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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: 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: 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: A Young Hero: Molly Budzinski

    Molly Budzinski recently received the Heroine of the Heart Award from Senator Mark Grisanti, sponsor of the CPR in Schools bill. Molly received this prestigious award at Buffalo Go Red for Women Luncheon for her work to promote lifesaving CPR. Her tireless efforts led to the implementation of bystander...
  • 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: Is your school 'excellent' when it comes to wellness?

    Is the elementary school in your neighborhood amazing? Do the kids get all of the necessary physical activity? How about school meals? Are they healthy, nutritious and downright delicious? If you think your elementary school is a rock star, help us recognize their efforts! It's not easy to do right...
  • Blog Post: Join us in Albany... Speak Up for Heart Health!

    Join the American Heart Association in Albany as we advocate for programs to improve heart health! On March 12th, advocates from across the state will be headed to Albany with a message for lawmakers: Heart Health Matter - Make obesity prevention and tobacco control a priority...Want to join us? Register...
  • 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: Healthy Happy Meals?

    Do you think food companies market to children? Today the NYS Assembly health committee voted in favor a bill that calls for restaurant meals marketed to kids (you know them, the ones with the colorful toys) to meet nutrition standards. This is a great start - the bill will help busy families eat healthier...
  • Blog Post: The day has arrived...pulse ox law goes into effect!

    American Heart Association volunteers across the state are celebrating the day a critical newborn screening test officially went into effect. For nearly a year, advocates met with their legislators, hosted a press conference, and wrote letters to get the Pulse Ox bill passed and signed into law. Gov...
  • 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: Dr. Tara Narula, New York

    Dr. Tara Narula is a member of our NYC Advocacy Committee and is a board certified cardiologist, serving as an Attending physician and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/NSLIJ in Manhattan. She joined Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute of New York in 2010 and provides...
  • 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: 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: E-Cigarettes to Be Included in NYC's Smoke Free Air Act!

    After a whirlwind effort, New York City Council followed the lead of numerous other states and municipalities on Thursday by expanding the restrictions found in the Smoke Free Air Act. Beginning in 120 days after enacted, you will no longer be permitted to use electronic cigarettes in the locations covered...
  • Blog Post: City Hall Update: E-Cigarette Vote Tonight!

    Today's final stated meeting of New York City Council is historic in so many ways. While we're preparing to transition to new government leadership, it's an appropriate time to reflect on the tremendous progress we've achieved over these past several years. Tonight, City Council is taking...
  • 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: Just when we thought we'd finished the fight... Big Tobacco drags us back in!

    With the recent success in New York City resulting in the passage of two potentially strong laws to combat the tobacco industry, the American Heart Association was preparing to transition to a new Mayor's administration, new Speaker and many new Council Members. Little did we know that we had one...
  • Blog Post: CPR in minutes!

    Just one minute of CPR video training could save lives in emergencies, according to new research presented at the American Heart Association’s Scientific Sessions 2013...wouldn't you think that NYS lawmakers would want schools to take just minutes out of the school year to teach CPR? Now will...
  • Blog Post: Mayor Bloomberg cements his legacy as a champion against tobacco!

    Earlier today, the American Heart Association participated in what may turn out to be our last formal bill signing ceremony with Mayor Michael Bloomberg. As talk turns to the idea of defining his legacy, it was certainly appropriate that his action today took one more giant leap toward reducing tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Trans fat will be off the menu soon!

    Last week’s announcement by the FDA paves the way for the eventual elimination of artificial trans fats. The importance of this can’t be understated – This is a great victory for the health of the American public and supported by the American Heart Association. Here in New York,...