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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Coming Soon: Health Insurance Marketplace

    We’re quickly approaching a significant milestone in the effort to ensure more Americans are able to access and afford the health care coverage they need. In less than 100 days, open enrollment will begin for the Health Insurance Marketplace (sometime referred to as ‘exchanges’). The...
  • Blog Post: USDA Releases Strong Standards for Snacks in Our Schools

    Washington, D.C., June 27, 2013 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the interim final rule on “competitive foods” in the nation’s schools, released today by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA): “The new USDA...
  • Blog Post: 10,000 You're the Cure Community Members!

    Thank you You’re the Cure ! Together, we have hit a major milestone! As of today, we have over 10,000 community site members on the brand new yourethecure.org! That means that over 10,000 of you have set up community profiles and passwords and have taken advantage of the unique opportunities being...
  • Blog Post: VT Advocate Makes the Case for Taxing Unhealthy Products

    Dr. Mary Cushman (right), President of the American Heart Association's Vermont board, recently had an opinion piece published in the Burlington Free Press regarding prevention, health care costs, and taxing unhealthy products. Check out what she had to say... "If we want to get serious about...
  • Blog Post: The Lone Star State Steps Up for Hearts

    More progress has been made to create the next generation of lifesavers, as Texas Gov. Rick Perry signed legislation making the Lone Star State the 11th– and the largest – to make CPR education a requirement to graduate high school. The law goes into effect for the Class of 2015. This...
  • Blog Post: Roaring Thunder for Healthy School Snacks

    Nearly 250,000 people across the country — including you and 2,500 of your fellow You’re the Cure advocates — spoke-up to support the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s proposal to set strong nutrition standards for foods and drinks sold in school vending machines, a la carte lines...
  • Blog Post: AHA Supports Teaching Children to Save Lives Act

    Washington, D.C., June 11, 2013 — Representative Lois Capps (D-Calif.) introduced the Teaching Children to Save Lives Act of 2013 . If passed, this legislation would authorize the Secretary of Education to award grants to local educational agencies and schools to implement nationally recognized...
  • Blog Post: Senators to Nickelodeon: Prohibit Unhealthy Food Ads

    This week, four U.S. Senators, Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Jay Rockefeller (D-WV), Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Richard Durbin (D-IL), sent a joint letter to Nickelodeon and its parent company Viacom requesting that the children’s entertainment network prohibit advertisements that market unhealthy food...
  • Blog Post: Research Without Funding

    A car without an engine, a bicycle without tires... they just don't work. Neither does research without funding. In order to make discoveries that lead to treatments and cures for our nation's most devastating diseases, researchers need test tubes and other equipment, lab staff to conduct research...
  • Blog Post: Exercise Your Voice for FIT Kids & Active Americans!

    Do you get the recommended amount of physical activity each day? How about the kids in your life? If you said no, you are not alone. Unfortunately, more than 25% of adults do not devote any time to getting their body moving during the day and 62% of kids do not get the daily vigorous activity they...
  • Blog Post: How Much Salt is Too Much?

    The statistics are eye-opening! Nine out of ten Americans consume too much sodium, increasing their risk for high blood pressure, which can lead to heart disease or stroke. But how much salt is too much and what can you do to avoid it? Tip #1- Be aware! Do you know what the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: June= Summer, Fun, & CPR Awareness

    It’s finally summertime! This is the season for activities in the backyard and cookouts with neighbors. However, would you know what to do if a family member or friend experienced sudden cardiac arrest (SCA)? Eighty percent of SCAs happen outside of the hospital- and unfortunately, the majority...
  • Blog Post: Praise for New Report on Physical Education

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown released the following statement today on the Institute of Medicine’s (IOM) report, Educating the Student Body: Taking Physical Activity and Physical Education to School, and the re-introduction of the FIT Kids Act in Congress: “This new IOM report...
  • Blog Post: Bringing Stroke Awareness to the Hill

    Today, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association hosted a briefing on Capitol Hill to share the latest stroke data with congressional staff and to educate them about important research underway to better understand the human brain. Dr. Bruce Ovbiagele, professor and chairman of the...
  • Blog Post: New Sodium Report "Incomplete," says AHA

    DALLAS – May 14, 2013 ― The American Heart Association says a new report from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) -- Sodium Intake in Populations: Assessment of Evidence -- is incomplete in its assessment of sodium’s impact on health because it does not focus its examinations on scientific evidence...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for Recess!

    Throughout the summer months, Members of Congress return to their home states for in-district work periods, or recesses, which present an important opportunity for advocates to talk with their Representative and Senators about pressing heart disease and stroke policy issues. Here are some tips for getting...
  • Blog Post: Funding Cuts Continue to Threaten Medical Research

    Across-the-board federal budget cuts that took effect in March, known as the sequester, eliminated $1.5 billion or 5% from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget. These devastating cuts are already causing the cancellation or delay of promising research projects throughout the country, slowing...
  • Blog Post: Act for AEDs in More Communities

    This is a critical time in Congress, as lawmakers work to allocate Federal dollars for the coming fiscal year. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart and stroke community, and we need to let lawmakers know they must be made a priority....
  • Blog Post: AHA Voices Support For Bipartisan Medication Management Bill

    Washington, D.C., April 25, 2013 — American Heart Association President Donna Arnett, Ph.D., M.S.P.H., issued the following comments today on the “Medication Therapy Management Empowerment Act of 2013,” sponsored by Senators Kay Hagan, D-N.C., and Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Representatives...
  • Blog Post: Ask Your Representative to Support Stroke Awareness

    The numbers are staggering... About 795,000 Americans suffer a new or recurrent stroke each year. Stroke kills more than 128,000 people a year, making it the 4th leading cause of death. More than $38 billion is spent each year on stroke-related medical costs and disability. Yet, many...