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  • Blog Post: Mass DOT Funds Complete Streets Program

    We are excited to announce, after a few years of hard work, that Mass DOT will be making use of $12.5 million of transportation-dedicated funds to implement a new Complete Streets program to support cities and towns in the design and construction of roadways that accommodate all users and modes. The...
  • 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: Nicotine-laced aerosol in your workplace? Yup.

    By now, you have all heard about these new tobacco products called e-cigarettes. These products take addictive nicotine-laced liquid, add candy and fruit flavors, and insert them into a devise that aerosolizes the liquid. People inhale the aerosol instead of smoking. Kids are using these products in...
  • Blog Post: Rounding Third and Headed for Home...

    The American Heart Association’s fiscal year ends at about the same time as the end of the legislative session. That makes June a very busy month. I have been at the state house every day (and some nights) during the past month working to try to override Governor’s vetoes and trying to stop...
  • Blog Post: Score: Vaping Industry 1 Public Health 0

    State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces . A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs Rhode Island Stroke Bill Into Law

    Governor Gina Raimondo has signed our stroke bill into law – ensuring the best possible care for stroke patients in the Ocean State! The bill had been unanimously approved by the Rhode Island House and Senate. The new law makes some important updates to the Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Rhode Island Legislative Session - Wrap Up

    The Legislative Session came to an abrupt end on June 25 th after House and Senate negotiations reached an impasse. Dozens of bills were left in limbo – including our competitive foods/school nutrition & healthy school marketing bills. As you know, the competitive foods/school nutrition...
  • 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: Study Brings Healthy Drink Changes to UVM

    A study by UVM Professor Rachel Johnson has found that a ban on bottled water at the university has actually increased sugary drink purchases. The ban was implemented in 2013 as a way to reduce pollution from plastic bottles. But it has had negative consequences according to the study. These include...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    Vermont advocates pushed for passage of legislation in 2012 that required schools to teach students Hands-only CPR and the importance of an AED (automated external defibrillator). Its efforts like these that have raised awareness to the need for public access to defibrillation and a strong chain of survival...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Peter Evans Found Writing a Letter Makes a Difference

    As the old adage says, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Advocacy helps us to speak up and out about issues that are important to us. The more we do, the more our message spreads. As volunteer Peter Evans found out during our sugary drink campaign, speaking up, even on...
  • Blog Post: NJ You're the Cure Advocates Visit NJ State House

    On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505). The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator...
  • Blog Post: The Fight for the NH Health Protection Program Continues into 2016

    Providing low income residents access to affordable health insurance is a key to prevention of heart disease and stroke. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program which went into effect in 2015 has enabled 40,000 previously uninsured Granite Staters to gain access to preventive healthcare and has reduced...
  • Blog Post: PE Reporting Bill Makes Progress!

    Great news! New York City Council has scheduled a hearing for the PE Reporting Bill! This long-awaited legislation will help to address a systemic concern in NYC schools - too few of them are meeting the state requirements for physical education. According to American Heart Association research...
  • 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: Stroke Heroes Storm the Capitol!

    Rich thought it was just a headache. Erik felt dizzy and queasy. Denise had a headache and neck pain. Paula collapsed. Turns out, each of them had a stroke. On Wednesday, May 27th, they joined with volunteers from across the state at the Capitol for the first ever American Heart Association/American...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Senate to Vote on School Marketing Bill

    Great news! On March 25, the Senate Education Committee voted to recommend passage of our bill that would prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertising in Rhode Island schools. A vote before the full Senate is expected soon. National, state, and local efforts have greatly improved the nutritional...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...
  • Blog Post: Over 38,000 in New Hampshire May Lose Access to Healthcare

    New Hampshire recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand access to healthcare coverage for hard-working uninsured adults, through a premium assistance program. This program enabled over 38,000 Granite Staters to enroll in private health plans offered through...
  • Blog Post: Honor the Legacy. Protect the Future.

    When people are healthy, children do better in school, workers are more productive, families have more money in their wallets every month, and businesses can add jobs because their health costs are lower. Why, then does Governor LePage recommend gutting Maine’s only state source of tobacco and...
  • Blog Post: Kids can't eat healthy foods if they don't have a healthy choice…

    Did you know low-income neighborhoods have 50 percent fewer supermarkets than the wealthiest neighborhoods? For millions of people around the country—many of them kids—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. But things don’t have to be this way. Healthy food financing...
  • 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: 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...