire

    A Legislative Study Committee has begun to meet to consider a policy that will have long-term benefits to improving the health and vitality of our communities. Complete Streets is a term to describe projects which create roadways that are safe and convenient for all modes of transportation, including...
  • Blog Post: Specific Sugar Limits for Kids Urged

    Numerous studies have linked added sugars and conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 cause of death in the world. The typical American child eats about triple the recommended amount of added sugars, half from food and the other half from drinks. For the first time, the American...
  • Blog Post: CT Needs Centralized, Statewide Stroke Registry

    In CT, stroke has been one of the top 5 leading causes of death and leading cause of disability. In an effort to reduce the burden of stroke by improving the quality of care delivered to stroke patients, stroke registries have been developed to measure and track acute stroke care. As part of its commitment...
  • 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: Best of the Worst

    Vermont was just ranked one of the best states in the nation this month in terms of obesity by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But upon taking a closer look, it’s not something to be proud of as Vermont is really just the best of the worst. This is...
  • Blog Post: Come have a healthy meal for kids on us!

    The American Heart Association is teaming up with seven restaurants across the state to host fun healthy kids meals events in September! Over the next few weeks, the chefs at these restaurants will be serving delicious, heart-healthy free kids meals to local families. These meals will meet the nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Recess is over, time for healthy lunch and science class

    With the August Congressional recess winding down, Maine’s Congressional Delegation will be headed back to Washington DC to deal with budgets and zika funding. However, before they leave this beautiful state and return to the hot and muggy weather of early fall in the nation’s capital, the...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs School Nutrition Bill Into Law

    Just in time for back to school…Governor Raimondo has signed into law our bill that will ensure healthy snacks and beverages for students! It was a long wait, but the General Assembly finally transmitted the bill to the Governor in early August and she signed on August 11th. As you know, the new...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Urges Support for NIH Research Funding

    Rhode Island advocate Miriam Plitt recently met with staff for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to discuss the importance of heart and stroke research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the meeting, Miriam shared that one of her grandsons was born with a congenital heart defect. He...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic!

    As the kids are heading back to school, we have an opportunity to 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. But we need your help. What you can do: Sign up with...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Set Strong Standards for Early Care in Massachusetts

    Did you know that 60% of kids under the age of 6 spend the majority of their time in early childhood programs? Sadly these environments lack standards that help childcare providers and parents emphasize the important things for kids in these early developmental years: nutrition, physical activity, and...
  • 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: CT Needs State-Wide Hospital Stroke Designation Program

    In Connecticut, stroke has been one of the top 5 leading causes of death and the leading cause of disability. An abundance of medical literature demonstrates that stroke patients receive better care, have better outcomes, and have less treatment related complications at centers equipped to treat stroke...
  • Blog Post: New USDA Rules to Improve School Health Environment: What They Are and What You Can Do to Get Involved.

    Teaching children healthy eating habits is critical to their long-term health. Parents strive to instill healthy habits at home, and schools have worked hard to improve the nutritional quality of school meals, snacks, and beverages sold in schools. Schools, especially, play a critical role in promoting...
  • 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: 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: 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...