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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: 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: 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: 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: Smaller Stomachs Deserve the Healthiest Meals

    New York City may be moving forward to help improve the quality of meals served to kids in our restaurants - but they're not going far enough! The current version of the bill, just posted for a vote in the Council Health Committee - only affects meals that have a toy connected to it. While these...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Access = Good for our Bottom Line!

    Whether you're talking about health or wealth...supporting healthy food retail is a winning equation! All across New York, AHA advocates are talking about the need for Governor Cuomo and our state leaders to invest public funding wisely. Healthy food retail is a proven winner. When New York devoted...
  • Blog Post: Yoda for Yoga

    New Year’s Resolution: Take care of me. My New Year’s resolution this year sounds simple. Take care of myself. However, this is not always an easy task. I am fortunate to work for an employer who values health, both mental and physical. We have the entire week between Christmas and New...
  • Blog Post: Good Thought for the New Year

    I remember dreading going back to school after vacation. I remember feeling that the break was not long enough and that I still had a lot of sleeping to do. That early wake up the first week back was painful. Maybe that is because I only remember middle and high school. The two week break that my...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Stop Our Schools from Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Our Kids!

    Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, 88% of Connecticut school districts are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards. However, the food industry is still allowed to market unhealthy products in our schools. This sends a mixed message to our students. It is also...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Connecticut

    The legislature is getting ready to go back to work and I am excited about all the great policies we are going to be working on. We have made great progress on ensuring that our schools aren’t serving unhealthy foods, so why are they allowed to advertise them in schools? We think that schools should...
  • 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: A New Year in the Ocean State

    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us! We have made significant progress on many of our issues – school nutrition, healthy food & beverage advertising in schools, funding for CPR training in schools, tobacco control, and funding for “transportation alternatives”...
  • Blog Post: 2016 Legislative Session Commences in Rhode Island

    The RI General Assembly opened its 2016 session on Tuesday, January 5 th . The work of the new legislative year is now underway! The General Assembly’s website is an excellent resource for following the legislative process: http://www.rilin.state.ri.us/Pages/Default.aspx . Learn more about your...
  • 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: A New Year's Resolution that Matters

    This year, why not make a resolution that matters and is really easy to keep? We have a number of legislative priorities we’ll be promoting at the Statehouse to help Vermonters live healthier lives. Pick one or two and make a pledge to be a champion. If one of them passes, you’ll feel...
  • Blog Post: We've Saved Over a Billion Dollars Thanks to Reductions in Smoking in Vermont!

    A new report shows that reductions in adult smoking since Vermont’s tobacco control program began have resulted in over $1.4 billion dollars in savings in health care spending! The "Independent Evaluation of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program: 2015 Annual Report" by independent evaluator...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Massachusetts

    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us. We are making progress on many of our issues, quality physical education, stroke systems of care, healthy food financing, healthy vending, shared use, tobacco, and our local CPR in schools efforts. I look forward to working together with...
  • 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...