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  • Blog Post: Great News on Youth Smoking

    Earlier this year, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report on the findings of the 2012 Youth Tobacco Survey. They survey, which is conducted every other year, produced encouraging results. It showed that youth smoking rates have decreased significantly and only 9.3% of high school students...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Charles Garbarino, New Jersey

    Dr. Charles Garbarino is a pediatrician, known to his patients as "Dr. Charlie." He has authored two books, "Pediatrician Soldier" and "One Heart-Embrace Life." Colonel Garbarino continues to serve his country as a member of the military and has deployed for three combat...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Corner Stores, Healthy Communities, Healthy People!

    In some communities in New Jersey, it is easier to find grape soda than an actual grape! In areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, people go to corner stores and other small retailers to buy the items they need to feed their families. Unfortunately, many small business owner face challenges in...
  • Blog Post: NJ Celebrates New School Year with New CPR Training Law!

    Students throughout the Garden State are heading back to school this month. Those who are starting high school will be learning an important lesson before graduation-how to perform CPR during an emergency! On August 20, Lt. Governor Kimberly Guadagno signed a bill that will ensure that students entering...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: As Summer Winds Down, the Countdown to CPR in Schools is On!

    With the start of the school year just weeks away for most students here in New Jersey, you may be curious about the status of the CPR in Schools bill that the Legislature passed in June, so here is a quick update. The bill has not been signed yet, but we have been in contact with the Governor's...
  • Blog Post: JoAnne & David Babbitt-Chatham, NJ

    JoAnne and David Babbitt founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in 2007 in memory of their son John who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006 while playing basketball. He was 16. Since its inception, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has donated numerous Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)...
  • Blog Post: New Jersey Legislature Passes CPR in Schools Bill

    On June 23, 2014, the NJ General Assembly voted on A2072, a bill requiring public high schools to teach CPR with a hands-on training component as part of the health curriculum. The bill passed 77-0! Later that afternoon, the Senate took a vote on the same legislation. They also passed the bill with an...
  • Blog Post: Life-Saving Legislation Advancing in NJ Assembly!

    For months, You're the Cure advocates from throughout New Jersey have been contacting their elected officials to voice their support for providing high school students with hands-on CPR training as part of the health curriculum. Our efforts are starting to pay off! On May 15, the Assembly Education...
  • Blog Post: Bobby McKeeby, New Jersey

    Bobby McKeeby was at home in Newton, NJ last summer when a frantic woman appeared at his door. Her husband had lost consciousness in the passenger seat while she was driving. He was not breathing and needed help. After calling 911, Bobby went with the woman to her husband. Bobby had no medical training...
  • Blog Post: Garden State Students Advocate for CPR

    Advocates in New Jersey are still hard at work advocating for CPR training in the Garden State's high schools. Recently, several high school students joined representatives from the American Heart Association and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation for a meeting with Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan...
  • Blog Post: Bob Goodman, New Jersey

    Bob Goodman was the picture of good health. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, when Bob was still a child. He knew that if he wanted to live a long, healthy life, it would be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Bob’s daily routine included plenty of physical activity, including...
  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: Sherri Maloney, New Jersey

    On January 3, 2011, Sherri had a heart attack at age 41. She initially thought she was run down from the holidays and also had been battling a bad cold. She had started experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, overall weakness, nausea, a burning indigestion sensation, and a tingling in her arm. She...
  • Blog Post: Reading, Writing, Resuscitation!

    Twelve states throughout the country have passed laws requiring that high schools students receive CPR training before graduating high school. While the training need not be a "certification" course, it should provide students with an opportunity to practice compressions on a manikin or other...
  • Blog Post: Rosalie Mayes, New Jersey

    As a retired intensive care nurse, Rosalie Mayes was aware of the attention given to heart disease in men. She considers herself fortunate because her heart disease was discovered during a routine physical examination, allowing her to take action and manage her condition. Rosalie is an American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act Now Law in New Jersey

    Legislation that would require coaches of school athletic teams to learn CPR and schools to provide information about sudden cardiac arrest to student athletes and their parents was signed by Governor Christie in the final hours of his first term in office. We thank Governor Christie for his support...
  • Blog Post: Max Helfman, New Jersey

    Max Helfman got involved with the American Heart Association as a youth advocate at the age of 10, after losing his grandfather to heart disease and his soccer coach to sudden cardiac arrest. Now a high school senior, Max has attended "You’re the Cure on the Hill" lobby day several times...
  • Blog Post: Where did 2013 go?

    Wow! Where did 2013 go? As we celebrate all we did this year, I find myself once again thinking about New Year resolutions. The perennial favorites are there….eat better, get more exercise, save more money…but these goals are all centered on making my life better. What if for 2014 we all...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...
  • Blog Post: "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" Clears Assembly!

    On December 19, the NJ Assembly passed the "Sudden Cardiac Arrest Prevention Act" by a margin of 79-0! There was not one, single dissenting vote. This bill makes sure that parents, coaches and student athletes get information about sudden cardiac arrest prior to participating in school sports...
  • Blog Post: NJ is One Step Closer to CPR Training for Students

    Great news! In late November, a bill that would require public high school students to learn CPR at school prior to graduation was introduced in both houses of the New Jersey Legislature. The American Heart Association would like to thank Senators Diane Allen and Joseph Vitale for sponsoring S3048 and...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate National Eating Healthy Day All Month (and Year!) Long!

    Wednesday, November 6 was National Eating Healthy Day! The American Heart Association dedicates the first Wednesday of November to encourage our friends, families, neighbors and others in the community to make small changes to improve their diets for a healthier life and raise awareness about good nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Kenneth Maynard, New Jersey

    Dr. Maynard is an accomplished scientist who holds degrees in Human Sciences, Neurological Science and Neurobiology. He has a background in research of Cerebrovascular Disorders, such as stroke. He served as an Assistant Professor in Surgery (Neurosurgery) at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Neuroscientist...
  • Blog Post: Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How CPR Can Save Your Loved One

    Each year, more than 350,000 Americans suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital and only 11% survive. It is a leading cause of death in New Jersey and across the nation and the only way to save a victim is through quick CPR and defibrillation. October is the perfect time to learn more about sudden...