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  • 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: AED Advocates Stormed the State House

    A group of dedicated advocates came to the State House to lobby for a bill that would require automated external defibrillators in Schools. The advocates are so passionate because they unfortunately lost a child because when they suffered sudden cardiac arrest a defibrillator was not available. You could...
  • 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: 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: Portland Passes Tobacco 21- First in the State!

    On June 20, Portland became Maine’s first municipality to take the next step to keep all harmful tobacco products out of the hands of our children. Portland City Council unanimously agreed to an ordinance change that will raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. American Heart Association volunteers...
  • Blog Post: Lunch and Learn with a Side of Sunshine

    I spend most of my work time striving to reduce heart disease and stroke through changing statewide policies in Maine. Even when the legislature is out of session, the work does not cease. Maine’s American Heart Association Advocacy Committee analyzes Maine’s current landscape for policy...
  • 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: 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: Dina Plapler, Connecticut

    Dina Plapler has been an advocate and supporter of the fight against heart disease and stroke for much of her professional career. Serving as the AHA’s Executive Director of the CT and Western MA markets for the past two years, and now taking on a new role of a Senior Advisor, Mission Advancement...
  • 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: 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: Capital Region Heart Walk Brings Out Hundreds, Many Learn CPR

    Over the weekend, the Capital Region Heart Walk was held at the Empire State Plaza in Albany. Despite the rain and the wind, the event brought out hundreds of people looking to make a difference in the lives of those living with heart disease or at risk for stroke. In addition to walking, there were...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Executive Signs Tobacco 21!

    On Wednesday June 8, County Executive Dan McCoy signed Tobacco 21 into law, making it illegal to sell tobacco products to anyone under the age of 21. As you are aware, smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke. This new law will make it harder for youth to get their hands on tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Strengthening the Chain of Survival in NJ

    On June 6, several "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey successfully advocated for passage of the NJ stroke bill out of the Senate Health Committee! The bill would strengthen requirements for primary and comprehensive stroke centers, recognize acute stroke ready hospitals, ensure...
  • 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: FDA Agrees To Regulate E-Cigarettes

    The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently took a critical step to protect our kids from a new generation of tobacco products by issuing a rule that establishes FDA oversight of electronic cigarettes, cigars, hookah and other previously unregulated tobacco products. Concerned public health advocates...
  • Blog Post: Sharon Mierzwa, Connecticut

    Access to healthy food can be challenging in any environment, but particularly difficult for families with young children, teen residents and seniors living in high poverty areas of Connecticut. Many urban neighborhoods meet the definition of a food desert: low-income areas without ready access to fresh...
  • Blog Post: Two more NYS counties interested in learning more about Tobacco 21

    With all eyes on Albany County lately waiting to see if the County Executive signs the Tobacco 21 bill into law, the AHA has heard from two more counties who are interested in passing Tobacco 21 laws in their communities. Tobacco 21 would raise the legal purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21...
  • Blog Post: You Can Detect a Stroke

    I grew up worshipping Nancy Drew. Now, my daughter loves her as well. My daughter has a notebook that she fills with mysteries that she is trying to solve—it is really cool. Everyone knows that Nancy Drew is someone you want to have around in a pinch (or if you are held hostage by evil inn owners...
  • Blog Post: Time for Thanks

    Now that the hustle and bustle of the legislative session is over, we take a deep breath and then give thanks. Maine’s legislators work hard to represent their constituents while they are in Augusta. Maine technically has a part-time legislature, but being a legislator can be a full time job. Now...
  • 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...