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  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Nixon

    Jenny Nixon Iowa-RVP Youth Market "I don’t think I am doing anything amazing, or that there's something special about what I do (as a manager). I just think, No. 1, it's important that your team knows you care for them. And No. 2, that you have fun. Laugh and have a good time. Especially...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Welcomes New HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell

    Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who assumed her new role today: "The American Heart Association congratulates Secretary Burwell and...
  • Blog Post: What's for Lunch?

    You've probably seen our action alerts and Facebook posts over the last month about the all-out food fight in Congress over school meals. What’s at stake are the new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which have added more whole grains, fruits and vegetables...
  • Blog Post: Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

    The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvables. This is a good step, as the FDA must have authority over these products to protect public health. ...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Hopes NIH Increase Will End Flat-Funding Cycle

    Washington, D.C., June 10, 2014 – American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup M.D. issued the following comments today on the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s proposed $605 million increase to the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) FY 2015 budget ...
  • Blog Post: Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

    Studies show that when kids grow their own fruits and vegetables, they’re more likely to eat them. That’s the idea behind the American Heart Association Teaching Gardens. While 1/3 of American children are classified as overweight or obese, AHA Teaching Gardens is fighting this unhealthy...
  • Blog Post: Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

    Federal funding for basic research is an essential step towards achieving medical progress for heart and stroke patients. Over the past decades, we have seen remarkable breakthroughs done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as the development of pacemakers and the discovery of a clot-busting...
  • Blog Post: Five Questions with Dr. John Warner

    I’m pleased to introduce you to Dr. John Warner who recently assumed the role of Chair of the American Heart Association’s National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. Dr. Warner is Chief Executive Officer of UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics and is a Professor of Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dezi Hamann

    Dezi Hamann Iowa Dezi exudes strength and joy. As his mom, and as a heart mom, I owe it to him to do everything I can to help sustain the progress that was made by three pioneers with heart babies. It was April 21, 2013 that our baby was diagnosed with a CHD and that moment feels like it was a...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kaala Berry

    Kaala Berry Kansas I am a junior at Blue Valley North High School in Overland Park, KS. Since 2011, I have been actively volunteering in various American Heart Association initiatives such as health fairs, “Power To End Stroke” program and advocacy efforts such as Hands Only CPR, Healthy...
  • Blog Post: Watch Out for Sneaky Salt!

    Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. The worst part is, most of us don’t even realize how much salt we’re taking in. But sure...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. Dempsey, age 44, said she...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Students Accepting Healthier School Meals

    A recent study reveals that most elementary age students are accepting the healthier school meals required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite early complaints from kids when the new menus were introduced in the fall of 2012, researchers found that attitudes about and sales...
  • Blog Post: Our new anthem: life is why

    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should pick out a dress for my funeral,” she said...
  • Blog Post: Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

    We don’t have to think twice about why we support more funding for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research cures for cardiovascular disease and stroke. But unfortunately the funding cuts continue. We routinely tell Congress that NIH research leads to innovation...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: Introducing 'Life is Why'

    Here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association we’re excited about our new brand Life is Why and we hope you are excited too! Life is Why was developed to capture the momentum of our growing organization, the passion of our people, and to communicate our mission to one day realize...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Promote the Child Nutrition Act in Colorado

    Your Congressman or Senator could have the power to ensure kids are getting quality, nutritional meals in schools. As they return home from Washington DC for a break in August, the American Heart Association is coordinating efforts across the state to meet with legislators and show our support of federal...
  • Blog Post: FDA Announces Plan to Help Improve Health Equity for Women and Minorities

    A new action plan released by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to increase the participation of women, minorities, and the elderly in research trials was welcomed today by four leading health organizations as taking an important step toward closing the health care disparities gap. The groups called...
  • Blog Post: AHA Releases First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

    For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention. After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: The School Day Just Got Healthier

    It’s that time of year again! Kids across the country are heading back to the classroom and we want to help ensure their minds and bodies are fueled with nutritious foods to support a successful education. Fortunately, the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: CVS stores now tobacco-free, changes name to reflect health focus

    The first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco said all 7,700 stores had halted sales by Wednesday — about a month earlier than planned — and announced a name change from CVS Caremark to CVS Health to reflect its commitment to health. CVS announced its tobacco-free plan in February...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenny Mhire

    Jenny Mhire Missouri With a degree from Missouri State in sports medicine, and as the owner of CrossFit Springfield, Jeremy Mhire knew all about performing CPR. He’d never used those skills, though – not until his wife needed her life to be saved. It was April 2008, and Jeremy, Jenny...