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  • Blog Post: Learn & Share Your Post-Stroke Tips

    After a stroke, even the simplest tasks can be very challenging. Survivors often face limb weakness, numbness or paralysis, communication challenges, and difficulty with their vision. However, we know stroke survivors and caregivers across the country are persevering and discovering new, creative ways...
  • Blog Post: Eliminating Food Deserts in Alabama

    Last month, the American Heart Association, along with volunteers and partners working on Food Access throughout the South, attended the Voices for Healthy Kids Regional Advocacy Training in Atlanta, Georgia. Alabama was well represented with partners attending from the American Heart Association, Emerging...
  • Blog Post: Will Weak Alabama Smoke-Free Bill Go Down in Flames?

    A smoke-free bill that leaves many workers unprotected from secondhand smoke is gaining momentum at the State House. Senate Bill 168 by Senator Vivian Figures has passed the Senate and headed to the House Health Committee. In its current form, the bill is supported by the Tobacco Industry and fails...
  • Blog Post: Alabama's Legislative Breakfast in Red Was a Success!

    On February 13, 2014 many women of the Alabama Legislature joined the American Heart Association and representatives from state level organizations for the 2nd annual Legislative Breakfast in Red at the State House. Senator Vivian Figures, Senate Minority Leader, chaired the well-attended event with...
  • Blog Post: A Heartfelt Thanks

    Each year, we like to pause and give thanks during National Volunteer Week (April 6 th -12 th ) for the amazing contributions of volunteers like you. We know you have a choice when deciding which organization to dedicate your time and talents to and we’re honored you’ve chosen to contribute...
  • Blog Post: It's a Wrap!

    The 2014 Alabama Legislative Session ended on April 3 and overall proved to be quiet for the American Heart Association. But, when a weak smoke-free bill started moving through the legislative process, we stepped up to the plate and protected the health of Alabamians thanks to the help of You're...
  • Blog Post: Improving Food Access in Alabama

    On Tuesday, May 13, the American Heart Association will host a kick-off event with VOICES for Alabama's Children for individuals and organizations interested in improving food access in under served areas across Alabama. The free event will be held from 11 am - 1 pm at the American Heart Association's...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Kicks Off Healthy Food Financing Campaign!

    The American Heart Association and VOICES for Alabama’s Children co-hosted the Alabama Healthy Food Financing Campaign Kick Off on Tuesday, May 13 in Birmingham. The event was a huge success with over 60 people in attendance. Event speakers included Kim Milbrath, Voices for Healthy Kids; Brian...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Makes Progress in Children's Health

    Schools across the country have been working hard to meet updated nutrition standards and Alabama ranks among the states seeing success according to a new study published in Childhood Obesity . In a recent article in The Montgomery Advertiser , June Barrett, who oversees the Child Nutrition Program...
  • Blog Post: Smokefree Efforts Spread across Alabama

    On June 10, 2014 the Gadsden City Council voted 4-1 in favor of the City of Gadsden Smokefree Air Ordinance. The ordinance creates smokefree public areas in the city including bars and lounges, and set limits for how close to public entrances smoking would be allowed. The ordinance will go into effect...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Access Campaign Makes Progress in Alabama

    Recently, policy experts, healthy food supporters and grassroots advocates from a wide variety of organizations attended a Healthy Food Access Campaign training and planning session sponsored by VOICES for Alabama’s Children and the American Heart Association in Montgomery. As an outcome of the...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Examines Tobacco Control Efforts

    Last month, the Coalition for a Tobacco Free Alabama held its quarterly meeting at the Lakeshore Foundation in Birmingham to learn about the latest tobacco control data for Alabama and to discuss the progress and direction of the state coalition. Members include smokefree advocates, public policy experts...
  • Blog Post: Denise Pippen, Alabama

    At the time my story begins, my two children were in their twenties. My husband and I had experienced only the usual ripples of rearing children. All of that changed when doctors discovered that my daughter has a heart defect and will probably need a heart transplant someday. Today, she's in her...
  • Blog Post: Medicaid expansion takes center stage in fall Alabama gubernatorial races

    As Gov. Robert Bentley and former U.S. Rep. Parker Griffith of Huntsville prepare to engage in the fall gubernatorial campaign, the issue of Medicaid expansion is heating up! The governor has continued to oppose Medicaid, insisting he does not have plans to expand it. Although Griffith voted against...
  • Blog Post: Smokefree ordinance breaks through in Alabama‚Äôs capital city

    As the state capital, the City of Montgomery should be leading the way on every important issue that affects the people of Alabama. Currently, twenty-six Alabama communities have recognized the significant public health problem posed by exposure to secondhand smoke and have implemented smokefree ordinances...
  • Blog Post: ANR Recognizes Alabama's Local Smokefree Efforts

    On Aug. 14, 2014, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) announced winners of its National Smokefree Challenge Award for local smokefree efforts in 2013. We're thrilled that Alabama tied with South Carolina for 2nd place. Other award recipients include Mississippi with 1st place and Missouri...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Hospitalizations, Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke Drop in the U.S.

    The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation . A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association...
  • 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: Miriam "Mim" Gaines, Alabama

    Mim Gaines, Alabama Last year Miriam "Mim" Gaines retired after working 25 years at the Alabama Department of Public Health. While serving as the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Director, Mim developed strong partnerships. An example includes The Alabama Obesity Task Force (OTF). This...
  • Blog Post: CVS Quits Tobacco

    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: Healthy Food Access: One Way to Help Alabamians Live Healthier

    According to the latest data provided by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, adult obesity rates increased in six states over the last year. The State of Obesity report states that Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of adult obesity at 35.1 percent...
  • Blog Post: Trick or Treat?

    Candy Corn, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Swedish Fish, Candy Bar, Bubblegum and Cotton Candy… These may sound like treats the neighborhood kids are hoping to pick up when they go trick-or-treating later this month, but they’re actually the tricks used by companies to hook our kids on...
  • Blog Post: New Report Highlights Where Healthy Food Access Can Make a Difference

    A new report released today highlights areas across Alabama where increasing access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods would make the biggest impact. The report, “Fresh Food for All: Improving Access to Fresh Food in Alabama,” was authored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...
  • Blog Post: Montgomery Advocates, Will You Help?

    We are at a critical point in the Smokefree Montgomery campaign and need the help of You're the Cure advocates more than ever before. This month, Councilor C.C. Calhoun is expected to introduce a smokefree local ordinance that the American Heart Association and its Smokefree Montgomery coalition...
  • Blog Post: Dieters Need Close Access to Healthy Food

    You're obese, at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and so motivated to improve your diet that you've enrolled in an intensive behavioral program. But if you need to travel more than a short distance to a store that offers a good selection of healthy food, your success may be limited...