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  • Blog Post: What's Happening in 2015?

    Recently the North Carolina Advocacy Coordinating Committee had a teleconference to finalize the 2015 Public Policy Agenda for North Carolina. The committee is excited to announce the priorities for the upcoming year and to see what all we can accomplish in a new exciting legislative session! Below you...
  • Blog Post: Nashville Heart Walk, Oct. 4

    Join us on Saturday, Oct. 4 for the Nashville Heart Walk at Vanderbilt University Campus, corner of Natchez Trace and Children's Way. The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association's premiere event that brings communities together to raise funds and celebrate progress in the fight against...
  • Blog Post: Letter to the Editor - MN Schools Reducing Physical Education

    This weekend the Star Tribune ran an article talking about PE in Minnesota and the waivers schools are seeking in order to close the education gap. We know that fit kids learn better and less Physical Education isn't the answer. Please check out the Letter to the Editor that ran in the Star Tribune...
  • Blog Post: Why Schools Should Be Prepared for Sudden Cardiac Arrest

    Perhaps you know of an athlete who collapsed on the athletic field from a sudden cardiac arrest. Or maybe it was a student in the classroom. Or an adult spectator. Or a coach. Most often the person was thought to be healthy, with nothing to suggest an underlying cardiac problem. Afterwards families...
  • Blog Post: Poll Released on Parents Support for Healthier School Food Policies

    The American Heart Association, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the PEW Charitable Trusts released a poll earlier this week which found the majority of parents support national nutrition standards for both school meals and snack food and beverages sold in schools. Check it out below! Parents Support...
  • Blog Post: Is Childhood Obesity a Problem in Rhode Island?

    September was Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and, according to the annual report The State of Obesity: Better Policies for a Healthier America , we still have some work to do in Rhode Island! How does the Ocean State rank in The State of Obesity report? 13.2% of 10- to- 17-year-olds are obese...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Make A Difference in Mecklenburg County

    On September 2 nd , You’re the Cure advocates came together and attended a Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners meeting to discuss proposed tobacco-free regulations pertaining to Smoke Free Government Grounds and Tobacco Free Parks and Greenways. During this hearing, several You’re...
  • Blog Post: NYC Smoking Rates Increase!

    Scary but true - more New Yorkers are smoking today than they were just 4 years ago! The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene just released data from their Community Healthy Survey that shows that smoking prevalence has increased to 16.1% in 2013 from a low of 14% in 2010. For the...
  • Blog Post: Anne Efron

    Anne Efron, Maryland Following a long day at work Anne Efron and her husband Dave were getting set to grill for dinner. After making a quick trip to the store Dave returned to find Anne unconscious and without a pulse, in full cardiac arrest. She had a history of what had been diagnosed as benign...
  • Blog Post: We are Looking for Go Red Spokespeople!

    Are you a woman who is a heart disease or stroke survivor? Has heart or stroke touched your life personally? Has a loved one had a heart attack or stroke? Have you made a lifestyle change to help prevent heart disease or stroke? We are looking for you to share your story! Help us spread the message!...
  • Blog Post: Throw Down the Gauntlet for Healthy Food Options!

    Our North Carolina Advocacy Coordinating Committee Chair has a letter for all of our North Carolina You’re the Cure advocates encouraging everyone to take a few moments and let the Governor and Lt. Governor know how important access to healthy foods is important for all areas of North Carolina...
  • Blog Post: Georgia Morse Middle School First SD School to Achieve School Nutrition Award

    Georgia Morse Middle School in Pierre is the first South Dakota school to receive a Healthy Schools Award through the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Former principal, Troy Wiebe accepted the award in Washington DC. The Alliance’s Healthy Schools Program brings parents, school staff, and...
  • Blog Post: Carl and Clint Cottrell

    Carl and Clint Cottrell Terre Haute, IN Carl was such an energetic burst of life, his final days were so heartbreaking. He still never gave up on life. The list of his heart related issues were within a 10 year period beginning with his massive heart attack… We as a family are still devasted...
  • Blog Post: Malenda McCalister, Kentucky

    Malenda McCalister Kentucky On September 18th, more than 300 advocates from over 100 organizations gathered on Capitol Hill to rally in support of ongoing funding for medical research, and You're the Cure advocate and heart disease survivor, Malenda McCalister, was excited to be among them. ...
  • Blog Post: Why New Hampshire Should Raise its Cigarette Tax

    Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death, for heart disease and stroke and other chronic diseases. NH’s last cigarette tax increase was in 2009. Two years later, the state gave in to tobacco industry pressure and decreased its tobacco tax! At the same time, the industry raised its...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Heroes Gather in Rhode Island

    On September 13, the American Heart Association hosted the 5th Annual Little Heart Hero Day at Goddard Park, drawing more than 50 families affected by congenital heart defects for a fun day of play – and advocacy! Little Heart Hero Day is the American Heart Association’s annual celebration...
  • Blog Post: Deb Koziol, Rhode Island

    A heart defect she’d had since birth caused Debra Koziol to go into sudden cardiac arrest. Her husband’s CPR training—and a lifetime of keeping her heart healthy—saved her. Debra had spent her life trying to stay healthy. She exercised often and watched her diet. In her...
  • Blog Post: Gracie Soultanian

    After hearing Michael Ellsessar’s story, a 16-year-old who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2010 after getting hit in the chest during a football game, Gracie Soultanian, then 12 now 13, decided she needed to do something. There are no warning signs for sudden cardiac arrest, allowing any athlete...
  • Blog Post: THE HEALTHY INCENTIVES PILOT

    The Healthy Incentives Pilot (HIP) investigated the im­pact of making fruits and vegetables more affordable for participants in the Supplemental Nutrition Assis­tance Program (SNAP). The Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008 authorized funds for pilot projects to determine if providing financial...
  • Blog Post: A Victory for Improving Our Communities in the Commonwealth

    Complete Streets Will Help Increase Options for Safe Physical Activity and Better Access Healthy Foods. The MA Department of Transportation (MassDOT) announced that they are launching a $3 to $5 million pilot project for the Complete Streets Certification Program! This means cities and towns will be...
  • Blog Post: Sharing Your Story Can Save Lives!

    There is nothing that brings about public and legislative support for an issue more than a real-life story from someone close to home. Your personal stories can make our advocacy issues real by putting a face to a cause. Please share your stories about how sugary drinks or obesity have impacted you...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Story: Michelle Meier

    Michelle Meier knew she needed to make some changes. She had battled obesity for several years, which led to other medical issues and depression. She took medication to control high blood pressure and had to use an inhaler. Michelle was in her late 20’s and recognized she was headed along a dangerous...
  • Blog Post: National Healthy Eating Day: Your Toolkit for Success

    Take the first step to making healthier food choices by taking part in the American Heart Association's National Eating Healthy Day on Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014. On this day, Americans are encouraged to commit to healthier eating. Celebrating National Eating Healthy Day is fun and easy! We provide...
  • Blog Post: Greece Odyssey Academy keeps the beat!

    Congratulations to Greece Odyssey Academy! Recently the Rochester area school teamed up with the American Heart and Upstate NY Life Support to provide hands-only CPR training to all students in grades 6-12 and any interested staff members. As a result, over 1000 people are now trained to be lifesavers...
  • Blog Post: Medical Students Turned Advocates

    Peter Evans, Christina Cahill and Lana Khuong know there is more than one way to save a life. They’ve organized CPR trainings, worked on tobacco cessation counseling protocols, coordinated cardiovascular research and fundraisers, and helped create healthy living lessons for adolescents. They’re...