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  • Blog Post: Get Moving, Wyoming!

    Hey YTC Networkers, The below article was recently featured on Heart.org. Check it out and tell me what you think in the comments below. Being physically active is important to prevent heart disease and stroke, the nation’s No. 1 and No. 4 killers. To improve overall cardiovascular health...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    You’re the Cure Advocates from throughout Texas utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” Volunteers visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working and should not be delayed...
  • Blog Post: Governor Kitzhaber's Special CPR Message

    I couldn’t be more excited to share with you this special message from Oregon’s Governor, John Kitzhaber, and Portland Fire & Rescue. This past spring while driving through downtown Portland, Gov. Kitzhaber spotted a person in urgent need of help. He acted quickly and stepped up to save...
  • Blog Post: Waxahachie Goes Smoke-Free!

    On August 18th the City of Waxahachie passed a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance by a 4-1 vote. The smoke-free ordinance will remove harmful secondhand smoke from all public workplaces including restaurants and bars and makes Waxahachie the 39th Smoke-Free City in Texas! The new law will go into...
  • Blog Post: Cameron Croonquist - Summer Intern Highlight

    Cameron Croonquist Hi everyone my name is Cameron. I am currently a student studying Public Health Policy and Management at Oregon State University and I’m also wrapping up my advocacy internship with the American Heart Association this summer. For the last three months I’ve been working...
  • Blog Post: Bill Owen is a You're the Cure Advocate Extraordinaire!

    Bill became an American Heart Association volunteer when he joined You’re the Cure in September 2013 after signing an online petition asking the city council members and mayor of Irving to pass a comprehensive smoke-free ordinance. Bill grew up in Irving, graduated from Irving High school (class...
  • Blog Post: Back to School - Join Us As We Advocate for Healthy Policies for Our Children

    written by Marc Watterson, Government Relations Director, Utah Like many of you, I look forward to the fall season! Truth be told I’m not a huge fan of the heat and I have always loved Utah’s cooler fall climate. Fall brings with it many wonderful things – the excitement of professional...
  • Blog Post: AHA new policy recommendation calls for tighter controls on e-cigarettes

    Guest Blogger: Don Weisman, Hawaii Government Relations Director The American Heart Association issued new policy recommendations on August 25 on the use of e-cigarettes and their impact on tobacco-control efforts. Based on the current evidence, the Association’s position is that e-cigarettes...
  • Blog Post: The 2014 Salt Lake City Heart & Stroke Walk & Run is Just Around the Corner

    The Utah Heart and Stroke Walk & Run raises awareness and funds for the life-saving mission of the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association. Join us as we celebrate healthy lifestyles and honor those who have fought heart disease and stroke. This year we are celebrating September 20...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kristen Waters

    I’ve been with the American Heart Association as the Nebraska Communications Director for the past two years, but my time with AHA extends beyond that. Let me take you back to 2008. I was living in the big city - our nation’s capital – and working for a big time trade association...
  • Blog Post: NM Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    On Wednesday, August 27th You’re the Cure advocates Jim Myers and Claire Dudley utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” They visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working...
  • Blog Post: AR Advocates Visit Congressional Offices, Promote Healthy School Meals

    On Wednesday, August 13th You’re the Cure advocates Wonder Lowe and Carole Garner utilized the August Congressional break to advocate for reauthorization of the “Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act.” They visited district offices to share the message that new nutrition standards ARE working...
  • Blog Post: Protecting the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act

    written by Violet Ruiz, Government Relations Director, Greater Los Angeles The U.S. is in the midst of a full-blown obesity epidemic that has disproportionately affected our children. Currently, nearly one third of children are overweight or obese. The health consequences of obesity in children are...
  • Blog Post: Join us October 4th at the Oahu Heart & Stroke Walk

    As you may know the Oahu Heart & Stroke Walk was originally scheduled for August 9 th but as Tropical Storm Iselle was bearing down on Hawaii with heavy rains and high winds we decided to postpone the walk for the safety of our volunteers and attendees. We have rescheduled the Oahu Heart &...
  • Blog Post: The Salty Truth

    Almost 60% of Americans have tried to reduce the amount of sodium they consume, according to a new survey. But with excess salt in the processed and restaurant foods that we eat, it can be tough to avoid. So, it’s no surprise that the overwhelming majority of us, 75%, say they want to see less...
  • Blog Post: Mississippi Wins Again!

    In August, Mississippi received national recognition for taking local action to protect citizens from the health hazards of secondhand smoke. Americans for Non-Smokers Rights (ANR) awarded Mississippi 1st place for passing nine local smoke free laws in 2013. Alabama and South Carolina tied for 2nd place...
  • 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: 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 is 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!...