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Rhode Island Legislative Session Kicks Off

American Heart Association's policy priorities focus on children's health, tobacco-free generation & building a healthier state.

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The 2018 Rhode Island Legislative Session kicked off on January 2nd. The American Heart Association has adopted an aggressive policy agenda for the session that focuses on improving children's health, ensuring the first tobacco-free generation and building a healthier Ocean State. We are in the process of getting our bills introduced at the State House and we will keep advocates & volunteers updated on the status of our legislative proposals in the coming months through the Pulse Newsletter and Action Alerts.

Top priorities include:

-Increasing the minimum legal sale age for tobacco products from 18 to 21.
-Eliminating junk food and sugary drink marketing/advertising in schools.
-Removing sugary drinks from restaurant kids' meals.
-Reducing sugary drink consumption by imposing a tax on sugary beverages with new revenue dedicated to health initiatives (investments in walking, biking & outdoor recreation, access to healthy foods, etc.).

In addition to the priorities above, we are also laying a foundation for future work on physical education (PE) in schools and ensuring that teachers/administrators have the support, tools and resources they need to implement effective PE programs. Stay tuned for more information as we build this important campaign.

Questions? Please contact Megan Tucker, Senior Director of Government Relations at megan.tucker@heart.org or (401) 228-2331.

 

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