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  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Senate to Vote on School Marketing Bill

    Great news! On March 25, the Senate Education Committee voted to recommend passage of our bill that would prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertising in Rhode Island schools. A vote before the full Senate is expected soon. National, state, and local efforts have greatly improved the nutritional...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies, Rhode Island

    More than 200 teens from across Rhode Island marched on the State House as part of the 2015 Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day on March 18th. They carried the message that tobacco and nicotine use is not for them - and Big Tobacco can't sway their choice to choose health! A smaller group of teens met...
  • Blog Post: Sara Bonneau, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting Sara Bonneau, an amazing mom who is working with her legislators to make sure that all Rhode Island high schools and middle schools have functioning AEDs – and that an AED is present on athletic fields during school sporting events. On February 25, Sara testified...
  • 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: 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: Lisa Deck, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member and stroke survivor Lisa Deck was recently selected to serve as a National Go Red for Women Spokesperson! Congratulations Lisa and thank you for all that you do! Click the following links to see our new Go Red for Women public...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual 2015 State of Tobacco Control Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness in protecting the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! ...
  • Blog Post: AHA Launches 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest for Rhode Island Schools

    The American Heart Association recently launched its 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest for Rhode Island schools. Students in grades K-8 are asked to draw a picture of their favorite physical activity and favorite healthy food(s), demonstrating how they GET HEALTHY! In addition to being entered to win...
  • Blog Post: New Leaders & An Ambitious Agenda for Rhode Island in 2015

    The Rhode Island Advocacy Committee recently elected a new leadership team and put the finishing touches on our 2015 Policy Agenda. We are excited to share that Dr. Steven Fera (right) and John Potvin EMT-C (left) will help lead our advocacy efforts for the next two years as chair and vice chair, respectively...
  • Blog Post: Miriam R. Plitt, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member Miriam Plitt was recently inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame in recognition of her volunteer work with the American Heart Association and many other important organizations. Congratulations Miriam and thank you for all that...
  • Blog Post: Arshad Iqbal, MD, Rhode Island

    Congratulations to Dr. Arshad Iqbal who was awarded the prestigious American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award at the recent NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) Summit in Newport! The American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award is given annually to an individual that has...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools: Help Rhode Island Take the Next Step

    Did you know that only 10 percent of victims who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive? That’s right – ONLY 10 PERCENT SURVIVE. Most die because they do not receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The numbers are both staggering and tragic. So how do we...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Awarded $3.5 Million to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

    Good news for Rhode Island...and many thanks to our You're the Cure advocates who fight for federal funding that comes back to our state! Following is a press release from the RI Department of Health: Rhode Island Department of Health Awarded $3.5 Million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases: New...
  • Blog Post: Deb Koziol, Rhode Island

    A heart defect she’d had since birth caused Debra Koziol to go into sudden cardiac arrest. Her husband’s CPR training—and a lifetime of keeping her heart healthy—saved her. Debra had spent her life trying to stay healthy. She exercised often and watched her diet. In her...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Gather in Rhode Island

    On September 13, the American Heart Association hosted the 5th Annual Little Heart Hero Day at Goddard Park, drawing more than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects for a fun day of play – and advocacy! Little Heart Hero Day is the American Heart Association’s annual celebration...
  • Blog Post: Is Childhood Obesity a Problem in Rhode Island?

    September was Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and, according to the annual report The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America , we still have some work to do in Rhode Island! How does the Ocean State rank in The State of Obesity report? 13.2% of 10- to- 17-year-olds are obese...
  • Blog Post: Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC, Rhode Island

    Karen Aspry, M.D., M.S., ABCL, FACC is the American Heart Association’s newest local Rhode Island Board of Directors member. Dr. Aspry’s education, training and clinical activities have been focused on preventive aspects of cardiovascular disease, especially in the area of diagnosis and management...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Leads Congressional Visits During August Recess

    On August 29, Rhode Island advocate, grandmother and Pawtucket Wellness Committee member Miriam Plitt dropped by the offices of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse to talk about a very important issue – school nutrition. The visits were part of a national campaign where advocates from across...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island to Require Pulse Ox Screening for Newborns

    Good news for Rhode Island's tiniest hearts! The RI Department of Health recently finalized a regulation that adds critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) to the mandatory newborn screening panel in the Ocean State. The new requirement will take effect on July 1, 2015. Implementation is well underway...
  • Blog Post: RI’s Tobacco Settlement Refinance is Now Toxic Debt

    Very interesting piece from GOLOCALProv News. ZERO dollars devoted to tobacco cessation & prevention, and now RI faces $2.8 billion in debt on capital appreciation tobacco bonds due in 2052. Tobacco Free RI weighs in on the latest development in this shameful saga… RI’s...
  • Blog Post: YOU!

    The American Heart Association recently launched its new brand “Life is Why.” We want people to experience more of life's precious moments. It's why we've made better heart and brain health our mission. And until there's a world free of heart disease and stroke, we'll...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Has Second Lowest Youth Smoking Rate in the Nation

    The Rhode Island Department of Health recently announced that the Ocean State has the SECOND LOWEST youth smoking rate in the nation. The finding is based on national survey data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The results show that Rhode Island’s youth smoking...
  • Blog Post: Is Your Community HeartSafe?

    The Rhode Island HeartSafe Community Program is a collaborative effort between the Department of Health’s Heart Disease & Stroke Prevention Program and the American Heart Association. This initiative is based on the principle that lives can be saved by being prepared with early access to care...