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  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Lobby Day a Success

    You’re the Cure advocates from across the Ocean State descended on the RI State House on May 4 th for the American Heart Association’s Lobby Day. Their message to lawmakers: cast a vote for children’s health! Advocates spoke with legislators about two important proposals: The...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Legislative Session Heads into Home Stretch

    We are heading into the final weeks of the 2016 RI Legislative Session. With several priority bills still in play, we need your continued support to keep the pressure on our legislators! Our bills related to school nutrition and healthy school marketing have both passed the Senate and await action...
  • Blog Post: Without Day

    On April 29, The Maine Legislature adjourned Sine Die . Sine Die is Latin for "Without Day." This is the phrase used when a legislature or assembly does not assign another day to meet. Obviously, the Maine Legislature is coming back after the election in November, but there is no day assigned...
  • Blog Post: Making Connections for Maine Survivors

    Last week, the American Heart Association in Maine hosted our first ever survivor gathering at OceanView at Falmouth. It was a resounding success. Approximately 50 heart disease and stroke survivors were able to network and hear the amazing Pat Kirby tell her story of surviving misdiagnosis, numerous...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Stroke in the Garden State!

    Throughout May, the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association focuses attention on New Jersey's third leading cause of death: stroke. Not only is stroke a leading cause of death, but it is also a leading cause of disability. New Jersey is a leader in stroke care, but a bill was recently...
  • Blog Post: Tough Session So Far...

    The 2016 legislative session began in January and ends on May 4 th , 2016. It has been a session that has largely been overshadowed by a significant multi-year budget deficit and legislators that are also focused on their upcoming November elections. This, however, has not prevented the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: They Want to Hear From You!

    Even though Connecticut is indeed a small state, it still consists of no fewer than 169 towns and cities. Within those towns and cities are 151 state representatives and 36 state senators, all of whom are re-elected every two years. You are a constituent to one particular state representative and state...
  • Blog Post: #PE4All Victory in NYC!

    It's almost too good to be true! After years of advocacy, more emails than you probably want to remember and countless hours of work with our community partners in the Phys Ed 4 All coalition, New York City is poised to make significant progress in our goal to improve physical education for every...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Protecting Our Youth from Big Tobacco!

    We’re almost half way there! Last week the Senate passed legislation to protect kids from the dangers of tobacco! This critical legislation would strengthen our tobacco laws and once again make Massachusetts a nationwide leader in tobacco prevention and control. The bill, if passed, will: ...
  • Blog Post: Will You Raise Your Voice to Help Prevent Obesity in Massachusetts?

    Join us for our Heart on the Hill on May 23 rd from 11-2 and use your voice to advocate for our key priorities because we believe our residents deserve healthy food and safe places to play. Advocate for healthy food and beverage options in vending machines in all State Buildings. Advocate for...
  • Blog Post: Little Tikes with a Big Message

    Sometimes it doesn’t take much to get the message across. Sawyer Daniels and Jack Towle stole the show at our April legislative reception. Sawyer is here today because his heart defect was able to be detected early thanks to a pulse oximetry test given shortly after birth – a defect that...
  • Blog Post: With Your Help, Vermont Could Be a Leader in Setting State Nutrition Standards!

    Vermont is poised to be a leader on setting nutrition standards for state agencies. But we need your help! Legislation we’ve been promoting this session to require state agencies in Vermont to follow nationally recognized nutrition standards for the food they sell in food service, vending and...
  • Blog Post: Winning the Fight Against E-Cigs in Vermont

    Thanks to the hard work by many volunteers like you, the Governor will soon be signing legislation into law that would prevent e-cigarettes from being used any place smoking is currently prohibited in Vermont! The Vermont House on April 26 th , gave its approval to the changes made to the bill by...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: Tobacco 21 Moves Through Committees in Albany County, Goes to Full Vote!

    On Wednesday, April 27, the Albany County Health Committee and the Audit & Finance Committee voted to move Local Law "C" through to a vote with the full legislature on May 9. Local Law "C" would raise the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. In addition to...
  • Blog Post: Albany County Legislature Holds Public Hearing on Tobacco 21!

    Last night, the Albany County Legislature held a public hearing on raising the purchase age of tobacco products from 18 to 21 years old. Public Health advocates and community members came out in full force to discuss the reasons why raising the purchase age is so important. I was there beside my colleagues...
  • Blog Post: New Stroke Advocacy Video Coming Soon!

    Yesterday, staff at the Albany, NY office met with local paramedics and AHA volunteers to create a new video highlighting the advances in stroke treatment and why it is important for states to have stroke systems of care, including designation of stroke hospitals. In New York, the AHA/ASA is advocating...
  • Blog Post: A busy Albany comes to a stand still as Legislators go on break

    You would never have guessed that yesterday more than 20,000 people came out to rally in support of three different candidates all vying for the 2017 Presidential bid. With supporters and protesters lining the streets of downtown Albany in hopes to see Donald Trump, Bernie Sanders, or John Kasich, the...
  • Blog Post: Falling on Deaf Ears

    All winter and spring, volunteers from the American Heart Association have been meeting with legislators, writing letters to the editor, making calls and sending email. Why? Because one of the most lifesaving bills in the past decade is being debated in the state house. LD633 would accept the federal...
  • Blog Post: In Preparation for American Stroke Month

    You likely know the statistics: Stroke is the number one cause of disability and the number five cause of death in the United States. In 2013, over 50,000 New Yorkers were hospitalized due to stroke and that same year over 6,000 died from stroke. Over the next three months, the American Stroke Association...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Corner on Healthy Food Access in NJ

    Our efforts to promote healthy food access in all communities in NJ are really starting to take off! On Thursday, April 7, the Assembly approved a bill to create a fund to assist small food store owners who face barriers to offering healthy items in their store. This legislation will improve health and...
  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day is May 4th. Register Today!

    Please join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House on Wednesday, May 4 th for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day! Click the following link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 4, 2016 State House –...
  • Blog Post: Senate Committee Approves Updates to RI School Nutrition Standards

    It has been a busy month of hearings at the State House and I’m happy to report that we are making progress on our policy priorities. See below for a quick recap. As we head into the final months of the legislative session, please keep an eye out for action alerts. We need to keep the pressure...
  • Blog Post: Leigh Pechillo, Connecticut

    Leigh Pechillo brings an extraordinary level of commitment and passion to her work as a volunteer for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Leigh suffered a massive heart attack on Mother’s Day in 2014 and was saved by her husband, Tom, who performed necessary lifesaving CPR...
  • Blog Post: Dedicated Advocates Save CPR Training!

    During the 2015 legislative session, AHA advocates worked hard to pass legislation making CT the 24 th state to require CPR training in the public school curriculum. At the same time, a High School Graduation Task Force was formed to review recent changes to the state’s high school graduation requirements...
  • Blog Post: CT Considers Increasing Tobacco Purchase Age

    An issue that has begun to pick up traction nationally is increasing the tobacco purchase age to 21. Currently only Hawaii has passed such a law, but numerous states, including CT, have considered it during their current legislative sessions. The American Heart Association, along with other groups...