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MAA Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Blog

AHA's Mid-Atlanitc Affiliate includes DC, MD, VA, NC, and SC.
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    Debra Wells

    Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems Debra was a successful business woman working...
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    Look At All We've Done

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    Do you know what you’ve done? Over the last several years, our Mid-Atlantic Affiliate has achieved incredible victories in each of our 5 states. These achievements are due largely to the efforts of our You’re The Cure grassroots network of...
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    Kick Butts Day!

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    Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual day hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against big tobacco. Kick Butts Day is particularly relevant this year as we mark the anniversary of the first...
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    Jodi Lemacks

    In June of 2003, my third child, Joshua, was born via c-section. Diagnosed with a Critical Congenital Birth Defect (CCHD) before birth, he was immediately whisked away to the hospital next door for his first of three open heart surgeries, without me even...
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    How to Love Yourself for National Nutrition Month

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    If a full commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test. March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to love yourself a little more by trying some new habits that just may stick. Little by little, you’ll...
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    Councilmember Alexander Promotes CPR

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    On February 22, Councilmember Yvette Alexander hosted a CPR training as part of her Leadership Council Meeting. Two AHA volunteers, Sergeant Michael Forrest and Dionne Bush, led the training and taught CPR, AED, and choking relief skills to community...
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    Celebrating Big Win for Babies

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    VA is celebrating a big win: a new statewide policy will guarantee that each newborn in Virginia is tested for Critical Congenital Heart Defects (CCHD), and that the testing is done in a consistent, scientifically proven manner.
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    Advocates and Legislators Support Breanna’s CPR Bill at MD Lobby Day

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    The American Heart Association, the Maryland Women’s Legislative Caucus, and the American College of Cardiology hosted our 2014 Maryland Legislative Event and Lobby Day on February 6 th in the House Building in Annapolis. It was a very successful...
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    Save the Date: North Carolina State Lobby Day 2014!

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    Mark your calendars now! Reserve Tuesday May 27 and Wednesday May 28 for the 2014 NC AHA You're the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. The event will begin at 3:00 pm on Tuesday May 27th with an issues overview, advocacy training, and dinner with...
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    Juddson Rupp Wins Dr. Blackburn Award

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    Last month the Advocacy Coordinating Committee met in the Raleigh office for our annual face-to-face meeting and awards ceremony. Intertwined with session outlook updates and training we took time to recognize some hard working volunteers and legislators...
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    How to Love Yourself for National Nutrition Month

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    If a full commitment to healthy eating seems too tough to swallow, then start with a taste test. March is National Nutrition Month, a great time to love yourself a little more by trying some new habits that just may stick. Little by little, you’ll...
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    Juddson Rupp

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    Juddson Rupp didn’t remember much about the week he spent in the hospital after suffering a heart attack at the local YMCA, but after a friend showed him a video clip of the news broadcast that highlighted his story, he quickly learned just how...
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    Downfall of the Marlboro Men

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    A recent article in the Los Angeles Times described how at least four of the Marlboro Man actors have died from diseases related to smoking. With a 17 percent adult smoking rate, an 11 percent high school student smoking rate, and our annual medical cost...
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    Heart of a Friend

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    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee.  I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina...
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    Welcome, Kim!

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    The Mid-Atlantic Government Relations team is pleased to announce that the American Heart Association Grassroots’ staff is growing. Please join us in welcoming to our team, Kim Chidester, Director of Grassroots and Local Advocacy. Kim will be focusing...
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    Rep. Glazier Presented with “Heart of a Champion” Award

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    Last week the American Heart Association honored Rep. Rick Glazier with the North Carolina Heart of a Champion Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association on a legislator in North Carolina. Representative Glazier has been a consistent...
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    Use the Press to Push Policy Forward

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    The press influences people. As You’re the Cure grassroots advocates, we need to influence people. Put 2 and 2 together, and You’re the Cure advocates can use the press to influence people. Let’s do it! Here’s a down and dirty...
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    “Heart of a Friend” Award and Eastern NC Advocacy Meeting

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    Recently, NC AHA Advocacy Coordinating Committee Chair, Yolanda Dickerson and stroke advocate, Marie Welch joined a group of Eastern NC advocates and presented Senator Louis Pate (R-Wayne) with the 2013 NC AHA You’re the Cure “Heart of a Friend”...
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    Stop the Harm Before it Starts: LTEs from Local Youth

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    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released their Broken Promises Report . North Carolina did not fare well. In that report, NC ranked 45 th in protecting kids from tobacco. In 2013 the NC Legislature provided $1.2 Million in recurring funds...
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    Kendra Meiklejohn

    My husband and I were so excited to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us for the ultrasound. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very...
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    DC Hears Shared Use of School Property Bill

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    Recently the Council of the District of Columbia Committee on the Judiciary and Public Safety held a hearing on Bill 20-0320 Shared Use of School Property in the District Act of 2013. Bill 20-0320 clarifies the law to allow schools to open their property...
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    What's on Tap for NC Session

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    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning May 14) promises to be an important one for NC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You're the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant...
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    What's On Tap for SC Session

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    Happy New Year! The new SC General Assembly session (beginning January 14) promises to be an important one for SC citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant...
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    What's on Tap for VA Session

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    Happy New Year! The new state General Assembly session (beginning Jan 8), promises to be an important one for VA citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive significant...
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    What's on Tap for MD Session

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    Happy New Year! The 2014 session of the Maryland General Assembly (beginning Jan 8), promises to be an important one for MD citizens. With a number of key issues expected on the docket, You’re the Cure advocates will have opportunities to help drive...