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American Heart Association Summer Policy Report 2017

August 4, 2017

This issue highlights American Heart Association's latest forecasting report that has already received a significant amount of coverage, and our recent policy statements on payment and delivery system reform, the Supplementation Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), and Active Transportation.   Payment and delivery system reform is a critical part of the ongoing effort to transform our health care system to provide the best prevention, treatment, care, and rehabilitation to our CVD patients. The SNAP policy statement positions the AHA for the first time with Farm Bill reauthorization and state advocacy on the special importance of this program in fighting hunger, while acknowledging that we need to address diet quality and access to healthy foods and beverages for low-income consumers.  Active transportation is an ongoing area of advocacy work at all levels of government where we want to assure people have the opportunity to safely bike, walk, and roll through their communities and to their destinations to be healthy and more physically active.