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  • Blog Post: The District of Columbia is in a Pickle

    The District of Columbia is in a pickle, but the Shared Use of School Property Amendment Act (Bill 20-320) can bring players closer to home. Literally. This bill provides more opportunity for communities to participate in physical activity, by allowing them to more easily use their public school facilities...
  • Blog Post: Be One In A Million

    Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Eating Just Got That Much Easier

    Healthy eating in DC just got that much easier! DC Council has recently voted “Yes” on Workplace Wellness Act (B20-0049), which creates healthier working environments for government employees. Inspired by this current legislation, a local hospital is taking similar proactive steps to meet...
  • Blog Post: Successful Bill Will Make Child Care Centers Healthier Places for Kids

    The MD General Assembly passed a bill this session called The Child Care Centers – Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Act. This important bill will impact many thousands of children in licensed child care centers! Read all about it here: http://preventobesity.net/inside-track-may-22-c . ...
  • Blog Post: Let's Give Our Children A Long Life

    For so many reasons in our society, children are incredibly important. They will eventually become the next generation of teachers, doctors, medical researchers, elected officials, businessmen and women, and community leaders whose achievements and decisions affect all of our lives. We work hard to ensure...
  • Blog Post: Debra Wells

    Debra Wells, District of Columbia Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems, Debra was a successful business woman, working as Vice...
  • Blog Post: DC Hears Shared Use of School Property Bill

    Recently the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a hearing on Bill 20-0320 Shared Use of School Property in the District Act of 2013. Bill 20-0320 clarifies the law to allow schools to open their property after school hours to the community for recreational...
  • Blog Post: Health Insurance Guidance in DC

    If you are receiving DC Alliance, Medicaid and/or Medicare benefits, you might be wondering how the implementation of Health Care Reform (or Obamacare) affects you and your health insurance benefits. You may be receiving calls or visits from people who are trying to get you to provide money or personal...
  • Blog Post: Is your Worksite Affecting your Waistline?

    Would it surprise you that in Washington D.C. 372 million dollars are spent every year on health conditions caused by obesity? Obesity and overweight affect 56 percent of D.C. adults. Obesity, overweight, and poor diet contribute to such diseases as heart disease, diabetes, cancer, and stroke. The...
  • Blog Post: Catching the Advocacy “Bug”

    Join Jennifer Park as she answers questions about her advocacy experiences with You’re the Cure and about what drives her passion for the issues for which she advocates. Read below to learn what all Jennifer has to say about You’re the Cure. How did you develop interest in advocacy? Also...
  • Blog Post: Let Freedom Ring!

    You have the power! The power of your voice in shaping government is a huge and beautiful part of what it means to be an American. Using your power to forward the policies you believe in is what advocacy is all about. We, the people, have the right to express our opinions, and to tell our lawmakers how...
  • Blog Post: Annapolis Goes Red

    The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women movement in the state of Maryland is asking everyone to help America Go Red this year! On February 14 th , AHA volunteers stood with Senator Pugh, Delegate Lee, the Women’s Caucus, members and staff of the Maryland General Assembly on the...
  • Blog Post: DC City Council Goes Red and You Can Too

    D.C. City Council passed a resolution on February 5 th proclaiming February as Heart Month in D.C. and encouraging all residents and agencies to Go Red. We invite you to encourage your office, partners and other networks to participate through-out the month of February by joining our America Goes Red...
  • Blog Post: DC City Council Back in the Saddle

    **An update from Jennifer Witten, your American Heart Association Government Relations Director** The DC City Council is back in session for the New Year. With new councilmembers and committee chairs, we will be urging their consideration to make our policy issues a priority. This fall we have...
  • Blog Post: Shared Use of School Properties a Win for Obesity

    In an effort to increase physical activity and prevent obesity, the American Heart Association (AHA) and Eat Smart Move More are talking about possible upcoming legislation in South Carolina that will remove barriers and clarify liability language so schools can offer their facilities, such as playgrounds...
  • Blog Post: NC AHA Advocacy Hits the Ground Running

    With the elections a mere week behind us and the dust barely settled, we have wasted no time in moving forward with our 2013 state policy issues. This week several of our top priorities saw important progress, pulse oximetry screening, primary stroke center designation and tobacco control issues. The...
  • Blog Post: Election 2012: Who Won and What Comes Next

    Are you wondering who won in last week’s election? Certainly the top races are announced through the media, but often times you may wonder where to find the information for your Senator or Representative. You can view the election results on the NC State Board of Elections website: http://results...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day Collaboration a Success!

    On November 7, 2012, The American Heart Association, in collaboration with D.C. Councilmember Mary Cheh of Ward 3, Councilmember Kenyan McDuffie of Ward 5, the D.C. Department of Health and D.C. Public Schools celebrated National Eating Healthy Day at McKinley Technical High School. AHA Executive Board...
  • Blog Post: National Healthy Schools Week

    Last week Thurgood Marshall Academy hosted a kickoff to National Growing Healthy Schools Week. Growing Healthy Schools Week celebrated school gardens and farm to school programs throughout the district. During the week, school staff worked with local non-profits, farms and chefs to coordinate inspiring...
  • Blog Post: Richard Benson

    Richard Benson, MD/PhD, District of Columbia “I’m looking at the man in the mirror.” When it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #4 most common causes of death in the US, respectively, I think of those famous and poignant words by the late great Michael Jackson...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Virginia I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed firsthand...