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Help Vermont's little hearts

Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S.  Early detection is key, which is why we need your help ensuring a simple, life-saving test for all newborns is required in Vermont. 

Pulse oximetry screening is a low-cost, highly-effective, and painless bedside test that can be completed in as little as 45 seconds at less than $4 per baby.  The Vermont Department of Health has proposed infant screening regulations that recommend health care providers screen for congenital heart defects, but don't go far enough. Please urge the Department of Health to join the 43 other states that currently REQUIRE this screening to ensure that no parents leave a hospital without knowing the heart health of their little one.

Take action now as the public comment period will soon come to a close. Click the following link to send a letter to the Health Department today.

If we can save a child’s life, shouldn’t we? 

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Thank you for all you do!

Now that we are officially in the throes of the Holidays. I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Because of you, many lives throughout Vermont and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on the issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families are thankful to be spending the holidays together.

I would like to express my gratitude for all that you do to support the American Heart Association every day. The actions you and your fellow You're the Cure advocates take promote heart health in Vermont and beyond, and help improve care for patients with heart disease and stroke. Many people are alive today and will be spending the holiday with their families because dedicated volunteers like YOU are passionate about advocating for change.  

The American Heart Association is thankful for your support throughout the year.

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Complete Streets are Safe and Convenient for All Users

When the NH Legislature reconvenes in January, the American Heart Association will be ready to advocate for policies which help create healthier environments for residents and visitors to the Granite State. Legislators will consider one such policy that will have long-term benefits to improving the health and vitality of our communities. Complete Streets is a term to describe projects which create roadways that are safe and convenient for all modes of transportation, including bicycles and pedestrians. A Complete Street approach supports good practices to designing roads that incorporate accessible sidewalks, bike lanes, safe street crossings, and other features that will encourage more physical activity. In fact, people living in walkable communities are shown to get 35 to 45 more minutes of moderate physical activity per week than low-walkable neighborhoods. Other benefits of Complete Streets are reduced traffic injuries, improved access to downtown shopping areas and parks and other economic gains for cities and towns.

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Register Now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day 2016!

Register now for the Minnesotans for Healthy Kids Coalition Lobby Day!
Wednesday, March 16th, 2016
Minnesota History Center
345 W. Kellogg Blvd, St. Paul, MN 55102
8:00 AM—4:00 PM
Register online now!

Or call 952-278-7928 by March 2, 2016
Join other advocates from Minnesota to speak with legislators in a strong, unified voice about the importance of active living, physical activity and combating childhood obesity.  Attend workshops and  training and utilize those skills when you meet with your state legislators.
This year's issues include:
Quality Physical Education
Safer Walking and Biking
Breakfast and lunch included.  There is no cost to attend but advanced registration is required.

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Marc Kutler - Saving Lives with CPR and AED Awareness

If there is one thing Marc Kutler does well, its saving lives. And he thinks more people should too.

Marc, an ER doc at Northwestern Medical Center, has a passion for encouraging a strong chain of survival. He oversaw the CPR and AED training at The Edge fitness centers that led to five lives saved.

He also helped the American Heart Association pass legislation in 2012 requiring Hands-only CPR training at Vermont high schools as part of comprehensive health education.

Now he’s working with the AHA again to make sure schools are following through with the CPR training and that more Vermont cities and towns become Heart Safe Communities – working in a coordinated effort to ensure the best chance of survival for cardiac arrest.

Help us in this effort by sharing the Heart Safe Community information packet below with your town’s leaders.

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And make sure your school is teaching CPR to help create a new generation of life savers. The Info sheets below make it easy!

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Help us in our fight to save lives and you can be a lifesaver too!

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New Hampshire seeks to raise the tobacco sale age to 21

The American Heart Association has long supported evidence-based policies to reduce the rate of tobacco use among adults and youth. Eliminating the public’s exposure to second-hand smoke, with smoke-free workplaces, restaurants and bars has proven very successful and a policy that has been embraced by the public and lawmakers alike in New Hampshire. Increasing the price of tobacco by raising state excise tax has met limited success in NH, but also accompanies a drop in tobacco use by young people. However, NH still has the highest youth smoking rate in the Northeast. We know 95% of adult smokers began before the age of 21. The Institute of Medicine released a report in March which found raising the legal age to purchase tobacco to 21 would reduce youth access to tobacco. The rationale, much like it was for reducing alcohol use, is to create more social distance between those under age 18 and those legally able to purchase tobacco. Raising the legal age to 21 will reduce tobacco use among youth, save lives and reduce healthcare costs attributed to tobacco related illness. To learn more, find the IOM report online:

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Did you know: Congestive Heart Failure

Did you know: the number of Americans diagnosed with heart failure is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent during the next 15 years and the costs of managing the illness will almost double, according to a new report from the American Heart Association released last Tuesday.

Congestive heart failure is a chronic, progressive condition in which the heart is unable to pump enough blood to meet the body’s needs. It’s one of the most common heart diseases in the U.S., with more than 870,000 new cases reported annually. There are ways to manage and treat heart failure, but about half of all people die within five years of being diagnosed.

To learn more about CHF, click here.

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Lots of Support for Vermont Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit

Organizations across Vermont gathered on September 25th for a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit to pledge to ensure that Vermont kids have access to healthy eating and physical activity in early care and afterschool programs.

Organizations including the YMCA, Vermont Afterschool, Vermont Department of Health, Vermont Department of Children and Families, Vermont Birth to Five, Building Bright Futures, Hunger Free Vermont, Vermont Association for health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, the American Cancer Society, the American Heart Association and many more spent the day planning how best to share their commitment to building a healthier present and future for Vermont’s children by creating environments rich in opportunities for healthy eating and physical activity.

Research shows that children’s proper brain development, lifelong ability to learn, and physical and mental health, depend upon daily access to quality nutrition and physical activity.

Keynote speaker Jessica Donze Black, a child nutrition expert with the Pew Charitable Trusts, encouraged organizations to do all they could to get kids starting healthy habits early, noting that the weight of a child at age 4 is predictive of the weight of that child over his/her lifetime.

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How Can NH Graduates Be CPR Smart?

There are now 27 states that require students receive training on how to properly administer cardiopulmonary resuscitation!  Many high schools in NH teach students CPR, but not ALL students are receiving hands-on training in schools across the state. The AHA wants New Hampshire to adopt the requirement that all students graduate high schools having been trained in CPR. When we do, Granite-staters will have ever-increasing odds that someone nearby will be able to respond with this life-saving skill. This school-year our decision-makers, from legislators down to local school boards, need to hear from advocates like you that CPR taught in schools will result in thousands of new lifesavers in our communities every year. Please join the movement by visiting to learn more about the American Heart Association’s CPR in Schools program.

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Payton Jones is Helping Other Kids Get a Healthy Start

There’s more to Payton Jones than meets the eye! This vibrant 14 year old is a survivor. After suffering a cardiac arrest at a swim meet three years ago as a result of an undiagnosed rare disease, Payton has been committed to helping fight heart disease.

She has formed a walk team and walked each year since her event in the American Heart Walk to help raise funds for life saving research.

Now, she’s joining forces with the AHA again to help kids get an early start on being healthy by helping us ensure that restaurants meet nutrition standards in their kids meals and eliminate sugary drinks from kids meals.

Come visit Payton at the advocacy table at our American Heart Walk at Oakledge Park on Flynn Avenue in Burlington from 8:30-11:30am on Saturday, September 26th and sign a petition urging state leaders to require nutrition standards for restaurant meals that are marketed to kids.

For more information on the walk go to:

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