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  • Blog Post: A Need for More Physical Education Highlighted in Report

    RESTON, VA, November 13, 2012 – The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA, released by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association, finds that while 74.5 percent of states mandate physical education in elementary...
  • Blog Post: Jim Bischoff: A You're the Cure Volunteer We are Thankful For

    During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, AHA staff are taking time and recognizing a volunteer they are most thankful for. Melissa Brown, Grassroots Director for the Great Rivers Affiliate, wrote the following about a special volunteer in their area: Jim Bischoff of Ohio. Jim is a longtime AHA...
  • Blog Post: Take Action to Save Medical Research!

    Congress is considering drastic measures in order to reduce the deficit, including “sequestration,” which means arbitrary, across-the-board cuts to most federal programs. Medical research funding is slated to be cut by more than 8%, about $2.5 billion, which would halt heart and stroke research...
  • Blog Post: Texas Youth Learn about the Legislative Process

    No matter the age, you can learn how to make a difference in your community. In Austin, Texas, the students at a local charter school did just that. About 20-25 students, who collaborated with the American Heart Association, attended the Youth Advocacy Day, which included an Advocacy training and a detailed...
  • Blog Post: Patients must be top priority after election, says AHA CEO

    Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on President Obama’s re-election to a second term: “Yesterday’s election ended a long and arduous political campaign for our nation. The American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Ask Nickelodeon to Stop Advertising Junk Food to Kids

    Take a guess… On average, how many advertisements for food do kids under the age of 12 see each day? A) 3 B) 7 C) 10 D) 13 If you guessed D, you are correct- and the majority of those ads are for unhealthy foods and beverages. $2 billion per year is spent advertising food to children...
  • Blog Post: National Effort to Establish Patient-Centered Research Methods Underway

    On October 27 th and 28 th , patient-advocates gathered in Washington, DC for a workshop hosted by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to begin a dialogue about the inclusion and engagement of patients at every step of the research process. PCORI, created under the Affordable Care...
  • Blog Post: Success in the States

    Together, You're the Cure advocates and staff achieved incredible public policy victories at the state and local level over the last year. These policies- your successes- move us closer to a world free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. You can now read about our state and local successes in...
  • Blog Post: In the News: Smoke-free workplace laws linked to fewer heart attacks, study finds

    From the Washington Post, October 29th- A decline in the number of cases of myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in one Minnesota county appears linked to smoke-free workplace laws in that area, research published Monday in the Archives of Internal Medicine finds. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Tip- VOTE

    There is no doubt your realize that election day is almost here, thanks to the barrage of political ads on TV and in your mailbox and your friends’ relentless political posts on Facebook. It’s easy to get discouraged and disillusioned by the negative tone you often hear in the political...
  • Blog Post: Life's Simple 7 Facebook Chat with AHA President

    Do you know what PAD stands for? How about AFib? Did you know there are seven simple steps that can help you live a heart-healthy life? Learn more about these conditions and other cardiovascular topics during a Facebook chat on tomorrow at 1:00 EST/12:00 CST with AHA President Dr. Donna Arnett, Ph...
  • Blog Post: Election Season and Heart & Stroke Research

    Tonight is the last Presidential debate, marking the home stretch of the campaign season. I bet you've seen your fair share of candidate ads, news features, and campaign literature this season. But at the end of the day, when you sift through all the information, the one thing most voters are looking...
  • Blog Post: We Need More PE!

    One important way to stop this rise in obesity and chronic disease in our children is by establishing lifelong physical activity habits with strong physical education (PE) programs and regular physical activity opportunities throughout the day in our nation’s schools. That’s why the AHA strongly...
  • Blog Post: AHA Supports the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act

    The American Heart Association is proud to support the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act, federal legislation which would help to identify children at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and prevent unnecessary, pre-mature deaths. Did you know that according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, sudden...
  • Blog Post: Study Shows Support for New School Lunch Standards

    A new survey from The California Endowment found that the new national school meal standards, which were implemented this fall, are being well received by students and parents in California. Overwhelmingly, both parents (91%) and students (82%) support the changes to school nutrition standards- and most...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Team

    Hi everyone, Clarissa here. We hope you've been enjoying the new site and are coming back often to see what’s new. You’ll want to be sure to make to flag You’re the Cure as one of your favorite sites and come to the Pulse often. The Pulse is our blog to keep advocates informed of...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association CEO Pays Tribute to Senator Arlen Specter

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the passing of Senator Arlen Specter (D-Pa.): “The American Heart Association is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Senator Arlen Specter. Senator Specter was a great believer in the hope and promise of...
  • Blog Post: New Resource Makes Choosing a Health Plan Easier

    Fall marks the start of the ‘open enrollment’ period, during which millions of Americans select a health insurance plan in the private insurance market. But this year, consumers will have a new resource available to make that decision easier, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. ...
  • Blog Post: AHA Advocate Acts to Protect NIH Funding

    You’re the Cure advocate Ravi Balijepalli, Ph.D , recently hosted Manny Vasquez , Regional Director for U.S. Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI), at the Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine. Dr. Balijepalli, Assistant Professor of Medicine, and his colleagues...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! CA Passes Heart Defect Screening Law

    California recently became the 9th state to pass legislation that will benefit thousands of newborn babies starting July 1, 2013. AB 1731 ensures that every California newborn delivered in a birthing facility will be given the pulse oximetry test to identify critical congenital heart defects (CCHD)....
  • Blog Post: Survey for Patients: What Health Care Questions are You Facing?

    Every day, heart disease and stroke patients and caregivers must make health care decisions. They may have to choose between two or more options for preventing, diagnosing or treating their conditions. Or, they might need to decide whether or not a treatment is right for them. For these situations, the...
  • Blog Post: Waiting for 2014: Henry & Essential Health Benefits

    Continuing their “Real Stories, Real Reforms” series, Georgetown University Health Policy Institue's CHIRblog presents the second profile of everyday people across the country who will – or have already – benefited from new consumer protections under the Affordable Care Act...
  • Blog Post: Welcome to Our You're the Cure Community

    Welcome to the new and improved You’re the Cure website. I’m Clarissa, and I have had the privilege of overseeing the You’re the Cure program for the past seven years. You may recognize my name from our emails. Admittedly, it’s been a selfish relationship over the past several...
  • Blog Post: World Heart Day!

    Saturday, September 29, is “World Heart Day,” created by the World Heart Federation to remind everyone around the globe about heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 2 leading killers worldwide. American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments in support of this...
  • Blog Post: Too Much Salt is Putting Our Children’s Health at Risk

    Dallas, Texas, Sept. 17, 2012- American Heart Association says New CDC Study Illustrates Need to Limit Sodium in Foods The American Heart Association says a new study examining the connection between sodium intake and the blood pressure in U.S. children and teens points to the urgent need to limit...