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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Neil Dorsey

    Neil Dorsey, North Carolina Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact on our lives. I once heard at a meeting that we advocate for those folks who cannot speak or do not have a voice in decisions being made about their...
  • Blog Post: Let Freedom Ring!

    You have the power! The power of your voice in shaping government is a huge and beautiful part of what it means to be an American. Using your power to forward the policies you believe in is what advocacy is all about. We, the people, have the right to express our opinions, and to tell our lawmakers how...
  • Blog Post: Francee Levin

    Francee Levin, South Carolina The last thing I remember of my poetry residency at Colleton County Middle School was getting an elevator key. The next thing was seeing a strange ceiling, which turned out to be in an intensive care unit, over a week later. I was told I was talking to a teacher when...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at the 2013 Legislative Session

    The South Carolina General Assembly just adjourned its 2013 session, and it was an exciting cap off to an outstanding session. We achieved the final passage of S 341 which will require pulse ox screening for all newborns – the bill now heads to Gov. Haley for her signature. Staff, our bill sponsor...
  • Blog Post: Sixty Seconds to Save a Life: Hands Only CPR

    Do you know the two simple steps of Hands-Only TM CPR? If so, then you are ready to save a life. It is simple: If you see a teen or adult collapse, call 9-1-1 and push hard and fast in the center of the chest to the beat of the Bee Gees’ disco classic “Stayin’ Alive.” This...
  • Blog Post: Sally Sheppard

    Sally Sheppard, South Carolina My Senior Project back at Ashley Hall High School was inspired by a traumatic event that happened to my friend in the summer of 2009. He almost lost his life, and was saved by CPR. The project revolved around making sure my senior class was certified in CPR before we...
  • Blog Post: Stroke: Do you know the signs?

    My husband, Paul Berger, suffered a stroke over 25 years ago at the age of 36, when he was at the gym exercising. He had the worst headache ever, and was suffering from extreme dizziness. He asked the attendant at the desk for an aspirin. Fortunately, they called an ambulance. If he had been at home...
  • Blog Post: The Emerson Rose Act Needs Your Help!

    Tragically, Emerson Rose is no longer with us, but she is still having a significant impact on the lives of babies born in our state. Her parents, Jason and Susan Smith of Clemson, SC, are working closely with You're the Cure to pass a bill that will help protect other infants born with Congenital...
  • Blog Post: ACT FAST: Tell Your Legislators to Support CPR Training in Schools!

    Cardiac arrest can happen anywhere….at the mall, at the park, at a local sporting event or even in the halls of a local school. Having a bystander around that knows CPR can make all the difference for a person who’s heart stops suddenly. S 160, a bill to train students in CPR before they...
  • Blog Post: 4 F.A.S.T Steps to Recognizing Stroke

    We want to invite you to ignite a conversation about stroke to help educate those around you as we enter into American Stroke Month. Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of long-term preventable disability in the United State, yet Americans don’t consider stroke to be a major...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks!

    Every single day, all over the country, lives are saved and improved because of you. Thanks to your commitment, talent, and passion as a volunteer, Americans are living healthier and lowering their chances of heart disease and stroke. In honor of National Volunteer Week, we'd like to take a moment...
  • Blog Post: Enthused Advocates Represent You're the Cure at Federal Lobby Day

    Just in time for the cherry blossoms blooming in DC, more than 300 American Heart Association and American Stroke Association advocates from across the county descended upon our nation's capitol, eager to request the restoration of federal funding to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and support...
  • Blog Post: Tabitha Haizlip

    Tabitha Haizlip, North Carolina On August 30 th 2012 our eight day old son, Broden, suddenly stopped feeding. This was unusual as he had been a big eater until that time. We made an appointment with the pediatrician to have him examined right away. While examining Broden the doctor discovered an unusually...
  • Blog Post: Smoke-free South Carolina Emerging One Community at a Time

    You’re the Cure and the S.C. Tobacco-Free Collaborative have been working painstakingly towards a smoke-free South Carolina for some years – one community at a time. Once 50% of the state’s population has opted for smoke-free air, we can pursue a comprehensive statewide law, so every...