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  • Blog Post: Professor’s 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: You Can Help Save Lives Too!

    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: 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: PHONE BLITZ

    IT'S TIME TO STOP VAPING IN WORKPLACES! Time is running out in Albany to close the ecig loophole – yes, electronic cigarettes are allowed where smoking is prohibited! We are working to close this loophole…with just 2 legislative session days left , we need your help ! PHONE BLITZ TO...
  • 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: Maine Celebrates #NationalCPRWeek with a Huge Victory

    Maine celebrates National CPR Week with huge vote! Well, the Governor did it again. He vetoed another lifesaving bill. The Governor vetoed LD556, a bill that requires that all high school students spend 20 minutes out of 4 years of school learning Hands-Only CPR. That is the bad news. The fantastic...
  • Blog Post: A New World Record!

    The American Heart Association took over Times Square in New York City to set a new Guinness World Record - for the longest running set of consecutive chest compressions in a CPR Relay. It was a powerful day highlighting the real reasons why CPR training matters. The designation as a new Guinness World...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocates Participate in State & Federal Lobby Days

    The week of May 11 th was busy for Rhode Island advocates! A small group traveled to Washington, D.C. May 11 th & 12 th to meet with the RI Congressional Delegation – and on May 13 th , advocates gathered at the State House for RI Lobby Day. Federal Lobby Day : More than 380 You're the...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House & Senate Approve Stroke Bill

    The Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Rhode Island Senate have unanimously passed our stroke bill, ensuring quality stroke care for Rhode Islanders! This bill makes some important updates to the Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act of 2009. While the changes in the stroke bill are fairly...
  • Blog Post: We Are One Step Closer to Creating a Generation of Lifesavers in CT!

    We have made it to the final step to requiring all students in Connecticut to know CPR before the graduate! The Senate and the House both passed the bill in late May and now it goes to the Governor! Your advocacy has truly made a difference! Effective CPR training takes less than the amount of time to...
  • Blog Post: Together to End Stroke

    On May 7th we had over 40 stroke survivors, caregivers and advocates come together at the State House to advocate for a stroke system of care. Someone struck by stroke should be sent to a hospital that can ensure that properly trained staff, equipment and neurological services are there to treat them...
  • 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: Setting a World Record During CPR Awareness Week

    What better way to celebrate National CPR Week than to help set a world record on this life-saving skill in Times Square?! Tommy and Julie Watson of Williston, VT traveled to NYC on June 4 th to help the American Heart Association set a Guinness Word Record for Most People in a CPR Relay ! Tommy...
  • 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: 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: 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: JJ Pesany...not your everyday hero!

    Way to go JJ !!! Just 16, he is now a CPR instructor! Why is this so important? JJ was shocked by an overhead wire & his heart stopped. JJ is alive thanks to CPR. http://www.wgrz.com/…/cpr-saved-jj-pesanys-life-h…/26892723
  • Blog Post: CPR Smart School Honor Roll

    American Heart Association's CPR Smart School Honor Roll released... Congratulations to the following districts and schools in New York State that have been recognized as "CPR Smart" thanks to their commitment to teaching CPR and AED instruction to students: North Rose...
  • Blog Post: CPR SMART Schools Take Off in NYC!

    It all started with Staten Island's Port Richmond High School back in February...they were honored as New York City's first CPR Smart school during American Heart Month. Then came the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. Not to be outdone, Manhattan achieved their first CPR Smart designation...