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  • Blog Post: Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, New York

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind, a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, is gravely concerned about the high rates of hypertension in New York City. And he’s pushing the city to do something about it. Dr. Elkind recently submitted testimony to the New York City Board...
  • Blog Post: Let Us Serve Our Kids Better!

    We’re taking on a new policy effort to eliminate sugary drinks and set nutrition standards in restaurant kids’ meals. Only 3% of kids' meals options are healthy. People are eating out more than ever. In fact, nearly half of all food dollars are spent on restaurant meals. That means...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky, Vermont's New Advocacy Committee Chair

    A long-time advocate for a sugary drink excise tax in Vermont will now chair the American Heart Association’s Vermont Advocacy Committee and help promote nutrition standards and the removal of sugary drinks in restaurants kids’ meals. Professor Jane Kolodinsky is also the chair of the...
  • Blog Post: Nutrition Changes at NH Schools A Big Success

    In 2010, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act created the nutrition standards schools follow today to ensure healthy foods and beverages are being served to our children while at school. These standards are based on science and the recommendations of pediatricians and school food service experts. Schools...
  • Blog Post: New York City and the Battle Against #SneakySalt

    The New York City Health Department hopes to shed some light on the sneaky sources of salt in our diets. Several weeks ago, they proposed a rule that would require chain restaurants to post a warning to patrons when menu items exceed the daily recommended limit of sodium. And we agree...we should be...
  • Blog Post: Mass DOT Funds Complete Streets Program

    We are excited to announce, after a few years of hard work, that Mass DOT will be making use of $12.5 million of transportation-dedicated funds to implement a new Complete Streets program to support cities and towns in the design and construction of roadways that accommodate all users and modes. The...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Study Brings Healthy Drink Changes to UVM

    A study by UVM Professor Rachel Johnson has found that a ban on bottled water at the university has actually increased sugary drink purchases. The ban was implemented in 2013 as a way to reduce pollution from plastic bottles. But it has had negative consequences according to the study. These include...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Peter Evans Found Writing a Letter Makes a Difference

    As the old adage says, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Advocacy helps us to speak up and out about issues that are important to us. The more we do, the more our message spreads. As volunteer Peter Evans found out during our sugary drink campaign, speaking up, even on...
  • Blog Post: NYC Council Hearing on the PE Reporting Bill

    Welcome another blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This past week, the American Heart Association participated in a hearing for the PE Reporting bill in front of the NYC Council Committee on Education...
  • Blog Post: PE Reporting Bill Makes Progress!

    Great news! New York City Council has scheduled a hearing for the PE Reporting Bill! This long-awaited legislation will help to address a systemic concern in NYC schools - too few of them are meeting the state requirements for physical education. According to American Heart Association research...
  • Blog Post: Support for Critical Heart and Stroke Funding

    The Senate finished up their budget at the end of May and we were able to be very successful thanks to our advocates! We secured $500,000 in funding for stroke prevention and awareness We secured language around creating a stroke system of care We increased the excise tax on flavored cigars...
  • Blog Post: Setting a World Record During CPR Awareness Week

    What better way to celebrate National CPR Week than to help set a world record on this life-saving skill in Times Square?! Tommy and Julie Watson of Williston, VT traveled to NYC on June 4 th to help the American Heart Association set a Guinness Word Record for Most People in a CPR Relay ! Tommy...
  • Blog Post: It's a Wrap! A Summary of the 2015 Vermont Legislative Session

    This legislative session proved to be one of the most exciting and frustrating. I am incredibly proud of the hard work of AHA volunteers in trying to pass the first in the nation excess tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity. We made great progress. Preventing Obesity : Though our effort to pass a...
  • Blog Post: Marketing of Unhealthy Foods in New Hampshire Schools Undermines Efforts to Instill Healthy Habits in Children

    Preventing childhood obesity is one of the most important ways we can reduce the future risk of heart disease in adults. Tremendous progress has been made in school nutrition in recent years. There is overwhelming support among parents that their children have a healthier food environment during the...
  • Blog Post: New Leadership in Albany

    This week we saw a major shift in leadership at the state's Capitol. Senator Dean Skelos stepped down as New York State Senate Majority Leader amidst rising pressure from lawmakers and good government groups. New York State Senator John Flanagan was selected by his colleagues as the new Senate Majority...
  • Blog Post: #StepUp4HeartHealth

    Hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates are in Washington, D.C. today! And we have a great group of NYers making the trip! So what's everyone talking about? Advocates will be telling lawmakers to support healthy school meals - Kids don't need junk food in schools. And we'll also...
  • Blog Post: Hayder Hashim, M.D., New York City

    My Dad is Why. It was a Wednesday evening in June of 2006. I was in my room, studying for my final Gynecology and Obstetrics test, when I heard my mother calling me saying "your father is not looking right". He was 57 at the time, in his usual state of health when he started complaining...
  • 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...