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  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Success!

    Have you ever wondered if all these letters you send to our elected officials make a difference? Well it has in New York City! While the new Council session is just getting ramped up, the American Heart Association has been meeting with targeted members of Council over these past several weeks. One meeting...
  • Blog Post: Heart Felt Heart Stone and Legislative Reception

    A young volunteer whose life was saved by numerous community members when she suffered multiple cardiac arrests during and after an Essex swim meet is now giving back to help others. Payton Jones of Vergennes will be honored at the American Heart Association's Legislative Reception from 4:30-6pm...
  • Blog Post: Vermont Superhero Tommy Watson and Governor Kunin

    As National Superhero Day, April 28th draws near, we're sending a big "shout-out" to Tommy Watson. Tommy worked with the American Heart Association two years ago to pass legislation requiring Hands-only CPR to be taught in health classes in Vermont schools. And, like the Energizer Bunny...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Louis

    Last week, Karen Acompora wrote to many of you about her son Louis, a victim of sudden cardiac arrest. Please read Karen’s note about Louis and join her in calling for Governor Cuomo to take a stand to support CPR in Schools… Today marks 14 years since my son, Louis, played in his first...
  • Blog Post: You helped Protect Heart Health Funds

    Earlier this year, we told you about efforts to consolidate many state programs, including those which protect heart disease and stroke. And while consolidation sounds nice, it means the public wouldn't have a good sense of how state funds are being spent on important health programs. Thanks to your...
  • Blog Post: It is time for Massachusetts to be CPR Smart

    Look to your left. Look to your right. Would the people around you know how to save your life if you suffered from sudden cardiac arrest? You can make sure that across Massachusetts there are thousands of people who would know what to do. It’s time for Massachusetts to Be CPR Smart. Would you...
  • Blog Post: Now it's time for Governor Cuomo to support CPR

    Too many lives have been lost from sudden cardiac arrest...isn't it time for Governor Cuomo to stand in support of CPR in Schools? Click the link to send a letter to Governor Cuomo - It's that easy. The letter is already drafted for you - but feel free to personalize it! http://yourethecure...
  • Blog Post: An Update from Albany

    CPR trainings: AHA recently held a second CPR training day at the state Capitol where lawmakers, staff and visitors could receive free hands-only CPR training. Did you know Idaho recently became the 13th state to pass CPR in Schools legislation? Don’t all students in New York deserve the same?...
  • Blog Post: Reading, Writing, Resuscitation!

    Twelve states throughout the country have passed laws requiring that high schools students receive CPR training before graduating high school. While the training need not be a "certification" course, it should provide students with an opportunity to practice compressions on a manikin or other...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools...Spread the word!

    If everyone finds just one minute to contact their Senator, we can get hundreds of messages in support of CPR in Schools sent today! Just click below to ask your Senator to sponsor... http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=34257
  • Blog Post: Just your everyday heroes: Rich Albright and Jared Alpern

    Kids today?! Well, wait to you hear about these kids…Rich and Jared are seniors at Shaker High School in Latham, NY. Last year, Rich and Jared (pictured with AHA NYS Advocacy Committee Chair Dan Moran) approached school administrators to let them know something was missing in the curriculum: CPR...
  • Blog Post: NYS Legislative session off and running...

    State legislators have returned to Albany... and there has been of flurry of activity in the first month back. Here's what's happening now: Governor's Budget - 16.2% of adults across the state still smoke. And 8.5 million adult New Yorkers are considered overweight or obese. At a time...
  • Blog Post: Everyday Heroes

    A young life was saved, in New Hampshire, recently because of the actions taken by bystanders giving CPR and the use of an AED. This is a reminder that cardiac arrest emergencies can happen anywhere, at any time, to anyone. Several years ago, New Hampshire began an initiative called Heartsafe Communities...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act Now Law in New Jersey

    Legislation that would require coaches of school athletic teams to learn CPR and schools to provide information about sudden cardiac arrest to student athletes and their parents was signed by Governor Christie in the final hours of his first term in office. We thank Governor Christie for his support...
  • Blog Post: Williston Volunteer Tommy Watson Passes 1,300 Trained in CPR!

    American Heart Association Volunteer Tommy Watson - who set a goal of training 100 people in "Hands-only CPR" two years ago -- has now trained over 1,300 people! Among those trained by Tommy at the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women Luncheon was former Vermont Governor Madeleine...
  • Blog Post: Update from Albany: Senate CPR Bill Sponsor Resigns

    Surprising news hit Albany this past week. Senator Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), the sponsor of the CPR in Schools legislation, announced he is stepping down after 16 years of service to join the Alzheimer's Foundation of America. For those of you following our efforts to pass the CPR in Schools legislation...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • Blog Post: A Heart Healthy New Year in Massachusetts

    With 2013 behind us I am hopeful that 2014 will be our most successful year in making Massachusetts Heart Healthy and Stroke Free. We are close to ensuring that all Coaches in MA Public Schools will be trained in CPR and that all newborns will be screened with Pulse Ox for CHD. We are also working to...
  • Blog Post: "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" Clears Assembly!

    On December 19, the NJ Assembly passed the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" by a margin of 79-0! There was not one, single dissenting vote. This bill makes sure that parents, coaches and student athletes get information about sudden cardiac arrest prior to participating in school sports...
  • Blog Post: NJ is One Step Closer to CPR Training for Students

    Great news! In late November, a bill that would require public high school students to learn CPR at school prior to graduation was introduced in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature. The American Heart Association would like to thank Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale for sponsoring S3048 and...
  • Blog Post: NYS Session is just around the corner...

    NYS Legislative Session is just around the corner...Governor Cuomo will release his budget in January and lawmakers will consider hundreds, possibly thousands of bills. What are the policy priorities for the American Heart Association? Here's a quick peek: CPR for graduation. Yes, it is hard to...
  • Blog Post: Our Hands Can Save Lives!

    A few weeks ago a study came out that said that performing CPR for 38 minutes or longer can improve a patient’s chance of surviving cardiac arrest. This is great news! Sustaining CPR that long also improves the chances that survivors will have normal brain function, researchers said. Now we just...
  • Blog Post: A Simple Device That Can Save a Life

    You see AEDs on walls in airports, malls and office buildings, but do you see them in your kids schools? On sports field or in rinks? The answer might be sadly no. We need to do better; we need to make sure that AEDs are available in our schools and on our fields at all times so that it is never more...
  • Blog Post: Wishing You A Heart Healthy Holiday

    I wanted to take a minute during the sometimes crazy holiday season to say thank you! Your advocacy on behalf of the American Heart/Stroke Association has made the Commonwealth a healthier place for you and your friends and family to live. But our work isn’t done! I look forward to seeing success...