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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: 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: 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: 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: AHA Hosts Summer Meeting of DASH-NY

    On July 28 th , the AHA hosted a summer steering committee meeting of DASH-NY. Like me, you may be unfamiliar with the acronym, so I will end the suspense: it stands for Designing A Strong and Healthy New York. What is most impressive, however, is what DASH-NY stands up for: ending the obesity epidemic...
  • Blog Post: Mock Vending is Causing a Buzz!

    We have been working on a healthy vending bill to requiring State Buildings to have healthier options in their vending machines. We put on display “mock vending machines” and it created a buzz. I have included the State House News Article below Examining the contents of a mock vending...
  • Blog Post: July Means Healthier Eating Statewide

    One of the great things that happened when you flipped your calendar on July 1 st was that that’s the day the state of Vermont began requiring state agencies to meet nutrition standards for the foods they sell and serve. And you’re part of the reason! We advocated this past legislative...
  • Blog Post: Helping Us Fight the Silent Killer

    High blood pressure is called The Silent Killer for a reason. It has no symptoms, so you may not be aware that it's damaging your arteries, heart and other organs. When left untreated, possible health consequences can include heart disease, heart attack, stroke and congestive heart failure. But...
  • Blog Post: Imagine Getting a Healthy Kids Meal Anywhere

    Imagine going out to eat with your family and knowing that any restaurant you chose that had a kids’ meal would offer some nice, healthy choices. Any restaurant. That’s what we’re striving for. But that’s not the case currently. Today, due to work demands and hectic school...
  • 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: Advocacy Victories in the Commonwealth

    We are excited that with the end of our fiscal year that we have a lot of advocacy wins to celebrate. This was a true team effort that could not be achieved without your support of our work, taking action on alerts, being part of lobby day, and you, our dedicated volunteers being tireless advocates throughout...
  • 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: Healthier Choices Just Around the Corner!

    The Healthy Small Food Retailer Act has made it through the Legislature in late June and is now on Governor Christie's desk! This bill would provide state support for programs that assist small corner stores and bodegas with offering healthy food for sale, such as the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Staff Attends Policy Summit in Minneapolis!

    The last week of June was a busy one for myself, Robin (NYC) and Patricia (Boston). The three of us spent a few days in Minneapolis at a Voices For Healthy Kids Policy Summit, where we discussed campaign work around Healthy Food Financing Initiatives, Physical Education, and Complete Streets. We met...
  • Blog Post: Significant Funding Headed to NYC Schools for Physical Education!

    Thanks to the incredible efforts of American Heart Association advocates and our partners in the Phys Ed 4 All coalition, New York City is investing some serious funding in our mission to improve physical education for every student! New York City Council approved a $9 million appropriation, originally...
  • Blog Post: LeanBox: Making Heart-Healthy Food Available in the Workplace

    The following blog post was submitted by LeanBox, a company providing a collection of services that improve workplaces through food and beverage culture. LeanBox has been a partner in our advocacy efforts to pass the “healthy vending” bill, which would require healthy options to be added...
  • Blog Post: UVM Student Research Aids Restaurant Kids Meal Effort

    An important part of advocacy is knowing the current environment surrounding an issue. Thanks to research conducted by UVM medical students this past year, we have great data to help us in our efforts this summer and fall to promote nutrition standards for kids meals at Vermont restaurants. As part...
  • Blog Post: Unhealthy Food/Beverage Marketing In Schools

    Parents know from experience that food marketing works. Cartoon characters on cereal boxes and toy giveaways with restaurant kids’ meals appeal to children and influence which foods they ask for and are willing to eat. When you send your children to school, you expect them to learn in an environment...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Announces 2016 Get Healthy! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2016 Get Healthy! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 25th in conjunction with our Youth Advocacy Day. The award ceremony recognized six outstanding students in grades K-5. Winning...
  • Blog Post: MA Budget Success

    Last week when the Senate took up their budget we had some success and some losses. We did not get any additional funding for MA Tobacco Cessation and Prevention Program. We also did not secure funding for CPR in Schools Grants or the AED Trust Fund which is disappointing but we will continue to work...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Child Care Facilities have new Emphasis on Healthy Eating and Activity!

    Parents of young children across Vermont can now have greater confidence that their child care provider is building the foundation for a heart-healthy life. The Vermont Child Development Division (CDD) of the Agency for Human Services recently issued new regulations for home and center-based early...
  • Blog Post: New Effort Emphasizes Making the Healthy Choice the Easy Choice!

    Did you know that Vermonters today are more likely to die from a largely preventable disease than an infectious disease? The Vermont Department of Health this month is launching 3-4-50, a simple concept to help us grasp the reality that 3 health behaviors contribute to 4 chronic diseases that claim the...
  • Blog Post: MA Heart on the Hill

    We had a successful Heart on the Hill Event on May 23rd with other 30 advocates having over 40 legislative meetings! Our volunteers advocated for healthy eating and active living policies and were given positive feedback and support of the issues. We are very pleased to report that the Senate adopted...