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  • Blog Post: Continuing the Fight!

    We've suffered an unfortunate set back on the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act. The governor conditionally vetoed the bill on August 31. He suggested that the bill be amended to direct the Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Health to review existing programs to determine if resources...
  • Blog Post: Specific Sugar Limits for Kids Urged

    Numerous studies have linked added sugars and conditions that lead to cardiovascular disease – the No. 1 cause of death in the world. The typical American child eats about triple the recommended amount of added sugars, half from food and the other half from drinks. For the first time, the American...
  • Blog Post: CT Needs Centralized, Statewide Stroke Registry

    In CT, stroke has been one of the top 5 leading causes of death and leading cause of disability. In an effort to reduce the burden of stroke by improving the quality of care delivered to stroke patients, stroke registries have been developed to measure and track acute stroke care. As part of its commitment...
  • Blog Post: Gearing Up for a Busy Fall!

    And just like that, summer was over! We hope that everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer vacation. With Fall upon us and the kids’ back to school, we are excited for another busy season full of AHA events. From Heart Walks, to Go Red Luncheons and everything in between, we are anxious...
  • Blog Post: Best of the Worst

    Vermont was just ranked one of the best states in the nation this month in terms of obesity by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. But upon taking a closer look, it’s not something to be proud of as Vermont is really just the best of the worst. This is...
  • Blog Post: Come have a healthy meal for kids on us!

    The American Heart Association is teaming up with seven restaurants across the state to host fun healthy kids meals events in September! Over the next few weeks, the chefs at these restaurants will be serving delicious, heart-healthy free kids meals to local families. These meals will meet the nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Supporting the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act!

    Thanks to board member Jennifer Nachbur and Advocacy Committee member Lana Khuong for promoting strong nutrition standards in schools. Both volunteers met with U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy’s staff during the August recess to encourage the senator’s continued support of the Healthy, Hunger Free...
  • Blog Post: Joe Boucher, Maine

    The reasons I volunteer are quite varied, but long before I knew what the American Heart Association was, I knew that I supported their mission to end heart disease. Heart disease has been part of life since elementary school when my father had his first heart attack, while driving with my younger...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs School Nutrition Bill Into Law

    Just in time for back to school…Governor Raimondo has signed into law our bill that will ensure healthy snacks and beverages for students! It was a long wait, but the General Assembly finally transmitted the bill to the Governor in early August and she signed on August 11th. As you know, the new...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Advocate Urges Support for NIH Research Funding

    Rhode Island advocate Miriam Plitt recently met with staff for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse to discuss the importance of heart and stroke research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the meeting, Miriam shared that one of her grandsons was born with a congenital heart defect. He...
  • Blog Post: Be a CPR SMART champion! Be Heroic!

    As the kids are heading back to school, we have an opportunity to help build the next generation of lifesavers through working with your local high school to include CPR training into a currently required course that reaches all students. But we need your help. What you can do: Sign up with...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Set Strong Standards for Early Care in Massachusetts

    Did you know that 60% of kids under the age of 6 spend the majority of their time in early childhood programs? Sadly these environments lack standards that help childcare providers and parents emphasize the important things for kids in these early developmental years: nutrition, physical activity, and...
  • Blog Post: NYC Education Department Releases PE Report!

    Do you know how your school is doing when it comes to offering effective PE to city kids? Well, thanks to the City Council, the city's Education Department and You're the Cure advocates like yourself, you can find out! The city released the first annual report on physical education last week...
  • 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: A Lifesaving Delivery

    Thirty-two states have passed laws or adopted curriculum changes to require hands-only guidelines-based CPR training for all students before they graduate from high school. That means that each year, more than 1.8 million public high schools graduates will have been trained in CPR. Just over a year ago...
  • Blog Post: AEDs in Schools is on the Move

    Thanks to a small but mighty group of advocates, a bill requiring all public schools to have AEDs has passed the Senate. We are working with the House to quickly take it up by this fall. A group of dedicated volunteers have shared their heartbreaking stories of losing a child to sudden cardiac arrest...
  • Blog Post: Let's Keep NJ's Young Hearts Healthy

    Over the past year, several states and numerous municipalities throughout the nation have opted to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. New Jersey is among the many states that is considering raising the age. The Senate voted to raise the age in June. It is our hope that the Assembly...
  • 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: Summit Focuses on Advancing Million Hearts in Rhode Island

    A state summit was held on August 9 th entitled “Advancing Million Hearts: American Heart Association and Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention Partners Working Together in Rhode Island.” The purpose of the meeting was to connect the American Heart Association, Rhode Island Department of...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs AEDs in Schools Bill into Law

    On July 6 th , Governor Gina Raimondo signed into law a bill that will require AEDs in all public and private middle and high schools in the state. AEDs will also be required at school-sponsored athletic events and someone trained in the use of the AED must also be present. This bill was championed by...
  • 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...