More than 78% of Rhode Island voters approved a bond referendum to allocate $10 million to bike and recreation projects. – Ballot Measure
The Rhode Island governor signed Senate Bill 2350A/House Bill 7419A into law, prohibiting advertising and marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages on school property. – Legislative
Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families updated licensing rules for early care and education centers, improving nutrition, physical activity, and screen time standards. – Regulatory
Rhode Island voters approved the $35 million Green Economy Bonds, which included $10 million for the State Bikeway Development Program to design and construct bikeways throughout the state. – Ballot Measure
Rhode Island now has a smart snacks competitive foods policy in all schools to ensure the nutritional quality of food in schools. – Regulatory
In June 2018, the Governor of Rhode Island signed into law legislation to eliminate junk food advertising and marketing on school property with the goal of providing all children across the state with a healthier learning environment.
For many in the non-profit world the work is deeply personal; change is fueled by a desire to help others. But the challenge is that while many policymakers may support the same cause, they also need data to justify their budget decisions. With the help of a grant from Voices for Healthy Kids, the American Heart Association (AHA) in Rhode Island has started to unlock the potential of marrying both the data and the story together to work for change.