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  • Blog Post: CPR update - in case you missed it

    Recently, Governor Pence signed House Bill 1290 into law. This bill requires all high school students to be trained in CPR prior to graduation. The American Heart Association would like to thank every volunteer who helped us advocate for this issue! So what are the next steps? This law goes into effect...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Isaak James Denton

    Isaak James Denton Monticello, IN In 2005 after a perfect pregnancy, Isaak James was born. Immediately following the C-section, he was cyanotic and went to the NICU. After some tests, it revealed that Isaak was born with multiple heart defects. He was soon transferred to Peyton Manning’s Children’s...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Katelynne Newton

    Katelynne Newton Avon, IN My name is Katelynne and I was diagnosed with Bradycardia a few years back. Bradycardia is a slow heart beat – less than 60 beats per minute. Despite my condition, I remain extremely active both at school and in the community. I am currently a senior in high school...
  • Blog Post: In Memory of Rekisha Harris

    *Guest Blogger Kevin Harker, Executive Vice President, Midwest Affiliate shares a story about loss. And while it’s difficult to read a story that doesn’t have a happy ending, it’s important that the story still gets told …. because the unfortunate reality is that heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Erin Cassidy

    Erin Cassidy Indiana It was a random Saturday, a normal one by all accounts. I spent the day teaching my fiancé’s, Steve’s, mother the basics of her new iPad. That evening Steve and I headed downtown to a very popular steak house to celebrate his upcoming birthday. We were midway...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story with Us!

    Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives have been impacted...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Becky Halon

    Becky Halon Avon, Indiana I am a survivor of a devastating cardiac arrest at age 28. July 1, 2010 was an ordinary day for the Halon Family. I had taken my 3 children ages 10, 2 and 18 months to swim that morning, and for a jog as a family that evening. I was tired that night but any mom of 3 would...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: AHA offers Community Innovation Grants

    Did you know that the American Heart Association provides small mini-grants, up to $5,000, for local community projects that help advance our 2020 Impact Goal? The purpose of the American Heart Association, Midwest Affiliate Community Innovation Grant initiative is to improve the cardiovascular health...
  • Blog Post: Separating the Truth from the Myths: New Cholesterol Guidelines

    Cholesterol is a concern for many Americans. Even those who exercise and eat a healthy diet can be at risk for high cholesterol because of hereditary factors. As you may have heard, earlier this month, the American Heart Association and American College of Cardiology published new guidelines on lifestyle...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco Harm Reduction: What you NEED to know

    Tobacco companies are at it again – recently, they have been working in states, including, Indiana, to implement Tobacco Harm Reduction strategies including promoting the use of smokeless tobacco products as a less harmful alternative to smoking. Unfortunately, there is no evidence to support this...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Susan Armstrong

    Susan Armstrong Carmel, IN My heart story is somewhat different in that I had a strong idea something was wrong with my health, but I denied all the signs. Shortly after 9/11 in 2001, I had the worst flu ever. Little did I know it was probably a virus attacking my heart. During the next twelve months...
  • Blog Post: Are you a Real Woman who's made a Real Change?

    The American Heart Association (AHA) is seeking nominations for its “Real Women. Real Change.” program, presented by UnitedHealthcare. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of its Go Red For Women campaign, the AHA will select 10 central Indiana women who have made positive changes...
  • Blog Post: Thank You from the Bottom of Our Hearts!

    The fall Indiana Heart Walk season has come to an end. This year advocacy participated in 13 of the 14 Indiana fall Heart Walks! Because of the amazing volunteers who helped us work these events, we were able to recruit more than 600 new You're the Cure networkers and more importantly collect more...
  • Blog Post: E-Cigarette Use Increases Among Teens

    A recent editorial in The New York Times sites a recent CDC report showing a notable increase in the use of electronic cigarettes among teenagers. Electronic cigarettes are battery-powered devices that turn liquid nicotine into a vapor inhaled by the user. While some believe they are safer than cigarettes...
  • Blog Post: Raising Smart, Healthy Kids in Indiana

    The proposal to expand high-quality early learning opportunities with a 94¢ increase in the federal cigarette tax would produce the following benefits in Indiana. Projected Benefits in Indiana from Increased Federal Funding for Early Education The proposed early learning initiative would benefit...
  • Blog Post: New Report: Indiana is Eighth Most Obese State in Nation

    Washington, D.C. – Indiana is now the eighth most obese state in the nation, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). After three decades of increases, adult...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bertina Patterson

    Bertina Patterson Indianapolis, IN It was the day that changed my life. I worked as a nurse in a psychiatric hospital. While in the middle of passing the daily medications, I had a severe headache and started dropping items. I went to the head nurse and told her what was happening. She noticed that...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Wilma Shannon

    Wilma Shannon Muncie, IN A Miracle on Christmas Eve It was late in the evening, on December 23, 2001, and I had been wrapping Christmas presents for my kids. My arm had been hurting for a couple of days and I thought it was from carrying shopping bags at the mall. The pain became so severe that...
  • Blog Post: Statewide Smoke-free Law Would Not Hurt Indiana Restaurant and Bar Business

    There is one more reason we should make ALL workplaces smokefree in Indiana, including restaurants and bars! Check out the news release below from a recent study by the CDC. INDIANAPOLIS —Smoke-free restaurants and bar laws are good for health, and a new study published in the scientific journal...
  • Blog Post: Help Recruit New Advocates at an Upcoming Heart Walk

    The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming heart walks listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates to our network. Volunteers are needed for a four hour shift. All volunteers will...
  • Blog Post: State Public Health Actions to Prevent and Control Diabetes, Heart Disease, Obesity and Associated Risk Factors and Promote School Health

    More funding coming to Indiana to address heart disease, stroke, diabetes, school health and worksite wellness. It is anticipated Indiana will receive a little more than $1.7 million to help combat obesity and prevent heart disease and stroke. To read more about this new funding, please visit the link...
  • Blog Post: State of Indiana Finally Receives Heart Disease and Stroke Funding

    The Indiana State Department of Health announced it has received a four-year health screening-related grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The grant was awarded to the Division of Chronic Disease Prevention and will be used to implement the Well-Integrated Screening for Evaluation...
  • Blog Post: Save the Date: 2014 Indiana Day at the Statehouse is February 11

    Mark Your Calendars! It’s time to save the date for our Indiana Heart Day at the Statehouse – February 11, 2014. You don’t want to miss this year’s event where we will be advocating for CPR in schools legislation and educating lawmakers and the public on the ease of learning Hands...
  • Blog Post: Two Steps to Staying Alive

    June 1 - 7 was National CPR Week. It’s a great time to learn the two steps to staying alive with Hands-Only CPR. Anyone can learn CPR – and everyone should! Sadly, 70 percent of Americans may feel helpless to act during a cardiac emergency because they either do not know how to administer...
  • Blog Post: Indianapolis claims top spot in Complete Streets policies

    Thanks to our lobbying and media advocacy efforts-and backed by tremendous support from our grassroots advocates and the Indianapolis board of directors-residents in Indianapolis have what is being hailed as the safest and most walkable community in the country! Indianapolis ranked No. 1 among the 488...