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  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lobby Day a Success

    You’re the Cure advocates from across the Ocean State descended on the RI State House on May 4 th for the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day. Their message to lawmakers: cast a vote for children’s health! Advocates spoke with legislators about two important proposals: The...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • 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: Will You Raise Your Voice to Help Prevent Obesity in Massachusetts?

    Join us for our Heart on the Hill on May 23 rd from 11-2 and use your voice to advocate for our key priorities because we believe our residents deserve healthy food and safe places to play. Advocate for healthy food and beverage options in vending machines in all State Buildings. Advocate for...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to You, Vermont Will Be a Leader in Setting State Nutrition Standards!

    The House this week just gave its final approval to legislation that will require all Vermont state agencies to follow nutrition standards for the food they sell or serve. Now its off to the Governor for his signature! Thanks to you for getting us there! Legislation we’ve been promoting...
  • Blog Post: How Complete Are Your Town’s Streets?

    In New Hampshire we usually think of roads going through our towns as "complete" when we are able to drive our cars without having to avoid potholes. But "Complete Streets" means so much more. Complete Streets is a design approach that contributes to a community’s quality of...
  • 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: Turning the Corner on Healthy Food Access in NJ

    Our efforts to promote healthy food access in all communities in NJ are really starting to take off! On Thursday, April 7, the Assembly approved a bill to create a fund to assist small food store owners who face barriers to offering healthy items in their store. This legislation will improve health and...
  • Blog Post: Senate Committee Approves Updates to RI School Nutrition Standards

    It has been a busy month of hearings at the State House and I’m happy to report that we are making progress on our policy priorities. See below for a quick recap. As we head into the final months of the legislative session, please keep an eye out for action alerts. We need to keep the pressure...
  • Blog Post: Good for Jobs, Good for Communities, Good for Health in the Commonwealth

    Going to the grocery store is something most of us take for granted, but for millions of Americans who live in areas where it is difficult to buy fresh food, that trip is anything but easy. Access to fresh produce, dairy and other staples is very tough at best, and simply not an option for far too many...
  • Blog Post: Urge House Human Services Committee to Support Nutrition Standards for State Government

    We've made great progress in moving legislation through the Senate that would require nutrition standards for food sold and served by Vermont state agencies. But we need your help in urging a House committee to advance this legislation, S.196. If Vermont enacts this measure, we'd be the first...
  • Blog Post: NYS Passes Final Budget Agreement, But What's in it for Heart Health?

    On Friday, April 1, Governor Cuomo and Legislative Leaders announced an agreement on a final state budget totaling approximately $147 billion dollars. Built-in to the agreement were several hot ticket items including Paid Family Leave, $15 minimum wage, and an increase in school aid. Not included, however...
  • Blog Post: Final Week of State Budget Negotiations

    This week is already turning into a frenzy. With tons of advocacy and coalition groups vying for funding in this year's budget, the Capitol has turned into a zoo. One group is holding a 24-hour vigil in the Assembly chamber starting today in hopes to see their budget requests reflected in the final...
  • Blog Post: School Nutrition & Marketing Bills Introduced in Rhode Island House

    Bills that would update Rhode Island’s school nutrition standards and ensure that only healthy foods and beverages are marketed to children on school property have been introduced in the House. These bills are top priorities for the American Heart Association and we are focused on getting them...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Vending and Marketing Bill in CT

    The American Heart Association was successful in having a bill raised in the Public Health committee that seeks to require a study of food dispensed in vending machines maintained on state property, with the goal of ensuring that the machines eventually offer plenty of healthy choices to the consumer...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Vending in the Commonwealth

    On the one hand, states fund obesity and chronic disease prevention. On the other, they serve and sell soda, chips, candy, and other foods that promote obesity and disease. Food service guidelines help to address this contradiction. States across the country are realizing that serving and selling unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Want to keep the kids busy this week AND help out the AHA?

    Did you know 32 out of the 62 New York State counties are struggling with access to healthy food? That is roughly 1.7 million New Yorkers who lack access to stores with healthy food options. And poor nutrition can lead to diet-related illness - like heart disease and stroke. This is unacceptable! ...
  • Blog Post: New State healthy food access report, Healthy Food = Healthy Economy, is now available!

    A new report released last week by a group of New York State coalition partners sheds light on the efforts to improve access to healthy food and how more work needs to be done. The report, Healthy Food = Healthy Economy , details New York State’s work to improve healthy food access and its impact...
  • Blog Post: Why do restaurants make it so difficult?

    It's been a long day. You started off before dawn, ran the kids out of the house, dropped them off at school, put in a full day's work, picked the kids up at their after-school program and have just a few precious minutes before getting them settled into bed before the next marathon day. But...
  • Blog Post: New York State Lobby Day on the State Budget was a great success!

    American Heart Month was kicked off on February 1 st by our advocates descending on the New York State Capitol to lobby state legislators in support of funding to make New York more heart-healthy. This year, we are supporting funding for the Healthy Food Financing Initiative, the Healthy Corner Store...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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...