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  • Blog Post: What Is Your Why?

    As you may know, the American Heart Association has kicked off our new "Life is Why" campaign. We know there are many reasons "why" you are passionate, and we’d like to know what the reasons are behind your "why!" We are running a social media campaign focused...
  • 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: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: Help You're the Cure by Having a Party?!

    Huh?! I can help You’re the Cure by having a party? You sure can, and it’s fun to do! Tupperware might have started the trend, but many since have figured out the beauty of sharing a message with a group of friends to help get something done. One of the ways we get advocacy done is with...
  • Blog Post: Be One In A Million

    Million Hearts is an answer. Heart disease and stroke are the first and fourth leading causes of death in the United States. Heart disease is responsible for 1 of every 4 deaths in the country and the #1 killer of women. But effective community CVD prevention interventions have been underutilized due...
  • Blog Post: The FDA and New Tobacco Products

    The FDA is accepting comments on its proposed deeming rules to cover new tobacco products. The rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The AHA believes it is a good first step, but it doesn't go far enough to...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, South Carolina Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been an amazing...
  • Blog Post: Tell Us Who You Really Are!

    Tailor your experience with us! Your profile on the You’re the Cure website is vital for us to convey our policy needs. Keeping our advocates informed and up-to-date on policy issues is the best way to guarantee that our advocacy partnership stays strong and when we need to make a move, we can...
  • Blog Post: CPR Matters

    Sometimes you just need a lifesaver. Quickly. The American Heart Association is creating a generation of lifesavers by making sure students learn CPR before they graduate from high school. The goal is to teach lifesaving CPR skills to as many teens and young adults as possible in every state to help...
  • 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: 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 saves 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: 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...