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2009-06-11 17:37:00

DES MOINES, Iowa, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Lung Association in Iowa is happy to report the U.S. Senate's 79 to 17 vote in favor of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act (HR 1256) today. The American Lung in Association in Iowa applauds Senators Tom Harkin and Chuck Grassley for playing instrumental roles in the United States Senate this week to ensure passage of the Family Smoking Prevention and Tobacco Control Act. This important legislation will...

2009-06-11 17:26:00

WASHINGTON, June 11 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds U.S. Senators Tom Harkin and Charles Grassley for voting today to approve historic legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority to regulate tobacco products, including the authority to crack down on tobacco marketing and sales to kids. The U.S. Senate approved the bipartisan bill 79 to 17. The House has approved similar legislation, and Congress is expected to quickly...

2009-06-07 15:20:00

Harkin to Host Event With Olympic Swimmer Dara Torres WASHINGTON, June 7 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Barbara Manard, Ph.D. vice-president of long-term care/health strategies for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging (AAHSA), will join an esteemed panel Monday at a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) briefing on current HELP efforts to include long-term services and support in health reform. Her appearance is part of AAHSA's initiative to promote...

2009-05-20 18:51:00

WASHINGTON, May 20 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement of Matthew L. Myers, President, Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids: (Logo: http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20080918/CFTFKLOGO) The Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids applauds U.S. Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) for his leadership role in Senate committee approval of legislation that gives the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulatory authority over tobacco products, including the authority to crack down on tobacco...

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2009-05-04 13:40:00

On Friday, a Democratic U.S. senator proposed setting up a free vaccination program to fend off future outbreaks of dangerous strains. Iowa Senator Tom Harkin said that with the U.S. on alert for more cases of the new H1N1 swine flu virus, the government should include funding for free vaccines for all Americans in the supplemental spending bill that is now moving through Congress. "The harsh reality is that we have repeatedly experienced devastating flu pandemics," Harkin said in a...

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2009-05-01 06:50:00

In public schools across the country, kids may begin finding bottled water and granola bars in their vending machines, in lieu of soft drinks and candy bars. A bill introduced in the Senate on Thursday is attempting to expand the scope of current government regulations from the cafeteria to the snacks and drinks sold outside of the lunchroom. Senators Tom Harkin and Lisa Murkowski explain that their bill, if passed into law, would allow the U.S. Agriculture Department to set "common-sense...

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2009-04-01 12:58:16

A parent-teacher group and the American Dietetic Association said on Tuesday that Congress can fight the epidemic of childhood obesity by getting "junk" food out of school stores, as well as snack machines, Reuters reported. Both groups are pushing for new federal rules that would require all food sold in schools to adhere to certain nutritional standards similar to school lunches. They said that high-fat, high-sugar or high-calorie "competitive" foods now could be sold anytime outside of...

2009-03-30 14:30:00

Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation expresses appreciation to Congressional co-sponsors for passing first legislation specific to the paralysis community SHORT HILLS, N.J., March 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the lives of people living with paralysis, applauds President Obama for signing the Omnibus Public Lands Bill. Passed...

2009-03-13 14:44:00

WASHINGTON, March 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Inventor and futurist Ray Kurzweil, described by Forbes magazine as "the ultimate thinking machine" will join wellness legislative leader Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA), health and wellness expert Dr. Deepak Chopra, diet guru Dr. Dean Ornish, PepsiCo Senior Vice President and Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Mehmood Khan and three dozen other national thought leaders at the March 16th conference on Race and Reconciliation in America: Health and Wellness...

2009-03-12 12:11:00

80 jurisdictions nationwide already adopted complete streets policies WASHINGTON, March 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Americans nationwide could face less traffic congestion and cut their transportation costs if Congress passes legislation introduced today by Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA), "The Complete Streets Act of 2009." U.S. Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA) introduced the bill last night in the U.S. House of Representatives. A complete street takes into account all users of the...