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  • 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: Share your Story: 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, Massachusetts

    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...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: AHA Honors Youth for Advocacy Work

    The American Heart Association, along with state and congressional leaders, recently honored three Ellington high school students who were instrumental in getting a Connecticut State Board of Education resolution passed calling for public school districts to train CPR and AED awareness to their students...
  • Blog Post: Susan Kosman, Board Chair of CT Board Directors

    Volunteerism provides me with a deeper connection to my community. The American Heart Association holds a special connection for me. My father died at home of a heart attack at the age of 47. I was 14. While this influenced many areas of my life, it most certainly affected my choice of profession. My...
  • Blog Post: Little Heart Hero Day

    The American Heart Association recently hosted an event for children with congenital heart defects and their families to come together for fun activities, support, and networking. The event included heart healthy snacks, fun activities like face painting, crafts, games, and more. Kids came by the Advocacy...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks...
  • 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: Down the Rabbit Hole...

    The fall at the American Heart Association appears to be more than just a time to finalize goals and plans. It is also a time for whimsy and learning. I have been bouncing around the state going to Heart Walks, conferences and Go Red for Women events. It has been so much fun! The most fun was the Alice...
  • Blog Post: Bustin’ Makes Me Feel Good

    Ok: It is obvious that I am in my mid-40’s. I actually giggled when I saw this gentleman show up at the Central Maine Heart Walk. Yes, I was one of the first one to get my picture taken. Yes, I FaceTimed my husband so he could see us. Yes, I emailed the picture to all my fellow dorks. Of course...
  • Blog Post: Do You Live in a HEART Safe Community?

    Its Sudden Cardiac Arrest Awareness Month. Do you know if your community is HEART safe? The HEART Safe program recognizes communities that meet specific criteria that help increase the potential for saving the lives of individuals who have sudden cardiac arrest through the use of CPR and increased...
  • Blog Post: Long Island Board Honors Longtime CPR/AED Champion

    The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association’s Long Island Board of Directors was honored to name Assemblyman Harvey Weisenberg as Advocate of the Year. Assembly Weisenberg, the legislative champion of the CPR in Schools bill, made it a priority to increase public awareness of...
  • Blog Post: Find Who Cares Like You Do

    You care about helping Americans live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know you care because you are a You’re the Cure Advocate, supporting our efforts to change policies that impact this. But we desperately need more like you – people willing to take simple...