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  • Blog Post: Celebrate CPR Training in Schools with a Big Thank You

    With your help, we made it happen. Breanna’s Law is now official law in Maryland, and will ensure that all our high school students complete a hands-only CPR course before they graduate. This is cause for celebration! Send a big thank you to your legislators ! Right now across our country...
  • 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: Jodi Lemacks

    Jodi Lemacks, Virginia In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even getting a glimpse of...
  • 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: 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: Celebrating Big Win for Babies

    These are exciting times in VA! Governor McAuliffe has signed House Bill 387 and Senate Bill 183 into law, and pulse oximetry screening of all newborns will soon be the standard of care in Virginia. This new statewide policy will guarantee that each newborn in Virginia is tested for Critical Congenital...
  • Blog Post: Advocates and Legislators Support Breanna’s CPR Bill at MD Lobby Day

    The American Heart Association, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, and the American College of Cardiology hosted our 2014 Maryland Legislative Event and Lobby Day on February 6 th in the House Building in Annapolis. It was a very successful event and greatly appreciated by all those who attended...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: What's On Tap for SC Session

    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning January 14) promises to be an important one for SC 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 preventing and treating...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for VA Session

    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning Jan 8), promises to be an important one for VA 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...
  • Blog Post: What's on Tap for MD Session

    Happy New Year! The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly (beginning Jan 8), promises to be an important one for MD 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...
  • 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...