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  • Blog Post: Summit Focuses on Advancing Million Hearts in Rhode Island

    A state summit was held on August 9 th entitled “Advancing Million Hearts: American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in Rhode Island.” The purpose of the meeting was to connect the American Heart Association, Rhode Island Department of...
  • Blog Post: Shantha Diaz, Rhode Island

    I lost both my parents to heart attacks. They were in their 70’s and I thought it was the norm. 5 years ago I lost my brother to a heart attack. He was only 56 years old. This was my wake up call. Based on my family history my doctor ran some tests. The result was not pretty. The results indicated...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs AEDs in Schools Bill into Law

    On July 6 th , Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill that will require AEDs in all public and private middle and high schools in the state. AEDs will also be required at school-sponsored athletic events and someone trained in the use of the AED must also be present. This bill was championed by...
  • Blog Post: Callie Ponder, Rhode Island

    Callie Ponder began working with the American Heart Association at the end of May 2016. Her role with the organization is an Associate Regional Campaign Manager for the Pawtucket/Central Falls ANCHOR (Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes through Reinforcing Partnerships) grant, funded by the...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Celebrate Successful Legislative Session

    The 2016 RI Legislative Session wrapped up on June 18th. Lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in the frenzied final days of session. Thanks to the passion, commitment and advocacy of our You’re the Cure advocates, we are celebrating a very successful year at the State House! Below is a quick recap...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Highlights Partnership with Providence Public School District

    We are very excited to share a new report entitled “Providence Teachers Learn How to Get Kids Moving” that highlights our recent work with the Providence Public School District (PPSD). This work was part of the American Heart Association’s Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Announces 2016 Get Healthy! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2016 Get Healthy! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 25th in conjunction with our Youth Advocacy Day. The award ceremony recognized six outstanding students in grades K-5. Winning...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Senate President Teresa Paiva Weed Honored by American Heart Association

    The American Heart Association recognized Rhode Island Senate President M. Teresa Paiva Weed (District 13 – Newport, Jamestown) for her commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke at an award ceremony at the State House on May 25 th . President Paiva Weed was presented with the 2016 Tracey...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Quigley Harris, Rhode Island

    GUEST BLOG: Active Kids Learn Better By Jennifer Quigley Harris, Providence Public School District’s Wellness Coordinator I was waiting at a traffic light when a group of middle school students stepped into the crosswalk in front of me. It was the end of the school day and the kids were a...
  • 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: Rhode Island Legislative Session Heads into Home Stretch

    We are heading into the final weeks of the 2016 RI Legislative Session. With several priority bills still in play, we need your continued support to keep the pressure on our legislators! Our bills related to school nutrition and healthy school marketing have both passed the Senate and await action...
  • Blog Post: Danny Mackenzie, Rhode Island

    I am a 40 year old, healthy active adult as well as a cardiac arrest and heart attack survivor. It was a Saturday and I remember waking up in a hospital bed feeling tired and groggy. My heart attack happened on a Saturday but I did not wake up until a week later. My mind and body had been put through...
  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day is May 4th. Register Today!

    Please join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House on Wednesday, May 4 th for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day! Click the following link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 4, 2016 State House –...
  • 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: 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: Rhode Island Bill Would Raise Tobacco Purchase Age from 18 to 21

    Legislation has been introduced at the Rhode Island State House that would raise the tobacco purchase age from 18 to 21. The American Heart Association and our partners at the American Lung Association and Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids are supporting this important proposal. Click here to view the...
  • 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: Yvonne Heredia, Rhode Island

    On May 14, 2015, I was awakened with sudden chest heaviness and difficulty breathing. I took an aspirin and then woke up my 16-year-old daughter to go outside my home with me so that I could get fresh air.While I was outside; I said a quick prayer and realized that something just was not right. I decided...
  • 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: Karin Wetherill, Rhode Island

    Meet Karin Wetherill, Wellness Coordinator for the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition (RIHSC). Since 2002, Karin has been active in making schools healthier places for all Rhode Island children. She’s worked with Kids First, the Rhode Island Department of Education, the Rhode Island Department...
  • Blog Post: Senator Susan Sosnowski to Receive American Heart Association Award

    The American Heart Association will recognize Rhode Island State Senator Susan Sosnowski (District 37 – New Shoreham, South Kingstown) for her commitment to fighting heart disease and stroke at an award ceremony on December 14 th . Sosnowski will be presented with the 2015 Tracey A. Kennedy...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Underway

    The American Heart Association recently launched its GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest for Rhode Island students in Grades K-5. Students are asked to draw a picture of their favorite physical activity and favorite healthy food. They can also demonstrate how physical activity and healthy eating help build healthy...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Stroke Experts Gather at NECC Summit

    Thanks to the leadership of the Rhode Island Senate, Rhode Island House of Representatives, Rhode Island Department of Health, Rhode Island Stroke Task Force, American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and You’re the Cure advocates – Rhode Island is considered a national model...