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Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health

Healthy vending machines give employees and families’ access to healthier choices

Great news! City of Tulsa adopted a new policy that ensures that if vending machines are located on city properties that are visited by the public, such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the convention center and community centers, they will meet recommended nutrition standards to provide patrons with healthier options.

In addition, Tulsa’s 3,500 city employees will benefit from healthier choices in vending machines where they work, including City Hall, police and fire departments. With a population of more than 395,000, including approximately 100,000 children, this is a critical step in building a culture of health for all Tulsans.

The American Heart Association advocates for healthier options in all worksite cafeterias and vending machines and applauds the City of Tulsa for leading the nation on this important effort to ensure access to healthy options for those that live, work, and play in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

***** Resources are available to help companies develop their own policies and tips to make a workplace healthier in the Healthy Workplace Food and Beverage Toolkit.

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CPR Saves Another Life

CPR is a key component to survival when sudden cardiac arrest occurs. Chances of survival from sudden cardiac are about 10% - but a victim has zero chance of survival if CPR is not administered right away.  Survival from sudden cardiac arrest shouldn't depend upon where it happens - and it can happen anywhere.  If everyone was trained in Hands Only CPR, imagine the impact that could have on survival of sudden cardiac arrest.  Mike Bartholomew is Why we are so passionate about CPR.  Read Mike's story HERE

We have an opportunity in Nebraska to put thousands of life-savers into our communities each and every year by ensuring all students are trained in CPR prior to their high school graduation. Almost anyone c12 years and older has the physical strength to perform Hands Only CPR, they just need the training.  What better place than in school than to train students how to save a life? 

What can you do?  Contact your senator and let the know you want kids to learn CPR in their schools.  Let's put Nebraska on the map with the more than 20 states to require CPR as a high school graduation requirement.  CPR is Why. Mike Bartholomew is Why. 

 

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Back to School, Back to Good Health!

With summer drawing to a close, back-to-school season not only is a time to stock up on supplies, it’s also an opportunity to encourage kids to eat healthy, be active and avoid secondhand smoke. The AHA recognizes that a smoke-free environment can promote children’s brain development, prevent addictions and lead to healthier lifestyles later on (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention).  All forms of tobacco and nicotine are unhealthy — cigarettes, cigars, hookahs and e-cigarettes. So what can parents do to help ensure their kids are ready to learn when the school bell rings?  Read here for heart-healthy tips on going back to school. 

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Join Us at a Heart Walk Near You!

Can you to join us on Saturday, September 12th as we advocate for HEART? On this day we’ll have three American Heart Association Heart Walks in North Texas, which means three BIG opportunities to recruit You're the Cure advocates from across Texas. We invite you to join us at the You’re the Cure table to help share your story, meet new advocates and build support for a healthier community.

Here are the details:

Dallas Heart Walk
Base of Reunion Tower,300 Reunion Boulevard East
8 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here


Tarrant County Heart Walk
Will Rogers Memorial Complex, 3401 Lancaster Ave.
7:30 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here

Denton Heart Walk
C.H. Collins Athletic Complex
8:00 am-11:30 am
RSVP Here 

This is our best opportunity to recruit new advocates to help support local, state and federal policies that build healthier lives and communities, but we can’t do it without you!

If you would like to help our advocacy efforts at the You’re the Cure table, please RSVP today! You can also respond to this email if you would like more information on participating in the Walk or starting a Heart Walk team.

We hope to see you out there!

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Help Make The Healthy Choice, The Easy Choice in Austin!

With your help, a fresh and healthy choice is right around the corner. 

To grow up healthy, children and their families need many things in their communities. One thing is a store selling fresh fruits and vegetables.

Did you know, 14% of Texans - that's 3.4 million people! - live in neighborhoods lacking healthy food options? Some of those areas are right here in Austin.

Five City of Austin ZIP codes are without a grocery store, limiting families' access to healthy and fresh food.

This takes a toll on the city's health. Only 30 percent of Greater Austin residents meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, and the obesity rate within Greater Austin is 25 percent.

What's in store for people with limited access to healthy fruits and vegetables? A higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Do you support increased access to fresh, healthy food for Austin neighborhoods?

Join the #MoreAtMyStore movement today!

 

Add your name to show your support. You'll also receive notices of opportunities to take action in your community, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Austin neighborhoods.

We believe healthy living in Austin is right around the corner.

 

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You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse - October 7, 2015

CPR in Schools Advocacy Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Please note the new location for this event!
The Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

75 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Judicial Room

Make plans to join us at the Statehouse as we meet with legislators and urge them to support Ohio House Bill 113, CPR in Schools, which will train the next generation of lifesavers!

Registration

Please click here to register.

The Details

Before the event: We will host briefing conference calls to allow participants to learn the priority issues, logistics for the event, and tips on speaking with legislators. There are two call options on the registration form - you need only attend one.

Call Options:
Thursday, October 1st at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 5th at Noon

Event Day: Registration and training will be held in the Judicial Room at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel - Capitol Square, located at 75 E. State Street.

Advocacy Day Agenda:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Issue Training & Logistics Overview* Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Group Strategy Meetings Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
10:00 a.m. Legislative Meetings Begin

Statehouse & Riffe Center

 


 

 

*Lunch vouchers will be provided.

Please note that legislative meetings may continue up until 2:30 p.m.

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Accessibility at the Statehouse

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What is the state of obesity in Austin?

Austin is known for being fit. We jog Lady Bird Lake, swim Barton Springs, and snack on healthy bites. Austin has a healthy reputation that can't be beat. But did you know that 39 percent of Austin-area adults are overweight, and another 21 percent are obese? Our children are affected too: nearly 1 in 4 fourth graders, 1 in 5 eighth graders, and 1 in 5 eleventh graders in the Austin area have obesity.

How is childhood obesity affected by access to healthy foods?

To grow up healthy, children and their families need many things in their communities. One thing is a store selling fresh fruits and vegetables. Did you know, 14% of Texans - that's 3.4 million people! - live in neighborhoods lacking healthy food options? Some of those areas are right here in Austin. Five City of Austin ZIP codes (78617, 78653, 78721, 78725, 78744) are without a grocery store, limiting families' access to healthy and fresh food.

This takes a toll on the city's health. Only 30 percent of Greater Austin residents meet the recommended daily allowance of fruit and vegetables, and the obesity rate within Greater Austin is 25 percent. What's in store for people with limited access to healthy fruits and vegetables? A higher risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Do you support increased access to fresh, healthy food for Austin neighborhoods?

Join the #MoreAtMyStore movement today! Add your name to show your support. You'll also receive notices of opportunities to take action in your community, to help make the healthy choice the easy choice in Austin neighborhoods.

We believe healthy living in Austin is right around the corner.

 

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Oregon 2015 Legislative Session Wrap Up

Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham

When our state leaders head to the capitol for the six month legislative session, they have a lot on their minds—not the least of which is the health of Oregonians. It’s the job of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and our allies in public health to ensure that decision makers know the most effective ways to improve the health of all Oregonians, and how to protect them from Oregon’s number one cause of death, cardiovascular disease, and our number one cause of preventable disability, stroke.

Oregon’s 2015 Legislative Session was a busy one for the AHA and our advocates. Here are the highlights:

  • CPR in Schools Passes: The AHA and a team of remarkable advocates led the charge to make Oregon the 23rd state to pass CPR in Schools legislation. Thanks to Senate Bill 79, all Oregon students will be trained in CPR before graduating, ultimately adding over 45,000 new lifesavers across every Oregon community. Thanks to all of the Oregon Legislature for unanimously supporting CPR in Schools, and a special thanks to Sen. Arnie Roblan, Sen. Mark Hass, Rep. Carla Piluso, Rep. Margaret Doherty, and Rep. Jeff Reardon for their leadership.
  • Improvements for Oregon’s School Food: The AHA supported continuing Oregon’s legacy as a leader in school nutrition by aligning our state’s school nutrition standards with the updated federal guidelines. House Bill 2404 will help ensure kids get the healthy food they need for a healthy future.
  • Funding for Tobacco Prevention: We helped to protect $4 million for fighting the harms of tobacco in Oregon. Tobacco use remains the number one preventable cause of death in Oregon, and our tobacco prevention programs have been effective at reducing consumption.
  • Funding for Physical Education: We helped to protect $4 million for PE in schools that will help schools hire teachers and get more active minutes into their day. This generation of kids is the most inactive in history, and it’s more important than ever that schools support healthy active living.
  • Increasing Access to Health Care: We helped pass a bill, House Bill 2468, that will put Oregon’s Insurance Division to work trying to make insurance plans more transparent and to help consumers access the care they need when they need it.

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There is a new way to keep up with the American Heart Association in Hawaii

We want to thank you for being amazing You’re the Cure advocates over the last year and we want to give you another way to keep up on what is going on at the American Heart Association in Hawaii. During the course of the year we do our best to update you on what is happening with our advocacy efforts but we want to invite you to follow us on Facebook as well.

On our Facebook page you will see even more about what the American Heart Association is doing in our community. We will post updates on our advocacy efforts but you can also find information on community events, healthy recipes, new scientific research on heart disease and stroke and so much more.

Just follow this link and click the “like” button us so that you see our updates on your Facebook feed.

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Every child in Utah deserves a safe route to school

Guest blogger – Kelsey Hamstead

Many of my young school memories involve waking up early to catch the bus to school.  I remember being so excited when I no longer needed to ride the bus, but instead I would be able to walk to the school near our house. However, my excitement quickly dwindled when I realized I would have to cross the busy street between my neighborhood and the school. It was a busy and wide street that only had a crossing guard stationed during certain times of the morning. I began dreading the walk to school and frequently begged my parents to drive me the two minutes across the street because I felt unsafe.

Today I attend Brigham Young University, and I still walk to school. I notice many of the same dangers here in Provo as I did back home in Georgia. Things like: lack of or discontinuous sidewalks, wide and busy roads with no crossing guard or lack of a crossing aid. When my Professor announced to my class that we would be assisting the American Heart Association with a project to promote safe routes to school, I was immediately interested.

Our class of about 20 undergraduate students were split into teams and then assigned school districts around Utah Valley. We split up the schools in our districts among our team members in a divide and conquer type of approach. Each of us then set off to the schools to collect data on the relative safety of the walking paths to the schools. One of the schools I visited was Franklin Elementary. The first thing I noticed when I arrived was the very busy intersection on the northwest side of the school. I had arrived as school was getting out and there were crowds of kids eager to get home. In talking with the crossing guard stationed at this particular intersection, I discovered that there had been many near accidents. Her suggestion was to have another stop sign put in at the intersection to help the traffic move more smoothly and to keep drivers from speeding by the school.

In talking with moms who had come to the school to walk home with their children, they told me they would love for their kids to be able to walk to and from school on their own, but they felt the roads were too dangerous. However, they wanted their children to continue getting the exercise from walking to and from school so they now walk with their kids in order to ensure their safety. Some other worries included a crosswalk light being out of order at times and the lack of safe sidewalks.

When my team came back together we were surprised to see that we had all gathered very similar data on the same type of problems. Together we constructed a plan and presented our findings at the American Heart Association Lobby Day this past January. Later in April we invited representatives and school board faculty to come and listen to our proposals. As an undergraduate student, alongside the American Heart Association I feel passionate about this topic and we received great feedback from those who came to hear us.

My experience working on this project has taught me that anyone can make a difference.

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