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  • Blog Post: Albany County Legislature Holds Public Hearing on Tobacco 21!

    Last night, the Albany County Legislature held a public hearing on raising the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Public Health advocates and community members came out in full force to discuss the reasons why raising the purchase age is so important. I was there beside my colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: Help Kids Be Healthy for Years to Come!

    Obesity has tripled among children and adolescents in the last 30 years. It’s time to act! Establishing strong obesity prevention programs in child care settings is a great place to start. The Vermont Child Development Division is currently updating its licensing regulations for child care centers...
  • 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: 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: Fairport Central School District recognized as "CPR Smart"!

    Congratulations to Fairport Central School District! The district recently received the "CPR Smart" recognition from the American Heart Association for committing to prepare their students for an emergency by teaching CPR. As part of the program, the district will teach students how to identify...
  • 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: Me, Affected by Obesity?

    Think about whether your life might be affected by obesity. Now think again. Over 60% of Vermont adults and 29% of our kids are overweight or obese. Are you paying for that? New estimates from the Rudd Center for Food Policy shows it’s pretty likely. Obesity-related health care costs among...
  • Blog Post: Research & Advocacy = Results

    In the last decade, U.S. hospitalization and death rates for heart disease and stroke have dropped significantly! That means our research and your advocacy are paying off! Let's keep it going to reach the American Heart Association’s 2020 goal — to improve the heart health of all Americans...
  • Blog Post: Burlington event focuses on sugar's impact on cardiovascular disease and health

    The American Heart Association recommends no more than 100 calories or 6 teaspoons of added sugar a day for women and 150 calories of 9 for teaspoons for men. But the reality is people are consuming far more. And sugary drinks are the primary source of added sugars in American diets. Learn more about...
  • Blog Post: Mary Cushman - An Advocacy "Hero"

    American Heart Association Advocate and Board Member Mary Cushman takes her role as an advocate seriously, advocating for state and federal policy priorities for the American Heart Association. As a physician and researcher, she knows both are important to preventing lives lost to heart disease and...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Soup on a cold rainy day‚Ķ

    I love soup, especially tomato soup. So, when I stepped out at lunch to run errands on this 36-degree damp day, I stopped at a chain restaurant to buy some soup to bring back to my desk. When I returned, I decided to catch up on emails from Nancy Brown. Nancy, as most of you know, is the CEO of the American...
  • Blog Post: CPR in minutes!

    Just one minute of CPR video training could save lives in emergencies, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013...wouldn't you think that NYS lawmakers would want schools to take just minutes out of the school year to teach CPR? Now will...
  • Blog Post: Smoking report finally released!

    Think we've won the war on smoking? Think again...a newly released evaluation of the state's Tobacco Control Program shows that while we've made great progress we have a long way to go! http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/docs/2012-12_independent_evaluation_report.pdf ...
  • Blog Post: NYS adult obesity rates still too high!

    We all know obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The CDC has posted the 2012 state-specific data on adult obesity prevalence. So where does New York stand? 23.6% of adults are considered obese...are we doing enough to combat obesity?
  • Blog Post: Thank you to Inside Schools for your support of physical education!

    Check out this great blog post by Inside Schools which features the American Heart Association's report on physical education in NYC schools released earlier this month. If you haven't already done so, take action today to make sure your Council Member has received a copy of the report! http...
  • Blog Post: NYC's 800 Lb Gorilla - We Need to Improve PE!

    Today, the American Heart Association released preliminary results of a survey analysis regarding Physical Education (PE) in all New York City schools. Every school, in all five boroughs was invited to participate and the American Heart Association secured responses from 272! More than half of these...
  • Blog Post: Ready...Set...Go! And we're off in New York City!

    There is so much going on this week in New York City! It's after midnight, and I'm just now getting to submit this blog post. Here's why I'm burning the midnight oil... On Wednesday morning, the American Stroke Association (yes, that's us!) is supporting a press conference with...
  • Blog Post: A Growing Problem...

    Here's a growing problem - Did you know approximately 60% of NYers are overweight or obese? And over 1/3 of our state's kids are overweight or obese! This hurts our health and wallets. The NYS Comptroller's new report shows adult obesity costs a whopping $11.8 million in health care costs...