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  • Blog Post: Colleen Dudley

    Superwoman’s real name is Colleen Dudley. Colleen is a very busy women, but she still finds a way to be active in her DC community, whether it’s at a hospital, as an AHA You’re the Cure Advocate , or as a volunteer. Colleen received her bachelor’s degree in nursing at Cleveland...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: Help You're the Cure by Having a Party?!

    Huh?! I can help You’re the Cure by having a party? You sure can, and it’s fun to do! Tupperware might have started the trend, but many since have figured out the beauty of sharing a message with a group of friends to help get something done. One of the ways we get advocacy done is with...
  • 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: Sara Beckwith

    Sara Beckwith, District of Columbia Why is advocacy work so important? To Sara Beckwith it is about passion, and because she “truly believes that we have a voice and it is imperative to use our voice to work on programs such as the Healthy Tots Act and the Workplace Wellness Act.” Sara...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, South Carolina Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Tell Us Who You Really Are!

    Tailor your experience with us! Your profile on the You’re the Cure website is vital for us to convey our policy needs. Keeping our advocates informed and up-to-date on policy issues is the best way to guarantee that our advocacy partnership stays strong and when we need to make a move, we can...
  • 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: DC Advocacy Wins!

    A BIG shout out to You’re the Cure advocates who supported important health legislation in Washington, DC this year. The final vote on the District’s 2015 budget on June 24th reminded volunteers why they advocate for health: it makes a difference! With this legislation DC made key steps towards...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • Blog Post: Alarming Needs Addressed at Tobacco Control Legislative Day

    April 30 th was an important day for tobacco control in DC. Approximately fifteen advocates from the DC community met at the Wilson Building to advocate for an alarming health problem that affects all DC residents. Advocates personally impacted by the effects of tobacco met with the staff of Councilmembers...
  • Blog Post: Can You Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.?

    Tick-tock, tick-tock. Every minute counts. Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. Timely response saves lives and is critical to help those affected not only survive but thrive as well. Approximately 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year, and stroke remains the third...
  • 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: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: Councilmember Alexander Promotes CPR

    On February 22, Councilmember Yvette Alexander hosted a CPR training as part of her Leadership Council Meeting. Two AHA volunteers, Sergeant Michael Forrest and Dionne Bush, led the training and taught CPR, AED, and choking relief skills to community members from Ward 7. Sergeant Michael Forrest is...
  • Blog Post: How to Love Yourself for National Nutrition Month

    If a full commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test. March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to love yourself a little more by trying some new habits that just may stick. Little by little, you’ll start to see a difference in how you feel and...
  • Blog Post: Downfall of the Marlboro Men

    The Los Angeles Times recently published an article which reinforces the importance of tobacco prevention and control. The article illustrates how time has shown a new perspective on the Marlboro ads (and the men in them) that ran from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The original ads portrayed the Marlboro...
  • Blog Post: Use the Press to Push Policy Forward

    The press influences people. As You’re the Cure grassroots advocates, we need to influence people. Put 2 and 2 together, and You’re the Cure advocates can use the press to influence people. Let’s do it! Here’s a down and dirty guide to pushing a policy forward through a simple...
  • 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: What's On Tap for DC City Council

    Happy New Year! The DC City Council’s upcoming agenda promises to be important for DC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant advances critical to cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Here’s...
  • Blog Post: Lori Valencia Greene

    Lori Valencia Greene, Maryland Lori Valencia Greene is a woman of many hats: mother, daughter, friend, student, and an advocate for change in her community. She was surprised at the young age of 47 to also find herself a stroke survivor! Lori has always had a desire to make a difference. Because...
  • Blog Post: Chat Up Your Lawmakers Like a Champ

    Want to know how to make chatting up your lawmakers really count? A few simple steps make all the difference in the world, whether it’s in a phone conversation or a face-to-face visit. Share where you live, so they know they are working for you, their constituent. State the issue or need...
  • 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: Peak Behind the Scenes: How a Bill Becomes a Law

    All that stuff you learned back in school about how a bill becomes law takes on a whole new light when you’re a voting citizen. So here’s a little refresher on what happens behind the scenes! In the United States all of our laws began as bills. Bills must be approved by the US House of...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating City Council for Work on Telehealth Act

    On November 1st, the American Heart Association (AHA) co-hosted a press conference to appauld D.C. City Council for the passage of the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013. AHA strongly supported the D.C. Telehealth Reimbursement Act of 2013 introduced by Councilmember Mary Cheh. This bipartisan...