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  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

    Telling legislators that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers, AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky urged Senate Health and Welfare Committee members at a recent hearing to implement nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals. Jane, the chair of UVM’s Department of Community...
  • Blog Post: E-cigs - Creating a Whole New Crop of Smokers

    A whole new generation of smokers may be on the horizon thanks to e-cigarettes. More and more youth are turning to e-cigarettes and studies show that when they do, they are also likely to turn to traditional cigarettes. The use of e-cigarettes by kids tripled last year and new data from Vermont...
  • Blog Post: Act Now Before Vermonters Grow Any Bigger

    When obesity is costing Vermont more than $290 million annually to treat the chronic diseases it causes, it should be a crisis deemed big enough for legislators to take action. The Robert Wood Johnson Annual State of Obesity report shows Vermont’s 38,000 cases of heart disease will climb to...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

    Strong clean indoor air laws are the most effective way to prevent second hand smoke exposure. In addition to conventional tobacco products, exposure to aerosol from electronic cigarettes presents a potential threat to public health while normalizing smoking behavior. Dr. Jan Carney will be joining...
  • 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: We've Saved Over a Billion Dollars Thanks to Reductions in Smoking in Vermont!

    A new report shows that reductions in adult smoking since Vermont’s tobacco control program began have resulted in over $1.4 billion dollars in savings in health care spending! The "Independent Evaluation of the Vermont Tobacco Control Program: 2015 Annual Report" by independent evaluator...
  • 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: Marc Kutler - Saving Lives with CPR and AED Awareness

    If there is one thing Marc Kutler does well, its saving lives. And he thinks more people should too. Marc, an ER doc at Northwestern Medical Center, has a passion for encouraging a strong chain of survival. He oversaw the CPR and AED training at The Edge fitness centers that led to five lives saved...
  • Blog Post: Working to Improve Restaurant Kids Meals

    You might remember Kim Evans as a panelist at last year's Go Red For Women Luncheon. Now Kim, a dietician with Whole Health Nutrition, has joined the AHA's Vermont Advocacy Committee to help us ensure there are nutrition standards for restaurant kids meals in Vermont. Kim joined the crew in...
  • 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: 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: Lots of Support for Vermont Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit

    Organizations across Vermont gathered on September 25 th for a Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Summit to pledge to ensure that Vermont kids have access to healthy eating and physical activity in early care and afterschool programs. Organizations including the YMCA, Vermont Afterschool, Vermont...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Rock the Walk

    Thanks to our advocates who turned out to talk about the need for healthy restaurant kids meals to walkers at our Vermont Heart Walk on Saturday, September 26th. Members of our board and advocacy committee including Jane Kolodinsky, Kim Evans, Mary Cushman, Jennifer Nachbur, Michelle Johnston and Christina...
  • Blog Post: Payton Jones is Helping Other Kids Get a Healthy Start

    There’s more to Payton Jones than meets the eye! This vibrant 14 year old is a survivor. After suffering a cardiac arrest at a swim meet three years ago as a result of an undiagnosed rare disease, Payton has been committed to helping fight heart disease. She has formed a walk team and walked...
  • Blog Post: Help Kids Be Healthy for Years to Come!

    Obesity has tripled among children and adolescents in the last 30 years. It’s time to act! Establishing strong obesity prevention programs in child care settings is a great place to start. The Vermont Child Development Division is currently updating its licensing regulations for child care centers...
  • Blog Post: Smoke Free 10 Event Brings Support for Addressing E-Cigarettes

    The American Heart Association and the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Vermont celebrated 10 years of smoke-free bars and restaurants in Vermont on September 1 st with a celebration of public health groups, patrons and lawmakers and called on the crowd to support the inclusion of e-cigarettes in Vermont’s...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate Ten Years of Smoke Free Restaurants and Bars in Vermont on September 1st!

    Vermont has been enjoying smoke free bars and restaurants for some time thanks to advocates like you so come and celebrate with us! It’s hard to believe it’s been ten years but on September 1, 2005, Vermont eliminated a large loophole in the 1993 Smoking in Public Places Law that allowed...
  • Blog Post: Let Us Serve Our Kids Better!

    We’re taking on a new policy effort to eliminate sugary drinks and set nutrition standards in restaurant kids’ meals. Only 3% of kids' meals options are healthy. People are eating out more than ever. In fact, nearly half of all food dollars are spent on restaurant meals. That means...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky, Vermont's New Advocacy Committee Chair

    A long-time advocate for a sugary drink excise tax in Vermont will now chair the American Heart Association’s Vermont Advocacy Committee and help promote nutrition standards and the removal of sugary drinks in restaurants kids’ meals. Professor Jane Kolodinsky is also the chair of the...
  • Blog Post: Study Brings Healthy Drink Changes to UVM

    A study by UVM Professor Rachel Johnson has found that a ban on bottled water at the university has actually increased sugary drink purchases. The ban was implemented in 2013 as a way to reduce pollution from plastic bottles. But it has had negative consequences according to the study. These include...
  • 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: Volunteer Peter Evans Found Writing a Letter Makes a Difference

    As the old adage says, “It’s the squeaky wheel that gets the grease.” Advocacy helps us to speak up and out about issues that are important to us. The more we do, the more our message spreads. As volunteer Peter Evans found out during our sugary drink campaign, speaking up, even on...
  • Blog Post: Setting a World Record During CPR Awareness Week

    What better way to celebrate National CPR Week than to help set a world record on this life-saving skill in Times Square?! Tommy and Julie Watson of Williston, VT traveled to NYC on June 4 th to help the American Heart Association set a Guinness Word Record for Most People in a CPR Relay ! Tommy...
  • 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...