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  • Blog Post: Tough Session So Far...

    The 2016 legislative session began in January and ends on May 4 th , 2016. It has been a session that has largely been overshadowed by a significant multi-year budget deficit and legislators that are also focused on their upcoming November elections. This, however, has not prevented the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Representative Prasad Srinivasan, Connecticut

    Dr. Prasad Srinivasan, an allergist, is a long time resident of the town of Glastonbury, and is currently serving his third term as the town’s state representative. He is a member of the General Assembly’s Public Health; Finance Revenue & Bonding; and Planning & Development committees...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • Blog Post: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Dedicated Advocates Save CPR Training!

    During the 2015 legislative session, AHA advocates worked hard to pass legislation making CT the 24 th state to require CPR training in the public school curriculum. At the same time, a High School Graduation Task Force was formed to review recent changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements...
  • Blog Post: CT Considers Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age

    An issue that has begun to pick up traction nationally is increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21. Currently only Hawaii has passed such a law, but numerous states, including CT, have considered it during their current legislative sessions. The American Heart Association, along with other groups...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Vending and Marketing Bill in CT

    The American Heart Association was successful in having a bill raised in the Public Health committee that seeks to require a study of food dispensed in vending machines maintained on state property, with the goal of ensuring that the machines eventually offer plenty of healthy choices to the consumer...
  • Blog Post: CT Considers Raising the Minimum Age to Purchase Tobacco Products

    On Wednesday, March 2nd, the Public Health committee held a public hearing on a number of bills, one of which was a proposal to raise the minimum purchase age to 21 for tobacco products, electronic cigarettes and vapor products. The American Heart Association and other health advocacy groups testified...
  • Blog Post: Meet Our New Team Member

    My name is Jim Williams, and I am your new CT Director of Government Relations. I’m very excited to hit the ground running during the legislative session, which began Wednesday. For the past 10 years I worked as the Government Relations Director for the CT State Dental Association. I have also...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Stop Our Schools from Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Our Kids!

    Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, 88% of Connecticut school districts are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards. However, the food industry is still allowed to market unhealthy products in our schools. This sends a mixed message to our students. It is also...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Connecticut

    The legislature is getting ready to go back to work and I am excited about all the great policies we are going to be working on. We have made great progress on ensuring that our schools aren’t serving unhealthy foods, so why are they allowed to advertise them in schools? We think that schools should...
  • Blog Post: Thank you...

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the holidays, I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Many lives throughout Connecticut and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on important health issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families...
  • Blog Post: Safer Streets for Connecticut...

    We are pleased to announce that we have received confirmation that the American Heart Association secured a $9.8 million appropriation of bonded funds to support bike and pedestrian transportation projects. These dollars will help CT residents have access to safer bike and pedestrian transportation opportunities...
  • Blog Post: Charles Wira MD, Connecticut

    We’re fortunate to have Dr. Charles Wira as the Chairman of our Stroke Task Force. Dr. Wira brings a wealth of knowledge to the group that will help them produce the best recommendations possible for improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. Dr. Wira is board certified in Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Voices for Healthy Kids Conference in New Orleans

    I’m excited to be writing this update from smoke free New Orleans. Over the course of the week I’ll be meeting with advocacy staff from the American Heart Association and Voices for Healthy Kids to discuss how we can be more effective advocates in the fight against obesity. Over the course...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Agenda Summary

    It’s an exciting time in the Connecticut General Assembly and the advocacy world. We have begun to finalize our legislative agenda and the legislature is beginning to shift gears for the start of the 2016 session. We have an ambitious agenda full of great proposals that will help save lives...
  • Blog Post: Meetings with CT Congressional Delegation for School Nutrition

    This month members of the Connecticut Congressional Delegation will be heading back to Washington DC from August recess. When they return to the hill, they will be fighting to protect funding for school nutrition programs established under the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act. The positive effects of...
  • Blog Post: Lew Panzo, Connecticut

    I’m proud to introduce one of our newest advocates, Lew Panzo. Lew will be attending our Rally for Medical Research Hill Day on September 17 th in Washington DC. He was 47 years old when he had a Myocardial Infraction. One year later, he was admitted with chest pains and had to undergo a Quadruple...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Task Force Moves Quickly and Gov. Malloy Holds Formal Signing For CPR Bill

    Summer may be seen a slower time in in the legislature, but that’s not the case with the Department of Health Task Force to Study Stroke. The group has begun meeting regularly and it’s clear that everyone in the group is dedicated to improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. The group...
  • Blog Post: Amre Nouh, Connecticut

    Dr. Amre Nouh is a stroke specialist at Hartford Hospital and he has been appointed as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative to the Department of Public Health Task Force to Study Stroke. Dr. Nouh brings a wealth of experience to the table and has held a variety...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Government Relations Director

    My name is Dan Giungi and I’m the new Director of Government Relations for the American Heart Association in Connecticut. Some of you may have already received my action alerts, but I’m looking forward to meeting you as we work together to ensure Connecticut’s elected officials are...
  • Blog Post: Students in Connecticut Will Learn CPR before they Graduate

    Thanks to our advocates hard work and dedication Governor Malloy signed a bill on June 23rd requiring all schools to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum. Connecticut students will now have direct access to sensible and affordable training that will equip them with the lifesaving skills...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in CT!

    We have made it to the final step to requiring all students in Connecticut to know CPR before the graduate! The Senate and the House both passed the bill in late May and now it goes to the Governor! Your advocacy has truly made a difference! Effective CPR training takes less than the amount of time to...
  • Blog Post: Making Schools Nutritional Safe Zones

    The Committee on Children recently voted in support of legislation ensuring the food marketing that is shown in schools is aligned with the National School Lunch Program. The American Heart Association believes if schools cannot serve a particular unhealthy food item in school the food industry should...
  • Blog Post: Public Health Passes CPR in Schools

    The Public Health Committee recently voted out a bill requiring high school students learn Hands-Only CPR and AED awareness before graduating. There was overwhelming support for the legislation and committee members spoke glowingly about the bill during the comment period before the vote. This was a...