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  • 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...
  • 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...