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  • Blog Post: The Government is Shut Down, but Our Fight Is Not

    Turn on any cable news station these days and you’ll see it… the continuously running clock that is tracking the hours and minutes of the government shutdown. When I see it, I can’t help but think about what could or should have been accomplished during that time, especially when it...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: Now Open: Health Insurance Marketplace

    You’re the Cure advocate Vance Lobe has had October 1 st marked on his calendar for a while. That’s because starting today, Vance and millions of other uninsured Americans will have access to affordable health care options through the new Health Insurance Marketplace . As a heart disease...
  • Blog Post: FIT Kids Act Bill Summary

    Learn about the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act currently being considered by Congress. The bill aims to strengthen physical education programs in our nation's schools.
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Importance of Newborn Screenings

    Great news for congenital heart defect advocates! On Thursday, September 26 th You’re the Cure and March of Dimes advocate Joye Mullis testified in front of the U.S. Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Subcommittee on Children and Families about the importance of pulse oximetry screening...
  • Blog Post: FIT Kids Act Letter of Support

    In June 2013, 70 organizations sent a letter of support for the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids to the bill's sponsors, Representative Ron Kind (D-WI) and Representative Aaron Schock (R-IL).
  • Blog Post: Photo Petition: These are the Faces of Medical Research

    Hundreds of You're the Cure advocates participated in the 'Hearts for Research' photo petition to demonstrate their support for a strong, national investment in the National Institutes of Health.
  • Blog Post: Tell FDA Officials: Menthol Must Go

    Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in our country and is a significant risk factor for heart disease and stroke. And now, there is compelling scientific evidence that menthol in cigarettes leads more young people to take up smoking, increases nicotine addiction and makes it more difficult...
  • Blog Post: Toolkit: Covering All Americans

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to the fight against heart disease and stroke- and after decades in which the number of people without health insurance has been increasing, we have an unprecedented opportunity to expand coverage to millions of Americans. Beginning October 1st, 2013, uninsured...
  • Blog Post: Lace-Up Your Sneakers... It's Heart Walk Season!

    Fall is just around the corner which means many cities across the country are gearing up for their American Heart Association Heart Walk! These community events bring together thousands of heart disease and stroke advocates to truly ‘walk the walk’ and ‘talk the talk’ when it...
  • Blog Post: 'Hearts for Research' Petition Heads to Capitol Hill

    We called and you delivered! Throughout the last month, we asked You’re the Cure advocates to join our ‘Hearts for Research’ photo petition to help us call on Congress for a strong national investment in medical research- and the results have been outstanding! Over 7,200 advocates...
  • Blog Post: Training the Next Generation of Lifesavers, One Student at a Time

    The following excerpt is from a blog post by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown and AHA volunteer Tommy Watson, published on The Huffington Post's The Blog on September 3rd. It is part of a series produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely...
  • Blog Post: Make sure You're the Cure emails are not lost in the shuffle!

    Whether you check you GMAIL on your home computer, on your phone on the way to work, or even in the office (shhh… we won’t tell anyone!), I am sure you noticed a little change. Your email has now been automatically organized into tabs, such as Primary, Social and Promotions. This new feature...
  • Blog Post: Map: CPR in Schools Legislation

    Learn which states have passed legislation to ensure students learn the live-saving skill of CPR before graduation. ( Last updated March 2014 )
  • Blog Post: Healthy Habits: One of the Most Precious Gifts We Can Give Our Children

    The following excerpt is from a blog post by American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown published on The Huffington Post's The Blog on August 27th. It is first in a series produced by The Huffington Post and the American Heart Association addressing important, timely topics in heart health and wellness...
  • Blog Post: Presentation: Communicating with Congress

    View the slides from the recent presentation entitled Communicating with Congress: How to turn a 10-Minute Meeting with a Legislator into a Life-Long Relationship .
  • Blog Post: Show Congress the Face of Medical Research

    When Congress cuts funding for medical research, as it did in March, we all feel the impact. Many research labs that rely on funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) have been forced to delay or abandon promising projects and to fire staff. The end result: patients will wait longer for new...
  • Blog Post: Pants Too Tight? Cut the Salt!

    Nine out of ten Americans consume too much salt- and more and more we are hearing about the serious health consequences it leads to. Excess sodium in your diet can cause high blood pressure and lead to heart failure, stroke, kidney disease, headaches, and more. But did you know that extra sodium may...
  • Blog Post: New CDC Study Confirms Need for State Smoke-Free Laws

    Washington, D.C., Aug. 1, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the CDC Foundation’s new study released in the journal Preventing Chronic Disease, which found smoke-free laws in nine states had no impact on restaurant and bar revenue: ...
  • Blog Post: An Education Bill Without Physical Education? No Way!

    You’re not going to believe this! The U.S. House of Representatives passed its big education bill this month… but do you know what’s missing from it? Physical education! With one in three children overweight or obese in the U.S. and only 3.8% of elementary, 7.9% of middle, and 2...
  • Blog Post: I'm a YTC Advocate: AHA President Dr. Mariell Jessup

    Last month, we introduced you to the new national volunteer leaders of the American Heart Association - and this month we’re pleased to bring you some insights directly from our new President, Mariell Jessup, M.D., a practicing cardiologist at the University of Pennsylvania. Check out my Q&A...
  • Blog Post: AHA Responds to FDA Report on Menthol Cigarettes

    Washington, D.C. July 23, 2013 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) new evaluation on the use of menthol in cigarettes, and the agency’s request for input on whether regulatory action on this...
  • Blog Post: Introducing...Voices for Healthy Kids

    We’re proud to share news of a recent collaboration between the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation aimed at engaging, organizing and mobilizing people to improve the health of their communities and reverse the childhood obesity epidemic. Voices for Healthy Kids is...
  • Blog Post: Meet Our New Chairman & President

    The following is a message from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association, on the recent transition of the association's national volunteer leadership, which occurs every two years in July... I would like to thank Ron Haddock and Donna Arnett, Ph.D., FAHA, for their outstanding leadership...
  • Blog Post: Unlock Your Advocacy Potential

    Last fall, we did something bold: We gave YouretheCure.org a complete facelift. We wanted to improve the way it looked, but more than anything, we wanted to offer you more and better opportunities to fight against heart disease and stroke. Yet, some of you have not taken that next step to create your...