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  • Blog Post: Recap of Walking Day in Utah

    Guest Blogger: Marc Watterson, Utah Government Relations Director On April 2 nd , 2014, people from across the nation gathered together for National Walking Day – a day set aside each year by the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association to encourage Americans to get active for...
  • Blog Post: Walking Day at Capitol Spreads Awareness

    Colorado advocates participated in a lobby day to promote National Walking Day and highlight “Safe Routes to School” legislation. Lawmakers received healthy snacks and information on physical activity. We had a great turn out with 12 legislators and an additional 15 staffers, for a total...
  • Blog Post: Power to End Stroke Leadership Brunch features Tulsa elected officials

    On March 22nd, the American Heart Association held the sixth annual Power to End Stroke Leadership Brunch in downtown Tulsa. The purpose of this event is to entice attendees to make positive changes in their lifestyle that will reduce the likelihood of high reduced blood pressure and having a stroke...
  • Blog Post: Open Streets OKC Features Hands-Only CPR Demonstration

    On March 30 th , thousands of Oklahoma City residents met at NE 23 rd for the inaugural ‘Open Streets OKC’ festival. This event served as an opportunity for attendees to safely walk the street and visit booths promoting an active and healthy community. At this event, AHA volunteer Petra...
  • Blog Post: Congressman Marc Veasey Encourages Constituents to Get Healthy at AHA Event!

    Congressman Marc Veasey recently attended an AHA luncheon in Arlington to promote Check.Change. Control and encourage his constituents to not only know their blood pressure reading, but control it. Why? High blood pressure, or hypertension, affects about 78 million Americans. It increases your risk...
  • Blog Post: Cities Around Texas Proclaim April 2nd National Walking Day

    City Councils around Texas, including Fort Worth & Austin, recently proclaimed April 2 nd as National Walking Day. On this day, Americans are encouraged to lace up their sneakers and take at least 30 minutes out of their day to get up and walk. It's a great way to raise awareness of the importance...
  • Blog Post: Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

    Calling all You’re the Cure SUPERHEORES! (Yes, that means YOU!) Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time! That’s because no super powers...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Across the SouthWest!

    The 2014 Legislative Session wrapped up earlier this year and it was a successful one for advocates in the American Heart Association's SouthWest Affiliate (AR, CO, NM, OK, TX, WY). With your help, we promoted issues dealing with congenital heart defect screening for newborns, CPR training in schools...
  • Blog Post: An Update on SB 2194, testing all Hawaii Newborns for Critical Congenital Heart Defects

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director Thanks to AHA You’re The Cure advocates, SB 2194, the bill that would require Hawaii birthing centers to perform a pulse oximetry screening to check for critical congenital heart defects prior to discharge, continues to move toward...
  • Blog Post: April Update from Springfield

    Below is a legislation update from Alex Meixner, Government Relations Director for the American Heart Association. All – we have some good progress to report in Springfield on the systems-of-care front, as Illinois’ annual spring legislative session rolls on.  So without further ado: ...
  • Blog Post: Results of Public Opinion Poll Show Illinoisans Support Daily Physical Education

    Last month, advocates from across the state gathered in Springfield to draw attention to the importance of daily P.E. in Illinois schools. The American Heart Association participated in a press event on March 19 annoucing the latest polling results that showcase strong support by Illinois residents for...
  • Blog Post: 2014 Heart on the Hill a Success

    April 2 was our Minnesota Heart on the Hill. We had 38 volunteers at the Capitol to meet with legislators. Our issues this year included asking for $6 million for Safe Routes to School infrastructure, AED registry, and comprehensive transportation funding that includes designated funding for active transportation...
  • Blog Post: Spring has Arrived - Time to Get Outside and Get Active

    Did you know that Wednesday April 2 was National Walking Day? In most parts of the US, the weather is starting to warm up now that spring has arrived. After a cold winter it's always nice to be able to get out and enjoy the warmer temperatures. In the spirit of National Walking Day we encourage...
  • Blog Post: Chloe Sumrall Saves a Life

    When Chloe Sumrall entered a restaurant last March, the senior high school student was looking forward to enjoying a celebratory lunch after a long season as president of the Sub-Debutante committee. Chloe heard a scream of terror from across the restaurant and responded immediately. Seeing a man's...
  • Blog Post: Improving Food Access in Alabama

    On May 13, the American Heart Association will partner with VOICES for Alabama's Children to host a training for individuals and organizations interested in improving food access in Alabama. During this free event, participants will have the opportunity to learn how healthy food financing can improve...
  • Blog Post: RI Lobby Day May 7th - Register Today!

    Please mark your calendar for May 7th and plan to join fellow You’re the Cure advocates at the State House for the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Lobby Day. Click this link to register today: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6WZMVGX Rhode Island Lobby Day May 7, 2014 State House...
  • Blog Post: Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next 12 months. This means for the next year, stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Michelle Allen

    Michelle Allen Rockford, IL Ten years ago I lost my 37 year old husband to heart disease (at the time, our children were ages 1 and 3). Five years prior to that, I lost my father to heart disease. These losses compelled me to do all that I can to become involved in raising awareness about heart disease...
  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....
  • Blog Post: Kentucky's CPR Bill Passes House, But Senate Leaders Block Measure

    Despite Kentucky's CPR in Schools bill passing the House of Representatives unanimously and the overwhelming support and outreach to lawmakers from fantastic You're the Cure advocates like you, ultimately Senate leaders blocked the measure from being heard in the Senate. Each year, nearly 424...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Are Almost a Reality in the Commonwealth

    Last Friday, Governor Patrick signed the Transportation Bond Bill into law, which authorizes $50 million in funding for cities and towns through a new Complete Streets Certification Program over the next five years! The Complete Streets Certification program will make it safer and easier to walk, bike...
  • Blog Post: Can You Spot a Stroke F.A.S.T.?

    Tick-tock, tick-tock. Every minute counts. Every 40 seconds someone in the US has a stroke. Timely response save lives and is critical to help those affected not only survive but thrive as well. Approximately 700,000 Americans have a new or recurrent stroke each year, and stroke remains the third...
  • Blog Post: Heart Walk Raises Awareness

    Fighting heart disease and stroke takes volunteers, money, passion and commitment, among other things. The Omaha - Council Bluffs Heart Walk embodies all of those elements - and it's a great opportunity for YOU to get involved with the American Heart Association. There is still time to sign up for...
  • Blog Post: Red River Valley Heart Walk Raises Awareness

    Fighting heart disease and stroke takes volunteers, money, passion and commitment, among other things. The 11th Annual Red River Valley Heart Walk embodies all of those elements - and it's a great opportunity for YOU to get involved with the American Heart Association. There is still time to sign...
  • Blog Post: Celebrate CPR Training in Schools with a Big Thank You

    With your help, we made it happen. Breanna’s Law is now official law in Maryland, and will ensure that all our high school students complete a hands-only CPR course before they graduate. This is cause for celebration! Send a big thank you to your legislators ! Right now across our country...