Newsletter Feature - NY
Let us know who you know!
We are hoping you can change some HEARTS and minds.
Do you have a connection with a local legislator, school board member, state representative, state senator, member of Congress, or anyone with government influence? If so, you may be the best channel to influence their HEARTS by advocating with yours.
Reminder: Open Enrollment for 2022 Benefits is Underway
Open enrollment is a window of time each year when individuals and families who do not have employer sponsored coverage can enroll in, or make changes to their health insurance coverage. HealthCare.gov is open for you to shop, compare, and enroll in a 2022 health plan.
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Putting Heart Health First this Holiday Season
As we begin the holiday season, so too do we begin the start of all our favorite yummy, cozy, tasty treats that we all love and sometimes wait all season to enjoy. But, this is also a time where we can get off track with our goals of making healthier food choices. This is all the more difficult when access to healthier foods is a struggle. Here are some tips for how you can have a heart healthier holiday season – and help ensure others have a good shot at one too.
All families should have access to healthier food choices!
Now that kids are returning to school, it’s a good time to think about how we can support their healthier eating habits while making sure the choices available are not only good for them, but what they’ll actually eat!
Access to healthier foods can be difficult for many families and children in rural communities and cities who don’t live close to any store with fresh produce and if they do, then the quality might also make it a barrier. This is why we are working to support programs that help children and families access healthier foods. Programs like produce RX, where doctors prescribe healthier foods for families, and they can receive them free at participating stores. Or supporting the expansion of food assistance for families that need it most. During our worst moments the past couple of years, we learned how many people are really facing food insecurity. If we can help make it easier to access healthy foods, then we can give children and families a better opportunity for longer, healthier lives.
Complete Streets help us all be more active!
Are you looking for more ways to be active and getting around your community? The good news is that all residents have the right to ask their local governments to pass the Complete Streets policy. When communities pass Complete Streets, streets will include bike lanes, sidewalks, crosswalks, and curb ramps. These roadway features increase accessibility to schools, parks, and playgrounds for all residents, improving everyone’s health by making it easier and safer to be active.
Beat the heat while staying healthy this summer!
Summer months usually mean warmer weather, but with rising average temps, it’s all the more important to keep your cool. Staying cool doesn’t only make you feel better, it can be easier on your heart. So – how do you do heart healthy physical activity while enjoying the warm weather and how do you keep yourself cool? Here are some great tips to help you beat the heat while enjoying these warmer outdoor months.
AHA advocate takes on MLB and NYC - and wins!
Phil Konigsberg was angry when he realized that CitiField, where the Mets play, was not taking the Smoke Free Air laws in New York as seriously as Yankee Stadium was. When the city laws changed to smoke-free in parks, he believed that meant that CitiField would be included in the new law, but he found there were provisions that carved CitiField out of the law. Determined, Phil took action to make sure that CitiField was included in the law. Here is his account of what happened.
Take it easy on yourself and others as the world starts to open back up.
With so many Americans getting vaccinated from COVID-19, there are many more opportunities to be social. For some, this is an exciting prospect, but even if you are excited, it may bring up some feelings of anxiety to get out there and socialize.
With Double Up Food Bucks, everyone wins!
The passage of the American Rescue Plan Act gives counties across New York a great opportunity to tackle food and nutrition insecurity throughout their communities. With new revenue coming in, we can use a portion to support a program that provides free fruits and vegetables to the neediest residents.
Share your story and make a difference
Think about a time when you were told something. Did the number stick out - or did the story? The American Heart Association is a trusted scientific voice, this is true. However, your story and the story of your family and friends help bring our science to life.