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  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Come to DC!

    Last month, eleven You’re the Cure advocates joined 300 volunteers from other participating organizations for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC. Their purpose in coming to Washington was to share their stories with Congress and to urge them to increase medical research funding...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day: Oct 29th

    The statistics are chilling. A person in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds , with about 795,000 Americans having one every year . Stroke is the no. 4 cause of death in the United States and the no. 3 cause of death in women. It is quite clear that more awareness is needed about nation’s...
  • Blog Post: AHA Releases First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

    For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention. After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Introducing 'Life is Why'

    Here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association we’re excited about our new brand Life is Why and we hope you are excited too! Life is Why was developed to capture the momentum of our growing organization, the passion of our people, and to communicate our mission to one day realize...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Students Accepting Healthier School Meals

    A recent study reveals that most elementary age students are accepting the healthier school meals required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite early complaints from kids when the new menus were introduced in the fall of 2012, researchers found that attitudes about and sales...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: Time is Running Out to Get Covered

    Having quality health care coverage is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That’s why we want to make sure everyone knows that the deadline to enroll in a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace is March 31 st ! Since the Marketplace opened on October 1 st , 2013...
  • Blog Post: Action Needed: Last Chance to Stop Therapy Caps

    For stroke survivors on Medicare and their families, the countdown to March 31st is like déjà vu. Year after year, Congress waits until the last minute to pass temporary fixes to the ‘therapy cap’ problem, but this year, we’re saying enough is enough. Will you join us...
  • Blog Post: Our #CHDweek Message: Pulse Ox Saves Lives!

    Critical Congenital Heart Disease (CCHD) accounts for 27% of infant deaths that are caused by birth defects - the most common birth defect in the U.S. Early detection is key, which is why advocates across the country are speaking up for a simple, life-saving test for all newborns. Pulse oximetry screening...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Lobby for FIT Kids

    Nine remarkable You’re the Cure advocates met Jan. 28th with Members of Congress in Washington, D.C. to request support for the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act. FIT Kids is a bipartisan bill that would help ensure children receive quality physical education at school. The advocates...
  • Blog Post: 50th Anniversary

    January 11th marks the 50th anniversary of U.S. Surgeon General Luther Terry's groundbreaking report on smoking and health, which first made it clear for Americans that smoking causes illness and death. The American Heart Association is very proud to have played a role in the progress we've...
  • Blog Post: Influencing Undecided Lawmakers

    What is the best way to convince a Member of Congress to support or oppose legislation important to heart and stroke patients, and who is our best messenger? Is it the request of a professional lobbyist or the voices of their constituents that matters most to those lawmakers? This second video in...
  • Blog Post: Understanding Your Member of Congress

    Have you ever wondered what life is like for a Member of Congress, or if they really consider your opinion when making decisions? Check out our new video below, produced in partnership with the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF), that gives you an insider look at Congressional offices and how...
  • Blog Post: Are You One of the 9 Out of 10?

    Did you know that 9 out of 10 Americans consume too much sodium? The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is educating consumers and providing tips to decrease the sodium in your diet. You may be surprised to learn that the greatest amount of sodium in our food comes from food purchased...
  • Blog Post: The 2013 State Legislative Wrap-Up is Here!

    Today’s blog post is by Mark Schoeberl, the American Heart Association’s Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality I am pleased to again this year present you with our annual report of state and local public policy progress . We take pride in the diligent efforts of our advocates...
  • Blog Post: 1,000 Strong

    More than 750 advocates just like you have already sent their letters requesting the Food and Drug administration eliminate menthol flavoring in cigarettes. Now we need you to help us stand 1,000 strong before the Nov. 22nd deadline. Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in our country...
  • Blog Post: Happy Anniversary, You're the Cure Community!

    More than a year ago, we knew our website needed a revamp. But we didn’t want to build the same old site that would be a one-way communication channel from the American Heart Association to you. We wanted to build a community, through which we all could share stories, news, and opinions. We wanted...
  • 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...