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Newswise: Voters Pass Active Transportation Ballots in Big Move Forward
Released: 4-Jan-2017 1:05 PM EST
Voters Pass Active Transportation Ballots in Big Move Forward
Voices for Healthy Kids

Raise your hand if you want children to be more active! What about the opportunity to access safer sidewalks and cycle paths so they can ride or walk to school? Americans in cities across the country all raised their hands this last election cycle to vote for change within their communities, giving their citizens the right to enjoy their city on foot, bicycle, skates, or any mode of active transportation they choose.

Released: 25-Oct-2016 2:05 PM EDT
Just Released: Voices for Healthy Kids 2016 Progress Report
Voices for Healthy Kids

Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, has released “Building a Culture of Health for All Children: 2016 Progress Report.”

Newswise: Escaping the Silos
Released: 19-May-2016 1:05 PM EDT
Escaping the Silos
Voices for Healthy Kids

The Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community and American Heart Association join forces to improve health outcomes in Indian Country with Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds of Native Health.

Newswise: Groundbreaking Conference Advances Native Health and Nutrition Policy Efforts
Released: 13-May-2016 10:05 AM EDT
Groundbreaking Conference Advances Native Health and Nutrition Policy Efforts
Voices for Healthy Kids

Advocates focused on determining meaningful steps to increase policy efforts related to improved nutrition, greater access to healthy foods, enhanced food sovereignty, and better health outcomes in Indian Country.

Newswise: Providing Employees and Families’ Access to Healthier Choices
Released: 6-May-2016 3:05 PM EDT
Providing Employees and Families’ Access to Healthier Choices
Voices for Healthy Kids

The City of Springdale is the first city in Arkansas to have a mandate endorsed by the American Heart Association that implements evidence-based nutrition standards for healthier food and beverages in vending machines provided in buildings and property owned or leased by the City.

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4-Apr-2016 4:05 PM EDT
2016 Shape of the Nation
Voices for Healthy Kids

The 2016 Shape of the Nation™ provides a current picture of physical education in each state across the country. The 2016 survey and state policy analysis finds areas of both improvement and decline since the 2012 Shape of the Nation. A majority of states have adopted legislation, requirements or guidance for physical education programs, but most do not require a specific amount of instructional time and more than half allow exemptions, waivers, or substitutions.

Newswise: Groundbreaking Conference Planned to ExpandHealth Policy Advocacy in Indian Country
26-Feb-2016 5:00 PM EST
Groundbreaking Conference Planned to ExpandHealth Policy Advocacy in Indian Country
Voices for Healthy Kids

May 2-4, 2016: “Fertile Ground II: Growing the Seeds for Native American Health” will feature Native American leaders, Native youth advocates, and national philanthropic organizations developing solutions to address the health crisis in Indian Country.

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Released: 25-Feb-2016 5:05 PM EST
Mississippi Now Requires Nutritious Snacks in Schools
Voices for Healthy Kids

The Mississippi Department of Education voted on Thursday, February 18, 2016 to adopt Smart Snack standards, ensuring all public school students have healthy options beyond what is provided in the School Meal Program.

Newswise: VOICES for Alabama’s Children and ADECA Announce Funding and New Partnerships to Implement Healthy Food Financing Program
Released: 19-Jan-2016 11:05 AM EST
VOICES for Alabama’s Children and ADECA Announce Funding and New Partnerships to Implement Healthy Food Financing Program
Voices for Healthy Kids

ADECA Director Jim Byard Jr. announced Thursday that Gov. Robert Bentley has reserved $400,000 through the Appalachian Regional Commission - one of ADECA’s federal partner programs that covers 37 north Alabama counties - for a partnership with Pathway Lending, a community development financial institution that will make loans more easily accessible for businesses in rural areas of the 37-county ARC region.

Newswise: Federal Guidelines Recommend Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases
Released: 7-Jan-2016 4:05 PM EST
Federal Guidelines Recommend Healthy Eating Patterns to Prevent Chronic Diseases
Voices for Healthy Kids

New federal dietary guidelines announced on Thursday for the first time recommend Americans eat far less sugar and focus on a day-to-day pattern of eating a variety of nutritious, balanced foods.

Newswise: Colorado Sets Young Children Up for Healthy Futures
Released: 10-Dec-2015 3:05 PM EST
Colorado Sets Young Children Up for Healthy Futures
Voices for Healthy Kids

Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director of Voices for Healthy Kids, issued the following statement on the progress made in Colorado to ensure all children grow up at a healthy weight by issuing new rules on nutrition, physical activity and screen time in child care facilities.

Newswise: Report Offers State-by-State View of Obesity Across Indian Country
15-Nov-2015 11:05 AM EST
Report Offers State-by-State View of Obesity Across Indian Country
Voices for Healthy Kids

According to data released by the Centers for Disease and Control and Prevention, and analyzed in the annual State of Obesity report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, in Arizona, North Carolina and New Mexico at least 75 percent of Native American adults are overweight or obese. Texas had the lowest obesity rate for Natives at 51 percent. By Mallory Black / Native Health News Alliance

Newswise: Healthier Vending Now in Baltimore, Maryland
Released: 11-Nov-2015 10:05 AM EST
Healthier Vending Now in Baltimore, Maryland
Voices for Healthy Kids

What you need to know about how healthy vending machines sell more of the better-for-you foods and beverages—lower in fat, sodium, sugars and calories.

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26-Oct-2015 8:50 AM EDT
National Philanthropic Roundtable on Native American Nutrition Deemed an “Historic, Breakthrough Moment”
Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) convened representatives from 41 national philanthropic organizations last week in Minneapolis. Participants focused on the grave problem of Native American nutritional health and agreed on key steps and planning to develop solutions.

Newswise: Powwow Seeks to Balance Tradition with Health and Wellness
Released: 15-Oct-2015 4:05 PM EDT
Powwow Seeks to Balance Tradition with Health and Wellness
Voices for Healthy Kids

For many Native American tribes, powwows are seen as community gatherings, a social time complete with colorful regalia, fry bread and stew, and the familiar sound of traditional drumming and dance. But they’re also beginning to serve as important tools for health advocates who are working to reduce health disparities within the population.

Newswise: American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health
Released: 9-Oct-2015 10:05 AM EDT
American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health
Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association (AHA) and the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) will convene a groundbreaking gathering of national philanthropic organizations in Minneapolis on October 14-15. The event will focus on the crisis in Native American nutritional health and food access and the interconnections these issues have with tribal economies and health disparities.

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15-Sep-2015 2:05 PM EDT
“Transforming Communities” Reports on Progress in Policy Change for Health
Voices for Healthy Kids

Over the last two years, Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association, has directly supported more than 50 coalitions, in 20 cities and states, working to help all young people grow up at a healthy weight.

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Released: 1-Sep-2015 10:05 AM EDT
A Healthy Family Starts At Home And It Starts With You
Voices for Healthy Kids

The American Heart Association wants families to feel they can, and are fully equipped to, make healthy choices in the home and within their everyday activities – without throwing schedules completely off or leaving wallets empty.

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Released: 27-Aug-2015 5:05 PM EDT
Back to School is Getting Healthier
Voices for Healthy Kids

From American Heart Association News: U.S. schools have significantly improved school nutrition practices and should continue striving to provide a quality nutrition environment for students.

Newswise: Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health
24-Aug-2015 1:05 PM EDT
Tulsa Takes New Strides to Improve Health
Voices for Healthy Kids

In Tulsa, Oklahoma, new rules for nutrition standards for city owned vending machines went into effect when the City Attorney signed an Executive Order on July 2, 2015. This ensures that vending machines on city owned and leased properties, such as public libraries, parks, nature centers, the convention center and the Tulsa Zoo all meet recommended nutrition standards and use calorie labeling to provide patrons with healthier options as well as basic education on what is available.

Newswise: American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health
Released: 6-Aug-2015 10:30 AM EDT
American Heart Association and Shakopee Tribe Join Forces for Native American Health
Voices for Healthy Kids

Funders are being invited to discuss the Native American nutrition crisis and opportunities to make critical investments in research, capacity-building, education, policy changes, market-based solutions, and community-driven strategies.

Released: 9-Jul-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Expert on Native American Food Access, Health Disparities, and the Pathways to Healthy Native American Communities
Voices for Healthy Kids

Report Commissioned by the American Heart Association Calls for Mobilization of Tribal Leaders and Key Partners to Bring Healthy Food Access to Native American Communities

Newswise: Report Urges More Tribal Control Over Food Systems
Released: 9-Jul-2015 3:05 PM EDT
Report Urges More Tribal Control Over Food Systems
Voices for Healthy Kids

The way food is produced, accessed and funded on tribal lands must be overhauled to combat the obesity and diabetes epidemics plaguing Native Americans, according to a report released Thursday.

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Released: 1-Jul-2015 4:45 PM EDT
Alabama’s New Grocery Access Program
Voices for Healthy Kids

The following statement from Jill Birnbaum, Executive Director, Voices for Healthy Kids in support of a new financing program established in Alabama to support access to healthier foods. Governor Robert Bentley held a ceremonial signing of the Healthy Food Financing Act on July 1, 2015.

Newswise: Iowa's
Released: 1-Apr-2015 2:05 PM EDT
Iowa's "Sledding" Bill Signed into Law
Voices for Healthy Kids

Supporters of a bill known both as “Community Use” and “The Sledding” Bill gathered today in Gov. Terry Branstad’s office to witness the signing of the bill into law.

Newswise: Foundation Commits $500 Million Toward Kids' Healthy Weight
Released: 5-Feb-2015 3:15 PM EST
Foundation Commits $500 Million Toward Kids' Healthy Weight
Voices for Healthy Kids

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation doubles its commitment toward reversing childhood obesity. [Original content available at www.heart.org and may be reproduced in whole or part without permission as long as you do not alter the text used and provide proper attribution to the American Heart Association.]

Newswise: Taking It to the Streets
Released: 21-Jan-2015 11:00 AM EST
Taking It to the Streets
Voices for Healthy Kids

Original news and feature stories from heart.org are available to the media for linking, quoting and excerpting. Copyright is owned or held by the American Heart Association and we reserve all rights, but you are granted permission, at no cost and without need for further request, to link to, quote or excerpt from these stories in any medium anywhere as long as you do not alter the text used and provide proper attribution to the American Heart Association.

Newswise: BREAKING: Ohio passes bill to allow
17-Dec-2014 9:00 PM EST
BREAKING: Ohio passes bill to allow "shared use" of school facilities
Voices for Healthy Kids

Ohio lawmakers made it easier for schools to open their gymnasiums, pools, playgrounds, running track, athletic fields and other facilities to public use during non-school hours by passing legislation Wednesday that clarifies liability issues.

Newswise: Nevada Shows National Leadership in School Nutrition
14-Oct-2014 5:00 PM EDT
Nevada Shows National Leadership in School Nutrition
Voices for Healthy Kids

Nevada now leads the nation when it comes to ensuring children are not bombarded with junk foods and junk food marketing on school property.

Newswise: Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies by 3-to-1 Margin
8-Sep-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Parents Support Healthier School Food Policies by 3-to-1 Margin
Voices for Healthy Kids

The vast majority of parents of school-age children support strong national nutrition standards for all foods and beverages sold to students during school, according to a poll released today by The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), and the American Heart Association (AHA).

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22-Aug-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Ready to Help Your Family Get Healthy? Take the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!
Voices for Healthy Kids

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association (AHA) has an easy and fun way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity.

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19-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Schools Ahead of the Curve on Federal Nutrition Standards
Voices for Healthy Kids

Thousands of schools around the country already are finding new ways of providing “smart” snacks for students – well in advance of updated federal nutrition standards that begin this year. More than 200,000 parents, education leaders and health advocates weighed in on the new guidelines.

Newswise: Maryland Children to Benefit from New  Nutrition Standards
Released: 12-May-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Maryland Children to Benefit from New Nutrition Standards
Voices for Healthy Kids

Tens of thousands of Maryland children who attend licensed child care centers will enjoy healthier drink choices and activities starting next year, thanks to a bill passed by the Maryland General Assembly and signed today by Governor Martin O’Malley.

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Released: 9-May-2014 12:00 PM EDT
Unlocking the Gates at Arizona Schools
Voices for Healthy Kids

Health and learning are integrally linked. Kids who are physically active learn better and schools play a critical link in community-wide efforts to promote life-long health through shared use agreements that help schools provide access to their playgrounds and gyms.

Newswise: Study Suggests Obesity Disparities Among Races Is Poorly Understood
30-Apr-2014 2:00 PM EDT
Study Suggests Obesity Disparities Among Races Is Poorly Understood
Voices for Healthy Kids

A new study suggests the reasons for disparities in obesity rates between African-American and white women are far more complex than the usual go-to culprits of socioeconomics, fruit and vegetable intake, and exercise.

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Released: 29-Apr-2014 4:00 PM EDT
Notah Begay III Has Heart Attack, Reinforcing Health Needs of Native American Youth
Voices for Healthy Kids

Notah Begay III, four-time PGA Tour Winner, golf analyst and founder of the Notah Begay III (NB3) Foundation suffered a heart attack last week in Dallas. He received a stent to unblock his right coronary artery and is expected to make a full recovery, according to a statement made by his Foundation.

Newswise: (Un)Healthy Food Marketing to Kids in Schools
Released: 25-Apr-2014 9:00 AM EDT
(Un)Healthy Food Marketing to Kids in Schools
Voices for Healthy Kids

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has proposed some changes to food marketing in schools. Basically, if a food or drink doesn’t meet the nutrition standards to be sold in schools, it shouldn’t be marketed there, either.

Newswise: Working to Make Food Deserts Bloom
Released: 18-Apr-2014 10:00 AM EDT
Working to Make Food Deserts Bloom
Voices for Healthy Kids

This story was published online by the American Heart Association at www.heart.org. This story can be linked to, quoted or excerpted, with attribution to the American Heart Association. We can also offer more information and sources as needed, including photos, graphics and experts available upon request.

Newswise: Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Despite Long-Term Increases
Released: 7-Apr-2014 8:10 PM EDT
Childhood Obesity Rates Leveling Off, Despite Long-Term Increases
Voices for Healthy Kids

“While we would like to say that signs of progress are clear across the country in the fight to decrease obesity rates, the only clear sign is that there is more work to be done,” said Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association. “While declines are in sight only among young children, the

Newswise: A Little Planning Helps Your Heart - and Your Budget
Released: 20-Mar-2014 8:00 PM EDT
A Little Planning Helps Your Heart - and Your Budget
Voices for Healthy Kids

News flash: Getting the nutrient-dense, fiber-rich foods your body needs may be easier — and cheaper — than you think. Planning is key.

Newswise: You Won't Believe the Must-Have Item Sold at This Convenience Store
Released: 3-Mar-2014 3:00 PM EST
You Won't Believe the Must-Have Item Sold at This Convenience Store
Voices for Healthy Kids

There's a product at Mark's Food Market in Greenville, N.C., that sells out every few days. Folks who walk over from a mobile home park crave it so much that convenience store owner David Rozek expanded his selection. City employees pop in during their lunch hour to raid the shelves. Students from a nearby college have become regulars. A long-haul truck driver got so hooked on the stuff that it's become his constant companion, whether in his rig or on his sofa.

Newswise: New FDA Nutrition Labels Will Help Consumers Choose More Wisely, Says American Heart Association
Released: 27-Feb-2014 12:10 PM EST
New FDA Nutrition Labels Will Help Consumers Choose More Wisely, Says American Heart Association
Voices for Healthy Kids

American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown made the following comments today on the Food and Drug Administration’s proposed rules for food nutrition labeling and serving sizes:

Newswise: First Lady Calls for Limiting Junk Food Marketing, Expanding Free School Meals
Released: 26-Feb-2014 9:00 AM EST
First Lady Calls for Limiting Junk Food Marketing, Expanding Free School Meals
Voices for Healthy Kids

First Lady Michelle Obama and U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack laid out new restrictions on Tuesday, limiting junk food and sugary drink marketing in schools.


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