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  • Blog Post: Sugary Drink Tax Passes Legislative First Hurdle

    The General Assembly’s Committee on Children voted on a bill that would place a 1 cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks and use the dollars raised to fund childhood obesity prevention initiatives. Sugary drinks are staples of today’s American diet. These beverages are inexpensive...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocates Testify At CPR in Schools Public Hearing.

    American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers from around the state traveled to Hartford to testify at the Connecticut Public Health Committee hearing to support a bill requiring Connecticut high school students learn hands-only CPR prior to graduation. Seven volunteers attended, including Leigh Pechillo...
  • Blog Post: Kelly Trenholm, Connecticut

    The American Heart Association holds a special place in my heart. Like so many others, I have experienced firsthand the effects of heart disease in my family. Watching my beloved grandmother live with the symptoms of congestive heart failure on a day to day basis was extremely difficult for me &...
  • Blog Post: CT AHA Board engaged in a letter writing campaign to State Legislators Promoting CPR in Schools

    At the most recent Connecticut American Heart Association boarding meeting, hosted by Griffin Hospital in Derby, board members reported on the progress of their letter writing campaign to state legislators. Board members wrote to their local state representatives and state senators asking for support...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Marketing in Schools is in Play this Legislative Session

    The Children’s Committee of the General Assembly took the first step in ensuring schools are nutritional safe zones and students are not targeted by the food industry in unhealthy food marketing campaigns based in the school environment. Parents know from experience that food ads and marketing...
  • Blog Post: Spreading the Wellness Word at The Big Connect.

    The American Heart Association participated in the Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce’s The Big Connect. American Heart Association’s Connecticut board member, Lori Temple, was also at the event representing Harvard Pilgrim Health Care. Lori and Harvard Pilgrim are strong believers in...
  • Blog Post: Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak, M.D., MPH Rallies the Troops

    The American Heart Association, along with the American Cancer Society and Tobacco Free Kids, recently hosted the 2015 National Tobacco Control Conference in Washington D.C. Acting Surgeon General Rear Admiral Boris Lushniak gave a captivating talk on the progress and the need to continue to work on...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and professionally. Although the stroke dramatically...
  • Blog Post: New Haven Heart Walk Leaders Support CPR in Schools

    Advocacy recently participated in the New Haven Heart Walk Leadership Breakfast where attendees were briefed on the importance of getting CPR training in all of Connecticut’s high schools. There was a demonstration by American Heart Association’s Emergency Cardiovascular Care department,...
  • Blog Post: Debi Mrozowski, Connecticut

    Debi Mrozowski, a secretary at Rock Hill School, recently addressed the attendees of the Greater Hartford Executive Leadership Team Breakfast, where she recounted her heroic CPR save at a local basketball game. Debi explained to the audience that on February 23rd that she was keeping score at a game...
  • Blog Post: AHA Volunteers' Work on Display at Stroke Conference

    At the recent North East Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) conference, which brings states together to address the various disparities in care for stroke in our region, the Connecticut stroke delegation gave attendees an update on the group’s legislative activities. Kristen Hickey, Stroke Coordinator...
  • Blog Post: Enthusiastic Support for AHA at Sikorsky Health Fair

    American Heart Association staff took part in the recent employee health fair at the Sikorsky Aircraft Factory in Stratford. Hundreds of Sikorsky employees participated in the day’s activities. AHA was there to promote its CPR in Schools campaign along with distributing healthy living educational...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Hero Day

    The American Heart Association recently hosted an event for children with congenital heart defects and their families to come together for fun activities, support, and networking. The event included heart healthy snacks, fun activities like face painting, crafts, games, and more. Kids came by the Advocacy...
  • Blog Post: Susan Kosman, Board Chair of CT Board Directors

    Volunteerism provides me with a deeper connection to my community. The American Heart Association holds a special connection for me. My father died at home of a heart attack at the age of 47. I was 14. While this influenced many areas of my life, it most certainly affected my choice of profession. My...
  • Blog Post: AHA Honors Youth for Advocacy Work

    The American Heart Association, along with state and congressional leaders, recently honored three Ellington high school students who were instrumental in getting a Connecticut State Board of Education resolution passed calling for public school districts to train CPR and AED awareness to their students...
  • Blog Post: Calling on the Feds to do More to Discourage Young People from Getting Hooked on E-Cigs

    The American Heart Association’s John Bailey, State Director of Government Relations, participated in a press conference with U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Connecticut Department of Public Health Commissioner Dr. Jewel Mullen calling on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to expedite implementation...
  • Blog Post: Bill Signing for Sudden Cardiac Arrest Education Legislation

    The American Heart Association recently attended the bill signing ceremony for Senate Bill 229 “An Act Concerning Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention”. Advocacy worked closely with State Senators Senator Carlo Leone and Bob Duff, along with the Pena Family whose son died of a SCA, in passing...
  • Blog Post: State Board of Ed Votes to Support CPR Training for CT Students

    American Heart Association Advocacy Volunteer Bruce Hoffman, along with members of the Ellington Rescuer Post 512, presented a CPR / Chain of Survival demonstration at the July meeting of the State Board of Education before board members passed a resolution including CPR training to the Health Curriculum...
  • Blog Post: Little PALs Learn Hands Only CPR

    Staff from the American Heart Association's Advocacy, Development, ECC Departments partnered with Yale New Haven Hospital at this year’s New Haven Police Athletic League Camp. AHA’s staff led a Hands Only CPR demonstration at the recent safety day. Approximately 160 kids ranging from...
  • Blog Post: The Start of Summer Brings New Board Members to CT AHA

    The American Heart Association of Connecticut has a new board of directors who have already committed to helping move AHA’s legislative agenda at the State Capitol. The new crop of board members have all been touched in one way or another by heart disease and stroke and are committed in assisting...
  • Blog Post: A Star Comes to Connecticut

    The American Heart Association recently held its Fairfield County Go Red for Women luncheon, which was attended by more than 400 guest learning how to combat heart disease and stroke, the number one and three killers among women. The guests were treated to Star Jones, who was the key note speaker and...
  • Blog Post: Rocky Supports CPR in Schools

    The American Heart Association collected signatures for a petition calling for CPR training in Connecticut schools at a recent New Britain Rock Cat’s game. As part of National EMS Week, members of the EMS community and American Heart’s Mission Lifeline project were recognized during the night...
  • Blog Post: Important SCA Legislation Passed in the CT General Assembly

    In the final days of the 2014 Connecticut General Assembly, law makers passed important legislation aimed at reducing the number of sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) deaths during youth athletic events. SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes. Most often, the death occurs during athletic training...
  • Blog Post: Three Young Ladies Who Know the Importance of CPR training in Schools

    Gabriela, Julia, and Megan, who serve in the Ellington Rescue Post 512, made a trip to the State Capitol to demonstrate CPR and advocate for CPR training in schools. The three demonstrated their skills and discussed with legislators the importance of learning CPR during the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Advocacy Group Pushes State System of Care Bill

    Members of the Connecticut Stroke Task Force have been working with legislators to pass a bill that would create the framework for a coordinated statewide Stroke System of Care, improving the odds of survival for stroke victims. The proposed legislation would improve outcomes for thousands of people...