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  • Blog Post: Meet Our New Team Member

    My name is Jim Williams, and I am your new CT Director of Government Relations. I’m very excited to hit the ground running during the legislative session, which began Wednesday. For the past 10 years I worked as the Government Relations Director for the CT State Dental Association. I have also...
  • Blog Post: E-cigs - Creating a Whole New Crop of Smokers

    A whole new generation of smokers may be on the horizon thanks to e-cigarettes. More and more youth are turning to e-cigarettes and studies show that when they do, they are also likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes by kids tripled last year and new data from Vermont...
  • Blog Post: Act Now Before Vermonters Grow Any Bigger

    When obesity is costing Vermont more than $290 million annually to treat the chronic diseases it causes, it should be a crisis deemed big enough for legislators to take action. The Robert Wood Johnson Annual State of Obesity report shows Vermont’s 38,000 cases of heart disease will climb to...
  • Blog Post: Springfield to Train Students in Life Saving CPR

    All sophomores in Springfield High Schools will be trained with the lifesaving skills of CPR after a policy was passed successfully by the School Committee on Thursday February 4, 2016. More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90 percent of those victims...
  • Blog Post: Maine Goes Red!

    Friday, February 5 th we celebrate national Go Red for Women day. I love this day. It is really great to go from one event to another and see everyone sporting their red. I am looking forward to educating the people who I encounter about the risks of cardiovascular disease to the women they love. ...
  • Blog Post: Bucket List

    One of the great things about living in Maine is that you are never very far from some amazing nature. This past weekend I was able to cross “stay at that amazing house on top of Morse Mountain” off my bucket list. I have admired that house every time I have hiked the two miles up and down...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal

    On February 2, Governor Gina Raimondo presented her FY 2017 budget recommendations to the General Assembly. We are still reviewing the details of the budget proposal, but wanted to draw your attention to two issues: Healthy Communities Bond – the Governor has proposed issuing $35 million in...
  • Blog Post: New Policy Brief Calls for More Physical Education in Rhode Island Schools

    Our partners at Rhode Island Kids Count recently released a new policy brief entitled, “Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools.” Regular physical activity has been shown to improve strength and endurance, help control weight, and prevent chronic disease. It has also been shown...
  • Blog Post: A Glimmer of Hope

    Those of you who are long-time You're the Cure advocates are very familiar with the American Heart Association's efforts over the years to advocate for funding the state budget to prevent smoking and tobacco use in our kids and to help smokers who wish to quit to kick the habit. New Jersey completely...
  • Blog Post: New Hampshire Coalition to fight for Healthy, Active Kids

    I am very pleased to announce that New Hampshire has received a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids to establish a coalition to bring partners together around policy solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic in the Granite State. These funds will enable the AHA and our partners to build advocacy capacity...
  • 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: When it Comes to Tobacco, Age is More than a Number

    On December 17 th , Boston raised the minimum sales age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products (including e-cigarettes) in the city to 21, joining 86+ other local communities who have also raised the age to 21. In 2005 Needham was the first local community to take on this policy, the data collected...
  • 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: Swimming Upstream for Kid's Health

    I was on the Oyster River Otters swim team when I was a kid. I was pretty slow and seemingly always cold. I was so skinny that I sank and did not have very many muscles—but I loved it (except the time I was disqualified because the Mt. Washington ferry’s wake pushed me into an adjoining lane...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Over 38,000 in New Hampshire May Lose Access to Healthcare

    New Hampshire recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand access to healthcare coverage for hard-working uninsured adults, through a premium assistance program. This program enabled over 38,000 Granite Staters to enroll in private health plans offered through...
  • 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: 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...