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  • 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: 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: 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: Patti Mahoney, New Hampshire

    December 10th is such an important date to me and my family. Not only was my daughter, Kelly, born on that date, but six hours after her birth… I went into cardiac failure. After being rushed in to the Intensive Care Unit and placed on 100% life support, my doctors diagnosed me with idiopathic...
  • 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: 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: Smoking report finally released!

    Think we've won the war on smoking? Think again...a newly released evaluation of the state's Tobacco Control Program shows that while we've made great progress we have a long way to go! http://www.health.ny.gov/prevention/tobacco_control/docs/2012-12_independent_evaluation_report.pdf ...
  • Blog Post: We Did This (and Go Red Sox)!

    Maine left Massachusetts in 1820—but we remain part of Red Sox Nation. We don’t have any of those weird mixed allegiances that Connecticut may have living so close to that other city. We are tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool fans. In fact, many of the men here already had beards—and...
  • Blog Post: 12 other states train students in CPR...

    What is NYS waiting for?!....Tell lawmakers it's time to pass the CPR in Schools bill. Go to www.supportcprinschools.org to send your message today!
  • Blog Post: AHA Connecticut Participates in The Rally for Medical Research Lobby Day

    Connecticut Advocacy participated in the 2013 Rally for Medical Research lobby day. Nearly 300 people form 40 states convened on Capitol Hill meeting with elected officials and their staff in 250 Congressional offices to urge congress to invest in the National Institute of Health (NIH) for the health...
  • Blog Post: NYS adult obesity rates still too high!

    We all know obesity is a major risk factor for heart disease and stroke. The CDC has posted the 2012 state-specific data on adult obesity prevalence. So where does New York stand? 23.6% of adults are considered obese...are we doing enough to combat obesity?
  • Blog Post: Kevin Foord is alive thanks to CPR

    Meet Kevin Foord. His favorite hero: his daughter. She learned CPR as a teenager and saved his life. Thanks to her quick action and CPR, Kevin has walked his little girl down the aisle and can pamper his new granddaughter. And now Kevin is helping spread the word by working with the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Karen Christensen, Connecticut

    I am a volunteer with the American Heart Association and a true believer in its mission. I have participated as a Team Captain for the Heart Walk in West Haven, am looking to expand my activity in the “You’re the Cure” network, and am examining ways I can assist in the Fairfield Walk...
  • Blog Post: A Medical Research Fly-In Volunteer who truly leads a "Civic Minded" Life

    Kevin Ward lives and breathes the concept of leading a “Civic Minded” life. He has participated in a number of Heart Walks and is setting up a car show to benefit the American Heart Association. His first cardiac event occurred at age 16 while he was sitting in class. It was at this...
  • Blog Post: We did it...Pulse ox is law!

    Thanks to your help, Gov. Cuomo signed the Pulse Ox bill into law! Soon all babies in NYS will be screened for critical congenital heart defects. This victory wouldn’t have been possible without the help of our passionate volunteers and dedicated staff. Thank you to everyone, including our red...
  • Blog Post: Aedan Conway, New York

    Aedan Conway, of Delmar, may be just 22 months old, but he has proven to be a powerful advocate for the Pulse Ox legislation in New York State. When his mother, Jennifer, was 20 weeks pregnant, they learned that Aedan had hypoplastic left heart syndrome. He has had two of three scheduled surgeries...
  • 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: Mel is more than just a stroke survivor, she's an advocate!

    Melody Trombly is a seven year stroke survivor. Her husband knew the signs and symtoms and recognized what was happening. Mel was having a stroke. Fortunately she received care quickly and the life saving drug (TPA). Now Mel is spreading the word so that others can live a healthy life. Do you know the...
  • Blog Post: Small Hearts Deliver a Big Message!

    American Heart Association Red Cape Heroes stormed the Capitol on June 10th! Public servants, advocates and visitors to the Capitol smiled when they saw a group of small children in superhero capes walking the Capitol halls. The children are congenital heart defects survivors and joined their families...
  • Blog Post: NYC's 800 Lb Gorilla - We Need to Improve PE!

    Today, the American Heart Association released preliminary results of a survey analysis regarding Physical Education (PE) in all New York City schools. Every school, in all five boroughs was invited to participate and the American Heart Association secured responses from 272! More than half of these...
  • Blog Post: From our Lips to Congress' Ears - NYC Supports Resolution 982 re: Improving Stroke Research!

    What a day in New York City! We have lots of photos to share from our whirlwind tour in City Hall...but really quick I wanted to share some shots of our press conference with Council Member Mathieu Eugene. Thank you to Dr. Steven Rudolph from Maimonides, Dr. Susanna Horvath from Columbia and Dr. Salman...
  • Blog Post: Ready...Set...Go! And we're off in New York City!

    There is so much going on this week in New York City! It's after midnight, and I'm just now getting to submit this blog post. Here's why I'm burning the midnight oil... On Wednesday morning, the American Stroke Association (yes, that's us!) is supporting a press conference with...
  • Blog Post: National Wear Red Day is quickly approaching...

    We are quickly closing in on National Wear Red Day, this year arriving on Friday, February 1st. 2013’s Wear Red Day marks the 10th anniversary and more than 627,000 women’s lives have been saved, thanks to the collective energy, passion, time, money and HEART of the 25 million Americans who...
  • Blog Post: Richard Veilleux, Maine

    In March 1980 I was expecting a visit from my Mom and Dad. Instead, I got a phone call from my brother telling me that my Dad had suffered a heart attack. That was the first of several cardiac problems my father has lived through. Now, 32 years later, he is still going strong, still able to do the gardening...
  • Blog Post: Are you going to listen to the State of the State?

    Governor Cuomo will outline his vision for the coming year in his State of the State address tomorrow. The American Heart Association is fighting for chronic disease prevention and CPR training. What issues are you hoping to hear about from the Governor?