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Creating a Culture of Health
We are working to weave healthy living practices and opportunities into our community. From teaming up with city leaders to support more walking and biking routes, to driving initiatives that make healthier food options available in all neighborhoods, to providing our kids with more opportunities to be active in school – we are making it easier to be healthy where we live, work and play in West Michigan.
Michigan prohibits flavored e-cigarettes
The American Heart Association applauds Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for taking emergency action to suspend flavored e-cigarette sales in the state for at least 6 months. This bold move is appropriate and necessary, given severe lung illness in 25 states resulting in at least two deaths — all possibly linked to vaping. More than 3.6 million middle and high school students used e-cigarettes last year, 1.5 million more than the year before. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must remove all flavored e-cigarettes from the market, prohibit e-cigarette marketing to children and eliminate online sales.and enforce the law by requiring new e-cigarette products to undergo agency authorization and reviewing products already on the market.
Until then, local and state governments should take action to protect children. For more on this vital issue, read the Association’s joint statement with our tobacco-free partners.
Contact our local office at 616-482-1503 to find out how to support our efforts in West Michigan.
Focusing on the Need
There is no quick fix, no one way to solve complex health issues that are affecting this generation and generations to come. That’s why we’re focused on the areas within communities where there is an opportunity to make the greatest impact. Because at the center of it all, we have West Michigan at Heart.
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- 2019-2020 Virtual Heart Walk, Location: Anywhere, Date: Sunday, July 1, 2018 - 12:00 AM
Improving Quality of Life
Living healthy and free of disease makes a critical difference in quality of life. But in Michigan cities just miles apart, life expectancy can vary 13 years. That's why we are working to raise awareness about the vital effect lifestyle has on health, especially poor nutrition and inactivity, and to help children form healthy habits that will last a lifetime by removing obstacles to making healthy choices.
Ensuring Healthy Environments
Being a Michigander should help our health, not harm it. We're working to increase opportunities for people to incorporate physical activity into their everyday lives and to make nutritious foods more accessible and affordable for all. We're also working to enact statewide and local policies the raise the minimum legal sale age for all tobacco products to 21.
Strengthening the Economy
A community's well-being is directly related to the health of its local economy. On average, men and women spend more than half of their waking hours at work – which can have a significant impact on our health. That is why we collaborate with the local business community to help create a more physically active, health-conscious culture in the office. From blood pressure screenings to fitness days, our local worksites are starting to work for our well-being. The American Heart Association is also helping reverse the tax burden from obesity and disease-related healthcare costs by increasing taxes on items that contribute to disease, like sugar sweetened beverages.
With human ingenuity, we can prevent heart disease and stroke — and care for people who suffer from these devastating diseases. In Michigan, we are fueling discovery, funding $8.4 million in research at local institutions. We formed and lead the Midwest Resuscitation Group, a collective of Get With The Guidelines-Resuscitation hospitals across the state that has developed best practices and resuscitation strategies to improve survival rates for in-hospital cardiac arrest.
Policy has the power to protect our health, improve communities and drive lasting change. The American Heart Association empowers citizens to take informed action on local and state policies because we can all benefit from things like smoke free laws. Thanks to our advocacy efforts, all babies born in Michigan are now screened for critical congenital heart defects before leaving the hospital. Also, all graduating high school students will now learn Hands-Only CPR, creating an estimated 100,000 new, potential lifesavers each year.