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  • Blog Post: Candace Pierce, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association’s National Office was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities in low-income communities across the country. The National Office selected 15 markets to receive funding for...
  • Blog Post: 2016 Policy Planning Underway in Rhode Island

    The 2016 Legislative Session might seem a long way off…but for the dedicated advocates who serve on the Rhode Island Advocacy Committee, summer is the perfect time to start gearing up for another successful year! There are many steps that go into our policy planning process. Staff work closely...
  • Blog Post: SAVE THE DATE: Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition Breakfast

    SAVE THE DATE for the Rhode Island Healthy Schools Coalition “Breakfast for School Leaders Symposium 2015" on Thursday, September 24th, 7:00 a.m.-9:30 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Warwick. The American Heart Association is excited to cosponsor this annual event which brings together superintendents...
  • Blog Post: Steve Goulet, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting an amazing new advocate! Steve Goulet is a cardiac arrest survivor - and now he's on a personal mission to save lives with CPR. Check out his incredible story in The Providence Journal: Photo credit: The Providence Journal http://www.providencejournal...
  • Blog Post: Governor Raimondo Signs Rhode Island Stroke Bill Into Law

    Governor Gina Raimondo has signed our stroke bill into law – ensuring the best possible care for stroke patients in the Ocean State! The bill had been unanimously approved by the Rhode Island House and Senate. The new law makes some important updates to the Stroke Prevention and Treatment Act...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Rhode Island Legislative Session - Wrap Up

    The Legislative Session came to an abrupt end on June 25 th after House and Senate negotiations reached an impasse. Dozens of bills were left in limbo – including our competitive foods/school nutrition & healthy school marketing bills. As you know, the competitive foods/school nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Recipients

    The American Heart Association and Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island hosted the 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest Award Ceremony at the Rhode Island State House on May 20th. The award ceremony recognized eleven outstanding students in grades K-8. Winning students demonstrated how physical activity...
  • 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: Rhode Island Senate to Vote on School Marketing Bill

    Great news! On March 25, the Senate Education Committee voted to recommend passage of our bill that would prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertising in Rhode Island schools. A vote before the full Senate is expected soon. National, state, and local efforts have greatly improved the nutritional...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies, Rhode Island

    More than 200 teens from across Rhode Island marched on the State House as part of the 2015 Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day on March 18th. They carried the message that tobacco and nicotine use is not for them - and Big Tobacco can't sway their choice to choose health! A smaller group of teens met...
  • Blog Post: Sara Bonneau, Rhode Island

    We recently had the pleasure of meeting Sara Bonneau, an amazing mom who is working with her legislators to make sure that all Rhode Island high schools and middle schools have functioning AEDs – and that an AED is present on athletic fields during school sporting events. On February 25, Sara testified...
  • Blog Post: House Committee Holds Hearing on Rhode Island School Marketing Bill

    The House Committee on Health, Education and Welfare (HEW) recently heard testimony on legislation that would eliminate unhealthy food and beverage marketing in Rhode Island schools. The bill, introduced by HEW Committee Chairman Joe McNamara, is one of our top priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo Speaks at Go Red for Women Luncheon

    The American Heart Association was thrilled that Governor Gina Raimondo could join us for the recent Go Red for Women Luncheon at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Nearly 600 women and men dressed in red to help raise awareness that heart disease is the number one killer of women. Governor Raimondo’s...
  • Blog Post: Help Eliminate Unhealthy Food and Beverage Advertising in Rhode Island Schools

    One of the American Heart Association’s top priorities for the 2015 Legislative Session will be eliminating unhealthy food and beverage advertising/marketing in schools. The good news – according to a recent report, most Rhode Island middle schools and high schools already prohibit unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Lisa Deck, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member and stroke survivor Lisa Deck was recently selected to serve as a National Go Red for Women Spokesperson! Congratulations Lisa and thank you for all that you do! Click the following links to see our new Go Red for Women public...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Receives "F" Grade for Tobacco Prevention

    The American Lung Association recently released its annual 2015 State of Tobacco Control Report , evaluating all 50 states on their effectiveness in protecting the public from tobacco use, the leading cause of preventable death. Did Rhode Island make the grade? In some areas, yes. In others, NO! ...
  • Blog Post: AHA Launches 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest for Rhode Island Schools

    The American Heart Association recently launched its 2015 GET HEALTHY! Poster Contest for Rhode Island schools. Students in grades K-8 are asked to draw a picture of their favorite physical activity and favorite healthy food(s), demonstrating how they GET HEALTHY! In addition to being entered to win...
  • Blog Post: New Leaders & An Ambitious Agenda for Rhode Island in 2015

    The Rhode Island Advocacy Committee recently elected a new leadership team and put the finishing touches on our 2015 Policy Agenda. We are excited to share that Dr. Steven Fera (right) and John Potvin EMT-C (left) will help lead our advocacy efforts for the next two years as chair and vice chair, respectively...
  • Blog Post: Miriam R. Plitt, Rhode Island

    We are very excited to share that Rhode Island Advocacy Committee member Miriam Plitt was recently inducted into the Pawtucket Hall of Fame in recognition of her volunteer work with the American Heart Association and many other important organizations. Congratulations Miriam and thank you for all that...
  • Blog Post: Arshad Iqbal, MD, Rhode Island

    Congratulations to Dr. Arshad Iqbal who was awarded the prestigious American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award at the recent NorthEast Cerebrovascular Consortium (NECC) Summit in Newport! The American Stroke Association Community Conscience Award is given annually to an individual that has...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools: Help Rhode Island Take the Next Step

    Did you know that only 10 percent of victims who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital setting survive? That’s right – ONLY 10 PERCENT SURVIVE. Most die because they do not receive bystander cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The numbers are both staggering and tragic. So how do we...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Awarded $3.5 Million to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

    Good news for Rhode Island...and many thanks to our You're the Cure advocates who fight for federal funding that comes back to our state! Following is a press release from the RI Department of Health: Rhode Island Department of Health Awarded $3.5 Million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases: New...
  • Blog Post: Deb Koziol, Rhode Island

    A heart defect she’d had since birth caused Debra Koziol to go into sudden cardiac arrest. Her husband’s CPR training—and a lifetime of keeping her heart healthy—saved her. Debra had spent her life trying to stay healthy. She exercised often and watched her diet. In her...