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  • 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...
  • 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: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 20th. The award ceremony recognized eleven outstanding students in grades K-8. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity...
  • 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...