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  • Blog Post: Best of the Worst

    Vermont was just ranked one of the best states in the nation this month in terms of obesity by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But upon taking a closer look, it’s not something to be proud of as Vermont is really just the best of the worst. This is...
  • Blog Post: Come have a healthy meal for kids on us!

    The American Heart Association is teaming up with seven restaurants across the state to host fun healthy kids meals events in September! Over the next few weeks, the chefs at these restaurants will be serving delicious, heart-healthy free kids meals to local families. These meals will meet the nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

    Thanks to board member Jennifer Nachbur and Advocacy Committee member Lana Khuong for promoting strong nutrition standards in schools. Both volunteers met with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff during the August recess to encourage the senator’s continued support of the Healthy, Hunger Free...
  • Blog Post: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - Start with Blueberries and Help with Policy!

    I don’t know about you, but this time of year, all I want to do is snack on fresh Vermont blueberries. Yummy! I put a bowl in the front of our fridge, and every time the door is opened, it’s hard for someone in my family not to grab a handful and pop them in their mouth. That’s a...
  • Blog Post: Katie Towle - Supporting Families and Pushing for Critical Heart Tests for Kids

    Katie Towle knows there are two things that can help a child when they are born with a heart defect – a life-saving test that can help detect it, and the support of other families with children who also have heart defects. Katie helped promote the need for mandatory pulse oximetry testing for...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Kids Meals, Good for Kids and Good for Business!

    Parents rely on restaurants often these days for meals given hectic work and family schedules. But even though dining out is fun, fast, and easy, it’s not always healthy for kids. We’d like to change that. We’re working in Vermont to ensure that all restaurant kids’ meals meet...
  • Blog Post: July Means Healthier Eating Statewide

    One of the great things that happened when you flipped your calendar on July 1 st was that that’s the day the state of Vermont began requiring state agencies to meet nutrition standards for the foods they sell and serve. And you’re part of the reason! We advocated this past legislative...
  • Blog Post: Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

    High blood pressure is called The Silent Killer for a reason. It has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. When left untreated, possible health consequences can include heart disease, heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. But...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Getting a Healthy Kids Meal Anywhere

    Imagine going out to eat with your family and knowing that any restaurant you chose that had a kids’ meal would offer some nice, healthy choices. Any restaurant. That’s what we’re striving for. But that’s not the case currently. Today, due to work demands and hectic school...
  • Blog Post: UVM Student Research Aids Restaurant Kids Meal Effort

    An important part of advocacy is knowing the current environment surrounding an issue. Thanks to research conducted by UVM medical students this past year, we have great data to help us in our efforts this summer and fall to promote nutrition standards for kids meals at Vermont restaurants. As part...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Child Care Facilities have new Emphasis on Healthy Eating and Activity!

    Parents of young children across Vermont can now have greater confidence that their child care provider is building the foundation for a heart-healthy life. The Vermont Child Development Division (CDD) of the Agency for Human Services recently issued new regulations for home and center-based early...
  • Blog Post: New Effort Emphasizes Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!

    Did you know that Vermonters today are more likely to die from a largely preventable disease than an infectious disease? The Vermont Department of Health this month is launching 3-4-50, a simple concept to help us grasp the reality that 3 health behaviors contribute to 4 chronic diseases that claim the...
  • Blog Post: Little Tikes with a Big Message

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get the message across. Sawyer Daniels and Jack Towle stole the show at our April legislative reception. Sawyer is here today because his heart defect was able to be detected early thanks to a pulse oximetry test given shortly after birth – a defect that...
  • Blog Post: Thanks to You, Vermont Will Be a Leader in Setting State Nutrition Standards!

    The House this week just gave its final approval to legislation that will require all Vermont state agencies to follow nutrition standards for the food they sell or serve. Now its off to the Governor for his signature! Thanks to you for getting us there! Legislation we’ve been promoting this...
  • Blog Post: Winning the Fight Against E-Cigs in Vermont

    Thanks to the hard work by many volunteers like you, the Governor will soon be signing legislation into law that would prevent e-cigarettes from being used any place smoking is currently prohibited in Vermont! The Vermont House on April 26 th , gave its approval to the changes made to the bill by...
  • Blog Post: Urge House Human Services Committee to Support Nutrition Standards for State Government

    We've made great progress in moving legislation through the Senate that would require nutrition standards for food sold and served by Vermont state agencies. But we need your help in urging a House committee to advance this legislation, S.196. If Vermont enacts this measure, we'd be the first...
  • Blog Post: Tessa Daniels Urges Lawmakers to Require a Test that Saved Her Son

    Springfield mom Tessa Daniels, with 2 ½ year old son Sawyer and family in tow, urged House Health Care Committee members recently to pass legislation that would require all birthing facilities in Vermont to require a test that helped save her son’s life right after he was born. Tessa...
  • Blog Post: Mom Tells Health Care Committee To Take Up Heart Defect Screening Bill Now

    Vermont AHA volunteer Kathryn Towle is also the mom of a toddler with a critical congenital heart defect. She took action recently to urge House Health Care Committee members to take up H.639, legislation to require birthing facilities in Vermont to screen infant for congenital heart defects using a...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Experts Say Funding Tobacco Prevention and Evaluation Are Critical

    The following guest editorial which appeared in Vermont Digger on February 28, 2016 by current and former chairs of the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board stresses the importance of restoring funding to Vermont’s Tobacco Control Program. Independent evaluation a worthwhile cost This...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney Says UVM Experience is a Good Reason to Include E-Cigs in Clean Indoor Air Laws

    American Heart Association Board Member and Dean of Public Health at the UVM College of Medicine, Dr. Jan Carney testified before legislators and spoke at a legislative panel last month urging lawmakers to include a ban on e-cigarettes in the same areas that smoking is prevented under Vermont’s...
  • 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: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • 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...