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  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: Sherri Maloney, New Jersey

    On January 3, 2011, Sherri had a heart attack at age 41. She initially thought she was run down from the holidays and also had been battling a bad cold. She had started experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, overall weakness, nausea, a burning indigestion sensation, and a tingling in her arm. She...
  • 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: Rosalie Mayes, New Jersey

    As a retired intensive care nurse, Rosalie Mayes was aware of the attention given to heart disease in men. She considers herself fortunate because her heart disease was discovered during a routine physical examination, allowing her to take action and manage her condition. Rosalie is an American Heart...
  • 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: Max Helfman, New Jersey

    Max Helfman got involved with the American Heart Association as a youth advocate at the age of 10, after losing his grandfather to heart disease and his soccer coach to sudden cardiac arrest. Now a high school senior, Max has attended "You’re the Cure on the Hill" lobby day several times...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • 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: Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day All Month (and Year!) Long!

    Wednesday, November 6 was National Eating Healthy Day! The American Heart Association dedicates the first Wednesday of November to encourage our friends, families, neighbors and others in the community to make small changes to improve their diets for a healthier life and raise awareness about good nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Kenneth Maynard, New Jersey

    Dr. Maynard is an accomplished scientist who holds degrees in Human Sciences, Neurological Science and Neurobiology. He has a background in research of Cerebrovascular Disorders, such as stroke. He served as an Assistant Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How CPR Can Save Your Loved One

    Each year, more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and only 11% survive. It is a leading cause of death in New Jersey and across the nation and the only way to save a victim is through quick CPR and defibrillation. October is the perfect time to learn more about sudden...
  • Blog Post: Joan Cuba Richardson, New Jersey

    My involvement in the American Heart Association stems from a combination of events in my life. Twenty-five years ago my mother passed away at the age of 51. She died of a heart attack due to complications from juvenile diabetes. Diabetics tend to suffer "silent heart attacks". My brother died...
  • Blog Post: Advocates in NJ Will Continue to Fight for Tobacco Control Funding

    Over the past few years, funding for tobacco control in NJ has been decreasing steadily until it was completely eliminated from the state budget this year. Despite the best efforts of our advocates to make their voices heard in the last few months, it was not reinstated. The state budget was passed in...
  • Blog Post: Rebecca Smith Casey, New Jersey

    Rebecca was a 15 year old sophomore at South Hunterdon Regional High School when she began experiencing dizzy spells and black outs during field hockey practice. Her coach recommended getting her blood sugar checked. However the symptoms persisted. While at rest, her heart would start racing and she...
  • Blog Post: NJ Senate Unanimously Passes Bill Requiring CPR Training for Coaches

    On June 24, 2013, the NJ Senate voted unanimously to pass the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act." This legisation requires that coaches and parents of student athletes receive education and information about sudden cardiac arrest. It also requires that all coaches receive certification...
  • Blog Post: NJ Advocates Raise Awareness of CPR Issues at State House

    On June 6, 2013, the American Heart Association hosted a Lobby Day/Legislative Reception at the New Jersey State House to bring attention to CPR and AED issues during CPR and AED Awareness Week. Advocates who attended spoke to a number of legislators about Hands Only CPR and the American Heart Association's...
  • Blog Post: Laurie Heavener, New Jersey

    Laurie Heavener of Stanhope knows from experience how important it is to train high schoolers in CPR: while picking up her daughter from a Girl Scout meeting she suddenly collapsed from sudden cardiac arrest. Thankfully a sophomore who had recently learned CPR in school was driving by and stopped and...
  • Blog Post: NJ Should Provide Funding for State's #1 Cause of Preventable Death

    Smoking remains the number 1 preventable cause of death in New Jersey and throughout the U.S. Yet, the State of New Jersey eliminated funding for it's Comprehensive Tobacco Control Program, which funded tobacco prevention and cessation efforts around the state. The elimination of funding places NJ...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate National Wear Red Day on February 1, 2013!

    This Friday (February 1, 2013) the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association will kickoff American Heart Month 2013 with National Wear Red Day 2013! This year's day of awareness is very special as we will be celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Go Red for Women movement. In...
  • Blog Post: Challenge Yourself! Take the Sodium Swap Challenge

    Did you know that on average, American adults consume about 3,400 milligrams of sodium each day? That is more that twice the American Heart Association recommended limit! This excess sodium can lead to high blood pressure which increases your risk for heart disease and stroke. Much of the sodium in the...
  • Blog Post: Thankful for You!

    I am so lucky. Everyday I get to work with the best volunteers and staff in the world. Together we are able to help make our families and our communities more heart healthy and stroke-free. I want to make sure you know how thankful all of the AHA staff is for you and all of your actions. Every time you...
  • Blog Post: $8 million in initial funding to fight childhood obesity!

    Exciting? Yes! Ambitious? You, bet! Attainable? Absolutely! The AHA & the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are proud to announce a new collaboration aimed at reversing the childhood obesity epidemic in the U.S. by 2015. And we’ll need your help! Learn more http://bit.ly/QJ8gmk What do you think...