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Join You're the Cure at your local Heart Walk!

As I’m sure you know, our Heart Walks are our fundraising walks we do across the country to raise funds for the lifesaving science and policy work we do everyday to fight for healthier lives. Join us at the You're the Cure table to help lend a voice for the issues that matter most to you. 

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Know your numbers and what they mean

Uncontrolled high blood pressure can lead to heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other life-threatening conditions. Have you checked your blood pressure lately?

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Let's Chat on Sept 23

Fall Heart Walk season is officially upon us and plans for 2020 legislative sessions are underway. Before we know it, the holiday season will be here - and we have a lot of work to do before then to raise awareness of public policies that will help build healthier communities. We hope you'll help! 

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Medicaid Expansion

In November 2018, voters across Idaho chose to help their low-income friends and neighbors without access to health insurance by expanding Medicaid. During the 2019 Legislative Session, the Senators and Representatives we sent to the statehouse appropriated funding to expand Medicaid. However, legislators also added “sideboards,” or restrictions on who has access to this vital program.

One of the restrictions they supported was work reporting requirements. On the surface, this makes sense, low-income, able bodied adults that can work, should work. However, this superficial look at the restriction ignores the actual reality of people’s lives.

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The words kids heart challenge

Kids Heart Challenge awards grants – 2 Hawaii Schools selected

Kids Heart Challenge, a program of the American Heart Association, recently awarded more than $400,000 to over than 170 elementary schools who participated in the program’s inaugural year, 2018-19.

We are excited to share that two of the schools are in Hawaii!

Waihee Elementary School - $5,000 to cover costs of relocating its school garden which is being displaced by new classroom construction.

Pahoa Elementary School- $3,000 to help fund the school’s after school activities including the purchase of uniforms, costumes, balls, ball bags/cart, cones, nets, track & field equipment and other equipment.

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Kids Heart Challenge Awards Grants – Washington School Selected

Kids Heart Challenge, a program of the American Heart Association, recently awarded more than $400,000 to over than 170 elementary schools who participated in the program’s inaugural year, 2018-19.

We are excited to share that one of the schools is in Washington!

Penny Creek Elementary in Everett - $4,968

 

 

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Kids Heart Challenge Awards Grants – Oregon School Selected

Kids Heart Challenge, a program of the American Heart Association, recently awarded more than $400,000 to over than 170 elementary schools who participated in the program’s inaugural year, 2018-19.

We are excited to share that one of the schools is in Oregon!

St. John Fisher in Portland, Oregon - $3579

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Let’s Go Back to School, Without Juul

This year teachers and administrators will have a new tool to combat electronic cigarette use at school.  House Bill 413 was passed by the 2019 legislature and makes it illegal to use any tobacco product, including “vaping” or e-cigarettes on school property.  This is especially important for schools around the state where the city or county has not strengthened their Clean Indoor Air law to include the newest tobacco products. 

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It's back to school season - make sure to talk to your kids about e-cigarettes

While the use of traditional cigarettes and tobacco products in Idaho has remained steady over the last several years, we have seen the national trends reflected here, with an increase in youth usage of electronic cigarettes and vape products. This trend is not just alarming, it is deadly. We have seen the long-term health impacts that traditional tobacco use has caused but we are just now beginning to see as more and more research is being done, the increasingly frightening and unexpected health impacts of vape/e-cigarette use. Reports are showing increased risks of strokes, lung disease, and most recently the potential link of vaping to seizures.

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Utah Let’s Go Back to School, Without Juul

In Utah, it is estimated that more than 30% of middle and high schoolers have tried electronic cigarettes.  This is an alarming rate given that we are seeing more evidence daily of negative long-term effects.  A recent study showed negative cardiovascular effects from vaping; https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/20/health/vaping-cardiovascular-study/index.html

This summer the Legislature has convened an “E-Cigarette Legislative Working Group” to better identify the effects and root causes of the teen vaping epidemic we are seeing not just in Utah, but across the country. Schools and Superintendents from across the state sounded the alarm of just how big this problem is. For them, it’s not a once a day issue, it’s every class period and between classes too!

The next generation of tobacco products have changed. With fun flavors and sleek designs, today’s products are made to look appealing. Don’t be fooled—they’re full of nicotine and can be just as addictive. Tobacco has changed, parents.

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