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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: Roosevelt Island Supports Community CPR Training!

    Thanks to advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Sharon Williams and a great group of volunteers, Roosevelt Island is quickly becoming the safest place to be if you suffer a cardiac arrest! Lynne and Sharon have helped implement a community training program that prepares New Yorkers to use hands-only CPR...
  • 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: Thank you, Council Member Crowley!

    Following up on the recent introduction of our PE Reporting bill in New York City, Council Member Crowley took to the TV to help advocate for her proposal. Check out the link here: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2015/02/19/ny1-online--queens-councilwoman-discusses-efforts-to-get...
  • 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: Rhonda Hall, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago, Rhonda Hall was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and soon after that, she was diagnosed with diabetes. In just one day, she became a four shot-a-day diabetic and had high cholesterol and hypertension as well. Rhonda explained that it was an extremely tough time, but despite the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Syracuse supermarket sales Map

    Doesn't everyone deserve healthy food? Take a look below to see an image of supermarket sales and income in the City of Syracuse.
  • 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: Fairport Central School District recognized as "CPR Smart"!

    Congratulations to Fairport Central School District! The district recently received the "CPR Smart" recognition from the American Heart Association for committing to prepare their students for an emergency by teaching CPR. As part of the program, the district will teach students how to identify...
  • Blog Post: New maps provide insight on access to supermarkets in New York State

    For millions of people around the country—many of them children—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. Newly created maps paint a picture of the problem. View below to see maps outlining supermarket sales and income data in New York State. Additional blog posts on yourethecure...
  • Blog Post: Fighting for the Health of Women to Honor Go Red Day!

    Sadie is not a nice cat, but she was willing to humor me so that I could have a picture accompany my blog today. As a working mom, I am juggling a few balls in the air. Although my daughter was able to get to school on time this morning, I was not able to take her picture in her red dress. She was in...
  • Blog Post: Put Down Your Shovel and Help Save the Fund for a Healthy Maine

    The Legislature is in full swing. Almost. All of these storms have not only changed my exercise routine (I now just shovel for 1-4 hours a day instead of going to the Bath Y) but also the Legislature’s schedule. Public hearings, presentations and work sessions have had to be delayed, rescheduled...
  • 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: Help Eliminate Unhealthy Food and Beverage Advertising in Rhode Island Schools

    One of the American Heart Association’s top priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session will be eliminating unhealthy food and beverage advertising/marketing in schools. The good news – according to a recent report, most Rhode Island middle schools and high schools already prohibit unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Let's Advocate to Help NJ Make the Grade!

    Each year, the American Lung Association issues a "report card" on tobacco control policies for each state. They evaluate each state in 4 areas: tobacco prevention, smokefree air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services. New Jersey earned an "A" in smokefree air. Although...
  • Blog Post: Campaign to Pass a Sugary Drink Tax Picking Up Steam! You Can Help!

    Campaign Launched at Press Conference! The American Heart Association along with the Alliance for a Healthier Vermont officially launched our effort to pass a 2 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks at a Statehouse press conference on January 20 th . The result? Legislators, media and Vermonters...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco and Obesity - A $550 Million Dollar Price Tag for Vermont

    Though prevention is a lot less expensive than the treatment of chronic diseases, Vermont legislators are now considering a budget proposal from the Governor that would cut $500,000 from tobacco and obesity prevention initiatives in Vermont at the same time the State is spending $550,000,000 on health...