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  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! PA Makes Strides in Improving Stroke Care

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett helped cap off a successful Stroke Month by signing critical legislation that will help improve stroke care across his state. This exciting win would not have been possible without the dedication of You’re the Cure advocates, who have been working to pass stroke...
  • Blog Post: Heart and Women Health Groups Hail New Legislation to Help End Healthcare Disparities Among Women and Minorities

    The American Heart Association, Society for Women’s Health Research and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease released the following statement: Washington, D.C., June 26, 2012 – The American Heart Association, Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR),...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform

    Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act: “The historic decision handed down today will benefit America’s heart health for decades to...
  • Blog Post: Improving a la carte and vending machine nutrition can help student waistlines and school bottom lines

    Earlier this year the USDA worked to improve nutrition standards for lunches in official school meal programs, but what about those vending and a la carte items? After improving food served in school lunch programs, the USDA is currently focusing their attention on those other items or “competitive...
  • Blog Post: Senator Patty Murray Recognizes the AHA

    Washington Senator Patty Murray took time out of her busy schedule to formally recognize the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign! Go Red had worked with the Defense Department to raise awareness about heart disease with female members of the Armed Forces. You can see her full...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: The Hodge Family

    JW & Maddie Hodge Nevada On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years. Medication was administered...
  • Blog Post: Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    On June 6th, Joe Quigley and his daughter Olivia came to D.C. to urge their Massachusetts Members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts set for January 2013. When Olivia was just 6 years-old, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest will in gym class and came to Capitol Hill to tell...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Urge Congress to Protect NIH Funding!

    On June 6th, over 40 You’re the Cure Advocates from 17 key states came to Washington to urge their Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from automatic budget cuts set to occur in January 2013. If the automatic cuts (or sequester) occurs, the NIH could...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! Medical Emergency Response Plan Law Passes in MA

    Sudden cardiac arrest can strike at any age- and for the victims, every second counts. However, many schools do not have a plan in place to deal with emergency cardiac situations and the consequences can be deadly. Inspired by two students who suffered cardiac arrest on school grounds, the state of Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Vermont!

    Hard work pays off. After 6 months of lobbying lawmakers in Vermont, 8 th grader Tommy Watson and many other AHA volunteers were successful in having Governor Shumlin sign a bill to include CPR and AED instruction in health education courses. By including both “hands-only” and AED components...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Talk Fresh Fruits and Vegetables on Capitol Hill

    On Wednesday May 17, You’re the Cure advocates from six key states (CO, KS, MN, NE, OR, and TX) flew to Washington D.C. to urge their Members of Congress protect the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The FFVP provides snacks of fresh fruit and vegetables to elementary school students in...
  • Blog Post: NIH Director Talks about Obesity on the Colbert Report

    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins brought a serious message recently on the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report a few days ago. Dr. Francis talked about the importance of eating well and the state of America’s obesity epidemic. Have a few laughs and check out the video.
  • Blog Post: Sen. Mark Kirk’s Recovery “Excellent” After Stroke

    On January 21st, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois had a stroke at the age of 52. Only 15 weeks later, his recovery has been described as “excellent” by his doctor in an article in the Chicago Tribune . Sen. Kirk’s ongoing recovery shows how important medical research is to stroke recovery...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! WV “Heart Moms” Make Life-Saving Law a Reality

    A recent legislative victory in West Virginia showed once again that passionate, dedicated advocates can make a difference. On April 5 th , 2012, advocate Ruth Caruthers and her fellow “Heart Moms” stood with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in the State Capitol, as he signed “Corbin’s...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Minnesota!

    On April 23, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton signed a law that will ensure that everyone who graduates from high school will be trained in hands-only CPR. With this bill, Minnesota students between grades 7 and 12 will receive hands-only CPR training at least once before they graduate. The training can...
  • Blog Post: Statement from HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on National High Blood Pressure Education Month

    May is National High Blood Pressure Education Month and Stroke Awareness Month. It makes sense to observe both in the same month because when you control your blood pressure, you reduce your risk of stroke —the fourth leading cause of death in the United States. Unfortunately, 1 in 3 U.S. adults—an...
  • Blog Post: Transportation Secretary Promotes Safe Routes to School

    On Friday, April 27th, the U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary, Ray LaHood walked to school with his grandchildren. Why is this news? Because Secretary LaHood was also joined by other community members and children promoting the Safe Routes to School program in Indiana. “We know that...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Tennessee!

    Aimed to prepare more Tennesseans to respond in emergency instances of sudden cardiac arrest, the American Heart Association urged the Tennessee General Assembly to add hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training to the high school lifetime wellness school curriculum that already existed in...
  • Blog Post: Two AHA Volunteers Speak about the Importance of Health Reform

    Two American Heart Association volunteers were profiled in a Mother Jones magazine article about what could happen if the Affordable Care Act is struck down by the Supreme Court. Marla Tipping has a four year old son that needs his blood cleaned every 2 weeks in order to maintain safe cholesterol...
  • Blog Post: AHA President Warns about the Danger of NIH Budget Cuts

    AHA President, Dr. Gordon F. Tomaselli, recently wrote an article in Science Progress about the dangers of the pending budget cuts to the National Institutes of Health in 2013. “Next January, unless Congress and the White House take action, the National Institutes of Health, or NIH, and the...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Burn 1 Billion Calories by 2020!

    The American Heart Association is challenging Americans to collectively burn 1 billion calories by 2020. How can you be involved and become more active right now? Take 30 minutes away from your desk and go for a walk. Today is National Walking Day and is perfect way to burn some extra calories and...
  • Blog Post: Are you CPR Smart?

    When Derek, a high school senior, learned CPR at school, he didn’t think he’d have a chance to use it so soon, and he certainly didn’t think he’d get that chance while shopping for his prom tux. But shortly after he was trained in CPR, as one of his graduation requirements , he...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight! Missouri Doctor Speaks-Up for Safe Routes to School on Capitol Hill

    Dr. Jim Blaine of Springfield, MO, knows the importance of prevention. As the Medical Director of the Ozark Technical Community College Health & Wellness Clinic, he has seen cardiovascular events decrease over the last four years by helping patients focus on diet, exercise, and taking the proper...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Nancy Brown Joins Other Partners Supporting the Affordable Care Act During Supreme Court Hearings

    Health coverage is easy to get if you’re healthy. The problem is when you’re sick or have a history of illness. For decades, people with life-threatening chronic diseases such as cancer, diabetes, heart disease or stroke faced numerous barriers to getting the care they needed. Insurers...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! New AZ Law Helps Increase Access to Recreational Facilities

    Thanks to a new law in Arizona, fields, courts, and playgrounds at schools will soon be more accessible to communities. On March 13 th , Governor Jan Brewer signed a “shared use” bill that limits the liability of schools if they open their grounds during non-instructional hours for recreational...