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  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. Dempsey, age 44, said she...
  • Blog Post: Watch Out for Sneaky Salt!

    Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. The worst part is, most of us don’t even realize how much salt we’re taking in. But sure...
  • Blog Post: Five Questions with Dr. John Warner

    I’m pleased to introduce you to Dr. John Warner who recently assumed the role of Chair of the American Heart Association’s National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. Dr. Warner is Chief Executive Officer of UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics and is a Professor of Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

    Federal funding for basic research is an essential step towards achieving medical progress for heart and stroke patients. Over the past decades, we have seen remarkable breakthroughs done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as the development of pacemakers and the discovery of a clot-busting...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Hopes NIH Increase Will End Flat-Funding Cycle

    Washington, D.C., June 10, 2014 – American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup M.D. issued the following comments today on the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s proposed $605 million increase to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) FY 2015 budget ...
  • Blog Post: Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

    The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvables. This is a good step, as the FDA must have authority over these products to protect public health. ...
  • Blog Post: What's for Lunch?

    You've probably seen our action alerts and Facebook posts over the last month about the all-out food fight in Congress over school meals. What’s at stake are the new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which have added more whole grains, fruits and vegetables...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Welcomes New HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell

    Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who assumed her new role today: "The American Heart Association congratulates Secretary Burwell and...
  • Blog Post: One Million Milestone

    Did you hear the big news? We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our campaign to teach all students to be ‘CPR Smart’! 17 states now require CPR training as a graduation requirement, which adds up to over one million annual graduates who are prepared to save a life. Congratulations...
  • Blog Post: Let's win the fight against heart disease!

    It’s this simple. We need cures, not cuts. Unfortunately, over the past decade, funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been in decline. Over the past 10 years, the NIH has lost over 20% of its purchasing power – a downturn that could not have come at...
  • Blog Post: Milestone: One Million Lifesavers!

    We are thrilled to announce a major milestone in our efforts to create a generation of lifesavers with CPR training in schools: 16 states across the country now require CPR training prior to graduation, which means all one million students that graduate annually in these states will be taught CPR. This...
  • Blog Post: Pressing Congress to Keep Special Interests off School Menus

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of a proposed waiver that would allow school districts to withdraw from federal school nutrition standards: “By giving special interests a seat at the school...
  • Blog Post: AHA Questions Sodium Delay in School Foods

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that would delay the sodium requirement for school foods under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act: “Unlike the House version, the Senate appropriations bill does an admirable...
  • Blog Post: 200+ Groups Tell Congress to Keep School Nutrition Standards Strong

    More than 200 national, state and local organizations (including the American Heart Association) signed a statement urging Congress to oppose efforts to weaken or delay nutrition standards that were set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and went into effect during the current school year. 90% of schools...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Take Stroke Message to Washington

    You’re the Cure stroke survivors and caregivers took their message that stroke is preventable, beatable and treatable from the White House to the halls of Congress during American Stroke Month in May! After touring the East Wing of the White House, advocates attended a Congressional briefing and...
  • Blog Post: Take Control of Your Health

    Did you know high blood pressure has also been called the “silent killer”? That’s because its symptoms are not always obvious, making the need for regular check-ups important. As we recognize High Blood Pressure Awareness Month, here are the facts: • High blood pressure (aka...
  • Blog Post: Your American Stroke Month Mission...

    Did you know that stroke is our nation’s 4th leading killer? Or that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States? May is American Stroke Month and the goal is to raise awareness that stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable . Over the next few weeks (and beyond), there are...
  • Blog Post: Proposed Tobacco Rule a Good First Step...

    ...but stronger regulation is needed to keep e-cigarettes, flavored little cigars and other tobacco products out of the hands of young people, according to American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. You can read her full statement here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 24th released...
  • Blog Post: Long Overdue: Nutrition Label Updates

    In late February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to update the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label we all have come to know on the food products we buy. And now it’s time for you to weigh in! As consumers, we need to tell the FDA that we support changes that will...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next 12 months. This means for the next year, stroke...
  • Blog Post: Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

    Calling all You’re the Cure SUPERHEORES! (Yes, that means YOU!) Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time! That’s because no super powers...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: 7 Million Enrolled: An Affordable Care Act Update

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That makes the progress made during this first 6-month open enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace something to recognize. When open enrollment closed on March 31 st , 7.5 million Americans...
  • Blog Post: New CDC Study on Poison Centers and E-cigarettes Reinforces Need for FDA Regulation

    Washington, D.C., April 3, 2014 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown made the following comments on the study released today by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on the rise in e-cigarette calls to poison centers: "The CDC’s latest study on e-cigarettes...