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  • 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 save 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: 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: Kick Butts Day!

    Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual day hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against big tobacco. Kick Butts Day is particularly relevant this year as we mark the anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking. A new report...
  • 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: Save the Date: North Carolina State Lobby Day 2014!

    Mark your calendars now! Reserve Tuesday May 27 and Wednesday May 28 for the 2014 NC AHA You're the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. The event will begin at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 27th with an issues overview, advocacy training, and dinner with your fellow advocates. The following day will...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp Wins Dr. Blackburn Award

    Last month the Advocacy Coordinating Committee met in the Raleigh office for our annual face-to-face meeting and awards ceremony. I never realize how much I miss everyone until we have cause to get together. Intertwined with session outlook updates and training we took time to recognize some hard...
  • Blog Post: Juddson Rupp

    Juddson Rupp, North Carolina I didn’t remember anything from my week in the hospital, but when a friend brought in a copy of the six o’clock news from October 27, 2000 I quickly realized that either that was a slow news day or that I was one lucky miracle survivor with an important story...
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Welcome, Kim!

    The Mid-Atlantic Government Relations team is pleased to announce that the American Heart Association Grassroots’ staff is growing. Please join us in welcoming to our team, Kim Chidester, Director of Grassroots and Local Advocacy. Kim will be focusing on North and South Carolina and is based out...
  • Blog Post: Rep. Glazier Presented with “Heart of a Champion” Award

    Last week the American Heart Association honored Rep. Rick Glazier with the North Carolina Heart of a Champion Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association on a legislator in North Carolina. Representative Glazier has been a consistent champion of all of the Heart Association’s...
  • 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: “Heart of a Friend” Award and Eastern NC Advocacy Meeting

    Recently, NC AHA Advocacy Coordinating Committee Chair, Yolanda Dickerson and stroke advocate, Marie Welch joined a group of Eastern NC advocates and presented Senator Louis Pate (R-Wayne) with the 2013 NC AHA You’re the Cure “Heart of a Friend” award for his leadership and sponsorship...
  • Blog Post: Stop the Harm Before it Starts: LTEs from Local Youth

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released their Broken Promises Report . North Carolina did not fare well. In that report, NC ranked 45 th in protecting kids from tobacco. In 2013 the NC Legislature provided $1.2 Million in recurring funds for QuitlineNC which will provide assistance for...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for NC Session

    Happy New Year! The Legislative session beginning May 14 promises to be an important one for NC 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: When Illness Becomes Wellness, Part 2

    Reflections on the CHOP Pediatric Stroke Conference This week Michelle Ballasiotes shares her experience at the Pediatric Stroke Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Michelle is a prenatal stroke survivor and a You’re the Cure advocate. You can read about Michelle’s...
  • 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: When Illness Becomes Wellness, Part 1

    Reflections on the CHOP Pediatric Stroke Conference This week on the blog we are going to highlight two of our North Carolina You’re the Cure volunteers as they share their stories from speaking at the Pediatric Stroke Conference at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Today’s...
  • 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: A Real Wake Up Call!

    You’re the Cure advocate, Joe Vetter, has spent the last 12 years hearing from his wife, Betsy Vetter (NC AHA Sr. Director of Government Relations) about the risk factors and warning signs of heart attack and stroke. What Joe could not have told you before July 29 th , was just how relevant Betsy’s...
  • Blog Post: From an ICU Incubator to Washington DC

    I'm Joye Mullis. Four and a half years ago, while sitting beside my infant son’s incubator in the Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care Unit at Duke University Medical Center, I could have never imagined his story playing out quite like it has. Not only has Ethan endured multiple surgeries and procedures...
  • Blog Post: Fall Advocacy Training Opportunities

    Fall is the perfect time to sharpen your advocacy skills by taking advantage of opportunities to learn more about important health issues and how you can make a difference. The American Heart Association is a member of the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition working on tobacco control...
  • Blog Post: Cruise Thru!

    Cruise thru our website and tailor your profile so You’re the Cure can match your interests better! Just login with your email and password (or you can quickly register if you haven’t done so yet) in the red box at the top of the screen. Then click your name to go to your profile and mark...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure NC Remembers One of Our Advocate Heroes: Terrie Hall

    Earlier this week You’re the Cure NC was saddened to learn about the passing of Terrie Hall . Terrie Hall was a deeply dedicated and passionate advocate for keeping kids from starting to smoke. She was the face of the CDC’s Tips from Former Smokers campaign. Terrie willingly used her story...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Chapman

    Nancy Chapman, District of Columbia Nancy Chapman has seen it all. A long-time advocate and volunteer for the American Heart Association, Nancy has been a true champion for nutrition and heart health both nationally and locally. Toward the beginning of her career, Nancy was teaching nutrition classes...
  • Blog Post: Who Cares?

    You care about the same thing we care about: building healthy bodies free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. You’re the Cure tackles this through policy change, and those who make up the network are its life-blood. We’re only as strong as our advocates’ voices, and when we are successful...