On November 6th, Rhode Island voters overwhelmingly (79% in favor) approved Question 3 – the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond – which will invest millions of dollars in bikeways, local recreation and open space. The American Heart Association was excited to support the Green Economy and Clean Water Bond because it will lead to healthier and more active communities for children, families and residents of the Ocean State!
The $47 million Green Economy and Clean Water Bond (Question 3 on the Rhode Island Ballot) will provide resources to improve our bikeways and other recreational areas; preserve green spaces; clean up contaminated land for redevelopment; and ensure clean water and coastal resiliency.
Did you know?
· Research indicates that building bike and pedestrian trails reduces health care costs associated with physical inactivity. For every dollar invested in building trails, nearly three dollars in medical cost savings may be achieved.
· People who have parks or recreational facilities nearby and live in communities with well-connected streets exercise much more than those who do not have easy access.
· Environments that are safe and built with walking, biking and other physical activities in mind are correlated with lower body weights and reduced cardiovascular disease.
· Community-based physical activity interventions are cost-effective, reducing new cases of many chronic diseases and improving quality of life.
How you can help:
Cast your vote on November 6th! Be sure to VOTE YES ON QUESTION 3 – THE GREEN ECONOMY and CLEAN WATER BOND. Need information on how, when and where to vote? Visit the Secretary of State’s website at https://vote.sos.ri.gov
Please spread the word far and wide – tell your family and friends to VOTE YES ON 3 – THE GREEN ECONOMY AND CLEAN WATER BOND! Use our hashtag on social media: #YesOn3RI
Contact us: Connect with Megan.Tucker@heart.org or 401-228-2331. Add your voice as an advocate for the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association at www.YouretheCure.org.