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  • 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: 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: 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 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: 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: The Staggering Effects of Physical Inactivity

    You've seen them. The statistics. The Charts. The Graphs. The Pictures. They all demonstrate the need for physical activity and healthy eating, which help to power the passion behind our efforts to advance policy. Knowing the facts, and having them right are crucial as we meet with lawmakers to...
  • Blog Post: Breaking News: Snacks and Drinks in Schools Nutrition Standards Updated

    After more than 30 years with no updates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued an update to the nutrition standards for school snack food and beverages. The updates will move schools to provide healthy vending machine choices, a la carte items, and healthy choices in other places where foods...
  • Blog Post: Shared Spaces Fight Obesity

    It is no secret that obesity is on the rise here in DC, and we are working hard to help fight this epidemic. One key strategy for promoting physical activity is to open school property for recreational use by the community during non-school hours—a concept called ‘Shared Use.’ You can...
  • Blog Post: Shared Use Bill Introduced

    On June 4, 2013, Councilmember Tommy Wells introduced the “Shared Use of School Property in the District Act of 2013.” The purpose of the legislation is to make school property available to community members -- outside of the school use -- for recreational and athletic activities that support...
  • Blog Post: Lace Up Your Sneakers, Today is National Walking Day!

    National Walking Day is not only a day to get moving, but is also a kick off for a commitment to a lifetime of healthy living. Statistics show that 1 in 2 men and 1 in 3 women are at risk for heart disease and research shows that poor lifestyle is a major contributor. So get moving and help reduce your...
  • Blog Post: Eat Healthy Habits and Encourage the USDA to Help Our Kids!

    Nutrition Month is coming to a close, but we want you to stay healthy year around. Use these tips to keep yourself motivated and on the right track when it comes to eating healthy! Figure out what energy your body needs. Use our tool, My Fats Translator , where you can get recommendations designed...
  • Blog Post: Meet the Salty Six and Tell the USDA Your Thoughts on Nutrition in Schools

    Happy Nutrition Month! Throughout March we are going to provide you with some useful nutrition information to help you become a healthier you! Healthy advocates are happy advocates, and happy advocates are more energized in helping to spread the word about the issues that are so dear to our heart. ...
  • 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: Webinar: Shared Use of School Properties

    The ‘Safe Routes to School’ project works to increase physical activity through walking and bicycling to school and in daily life. Schools are often the center of community and schools that are accessible by walking and bicycling are especially well positioned for community programs that...
  • 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: Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day

    The American Heart Association’s Greater Washington Region has joined with Councilmember Mary Cheh, Council Member Kenyan McDuffie, DC Government, DC Department of Health, OSSE, American Cancer Society, The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Safe Routes to School, and DC Public Schools to encourage...
  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Get Walking!

    Walking is one of the best, easiest and cheapest things you can do to reduce risk factors for heart disease and stroke . And choosing where and with whom you walk helps. The Buddy System MyWalkingClub.org allows you to connect with others who share your goals and schedules. You can join an existing...