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  • Blog Post: Making Kids' Meals Healthy

    Demand for healthful kids’ meals at restaurants is growing. There is a great need for options for kids that are not only healthy but also flavorful, fun and interesting. Research shows that the aggressive marketing and advertising of high-calorie, unhealthy foods to children are contributing to...
  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...
  • Blog Post: Join Us For An Online Food Fight!

    Fall brings about visions of harvest and nature's bounty. Unfortunately what we see when we are out on the go doesn't always match that vision. What do you see? We want to know what you see - in convenience stores or where you stop to shop when you are on the go. We’ve started a statewide...
  • Blog Post: We Want Healthier Kids: Contact the SC Board of Education

    Recently, we shared with you information about some initiatives we are working on regarding the Smart Snacks policy within our state education system. We need your help! The South Carolina Board of Education (SBE) is accepting public comments regarding zero fundraising exemptions until 5pm on November...
  • Blog Post: Help Keep Our Children Healthy!

    As the American Heart Association’s South Carolina advocacy network, we’re working to ensure we build healthier lives for everyone – especially our kids. Thank you for joining us in the fight to build a healthier generation. In our state, we have a long way to go to make sure we keep...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited: Join Us to Learn More About Advocacy

    We have a special opportunity from the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition advocating for obesity prevention and tobacco control policy change. The American Heart Association is a proud member of the NCAH. NC Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Training You are invited to an...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Pics: Join Us for an Online Food Fight

    Fall brings about visions of harvest and nature's bounty. Unfortunately what we see when we are out on the go doesn't always match that vision. What do you see? This fall we want to know what you see - in convenience stores or where you stop to shop when you are on the go. Simply snap a picture...
  • Blog Post: Throw Down the Gauntlet for Healthy Food Options!

    Our North Carolina Advocacy Coordinating Committee Chair has a letter for all of our North Carolina You’re the Cure advocates encouraging everyone to take a few moments and let the Governor and Lt. Governor know how important access to healthy foods is important for all areas of North Carolina...
  • 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: The Truth Lies in the Lunch Bag

    During August, while Congress is on recess, advocates are keeping the importance of child nutrition standards in front our lawmakers! We have been working to support the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act, which provides strong nutrition standards for school meals. Congress is working on appropriations...
  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far Because of You, South Carolina!

    The 2014 Legislative Session in South Carolina was a lively one, allowing us to advance some vital pieces of legislation while providing us room to continue in 2015. Senate Bill 1094: School Nutrition Guidelines This would have required stronger nutritional guidelines for competitive foods sold on school...
  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far, North Carolina!

    On August 7th, Governor McCrory signed the state budget. This year's short session has been a lively one with some surprises including that the Legislature still has not concluded session and that we expect the Legislature will return for work this November on Medicaid Reform. As always, we will...
  • 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...