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  • Blog Post: Dr. Stephen Leffler and the University of Vermont Medical Center Supporting a Tax to Reduce Obesity and Health Care Costs

    The University of Vermont Medical Center has been outstanding in its support of a two cent per ounce excise tax on sugary drinks to reduce obesity in Vermont. Stephen Leffler, the Chief Medical Officer for the hospital, has been a tireless advocate testifying before a legislative committee, speaking...
  • Blog Post: Sugary Drink Tax Picking Up Steam

    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: New Legislative Leadership in Massachusetts

    We have new Committee Chairs named and now hundreds of bills can be assigned to their committees. We will have a lot of our issues in Public Health, Education, Health Care Finance and Judiciary Committee. If you have any personal relationships with these newly named chairs, please let us know. Your voice...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic in the Commonwealth!

    Help build the next generation of lifesavers through working with your local high school to include CPR training into a currently required course that reaches all students. You can help by signing up with AHA as a champion for working with an area school(s). allyson.perron@heart.org . Others champions...
  • Blog Post: How Heartsafe Is Your Town?

    New Hampshire’s Heartsafe Communities grew in number this year to 22 cities and towns which have taken action to strengthen their chain of survival from cardiac arrest. A Heartsafe Community is one that has taken steps to develop and implement a lifesaving network by coordinating local resources...
  • 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: Fighting for the Health of Women to Honor Go Red Day!

    Sadie is not a nice cat, but she was willing to humor me so that I could have a picture accompany my blog today. As a working mom, I am juggling a few balls in the air. Although my daughter was able to get to school on time this morning, I was not able to take her picture in her red dress. She was in...
  • Blog Post: Put Down Your Shovel and Help Save the Fund for a Healthy Maine

    The Legislature is in full swing. Almost. All of these storms have not only changed my exercise routine (I now just shovel for 1-4 hours a day instead of going to the Bath Y) but also the Legislature’s schedule. Public hearings, presentations and work sessions have had to be delayed, rescheduled...
  • 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: CPR in Schools Update...

    Stay with us... we're getting closer. As we told you earlier, the Board of Regents held their first public discussion on CPR in Schools at their December meeting . The next steps? The State Education Department (SED) is gathering input from interested parties - and we're happy they sought...
  • Blog Post: Help Eliminate Unhealthy Food and Beverage Advertising in Rhode Island Schools

    One of the American Heart Association’s top priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session will be eliminating unhealthy food and beverage advertising/marketing in schools. The good news – according to a recent report, most Rhode Island middle schools and high schools already prohibit unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Let's Advocate to Help NJ Make the Grade!

    Each year, the American Lung Association issues a "report card" on tobacco control policies for each state. They evaluate each state in 4 areas: tobacco prevention, smokefree air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services. New Jersey earned an "A" in smokefree air. Although...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual 2015 State of Tobacco Control Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness in protecting the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! ...
  • Blog Post: Cool Refreshing Idea to Encourage Water Drinking

    Now, this is just cool. The Maine Legislature just installed a water refill station at the State House. I carry a water bottle with me but it is really hard to refill it at the water fountains (I can only fill it about 1/2 way) and impossible in the sinks. I had heard about these from the lobbyist...
  • Blog Post: Let's Bowl a Strike This Year

    Another year has been put to bed and the 127 th Maine Legislature and Governor LePage have been sworn in. I am hoping that 2015 brings all of you, your family and friends good health and happiness. I don’t really like New Year’s resolutions because mine usually last about 2 weeks. However...
  • Blog Post: Board of Regents discusses CPR in Schools...

    It's been a long time coming... the NYS Board of Regents held their first public discussion on CPR in Schools at their December meeting! The item was briefly discussed on the P-12 committee agenda. Staff from the State Education Department (SED) presented on the new law and will begin the required...
  • Blog Post: New Year Brings New Opportunities for Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire

    This month is the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. We will soon have the opportunity to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities with returning lawmakers as well as newly elected Senators and House Representatives. Each year the AHA presents a robust...
  • Blog Post: Greece Central School District is CPR Smart!

    Greece Central School District is now CPR Smart! The district adopted a CPR Smart policy - all of their students will now graduate knowing CPR and how to use an AED. The district is now the largest district in New York State to be recognized as a CPR Smart School. During Physical Education classes...
  • Blog Post: Train a Generation of Lifesavers

    In New Hampshire the survival rate for people suffering an out of hospital cardiac arrest is about 8 percent. A cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival is much greater if someone nearby knows and gives CPR until EMTs arrive with a defibrillator. That means the victim’s life is literally...