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  • Blog Post: Help Coming to Montana for STEMI Patients

    Guest Blogger: Gina Esparza Montana just received a little extra assistance when it comes to saving lives – in the form of a $4.6 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to implement a three year Mission: Lifeline initiative. Advocates and health leaders from across...
  • Blog Post: It's a Wrap, Georgia!

    The Georgia General Assembly got off to a slow start in 2014, but turned into a fast and furious frenzy during the last of its 40 legislative days. When the gavel rung at midnight on March 20, legislators were left with a flurry of bills and amendments, many of which garnered strong media attention in...
  • Blog Post: Let's Make Louisiana CPR Smart!

    House Bill 542, CPR in Schools, has successfully passed its first step in the legislative process. The Louisiana House Committee on Education unanimously voted in favor of the bill on Thursday, April 3. Committee members strongly voiced their support of CPR in schools. State Rep. Cameron Henry, R-Metairie...
  • Blog Post: Fighting Obesity in Louisiana!

    On Tuesday, March 25, the Senate Health and Welfare Committee voted 4-3 in favor of a bill requiring chain restaurants with 15 or more locations to list calories and other nutrition information on menus and menu boards. This essential legislation is authored by State Senator David Heitmeier of Algiers...
  • Blog Post: Last Reminder to RSVP for California's Lobby Day - April 23rd

    California Lobby Day will take place on Wednesday, April 23 rd on the West Steps of the Capitol building in Sacramento. If you haven’t registered already, please RSVP here before it’s too late! This year’s 2014 Lobby Day highlights will include: an opportunity for you to connect...
  • Blog Post: Start Walking Today!

    Guest blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director In most parts of the US, the weather is starting to warm up and thaw, but lucky for us Arizonans, we have absolutely wonderful weather conditions on most days. Seize the day and get out and enjoy our gorgeous weather! In case...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Spotlight: House Bill 2491

    Guest blogger: Nicole Olmstead, Arizona Government Relations Director Being a Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association, I have the opportunity to work on very important pieces of legislation every day. From increasing access recreational facilities...
  • Blog Post: Recap of Walking Day in Utah

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Utah Government Relations Director On April 2 nd , 2014, people from across the nation gathered together for National Walking Day – a day set aside each year by the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association to encourage Americans to get active for...
  • Blog Post: Walking Day at Capitol Spreads Awareness

    Colorado advocates participated in a lobby day to promote National Walking Day and highlight “Safe Routes to School” legislation. Lawmakers received healthy snacks and information on physical activity. We had a great turn out with 12 legislators and an additional 15 staffers, for a total...
  • Blog Post: Power to End Stroke Leadership Brunch features Tulsa elected officials

    On March 22nd, the American Heart Association held the sixth annual Power to End Stroke Leadership Brunch in downtown Tulsa. The purpose of this event is to entice attendees to make positive changes in their lifestyle that will reduce the likelihood of high reduced blood pressure and having a stroke...
  • Blog Post: Open Streets OKC Features Hands-Only CPR Demonstration

    On March 30 th , thousands of Oklahoma City residents met at NE 23 rd for the inaugural ‘Open Streets OKC’ festival. This event served as an opportunity for attendees to safely walk the street and visit booths promoting an active and healthy community. At this event, AHA volunteer Petra...
  • Blog Post: Congressman Marc Veasey Encourages Constituents to Get Healthy at AHA Event!

    Congressman Marc Veasey recently attended an AHA luncheon in Arlington to promote Check.Change. Control and encourage his constituents to not only know their blood pressure reading, but control it. Why? High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 78 million Americans. It increases your risk...
  • Blog Post: Cities Around Texas Proclaim April 2nd National Walking Day

    City Councils around Texas, including Fort Worth & Austin, recently proclaimed April 2 nd as National Walking Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance...
  • Blog Post: Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

    Calling all You’re the Cure SUPERHEORES! (Yes, that means YOU!) Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time! That’s because no super powers...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Across the SouthWest!

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this year and it was a successful one for advocates in the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX, WY). With your help, we promoted issues dealing with congenital heart defect screening for newborns, CPR training in schools...
  • Blog Post: An Update on SB 2194, testing all Hawaii Newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Defects

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director Thanks to AHA You’re The Cure advocates, SB 2194, the bill that would require Hawaii birthing centers to perform a pulse oximetry screening to check for critical congenital heart defects prior to discharge, continues to move toward...
  • Blog Post: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • Blog Post: Results of Public Opinion Poll Show Illinoisans Support Daily Physical Education

    Last month, advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield to draw attention to the importance of daily P.E. in Illinois schools. The American Heart Association participated in a press event on March 19 annoucing the latest polling results that showcase strong support by Illinois residents for...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Heart on the Hill a Success

    April 2 was our Minnesota Heart on the Hill. We had 38 volunteers at the Capitol to meet with legislators. Our issues this year included asking for $6 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure, AED registry, and comprehensive transportation funding that includes designated funding for active transportation...
  • Blog Post: Spring has Arrived - Time to Get Outside and Get Active

    Did you know that Wednesday April 2 was National Walking Day? In most parts of the US, the weather is starting to warm up now that spring has arrived. After a cold winter it's always nice to be able to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures. In the spirit of National Walking Day we encourage...
  • Blog Post: Chloe Sumrall Saves a Life

    When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant last March, the senior high school student was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee. Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's...
  • Blog Post: Improving Food Access in Alabama

    On May 13, the American Heart Association will partner with VOICES for Alabama's Children to host a training for individuals and organizations interested in improving food access in Alabama. During this free event, participants will have the opportunity to learn how healthy food financing can improve...
  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day May 7th - Register Today!

    Please mark your calendar for May 7th and plan to join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day. Click this link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 7, 2014 State House...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next 12 months. This means for the next year, stroke...
  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....