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  • Why do restaurants make it so difficult?

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    Both New York City Council and the State Legislature are considering ways to better support parents and encourage restaurants to help make the healthier choices, easier to find.
  • New York State Lobby Day on the State Budget was a great success!

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    American Heart Month was kicked off on February 1 st by our advocates descending on the New York State Capitol to lobby state legislators in support of funding to make New York more heart-healthy.
  • Bob Elling, New York

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    Meet Bob Elling. Bob is a career paramedic/educator/author and a passionate American Heart Association volunteer. His work with the American Heart Association has led to key legislative wins that has made New York safer and healthier.
  • Meet Our New Team Member

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    Meet our new Government Relations Director for Connecticut, James Williams, and learn about the policy priorities that he will be focusing on during this current legislative session.
  • Jane Kolodinsky - Good food sells!

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    AHA volunteer Jane Kolodinsky informed the members of the Senate and Welfare Committee, at a recent hearing, that french fries are the most common vegetable served to toddlers.
  • E-cigs - Creating a Whole New Crop of Smokers

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    A whole new generation of smokers may be on the horizon thanks to e-cigarettes.
  • Act Now Before Vermonters Grow Any Bigger

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    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.
  • Springfield to Train Students in Life Saving CPR

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    All sophomores in Springfield High Schools will be trained with the lifesaving skills of CPR after a policy was passed successfully by the School Committee on Thursday February 4, 2016.
  • Maine Goes Red!

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    Friday, February 5 th we celebrate national Go Red for Women day. Learn about how everyone is celebrating Go Red across the great state of Maine and how you can participate as well.
  • Bucket List

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    One of the great things about living in Maine is that you are never very far from some amazing nature.
  • Governor Raimondo Releases FY 2017 Budget Proposal

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    On February 2, Governor Gina Raimondo presented her FY 2017 budget recommendations to the General Assembly. What does it mean for the heart health of Rhode Island?
  • New Policy Brief Calls for More Physical Education in Rhode Island Schools

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    Our partners at Rhode Island Kids Count recently released a new policy brief entitled, “Promoting Increased Physical Activity in Schools.” One of the recommendations: more time for physical education!
  • A Glimmer of Hope

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    New Jersey is the only state in the country that dedicates no funding to fighting the #1 preventable cause of death and we need your help to change that.
  • New Hampshire Coalition to fight for Healthy, Active Kids

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    Learn about the Grant that New Hampshire received from the Voices for Healthy Kids to establish a coalition to bring partners together around policy solutions to the childhood obesity epidemic in the Granite State.
  • Governor Cuomo's 2016 budget proposal doesn't do enough!

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    On January 13, Governor Cuomo laid out his 2016 agenda in a combined State of the State and budget address in Albany. Learn about where your money is going and how it affects the health of New Yorkers.
  • Smaller Stomachs Deserve the Healthiest Meals

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    New York City may be moving forward to help improve the quality of meals served to kids in our restaurants - but they're not going far enough!
  • Healthy Food Access = Good for our Bottom Line!

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    Whether you're talking about health or wealth...supporting healthy food retail is a winning equation!
  • Yoda for Yoga

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    New Year’s Resolution: Take care of me.
  • Good Thought for the New Year

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    I remember dreading going back to school after vacation. That early wake up the first week back was painful. Maybe that is because I only remember middle and high school.
  • Help Us Stop Our Schools from Marketing Unhealthy Foods to Our Kids!

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    Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act, 88% of Connecticut school districts are successfully serving healthy meals that meet strong nutrition standards. However, the food industry is still allowed to market unhealthy products in our schools.
  • A New Year in Connecticut

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    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.
  • When it Comes to Tobacco, Age is More than a Number

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    On December 17 th , Boston raised the minimum sales age to purchase tobacco and nicotine products (including e-cigarettes) in the city to 21, joining 86+ other local communities who have also raised the age to 21. Will the rest of the state follow suit...
  • Dr. Jan Carney - Educating About the Dangers of E-cigs

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    Meet American Heart Association's Vermont Board member Dr. Jan Carney. She is a volunteer with Heart and she is concerned about our high schoolers using e-cigarettes. Learn about what Dr. Carney, the American Heart Association, and their partners...
  • Yvonne Heredia, Rhode Island

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    Yvonne is a heart attack survivor and advocate for women's heart health.
  • A New Year in the Ocean State

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    As we start 2016, we have a busy legislative session ahead of us! We have made significant progress on many of our issues, but much work remains and we need your continued help and advocacy.