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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight! AHA President Donna Arnett

    Donna Arnett, Ph.D., MSPH, has worn many hats- nurse, researcher, epidemiologist, volunteer, public health advocate- and now, President of the American Heart Association. Having dedicated her career to understanding how diseases affect various populations, her leadership, expertise, and passion will...
  • Blog Post: AHA Applauds New Physical Fitness Test

    Washington D.C. - Just in time for the new school year, this new physical fitness test will help improve our children's health. See the AHA's statement below from CEO Nancy Brown. “The new school fitness program launched today by The President’s Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition...
  • Blog Post: A great month for You're the Cure Advocates

    "Research saves lives" has been the message of the month for August. With Members of Congress home for their recess break, advocates have been asking their legislators to make protecting National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding a priority when they return to Captiol Hill. The NIH faces massive...
  • Blog Post: AHA Urges an Appeal on Court Ruling on Tobacco Labels

    Washington, D.C., Aug. 24, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on today’s ruling by the U.S. Appeals Court for the District of Columbia Circuit against the use of tobacco warning labels: “With today’s decision, the judges have thrown...
  • Blog Post: Budget Cuts to NIH Will Result in Job Loss

    Have you heard about the massive across-the-broad federal budget cuts, also know as the sequester, that are scheduled for January 2013 if Congress fails to reach another agreement? These cuts could have disastrous effects on medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and could delay...
  • Blog Post: There’s a food fight in Congress!

    Believe it or not, there’s a heated debate in Congress right now over fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. And we need you to help us be the voice of reason. Will you take a moment to tell your legislators why providing kids with access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in North Carolina!

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of AHA volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 837 into law on July 26, 2012. The law requires all students to be trained in CPR before graduating from high school, helping to train our next generation...
  • Blog Post: Updated! 57 Co-sponsors for the HEART for Women Act. Can we get to 100?

    Check out the list of current co-sponsors of the Heart disease Education, Awareness, Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act. These Members of Congress have taken an important step in demonstrating their support for improving the prevention, diagonsis, and treatment of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Expresses Disappointment with Transportation Bill

    Washington, D.C. – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the latest version of the transportation legislation approved by Congress last week: “The transportation legislation passed by Congress today jeopardizes the safety and health of kids...
  • Blog Post: Help Save the Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program for Our Kids

    Do you know what jicama is? Or how pineapples grow? If you ask a student who participates in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), chances are they’ll be able to tell you. This successful federal program provides daily fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to more than 3 million elementary students...