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  • Blog Post: A New Year in Connecticut

    The legislature is getting ready to go back to work and I am excited about all the great policies we are going to be working on. We have made great progress on ensuring that our schools aren’t serving unhealthy foods, so why are they allowed to advertise them in schools? We think that schools should...
  • Blog Post: A New Year's Resolution that Matters

    This year, why not make a resolution that matters and is really easy to keep? We have a number of legislative priorities we’ll be promoting at the Statehouse to help Vermonters live healthier lives. Pick one or two and make a pledge to be a champion. If one of them passes, you’ll feel...
  • Blog Post: A New Year in Massachusetts

    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us. We are making progress on many of our issues, quality physical education, stroke systems of care, healthy food financing, healthy vending, shared use, tobacco, and our local CPR in schools efforts. I look forward to working together with...
  • Blog Post: Help Vermont's Little Hearts

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S. Early detection is key, which is why we need your help ensuring a simple, life-saving test for all newborns is required in Vermont. Pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for all you do!

    Now that we are officially in the throes of the Holidays, I wanted to stop and take a moment to thank you. Many lives throughout Vermont and across the country have been saved thanks to your passion, commitment and action on important health issues. Because of advocates like YOU, countless families are...
  • Blog Post: A New Test Could Soon be Required to Ensure VT newborns Go Home Heart Healthy

    Before a baby leaves a hospital, pulse oximetry screening – a simple clip on the toe – helps identify congenital heart defects. The American Heart Association has been working to ensure that babies in every state have this screening before they go home from any birthing facility. Currently...
  • Blog Post: It's a CPR Celebration!

    We did it! After more than 16 years of effort, New York will finally require every student be trained in Hands-Only CPR before graduation! Thanks to all of you - our You're the Cure advocates - New York is the 26th state to make this training a requirement for our students. As a result, our nation's...
  • Blog Post: Comment on Vermont's Tobacco Plan

    The Vermont Department of Health is updating the Vermont Tobacco Control Plan and wants input from Vermonters! As the new plan is developed with updated goals through 2020, the health department and the Vermont Tobacco Evaluation and Review Board (VTERB) would like to gain input from tobacco control...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Does Not Discriminate, Stroke Can Affect Us All

    Behind the stroke numbers are real lives. Stroke is the nation's No. 5 killer and a leading cause of long-term disability. Someone in the U.S. has a stroke about once every 40 seconds. October 29th marked World Stroke Day, which was established by the World Stroke Organization in 2006 to help spread...
  • Blog Post: Patience pays off for the littlest hearts

    On August 17 th the Maine Secretary of State published the DHHS rules that requires pulse oximetry testing for all newborns in Maine. It was a long road, but worth the ride. Those of you who have been following this blog since its inception 3 years ago know that the American Heart Association believes...
  • Blog Post: Amre Nouh, Connecticut

    Dr. Amre Nouh is a stroke specialist at Hartford Hospital and he has been appointed as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative to the Department of Public Health Task Force to Study Stroke. Dr. Nouh brings a wealth of experience to the table and has held a variety...
  • Blog Post: Scarborough Rocks and Learns

    I love summer. I also love disco music. That is why I was excited to bring my daughter to the Scarborough Music in the Park event in mid-July. Motor Booty Affair (a disco cover band) was playing and the night was beautiful. The best part—it was work. The Scarborough Fire Department teamed...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach!

    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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: Join Us: NYS Stroke Advocacy Day

    Stroke. Preventable. Treatable. Beatable. Join us in Albany on May 27th as we talk to lawmakers about treating and beating stroke. No experience? No worries. We'll make it easy for you. We will kick off the day with a morning training session. And we will set up legislative meetings for...
  • Blog Post: Urge Senators to Lift the Cap on Charitable Donations!

    Please tell Senate Finance Committee members that limiting the amount of funds non-profit organizations can raise in Vermont to fund their missions is the wrong way to raise revenue. The Vermont House has passed legislation that would cap itemized deductions at 2.5 percent of the state standard deduction...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to CPR in Schools Report

    The countdown has begun...The NYS Department of Education is required to issue a report to the NYS Board of Regents by April 19th. Many of you have taken actions to help get us where we are - we've reached out to lawmakers, the Governor; we've tweeted and posted on Facebook; we've shared...
  • Blog Post: Roosevelt Island Supports Community CPR Training!

    Thanks to advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Sharon Williams and a great group of volunteers, Roosevelt Island is quickly becoming the safest place to be if you suffer a cardiac arrest! Lynne and Sharon have helped implement a community training program that prepares New Yorkers to use hands-only CPR...
  • Blog Post: Fairport Central School District recognized as "CPR Smart"!

    Congratulations to Fairport Central School District! The district recently received the "CPR Smart" recognition from the American Heart Association for committing to prepare their students for an emergency by teaching CPR. As part of the program, the district will teach students how to identify...
  • Blog Post: New maps provide insight on access to supermarkets in New York State

    For millions of people around the country—many of them children—the fast choice is the only choice when it comes to food. Newly created maps paint a picture of the problem. View below to see maps outlining supermarket sales and income data in New York State. Additional blog posts on yourethecure...