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  • Blog Post: AHA Frustrated by President’s NIH Budget

    American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., issued the following comment today on President Obama’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2015: “With a meager 1 percent increase over last year, President Obama’s proposed budget for the National Institutes of Health is utterly...
  • Blog Post: Big Changes in Store for Food Labels

    After more than two decades, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration is proposing sweeping changes to the nutrition labels on packaged foods. The proposals would require food manufacturers to list added sugars , nutrition counts for more-realistic portion sizes and total nutrition information for multiple...
  • 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: AHA Applauds CVS for Phasing Out Tobacco Products

    Dallas, Feb. 5, 2014 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement on the decision by CVS Caremark to phase out tobacco sales: “Smoking is the No. 1 cause of death in the U.S., killing 443,000 Americans and costing the nation $193 billion in healthcare expenses...
  • Blog Post: Farm Bill Full of Both Wins and Losses, says AHA

    Washington, D.C., Feb. 4, 2014 —American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Agricultural Reform and Risk Management Act of 2013, passed by Congress today: The passage of the Farm Bill today has been long-anticipated and the American Heart Association is pleased...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited!

    Throughout American Heart Month, you've helped raise awareness about heart disease in women by wearing red and speaking up about the risk factors we face. But just how much progress is being made in the fight against our nation's No. 1 killer of women? To answer that question and more, join us...
  • 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: Surgeon General’s Report Reinforces Urgent Need for Bold Action Against Tobacco

    Washington, D.C., Jan. 17, 2014 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Surgeon General’s Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking — 50 Years of Progress : “Over the last 50 years, more than 20 million Americans could have lived...
  • Blog Post: NIH Budget Disappointing, Says American Heart Association

    Washington, D.C., Jan. 14, 2014 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the FY 2014 federal budget legislation: “For months, the American Heart Association has been pressing federal lawmakers to reverse the enormously destructive...
  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • 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: New Year, New Advocates

    It’s the New Year, which means time for setting goals and making resolutions. At You’re the Cure , we have our own resolution for 2014. We want to grow the base of advocates fighting for heart and stroke policy change. But we can’t do it alone, we need your help . There are two things...
  • Blog Post: Let's Improve the American Diet

    If something could be done to prevent over 10,000 heart attacks and over 3,000 deaths per year, shouldn’t we do it? Last fall the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) took action to save lives and improve the American diet by declaring industrially-produced trans fats – known as partially...
  • Blog Post: AHA Urges Lawmakers to Use Budget Act Funds for NIH Sequester Relief

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 18, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the Senate’s passage of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2013: “The American Heart Association is pleased that Congress has put aside its partisanship and...
  • Blog Post: Let's Fix the Damage

    After a rough year for medical research funded through the National Institutes of Health (NIH), there is finally good news out of Washington! Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a bipartisan budget deal to fund the government for two years and stop some of the funding cuts made to...
  • Blog Post: AHA Voices Support for Bipartisan Budget Deal

    Washington, D.C., Dec. 11, 2013 — American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup, M.D., made the following comments today on the budget agreement announced by Rep. Paul Ryan (R.- Wis.) and Sen. Patty Murray (D.-Wash.): “The proposed Ryan-Murray budget agreement takes a very positive...
  • 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: Shop Heart This Holiday Season

    It's that time of year when we're all still tackling our holiday shopping list trying to think of that perfect gift for loved ones. This year consider giving a gift from the heart. "Shop Heart" and choose from gifts llike cookbooks, apparel, and accessories. You can spread the message...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Medical Research Story

    With terms like continuing resolutions, sequester and budget cuts, federal funding for medical research conducted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) can be very confusing (check out our latest blog post for more details!). Fortunately, the way to influence lawmakers is simple. As a You’re...
  • 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: Our Heartfelt Thanks

    The following message is from Nancy Brown, CEO of the American Heart Association... As Thanksgiving Day approaches, my thoughts turn to all of the families together today — because of the generosity of people like you. Behind every person saved by CPR, every child who picks up a jump rope...
  • Blog Post: What is going on with the Federal budget and medical research?

    Sequester, continuing resolutions, government shutdowns, debt ceiling, and cuts. The federal budget can be very confusing, especially when it pertains to medical research and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Below, we tried to explain how we got to this point by answering the questions we hear...
  • 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...