With the State of the Union last week and the State of the State this week, we thought it was a great time to review the State of Heart Disease and Stroke in Ohio. Read below to learn more and--if you haven't already--take action on each to make sure a healthy Ohio is top of mind for our decision makers.
Newborn Pulse Ox - A simple screening that can help detect congenital heart defects in newborns--before they're sent home unnoticed. Senate Bill 4, which would ensure all Ohio newborns are given this inexpensive, non-invasive screening before they're sent home, has been introduced. Let's urge quick action!
Health Education Standards - Ohio is one of only two states without health education standards that would ensure quality health education.Ohio's kids need quality health instruction that will last a lifetime.
Stroke - With stroke, time lost is brain lost. When a stroke occurs, we must act fast to recognize the signs and symptoms and take immediate action to prevent long-term disability or death. With comprehensive stroke policy, we can improve outcomes for Ohioans.
Tobacco - We're ranked 50th? Ohio has gone from a once nationally recognized tobacco prevention and cessation program to NO state funding for tobacco prevention and cessation--and it's reflected in our increased tobacco use rates. We MUST do better to prevent today's kids from becoming tomorrow's addicted tobacco users.
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Stay tuned for additional opportunities to advance heart disease and stroke prevention and treatment!