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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer Wall, Rhode Island

    Tobacco Free RI is a coordinating network that brings together the people and organizations working on tobacco control in RI. We are excited to introduce Jennifer Wall, the new coordinator for Tobacco Free RI (TFRI). Jennifer works closely with the TFRI Chair, the Network Council and the Local Policy...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocacy Committee Approves 2016 Policy Agenda

    The RI Advocacy Committee has approved an ambitious agenda for 2016 and we’ll need the help of You’re the Cure advocates like you to achieve our goals! Policy priorities include: Ensure that Rhode Island’s school nutrition policies/requirements are consistent with...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Highlights Advocacy at RI Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast

    The American Heart Association was very excited to sponsor and present at 2015 RI Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast for School Leaders Symposium on September 24 th at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The event brought together more than 300 superintendents, district administrators, school committee members...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes, Rhode Island

    More than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects joined the American Heart Association on Saturday, September 20, 2015 for a day of learning, networking, and fun at Goddard Park in Warwick. It was a great opportunity to talk with the families about our policy priorities and ways that they can...
  • Blog Post: Larry Sadwin, Rhode Island

    In 1964, Larry Sadwin was a senior at the University of Rhode Island. Early one Sunday morning, his mother called. Larry’s dad had suffered another heart attack. This time, he couldn't be saved. They buried him that afternoon, about eight years after burying his father, Louis, another victim...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Lead Congressional Visits During August Recess

    Many thanks to Rhode Island advocates John Potvin, Kathy Harrington and Miriam Plitt for leading our Congressional outreach during the August Recess! Advocates visited the offices of Senators Jack Reed and Sheldon Whitehouse, and Congressman Jim Langevin and David Cicilline to deliver a simple message...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Hosts Liberian Delegation in Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association has been building a new partnership with the Liberian Community Association of Rhode Island and we were honored to have the opportunity to meet with officials from Liberia on recent trip the United States. Our discussion and information exchange focused on child nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Candace Pierce, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association’s National Office was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities in low-income communities across the country. The National Office selected 15 markets to receive funding for...
  • Blog Post: 2016 Policy Planning Underway in Rhode Island

    The 2016 Legislative Session might seem a long way off…but for the dedicated advocates who serve on the Rhode Island Advocacy Committee, summer is the perfect time to start gearing up for another successful year! There are many steps that go into our policy planning process. Staff work closely...
  • Blog Post: SAVE THE DATE: Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast

    SAVE THE DATE for the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition “Breakfast for School Leaders Symposium 2015" on Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The American Heart Association is excited to cosponsor this annual event which brings together superintendents...
  • Blog Post: Steve Goulet, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing new advocate! Steve Goulet is a cardiac arrest survivor - and now he's on a personal mission to save lives with CPR. Check out his incredible story in The Providence Journal: Photo credit: The Providence Journal http://www.providencejournal...