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  • Alabama's 2013 Session Call

    Help kick off the American Heart Association's 2013 advocacy efforts in Alabama! Simply join us for our very first volunteer-led advocacy training webinar. During this hour-long virtual meeting, we’ll discuss our top policy priorities for 2013 and chat about the upcoming legislative session...
  • Blog Post: We're About to Cross the Finish Line for Pulse Ox!

    Congenital heart defects are the No. 1 killer of infants with birth defects. That’s why we’re thrilled the Alabama Board of Health recently adopted a regulation to add Critical Congenital Heart Defect (CCHD) to the mandatory panel of newborns screenings for the state. Effective June 21...
  • Blog Post: Birmingham Residents, Workers Celebrate One Year of Smokefree Air

    Can you believe it’s been a year since the Birmingham City Council passed a smokefree ordinance protecting its workers, residents and visitors from secondhand smoke? Smoking is a leading contributor to cardiovascular diseases and stroke, the No. 1 and No. 4 killers in Birmingham, the state of...
  • Blog Post: Mary Beth Miller's Legacy Lives On

    Our two-year fight to screen all Alabama newborns for heart defects has resulted in a victory! As of June 21, 2013 every baby born in one of the state’s birthing facilities will receive pulse oximetry screening to detect heart defects. Thank you to all You're the Cure advocates and parents...
  • Blog Post: Birmingham Celebrates Smokefree Anniversary

    On June 22 the American Heart Association celebrated Birmingham's one-year smokefree anniversary at its local heart walk with between 6,000 and 7,000 walkers. Councilor Valerie Abbott and Council Administrator Cheryl Kidd attended on behalf of the Mayor and entire City Council to accept an award...
  • Blog Post: Meet Alabama's New Advocacy Subcommittee Chair!

    We're thrilled to announce the new Chair for the Alabama Advocacy Subcommittee, a volunteer-led body that drives the public policy work and direction of staff partners in the state. Graham Champion accepted the challenge and opportunity to serve as the 2013-2014 Chair of the Subcommittee. Graham...
  • Blog Post: Alabama's Capital City Strives for Smokefree Air

    For over a year, the American Heart Association and other key partners have worked to lay the groundwork in the City of Montgomery for passage of a citywide comprehensive smokefree policy covering all workplaces. Our educational efforts on the impact of secondhand smoke are truly paying off, gaining...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Governor Says "No" Again to Medicaid Expansion

    Governor Robert Bentley recently spoke out during a public forum against expansion of Medicaid in the state of Alabama. Advocates were hopeful that Governor Bentley would soften his stance on expansion after the Alabama Legislature passed the Medicaid program overhaul earlier this year. For the state...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Launches New Stroke Initiative

    Stroke is the No. 4 cause of death and a leading cause of disability in Alabama. When it comes to stroke, time lost is brain lost. That's why we're excited that the Alabama Department of Public Health and the Office of Emergency Medical Services activated the Southeast Regional Pilot Acute Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Teresa Williams, Alabama

    Teresa Williams, You're the Cure advocate, shares her personal story with heart disease. I'm a mother to five children, ranging in ages from 9 to 25, and a grandmother to two little boys, 1 years old and six years old. I am also a heart attack survivor. On October 5, 2012, I woke up to...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Works to Improve Access to Healthy Foods

    We’re in the very beginning stages of our Healthy Food work in Alabama, but want to take a quick moment and provide you with education on food deserts. A food desert is a community with little or no access to healthy foods that make up the full range of a healthy diet. Residents in these areas...
  • Blog Post: Jeremy Merriweather, Alabama

    Meet Jeremy, a young American Heart Association volunteer, who is passionate about stamping out heart disease in Alabama! In September, Jeremy represented the American Heart Association at a community event along with his mother, long-time volunteer Elana Merriweather, to recruit new advocates for...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month

    Sudden cardiac arrest occurs when electrical impulses in the heart become rapid or chaotic, which causes the heart to suddenly stop beating. Every year in the United States, emergency medical personnel treat almost 383,000 out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrests – that’s more than 1,000 a...
  • Blog Post: Today is World Stroke Day! Join us to learn F.A.S.T.

    Stand with us today in solidarity on World Stroke Day, October 29, 2013 and learn F.A.S.T. now! According to the American Heart Association, stroke is one of the leading causes of disability in the U.S. and is also the # 4 killer in the nation . Worldwide, one in six people will have a stroke in their...
  • Blog Post: Governor Still Says No to Medicaid Expansion

    Though we were hopeful Governor Bentley would soften his stance, he remains steadfast in his opposition to expanding Medicaid. This year, the Alabama Legislature passed and Governor Bentley signed legislation to reform Medicaid. Many thought the Medicaid overhaul would change his position. It did not...
  • Blog Post: The Latest on Smokefree Montgomery

    The American Heart Association and our wonderful partners have been successful to date in recruiting and mobilizing thousands of supporters and advocates for Smokefree Montgomery. We are well on our way to seeing the capital city join the ranks of those municipalities around the state putting the health...
  • Blog Post: Another Alabama City Goes Smokefree!

    The Chickasaw City Council recently passed an ordinance to eliminate exposure to secondhand smoke in public and work places, including restaurants, bars, ballparks and playgrounds! The American Heart Association applauds Chickasaw and other Alabama communities who are placing the public’s health...
  • Blog Post: Bob Beaver, Alabama

    Bob Beaver Alabama I had pneumonia in 2007. The way I was feeling felt very much like I felt then, minus the fever. I was tired and fatigued all of the time; I couldn’t do much of anything without stopping to rest; I didn’t sleep well at night, but I would fall to sleep watching television...
  • Blog Post: Legislative Session Kicks off January 14!

    Alabama’s legislative session kicks off this Monday, January 14. We will only be successful with your support. Last year, You’re the Cure advocates helped pass an important regulation, ensuring that all newborns will receive a Pulse Ox screening before leaving the hospital. This simple...
  • 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: Miriam "Mim" Gaines, Alabama

    Mim Gaines, Alabama Miriam "Mim" Gaines recently 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: 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...