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Letter: Thanks for Passing Legislation

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is deeply appreciative that the Nassau County Executive and the Legislature have approved the legislation that requires certain chain restaurants to post calorie information on menus and menu boards. The policy will directly empower consumers to make healthier choices for themselves and their families.

Heart Disease and stroke remain the counties’, the states’ and unfortunately, the nation’s number one risk of death. Obesity directly results in dangerous conditions for your heart, including high cholesterol and type 2 diabetes. By allowing consumers to know the calorie count of the items they purchase at chain restaurants, we are assisting individuals in the knowledge that certain foods will be less likely to make them overweight or obese.

According to a July 2009 report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans are heavier than ever, with more than 26 percent of our country’s population now confirmed as fully obese. Through menu labeling, consumers are motivated to make smarter decisions and live healthier lives. By approving this measure, the County Executive and the County Legislature have provided a welcome tool in our battle against the obesity epidemic.

On behalf of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I applaud you for approving this policy.

Susan Somerville, RN

Chairman, Long Island Board of Directors

American Heart Association

Nassau County Resident