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Complete Streets: Ways to Be More Active and Getting Around Your Community

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.

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Sign Up Now: You're the Cure Southeast Chat, Aug. 23rd

We’re honored you have chosen to be a You’re the Cure advocate. Whether attending a lobby day, meeting with a lawmaker, or taking the time to make a quick phone call - your efforts have helped us change lives all across the Southeast.

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A Note of Thanks!

Rhode Island, THANK YOU for your advocacy and outreach during the 2021 Legislative Session.  The “virtual” session presented both challenges and opportunities.  As we navigated the new process, the passion, dedication, and resolve of You’re the Cure advocates didn’t waver.  This commitment to our mission is why we are celebrating several policy victories this year!

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The United States Capitol

Update from Washington D.C.

It can be hard to stay up to date with all the goings on in Congress, especially in the weeks leading up to August recess which typically see’s a flurry of legislative activity. While a lot could happen between now and recess (including the postponement or cancellation of recess), we thought it would be helpful to provide a short update on where some of our federal priority campaigns stand.

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The words Smokefree Idaho with a blue outline of the state of Idaho

The Idaho Clean Indoor Air Act Needs Updating

Most of us have a good understanding of the harmful impacts of secondhand smoke. For years we’ve been aware that secondhand smoke can cause even nonsmokers to suffer from the same health hazards as smokers. We’ve also seen the increased prevalence of vaping, and along with the already documented health consequences of using these devices, we are still in the process of researching and understanding the impact of secondhand aerosols on non-vape users.

However, too many Idahoans are still at risk from exposure to secondhand smoke due to current exceptions in the state Clean Indoor Air Act. This law lays the groundwork for protecting employees, customers, and other individuals from the respiratory, cardiovascular, and other health risks secondhand smoke causes, but does not go far enough. The Clean Indoor Air Act ensures we no longer have smoking in restaurants; however it provides exceptions for bars, hotels, motels, small offices, state veteran’s homes, and several other types of facilities open to the public. It also provides no guidance for communities with shared outdoor spaces, such as parks, bike paths and hiking trails, sports facilities, fairgrounds, or other places where communities gather.

At a time when we are facing severe public health challenges, with long term consequences still uncertain, it is critical we take the steps to protect our communities from the terrible outcomes we already know. We are working to strengthen state laws to remove secondhand smoke from public spaces. We are pursuing a comprehensive indoor/ outdoor smoke free air law. This would prevent the majority of Idahoans who are not smokers from being inadvertently exposed to secondhand smoke of all types, in all public spaces. Passing this legislation at the state level also helps ensure we don’t have a patchwork of different laws in communities across the state, and provides easier enforcement and less confusion for business owners and those who manage public spaces.

If you are interested in protecting your family, friends, and neighbors from being inadvertently exposed to harmful secondhand smoke and aerosol, and want to provide a healthier environment for all Idahoans, we ask you to help support our efforts for a statewide smoke free law. If you have questions or would like to talk about the issue please don't hesitate to reach out to us. 

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Fresh, healthy food

Child Nutrition Media Tour!

The Olympics have started and if you’re like me, you’re disappointed that the US Men’s Basketball Team lost their first game against France. Some are saying that Coach Gregg Popovich needs to get 100% effort from his players and incorporate a full court press if they’re going to achieve their goal and win gold. So, we at the American Heart Association and our You’re the Cure advocates are taking a page out of coaches’ playbook and incorporating our own full court press on Child Nutrition Reauthorization.

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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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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.

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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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A New Special Enrollment Period is Here!

Open Enrollment is the annual period when individuals and families without health insurance can sign up for a quality, affordable health plan through Health Insurance Marketplace established by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

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