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  • Blog Post: Treasure These Days...

    My daughter loves digging in the sand for buried treasure. When she was a toddler, we snuck some skee ball tickets in to the sand when she was not looking. We did the same again this past weekend, only this time we really made her dig for them. The smile on her face when she unearthed the tickets was...
  • Blog Post: Let Us Serve Our Kids Better!

    We’re taking on a new policy effort to eliminate sugary drinks and set nutrition standards in restaurant kids’ meals. Only 3% of kids' meals options are healthy. People are eating out more than ever. In fact, nearly half of all food dollars are spent on restaurant meals. That means...
  • 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: Quality Physical Education Moves Out of Committee

    Great news, our physical education bill was voted out of Committee. This is the quickest we have ever seen the legislature take action on this issue which is exciting! We are working to continue moving it through the legislative process but we will need your help, so stay tuned for next steps! The...
  • Blog Post: Nutrition Changes at NH Schools A Big Success

    In 2010, the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act created the nutrition standards schools follow today to ensure healthy foods and beverages are being served to our children while at school. These standards are based on science and the recommendations of pediatricians and school food service experts. Schools...
  • 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: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • 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: 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: NYC Council Hearing on the PE Reporting Bill

    Welcome another blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This past week, the American Heart Association participated in a hearing for the PE Reporting bill in front of the NYC Council Committee on Education...
  • 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: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 20th. The award ceremony recognized eleven outstanding students in grades K-8. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity...
  • Blog Post: Support for Critical Heart and Stroke Funding

    The Senate finished up their budget at the end of May and we were able to be very successful thanks to our advocates! We secured $500,000 in funding for stroke prevention and awareness We secured language around creating a stroke system of care We increased the excise tax on flavored cigars...
  • Blog Post: NJ Leaders Tour Healthy Corner Stores

    Throughout the months of April and May, the American Heart Association and several of our partner organizations have been touring corner stores throughout the Garden State to educate lawmakers and others in the community about the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative. In April and May we visited several...
  • 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: Mary Cushman and Michelle Johnston Emphasize Research and Nutrition

    Vermont AHA board members Mary Cushman and Michelle Johnston joined the American Heart Association at our 2013 DC Lobby Day and enjoyed the effort so much, they made a return trip last month. And what a duo these two ladies are! Dr. Cushman, a professor of medicine and researcher at the University...
  • 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: Will you advocate for stroke victims?

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will be holding our first ever Stroke Awareness Advocacy Day in Albany on May 27 th to raise awareness of stroke. ASA will set-up meetings and provide a training for all. Participants will then meet with lawmakers and staff to discuss: ...
  • Blog Post: New Leadership in Albany

    This week we saw a major shift in leadership at the state's Capitol. Senator Dean Skelos stepped down as New York State Senate Majority Leader amidst rising pressure from lawmakers and good government groups. New York State Senator John Flanagan was selected by his colleagues as the new Senate Majority...
  • Blog Post: #StepUp4HeartHealth

    Hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates are in Washington, D.C. today! And we have a great group of NYers making the trip! So what's everyone talking about? Advocates will be telling lawmakers to support healthy school meals - Kids don't need junk food in schools. And we'll also...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Barb Frankowski tells lawmakers that a sugary drink tax could make the healthy choice the easy choice!

    Warning that sippy cups were one of the worst inventions ever created, Vermont pediatrician Dr. Barb Frankowski recently urged House Ways and Means Committee members to take action to tax sugary drinks to fight obesity and improve dental health. A portion of her testimony is excerpted below: What...
  • Blog Post: Urge Senators to Lift the Cap on Charitable Donations!

    Please tell Senate Finance Committee members that limiting the amount of funds non-profit organizations can raise in Vermont to fund their missions is the wrong way to raise revenue. The Vermont House has passed legislation that would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 percent of the state standard deduction...
  • Blog Post: Urge Lawmakers to Support Health Care Bill and Advance Legislation to Address Tobacco and Obesity!

    As legislators currently weigh options to fund health care priorities in Vermont, it makes sense to look at funding sources that target health care problems. The Vermont House will be voting on legislation this week to increase the tobacco tax and implement an excise tax on sugary drinks. Urge them to...
  • 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...