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  • 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...
  • 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: 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...