Valentine’s Day Rally Urges Legislature To Maintain Public Health Programs

Caitlin O’Brien, center, at mic, New York state government relations director for the American Heart Association, speaks during the public health rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday, Feb. 14. The American Heart Association was one of 17 groups invested in public health that gathered to urge the state Legislature to reject the executive budget’s proposed consolidation and 20 [...]

By |February 14th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Caitlin O’Brien joins AHA as government relations director

 The American Heart Association is proud to announce that Caitlin O’Brien has joined its staff as the government relations director for New York. O’Brien will work with volunteers and advocates to enact legislation that will improve the cardiovascular health of all New Yorkers. O’Brien, 26, grew up in Vestal, Broome County. Caitlin’s father, James O’Brien, is a lawyer, and she [...]

By |January 10th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Ready for a BetterU? Apply today!

Lisa Wolcott and Chris Wilson of the Capital District YMCA demonstrate the plank - an exercise that BetterU participants come to love! For the past seven years, 10 to 12 women have come together for 12 weeks to improve their heart health. They’ve lowered their blood pressure, gone off insulin, come to love planks, lost inches and pounds, [...]

By |January 8th, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Gov. Cuomo says health care isn’t just for the rich

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers the 2018 State of the State in Albany. New York Gov. Cuomo hit the nail on the head when he said during today’s State of the State that health care isn’t just for the rich. “The American Heart Association is committed to making sure everyone receives quality health care, and we applaud [...]

By |January 3rd, 2018|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Be careful shoveling!

The American Heart Association says that for most people, shoveling snow may not lead to any health problems. However, the association warns that the risk of a heart attack during snow shoveling may increase for some, stating that the combination of colder temperatures and physical exertion increases the workload on the heart. People who are outdoors in cold weather should [...]

By |December 11th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

30 years of Jump Rope for Heart

  Alithea Athans, left, youth market director of the American Heart Association, presents Albany School of Humanities P.E. Teacher Leslie Bogucki with an award during the school's sixth grade graduation ceremony.  Albany, June 22, 2017 - Thirty years ago, Leslie Bogucki began teaching Jump Rope for Heart as part of her P.E. curriculum. TODAY, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, at 9 [...]

By |June 22nd, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

State Assembly Health Committee’s Passage of Tobacco 21 Could Save Lives, Money

Public health groups call on full Assembly and Senate to pass ‘T21’ before the session ends  Today’s passage of Tobacco 21 (A273) in the state Assembly’s Health Committee was a positive step forward in preventing New York’s youth from becoming addicted to tobacco, the No. 1 preventable cause of death in New York and a leading risk factor for heart [...]

By |June 15th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

AHA, health groups call on NY Legislature to pick a side

   Will Legislators pick the side of Public Health or Tobacco and E-cigarette Interests?  With the clock ticking on the New York State legislative session, groups representing children, public health organizations and medical professionals have joined forces to kick off a campaign calling on both houses of the state legislature to “Pick a Side” on the issues of  e-cigarettes and raising [...]

By |June 14th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

American Heart Association Advocates Meet With Lawmakers Today

They come from different parts of the state, and they’ll all be dressed in red. Advocates with the American Heart Association will hit the halls of the Capitol buildings today, MONDAY, MAY 1, to ask their representatives to raise the age to purchase tobacco products to 21. “Smoking is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke,” said Dr. [...]

By |May 1st, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments

Adult Survivor of Congenital Heart Disease Speaks With Cardiac Kids

Deborah Flaherty-Kizer, in red, talks with the Cardiac Kids and their families on Saturday, April 29 at the American Heart Association. When Deborah Flaherty-Kizer was born nearly 60 years ago, her parents were told, “Your baby might not live.” She was blue and only weighed 4 pounds. After her admission to the US Naval Academy was rescinded due [...]

By |April 30th, 2017|Categories: Uncategorized|0 Comments