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  • Blog Post: Competitive Foods Rule Puts Kids’ Health First

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the USDA’s preliminary rule on “competitive foods” in the nation’s schools: “The new competitive foods rule has the right ingredients to keep American kids healthy. Less salt, sugar and...
  • Blog Post: A Presidential Kick-Off to Heart Month

    Yesterday, the President of the United States signed a proclamation declaring February as American Heart Month and encouraged everyone to participate in National Wear Red day today! See the President's full proclamation below. BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION...
  • Blog Post: It's time to break out the red!

    Tomorrow is National Wear Red Day and the start of American Heart Month! Since the first National Wear Red Day 10 years ago, tremendous strides have been made in the fight against heart disease in women, including: 21% fewer women have died from heart disease 23% more women aware are that...
  • Blog Post: Praise for the HeLP America Act

    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on “The Healthier Lifestyles and Prevention America (HeLP America) Act,” introduced by Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA): “Sen. Tom Harkin’s tireless efforts on behalf of prevention are greatly appreciated...
  • Blog Post: Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.

    The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association have joined with the Ad Council to launch their first national multimedia public service advertising campaign (PSA) to raise awareness about F.A.S.T., an acronym for recognizing and responding to the sudden warning signs of stroke. When...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited! State of Women's Heart Health Webinar

    Are you ready to kick-off American Heart Month in a big way? Join us for the 3rd Annual State of Women's Heart Health webinar! This informative discussion with some of our nation's health leaders- including Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Food and Drug Administration...
  • Blog Post: “Hello! My name is ____”

    It’s time to welcome the 113 th Congress! We all know the best welcomes are personal, so we’re asking You’re the Cure advocates to introduce themselves to their members of Congress by recording a video and uploading it to Facebook. We’re calling it the “Hello, my name...
  • Blog Post: Mixed News in Food Marketing to Youth Report

    Whether it’s the flashiest toy, latest animated movie, or newest fashion craze, every parent or guardian can attest to the fact that their children are constantly bombarded with media advertising on television and the Internet. Another popular item to market to youth is food, such as cereals, sodas...
  • Blog Post: Update:NIH funding cuts delayed, but not yet avoided

    A financial crisis was averted by Congress this week, but the solution is temporary with regards to funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Funding cuts for NIH and other federal programs have been delayed, but are not off the table as Congress continues to seek ways to steer our nation...
  • Blog Post: Update: 'Cliff' Deal Helps Protect Medicare Stroke Patients

    As the world welcomed 2013 this week, a serious deadline loomed for stroke patients on Medicare. The Medicare therapy caps ‘exceptions process’ was set to expire on December 31st, 2012, putting beneficiaries at risk of not being able to access the physical, speech, and occupational therapies...
  • Blog Post: Heart Association Officials Welcome New Key NIH Official

    On December 12th, American Heart Association President Dr. Donna Arnett, Chair of the Advocacy Coordinating Committee Dr. Elliot Antman, and AHA staff welcomed the new Director of the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute at the National Institutes of Health, Dr. Gary Gibbons at a reception on Capitol...
  • Blog Post: The Countdown is on to Save NIH Funding!

    It’s almost the end of year, which means you are likely counting the days to festive holiday celebrations and the start of the New Year! But there is another countdown that needs our immediate attention. In just two weeks, medical research funding will be cut by about $2.5 billion, if Congress...
  • Blog Post: Study Finds Support for Menu Labeling

    Many chains, including Starbucks, Panera and McDonald's, have already begun posting nutritional information on their menus, well ahead of the Affordable Care Act's mandate to do so next year. Technomic conducted a survey of restaurant consumer attitudes and found that 65 percent favor such...
  • Blog Post: In the News: 50+ Health Groups Tell Nickelodeon to Cut Junk Food Advertising

    Today, the AHA’s work to urge Nickelodeon to set strong nutrition standards for the foods marketed on its media outlets and by its shows' characters was featured in the Capitol Hill publication, The Hill . Check out the full article- Health groups tell Nickelodeon to stop hawking junk food...
  • Blog Post: 2012 You're the Cure Federal Recap

    As we get ready to welcome the 113 th Congress to Capitol Hill in January, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on all of the activity that took place on key heart and stroke issues this year. In a tough economic environment, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, helped play critical defense to...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! North Dakotans Vote for Clean Air!

    On Election Day, the voters of North Dakota ensured they will have healthier air to breathe by passing Measure 4, which requires all workplaces, bars and restaurants to be smoke-free. The measure passed 67% to 33% and won the majority of votes of every county in the state. This was the result of years...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight! Dr. Elliott Antman

    Meet the American Heart Association’s new Advocacy Coordinating Committee (AdCC) Chair, Dr. Elliott Antman! As Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he brings valuable expertise and passion to the AHA’s advocacy work, which aims to translate scientific discoveries...
  • Blog Post: Fit, Healthy, & Ready to Learn: Updating School Health Policies

    As states and districts mobilize to fight childhood obesity, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is releasing updated information regarding physical activity and nutrition in schools in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series of school health policy guides. “Research...
  • Blog Post: Rayme Elliott: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

    The Western States Affiliate is extremely grateful for California advocate Rayme Elliott, who decided to take action after tragedy struck her family. Unfortunately, Rayme’s son Logan passed away at 14 months due to a cardiac arrest caused by a heart defect. Had Logan been screened for this condition...
  • Blog Post: Protect Medicare Stroke Patients!

    For most people, the end of the year is a joyous time, filled with anticipation for the New Year. However, for millions of stroke patients on Medicare and their families, this is a time of worry. That’s because, unless Congress acts by December 31st, unfair caps on their rehabilitation coverage...
  • Blog Post: Mark Miller: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

    The Greater Southeast Affiliate is extremely thankful for their rock star Alabama advocate, Mark Miller. After being inspired by his daughter Mary Beth, who has congenital heart defect, Mark is a tireless advocate for Pulse Oximetry screening in newborns, which can detect these heart defects early in...
  • Blog Post: Yolanda Dickerson: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

    The Mid-Atlantic Affiliate is thankful for Yolanda Dickerson, an advocate for over 10 years who is committed to reducing heart disease and stroke in her community. Her journey with the American Heart Association has led her to participate in five National Lobby Days in Washington D.C., as well as meeting...
  • Blog Post: Carrie McLeod: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

    As our ongoing series of You're the Cure Advocates that we are thankful for continues, the folks of the Midwest Affiliate cannot stop talking about one of their own volunteers: Carrie McLeod. They all collaborated to write the following about Carrie: We call Carrie “the glue” that...
  • Blog Post: A New Initiative to Fight Obesity

    The statistics are well known and sobering. More than 23.5 million children and adolescents in the United States—nearly one in three young people—are overweight or obese. However, today the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) are teaming up with the ambitious...
  • 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...