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  • Blog Post: Mass DOT Funds Complete Streets Program

    We are excited to announce, after a few years of hard work, that Mass DOT will be making use of $12.5 million of transportation-dedicated funds to implement a new Complete Streets program to support cities and towns in the design and construction of roadways that accommodate all users and modes. The...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Government Relations Director

    My name is Dan Giungi and I’m the new Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association in Connecticut. Some of you may have already received my action alerts, but I’m looking forward to meeting you as we work together to ensure Connecticut’s elected officials are...
  • Blog Post: Nicotine-laced aerosol in your workplace? Yup.

    By now, you have all heard about these new tobacco products called e-cigarettes. These products take addictive nicotine-laced liquid, add candy and fruit flavors, and insert them into a devise that aerosolizes the liquid. People inhale the aerosol instead of smoking. Kids are using these products in...
  • Blog Post: Rounding Third and Headed for Home...

    The American Heart Association’s fiscal year ends at about the same time as the end of the legislative session. That makes June a very busy month. I have been at the state house every day (and some nights) during the past month working to try to override Governor’s vetoes and trying to stop...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Score: Vaping Industry 1 Public Health 0

    State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces . A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs Rhode Island Stroke Bill Into Law

    Governor Gina Raimondo has signed our stroke bill into law – ensuring the best possible care for stroke patients in the Ocean State! The bill had been unanimously approved by the Rhode Island House and Senate. The new law makes some important updates to the Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Rhode Island Legislative Session - Wrap Up

    The Legislative Session came to an abrupt end on June 25 th after House and Senate negotiations reached an impasse. Dozens of bills were left in limbo – including our competitive foods/school nutrition & healthy school marketing bills. As you know, the competitive foods/school nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Students in Connecticut Will Learn CPR before they Graduate

    Thanks to our advocates hard work and dedication Governor Malloy signed a bill on June 23rd requiring all schools to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum. Connecticut students will now have direct access to sensible and affordable training that will equip them with the lifesaving skills...
  • Blog Post: Study Brings Healthy Drink Changes to UVM

    A study by UVM Professor Rachel Johnson has found that a ban on bottled water at the university has actually increased sugary drink purchases. The ban was implemented in 2013 as a way to reduce pollution from plastic bottles. But it has had negative consequences according to the study. These include...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Peter Evans Found Writing a Letter Makes a Difference

    As the old adage says, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Advocacy helps us to speak up and out about issues that are important to us. The more we do, the more our message spreads. As volunteer Peter Evans found out during our sugary drink campaign, speaking up, even on...
  • Blog Post: NJ You're the Cure Advocates Visit NJ State House

    On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505). The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator...
  • Blog Post: NYC Council Hearing on the PE Reporting Bill

    Welcome another blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This past week, the American Heart Association participated in a hearing for the PE Reporting bill in front of the NYC Council Committee on Education...
  • Blog Post: PHONE BLITZ

    IT'S TIME TO STOP VAPING IN WORKPLACES! Time is running out in Albany to close the ecig loophole – yes, electronic cigarettes are allowed where smoking is prohibited! We are working to close this loophole…with just 2 legislative session days left , we need your help ! PHONE BLITZ TO...
  • Blog Post: PE Reporting Bill Makes Progress!

    Great news! New York City Council has scheduled a hearing for the PE Reporting Bill! This long-awaited legislation will help to address a systemic concern in NYC schools - too few of them are meeting the state requirements for physical education. According to American Heart Association research...
  • Blog Post: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: A New World Record!

    The American Heart Association took over Times Square in New York City to set a new Guinness World Record - for the longest running set of consecutive chest compressions in a CPR Relay. It was a powerful day highlighting the real reasons why CPR training matters. The designation as a new Guinness World...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Participate in State & Federal Lobby Days

    The week of May 11 th was busy for Rhode Island advocates! A small group traveled to Washington, D.C. May 11 th & 12 th to meet with the RI Congressional Delegation – and on May 13 th , advocates gathered at the State House for RI Lobby Day. Federal Lobby Day : More than 380 You're the...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House & Senate Approve Stroke Bill

    The Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Rhode Island Senate have unanimously passed our stroke bill, ensuring quality stroke care for Rhode Islanders! This bill makes some important updates to the Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act of 2009. While the changes in the stroke bill are fairly...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in CT!

    We have made it to the final step to requiring all students in Connecticut to know CPR before the graduate! The Senate and the House both passed the bill in late May and now it goes to the Governor! Your advocacy has truly made a difference! Effective CPR training takes less than the amount of time to...
  • Blog Post: Together to End Stroke

    On May 7th we had over 40 stroke survivors, caregivers and advocates come together at the State House to advocate for a stroke system of care. Someone struck by stroke should be sent to a hospital that can ensure that properly trained staff, equipment and neurological services are there to treat them...
  • Blog Post: Support for Critical Heart and Stroke Funding

    The Senate finished up their budget at the end of May and we were able to be very successful thanks to our advocates! We secured $500,000 in funding for stroke prevention and awareness We secured language around creating a stroke system of care We increased the excise tax on flavored cigars...
  • Blog Post: NJ Leaders Tour Healthy Corner Stores

    Throughout the months of April and May, the American Heart Association and several of our partner organizations have been touring corner stores throughout the Garden State to educate lawmakers and others in the community about the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative. In April and May we visited several...
  • Blog Post: Setting a World Record During CPR Awareness Week

    What better way to celebrate National CPR Week than to help set a world record on this life-saving skill in Times Square?! Tommy and Julie Watson of Williston, VT traveled to NYC on June 4 th to help the American Heart Association set a Guinness Word Record for Most People in a CPR Relay ! Tommy...