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  • Blog Post: Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice - Start with Blueberries and Help with Policy!

    I don’t know about you, but this time of year, all I want to do is snack on fresh Vermont blueberries. Yummy! I put a bowl in the front of our fridge, and every time the door is opened, it’s hard for someone in my family not to grab a handful and pop them in their mouth. That’s a...
  • Blog Post: CT Needs State-Wide Hospital Stroke Designation Program

    In Connecticut, stroke has been one of the top 5 leading causes of death and the leading cause of disability. An abundance of medical literature demonstrates that stroke patients receive better care, have better outcomes, and have less treatment related complications at centers equipped to treat stroke...
  • Blog Post: New USDA Rules to Improve School Health Environment: What They Are and What You Can Do to Get Involved.

    Teaching children healthy eating habits is critical to their long-term health. Parents strive to instill healthy habits at home, and schools have worked hard to improve the nutritional quality of school meals, snacks, and beverages sold in schools. Schools, especially, play a critical role in promoting...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Kids Meals, Good for Kids and Good for Business!

    Parents rely on restaurants often these days for meals given hectic work and family schedules. But even though dining out is fun, fast, and easy, it’s not always healthy for kids. We’d like to change that. We’re working in Vermont to ensure that all restaurant kids’ meals meet...
  • Blog Post: A Lifesaving Delivery

    Thirty-two states have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-only guidelines-based CPR training for all students before they graduate from high school. That means that each year, more than 1.8 million public high schools graduates will have been trained in CPR. Just over a year ago...
  • Blog Post: AEDs in Schools is on the Move

    Thanks to a small but mighty group of advocates, a bill requiring all public schools to have AEDs has passed the Senate. We are working with the House to quickly take it up by this fall. A group of dedicated volunteers have shared their heartbreaking stories of losing a child to sudden cardiac arrest...
  • Blog Post: Let's Keep NJ's Young Hearts Healthy

    Over the past year, several states and numerous municipalities throughout the nation have opted to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. New Jersey is among the many states that is considering raising the age. The Senate voted to raise the age in June. It is our hope that the Assembly...
  • Blog Post: MA Legislature Ends Session with Some Success

    The Massachusetts Legislature finished their formal session at midnight on July 31st before taking a break. We were happy that $6 million was allocated for the MA Food Trust Program, providing necessary funding for our healthy food financing initiatives in the Economic Development Bond Bill. We will...
  • Blog Post: Summit Focuses on Advancing Million Hearts in Rhode Island

    A state summit was held on August 9 th entitled “Advancing Million Hearts: American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in Rhode Island.” The purpose of the meeting was to connect the American Heart Association, Rhode Island Department of...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs AEDs in Schools Bill into Law

    On July 6 th , Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill that will require AEDs in all public and private middle and high schools in the state. AEDs will also be required at school-sponsored athletic events and someone trained in the use of the AED must also be present. This bill was championed by...
  • Blog Post: Founders Affiliate Convenes Staff Stroke Workgroup

    Challenging ourselves to elevate the vital topic of stroke throughout the Founders Affiliate, a staff stroke workgroup was convened in May 2016. Comprised of AHA/ASA staff leaders from communications, advocacy, quality improvement and development group is focused on executing on the 2020 goal of reducing...
  • Blog Post: Healthy School Environments Support Healthier Food Preferences in Children

    Building on the progress made in recent years in the school nutrition environment, the American Heart Association is committed to helping remove unhealthy marketing and advertising present on school property. Parents may not realize the practices going on that is the result of corporations finding ways...
  • Blog Post: NYC's PE Report Card is Due This Month!

    A lot of exciting things have happened in New York City schools over the past year. But we're really proud of one achievement. Thanks to our You're the Cure advocates and the leadership of Mayor de Blasio and New York City Council, we are soon going to see certified PE teachers in every elementary...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Celebrate Successful Legislative Session

    The 2016 RI Legislative Session wrapped up on June 18th. Lawmakers passed hundreds of bills in the frenzied final days of session. Thanks to the passion, commitment and advocacy of our You’re the Cure advocates, we are celebrating a very successful year at the State House! Below is a quick recap...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Highlights Partnership with Providence Public School District

    We are very excited to share a new report entitled “Providence Teachers Learn How to Get Kids Moving” that highlights our recent work with the Providence Public School District (PPSD). This work was part of the American Heart Association’s Accelerating National Community Health Outcomes...
  • Blog Post: Learning CPR in Schools

    Nearly 383,000 people have cardiac arrest outside of a hospital every year, and only 11% survive, most likely because they don’t receive timely CPR. Given right away, CPR doubles or triples survival rates. Teaching students CPR could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: First Major City To Pass Sugary Drink Tax Is..

    Earlier this month, Philadelphia became the first major U.S. city to pass a sugary drink tax, scoring a significant win for kids and public health- while defeating a very formidable opponent, Big Soda, which spent millions of dollars trying to defeat the proposal. The City Council has approved a budget...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year New Jersey!

    Its not only a New Year in the Garden State, but also the start of a new legislative session. Toward the end of last legislative session, we saw some movement on several long time priorities for the American Heart Association. Thanks to you and other "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: Its Time for Our Kids to Get Physically Active!

    We have an opportunity to increase accountability of schools to provide quality physical education. The Senate took action on a quality physical education bill which is a huge first step in ensuring that we are providing opportunities for our kids to be active, your advocacy helped them prioritize the...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Healthy Food Just Around the Corner!

    Last month, the New Jersey Senate came one step closer to creating a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative in New Jersey. On November 16, the Senate Economic Growth Committee voted 4-0 to release the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act from the committee. This means the bill is one step closer to becoming...
  • Blog Post: Kicking the Habit, Reducing the Burden of Tobacco

    Despite all of our efforts, tobacco use is still the number one cause of premature death and preventable chronic disease across the state and country. More than 9,000 Massachusetts residents die annually from tobacco-related disease. If we do not continue to push prevention policies, 103,000 Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Does Not Discriminate, Stroke Can Affect Us All

    Behind the stroke numbers are real lives. Stroke is the nation's No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. October 29th marked World Stroke Day, which was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread...
  • Blog Post: Calling All NJ Advocates!

    Want to share your story about how you are fighting heart disease and stroke in your community? Now is your chance! Each day, "You're the Cure" advocates like you are stepping up and taking action to make the Garden State a healthier place to live, work, play and learn and we want to hear...
  • 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: 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...