Newsletter Feature - WV
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:
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!
West Virginia passes water bottle filling stations law for schools!
As West Virginia legislative session winds down, we are excited to announce a big win for the health of youth in WV! This year we were able to get a bill passed that requires new building or major renovations of a school to include water filling stations. When signed by the Governor into law, this bill will help provide youth better access to clean drinking water throughout their school day - an important factor in overall youth health.
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.
Let us know who you know!
Our mission is to be a relentless force for a heart-healthy world—and we cannot do it without you. So, we have a request, and this one is simple.
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.
Help Hunters Have More Hunting Seasons
Hunting is a way of life in West Virginia. Every fall, thousands of hunters get out to enjoy the beautiful, serene environment they live in and love. To sit quietly and connect with nature and each other. But, for some hunters, this season may have been their last season - because their lives were changed by a cardiovascular event.