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  • 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: Praise for the FDA's Action on Trans Fat

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) tentative determination that partially hydrogenated oils are not “generally recognized as safe,” which begins the process to eliminate trans fats from the food supply...
  • Blog Post: Help Stop Therapy Caps

    If you had a stroke and needed therapy to regain your ability to walk, talk, and carry out daily activities, would you want there to be a limit on the amount of therapy your health care plan covered? For stroke patients on Medicare, these ‘therapy caps’ are a real concern. Limits on outpatient...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds NYC's Fight Against Youth Tobacco Use

    Washington, D.C., Oct. 31, 2013 —The American Heart Association applauds New York City for continuing to be a national leader in reducing tobacco use by passing bills that will discourage young people from smoking and encourage more smokers to quit. “We are proud of the city’s leadership...
  • Blog Post: Understanding the Financial Costs of Stroke Caregiving

    Being the family caregiver of a stroke survivor is often rewarding but it also can take an enormous physical and emotional toll on the caregiver. In addition, there can be significant financial costs that can come with being a family caregiver- an issue often overlooked and less understood. Nearly...
  • Blog Post: Get Ready for National Eating Healthy Day!

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 6. On this day, Americans are encouraged to make small, healthy changes and raise the awareness of the importance of good nutrition. Give your family...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...