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  • Blog Post: Dr. Barb Frankowski tells lawmakers that a sugary drink tax could make the healthy choice the easy choice!

    Warning that sippy cups were one of the worst inventions ever created, Vermont pediatrician Dr. Barb Frankowski recently urged House Ways and Means Committee members to take action to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity and improve dental health. A portion of her testimony is excerpted below: What...
  • Blog Post: Urge Senators to Lift the Cap on Charitable Donations!

    Please tell Senate Finance Committee members that limiting the amount of funds non-profit organizations can raise in Vermont to fund their missions is the wrong way to raise revenue. The Vermont House has passed legislation that would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 percent of the state standard deduction...
  • Blog Post: Urge Lawmakers to Support Health Care Bill and Advance Legislation to Address Tobacco and Obesity!

    As legislators currently weigh options to fund health care priorities in Vermont, it makes sense to look at funding sources that target health care problems. The Vermont House will be voting on legislation this week to increase the tobacco tax and implement an excise tax on sugary drinks. Urge them to...
  • Blog Post: Just around the Corner

    Over the past several years, there have been local efforts in communities throughout the state to improve access to healthy food in communities where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce. The American Heart Association is working with our partners at The Food Trust, Partnership for Healthy Kids...
  • Blog Post: New York City Leaders Support Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund

    On a cold, drizzly spring afternoon, city leaders joined advocates on the steps of City Hall to rally for the state to replenish the fund that helps to address food deserts in New York. The weather wasn't going to stop us! Thanks to Council Members Crowley and Levin, and advocates from The Food Trust...
  • Blog Post: Over 38,000 in New Hampshire May Lose Access to Healthcare

    New Hampshire recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand access to healthcare coverage for hard-working uninsured adults, through a premium assistance program. This program enabled over 38,000 Granite Staters to enroll in private health plans offered through...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities

    The American Heart and American Stroke Association was excited to partner with MA Public Health Association as part of the Voices for Healthy Kids Healthy Food Financing Campaign for the “Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities” which took place on Tuesday March 31 st . The briefing...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day

    The 84 Movement took to the State House on March 18 th as a part of the 20 th annual Kick Butts Day. This national day of youth activism mobilized the highest number of Massachusetts youth groups in The 84 Movement’s history. The day began with an opening session in the Gardner Auditorium at...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Speaks at Go Red for Women Luncheon

    The American Heart Association was thrilled that Governor Gina Raimondo could join us for the recent Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Nearly 600 women and men dressed in red to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Governor Raimondo’s...
  • Blog Post: Thank you, Council Member Crowley!

    Following up on the recent introduction of our PE Reporting bill in New York City, Council Member Crowley took to the TV to help advocate for her proposal. Check out the link here: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2015/02/19/ny1-online--queens-councilwoman-discusses-efforts-to-get...
  • Blog Post: Getting Some Traction on the Sugary Drink Tax!

    Legislators left Montpelier for their March break with interest hanging on the sugary drink tax. The House Health Care Committee took testimony on the tax as a possible source of revenue for health care reform measures and will likely vote on the tax when they return on March 10 th . Read more here....
  • Blog Post: Cutting Funding for Tobacco Prevention is a Step Backwards

    Despite the historic successes of Vermont’s tobacco control program, tobacco use is still the number one preventable cause of death and disease. While we’ve made great headway, there is more work that needs to be done and the program is at risk. The Governor’s proposed budget would...
  • Blog Post: Rhonda Hall, Massachusetts

    Eight years ago, Rhonda Hall was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and soon after that, she was diagnosed with diabetes. In just one day, she became a four shot-a-day diabetic and had high cholesterol and hypertension as well. Rhonda explained that it was an extremely tough time, but despite the challenges...
  • Blog Post: Syracuse supermarket sales Map

    Doesn't everyone deserve healthy food? Take a look below to see an image of supermarket sales and income in the City of Syracuse.
  • Blog Post: Kids can't eat healthy foods if they don't have a healthy choice…

    Did you know low-income neighborhoods have 50 percent fewer supermarkets than the wealthiest neighborhoods? For millions of people around the country—many of them kids—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. But things don’t have to be this way. Healthy food financing...
  • Blog Post: Making Progress on PE in NYC

    New York City Council has joined our fight to improve Physical Education in New York City! At their Stated Meeting on February 12th, legislation was introduced that will help to improve the transparency of how schools are (or are not) complying with the state's PE requirements. The Council's...
  • Blog Post: New maps provide insight on access to supermarkets in New York State

    For millions of people around the country—many of them children—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. Newly created maps paint a picture of the problem. View below to see maps outlining supermarket sales and income data in New York State. Additional blog posts on yourethecure...
  • Blog Post: Campaign to Pass a Sugary Drink Tax Picking Up Steam! You Can Help!

    Campaign Launched at Press Conference! The American Heart Association along with the Alliance for a Healthier Vermont officially launched our effort to pass a 2 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks at a Statehouse press conference on January 20 th . The result? Legislators, media and Vermonters...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco and Obesity - A $550 Million Dollar Price Tag for Vermont

    Though prevention is a lot less expensive than the treatment of chronic diseases, Vermont legislators are now considering a budget proposal from the Governor that would cut $500,000 from tobacco and obesity prevention initiatives in Vermont at the same time the State is spending $550,000,000 on health...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Month in New Hampshire

    You’re The Cure advocates make a difference in the lives of others by simply making our voices heard and reaching out to our lawmakers about public policy regarding heart health. For instance, one such success in New Hampshire was passing a law to require a simple Pulse Oximetry test be performed...
  • Blog Post: Massachusetts Legislators Go Red

    The Caucus of Women Legislators supported the 12 th Annual Go Red for Women on February 4 th at the Massachusetts State House. The event featured remarks by Senator and Representative, co-chairs of the Caucus of Women Legislators, Senator Gobi (D-Spencer) and Representative Fox (D-Boston), Speaker DeLeo...
  • Blog Post: Making the Commonwealth Heart Healthy and Stroke Free in 2015!

    We have a number of legislative priorities this year that will help us work towards building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We are excited about the number of opportunities we have and we appreciate your ongoing support to outreach to your elected officials. Here are what...
  • Blog Post: Advocate, Pam Bonney, Testifies at NYC Board of Health Hearing

    Today, the American Heart Association presented testimony to the New York City Board of Health encouraging improvements for the quality of child care facilities in our city. We are truly passionate about obesity prevention in our youngest New Yorkers, and our comments focused on the impact of nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Tax is a Win Win

    Vermont is currently spending $348 million each year to treat smoking-related illness, $72 million of which are taxpayer-funded Medicaid expenditures. We need to do more to reduce tobacco use and this financial burden. Increasing Vermont’s cigarette tax by $1.25 is part of the answer. It will...
  • Blog Post: An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Cure

    Theses famous words from Benjamin Franklin can ring true in a whole new way for Vermonters this year. Obesity has become an epidemic, and the health of our country is worse than it’s been before. But in Vermont, we can do something about it. A two-cent-per-ounce sugary beverage tax will set...