Newsletter Feature - PA
We need to end menthol cigarettes now.
We all know tobacco is a major health concern, and menthol has especially wreaked havoc in several underserved communities in large part due to the impact of marketing to communities of color and LGBTQ communities.
Enjoy A Healthy Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for family, friends and good health. To keep your diet and health in check over the Thanksgiving holiday, try these ideas below:
JeffSTARS participant finds new perspective in health policy.
This year, we are excited to return to our relationship with Jefferson University and the JeffSTARS program to have medical school students learn about health policy. Emily Duffer shares how her work with AHA has changed her perspective as a new physician.
Children can't change the world on an empty stomach!
With the start of the new school year, changes have come to school meal availability for all students. At the beginning of the Covid pandemic, the federal government covered school meals for all students. This resulted in all children having access to breakfast and lunch without any gaps in coverage, ensuring every child could count on 2 healthy meals a day. It was a tremendous success in reducing food insecurity in school-aged children across the country.
Despite FDA action, flavored tobacco policy still critical locally.
“Doubt is our Product” is a quote from a former tobacco executive in 1969. Tobacco companies have tried to sew doubt into the minds of Americans for decades. They want you to doubt that their products are harmful to your health. They want you to ignore that the World Health Organization says smokers are likely more vulnerable to severe and potentially life-threatening cases of COVID-19. They want you to forget that they have a history of marketing flavored tobacco, including menthol to communities of color.
How to create an effective elevator speech.
Have you heard of the 27 - 9 - 3 rule? Created by Vermont legislators many years ago to help with persuading their fellow lawmakers, this rule states that your pitch should be no longer than 27 words within a time frame of no longer than 9 seconds with no more than 3 points discussed.
Regional Youth Tobacco Summit June 7th and 8th
Calling all young leaders!
Are you ready to collaborate with the brightest young minds working in tobacco prevention advocacy in our region? If so, mark your calendars and join us for a special TWO-DAY youth summit on tobacco!
JeffSTARS program participant talks about advocacy in medicine
Advocacy is a vital part of what impacts health professionals and their patients. Through the JeffSTARS program, we have many future physicians who learn how advocacy impacts the work they do and what their patients will see. Recently, Lily Segal was a part of our program and she reflected on the impact it had on her and the work she will do as a doctor.
Pennsylvania legislative session update
Pennsylvania legislative session is in full swing and we are working hard to get some critical legislation and funding passed to support heart health! Here are some highlights.
Schools Must Address Access to Water
Water plays an important role in maintaining overall health. Drinking water supports muscles, joints, and tissues; improves the digestive system; and keeps bodies hydrated. This is vital to the well being of children and their growth. Drinking water helps with learning as well. If a child is well hydrated, they can see better results in their efforts in school. Staying well hydrated helps improve short-term memory, fine motor skills, and visual attention – all things that help the success of kids in the classroom and beyond. But- how kids hydrate also matters.