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  • Blog Post: AHA Statement on Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller’s Announcement

    The State of Texas has long been a leader in school nutrition policy by limiting the use of deep fat fryers, carbonated beverages, and unhealthy food fundraisers in our schools. Today, Texas Agriculture Commissioner Sid Miller announced updates to Texas’ school nutrition policy, which roll back...
  • Blog Post: Michigan State University Goes Tobacco-free

    Beginning in August of 2016, Michigan State University will ban the use of all tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, from it's main campus and all other university property. MSU trustees voted unanimously on the ban after more than 1,600 MSU students signed a petition last year to ban smoking...
  • Blog Post: NYC Council Hearing on the PE Reporting Bill

    Welcome another blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe! ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- This past week, the American Heart Association participated in a hearing for the PE Reporting bill in front of the NYC Council Committee on Education...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Andrew Christensen

    Andrew Christensen Michigan I was born on May 3,1990 with a rare heart condition called Truncus Arteriosus with ventricular bi septal defect, a condition that effects only 1% of children born with congenital heart conditions. It means that one large blood vessel leads out of my heart instead of two...
  • Blog Post: Youth Get Involved in Tobacco Prevention

    According to the CDC, Nebraska ranks 6th among 36 other states for youth who use tobacco (i.e., cigarettes, smokeless tobacco, and/or cigars). The dangers of smoking are well-known. Smoking harms nearly every organ of the body, causing many diseases and affecting the health of smokers in general. Quitting...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Praises Historic FDA Action to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

    Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), released today: “The...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating AHA Rockstars

    On June 16 th , the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Greater Washington Region (GWR) hosted its 4 th annual ambassador recognition reception at the Bank of America building in Washington, DC. The event highlighted and recognized AHA’s most active and effective volunteers and advocates in...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Amber Rost

    Amber Rost South Dakota As an active, busy mom of two school-age girls, I try very hard to ensure my family is getting the good nutrition they need each and every day. It can be a challenge not only to put nutritious meals on the table every day, but also to combat the marketing of junk food that...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Corrie Kielty

    Corrie Kielty Nebraska Being a mom and now a grandmother, involves much more than day to day mom duties. It means doing everything I can to make Nebraska, my lifelong home, a better place for children. Hopefully I’ve modeled Mahatma Gandhi’s profound advice to “be the change you...
  • Blog Post: The Fight for the NH Health Protection Program Continues into 2016

    Providing low income residents access to affordable health insurance is a key to prevention of heart disease and stroke. The New Hampshire Health Protection Program which went into effect in 2015 has enabled 40,000 previously uninsured Granite Staters to gain access to preventive healthcare and has reduced...
  • Blog Post: End of Session Update on the Texas Grocery Access Program

    During the 84th Texas Legislative Session, the Voices for Healthy Kids Texas Campaign led efforts in support of the Texas Grocery Access Investment Act (HB 1485 and SB 1590), which would have provided grants and low interest loans to retailers to open new stores or renovate existing stores in low and...
  • Blog Post: NJ You're the Cure Advocates Visit NJ State House

    On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505). The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator...
  • Blog Post: MN Legislator and Advocate of Year Named at June Celebrations!

    This month we awarded our top legislators and advocates who went above and beyond this past fiscal year, fighting to reduce heart disease and stroke! Advocate of the Year: Dale Wakasugi The advocate of the year award is given to the volunteer who has gone above and beyond during the legislative session...
  • Blog Post: Register for Heart Walk in Your Community!

    Did you know that cardiovascular disease is the No. 1 killer of all Americans? In fact, someone dies from CVD every 39 seconds! Heart disease also kills more women than all forms of cancer combined. And congenital cardiovascular defects are the most common cause of infant death from birth defects. ...
  • 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: Vermont Heart Walk to Highlight the Team Effort that Saved a Local Coach: You Can Help Save Lives Too!

    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: Professor’s 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: Students in Connecticut Will Learn CPR before they Graduate

    Thanks to our advocates hard work and dedication Governor Malloy signed a bill on June 23rd requiring all schools to include CPR as part of the health and safety curriculum. Connecticut students will now have direct access to sensible and affordable training that will equip them with the lifesaving skills...
  • Blog Post: Kansas 2015 Legislative Wrap-Up

    The 2015 Kansas legislative session recently came to an end after weeks of long and contentious debate. Thank you to our You’re the Cure advocates whose countless letters of support, e-mails, phone calls and visits with lawmakers were vital in helping us maintain heart healthy policies in Kansas...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Rhode Island Legislative Session Wraps 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: 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: 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: Score: Vaping Industry 1 Public Health 0

    State Senate adjourns without taking action to stop vaping in workplaces . A loophole in state law allows electronic cigarettes to be used where smoking is prohibited. The American Heart Association joined with numerous public health groups in calling on state lawmakers to close this loophole. Why...
  • Blog Post: My 'Why' - Kayla Bashe

    Here's the latest blog post from our summer intern, Kayla Bashe - During my gap year, I wanted to learn something useful, so I received training in first aid and CPR. Our instructor, a full-time EMT, told us about people whose lives could have been saved if only someone on the scene knew what...
  • Blog Post: Sarah Porter - Advocate Spotlight

    When I had a stroke four years ago, I was a healthy, happy student at the University of Maine. One minute I'm sitting in class, and the next my face started seizing up. And then I couldn't understand what people were saying. Concerned family members took me to the ER, where I was accused of faking...