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  • Blog Post: The Obesity Rate in Washington is Leveling Off

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it is clear there is still much work to be done in our fight against obesity. While there...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Heart at Texas Capitol

    On September 16 more than 20 Texas advocates met at the Capitol for an American Heart Association “Advocating for Heart Day.” The day kicked off with an informative training and inside look at the ways hospitals utilize data for quality improvement. The team then split into groups and...
  • Blog Post: Obesity Rate in Hawaii is Going Down

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it held good news for people living in Hawaii. While there are many statistics in the report...
  • Blog Post: Register Now! "How-To" Advocate for the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP)

    SHIP funding will be up for discussion at the Minnesota Legislature in 2015. Thursday November 6th, 2014 - 6:00 - 7:00 PM and Friday November 7th, 2014 - 12:00 - 1:00 PM. Join other advocates across Minnesota to learn about how you can advocate for SHIP! Learn tips and message points from our expert...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Ray Castle, Louisiana

    Dr. Ray Castle has volunteered for the American Heart Association for many years. He has been active with the Heart Walk and within the Advocacy Department. In 2012, he joined the Louisiana Advocacy Committee. As a member of the Advocacy Committee, he has worked tirelessly to help the American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Lauren's Law Update

    Schools across Illinois are making great strides towards implementing the Lauren Laman CPR and AED training law, passed earlier this year and signed by Governor Pat Quinn on June 5, 2014. The law makes quality CPR and AED training a required part of the existing, required-for-graduation health curriculum...
  • Blog Post: New Report Highlights Where Healthy Food Access Can Make a Difference

    A new report released today highlights areas across Alabama where increasing access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods would make the biggest impact. The report, “Fresh Food for All: Improving Access to Fresh Food in Alabama,” was authored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...
  • Blog Post: Montgomery Advocates, Will You Help?

    We are at a critical point in the Smokefree Montgomery campaign and need the help of You're the Cure advocates more than ever before. This month, Councilor C.C. Calhoun is expected to introduce a smokefree local ordinance that the American Heart Association and its Smokefree Montgomery coalition...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Come to DC!

    Last month, eleven You’re the Cure advocates joined 300 volunteers from other participating organizations for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC. Their purpose in coming to Washington was to share their stories with Congress and to urge them to increase medical research funding...
  • Blog Post: Stories from Central and Eastern Oregon

    Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham, Oregon Government Relations Director Recently, I have had an opportunity to connect with a special kind of survivor: those who live in rural Oregon. From Deschutes County in the high desert of Central Oregon, to Umatilla County in the rugged, wheat-growing region...
  • Blog Post: Idaho is One of Six States Where Obesity Rates Are Still Going Up

    Guest Blogger: Grace Henscheid, Grassroots Advocacy Director In early September the State of Obesity Report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust of America’s Health was released and it is clear there is still much work to be done in our fight against obesity. While there...
  • Blog Post: Artificial Sweeteners May Increase Blood Sugar

    The below article was featured on Heart.org on October 7th. A recent scientific study says people should reconsider their heavy use of artificial sweeteners, which may actually increase blood sugar by altering natural gut bacteria. The study , published in the science journal Nature, was...
  • Blog Post: Progress against heart disease, stroke reflected in latest statistics

    New government statistics show a decline in deaths from heart disease and stroke, continuing a promising trend in the fight against two of the nation’s leading causes of death. The stroke death rate fell 2.6 percent and the heart disease death rate dropped 1.8 percent in 2012, the most current...
  • Blog Post: Students Take Part In Walk To School Day

    Check out the article posted today on www.publicnewsservice.com! Children all over Minnesota are taking part in Walk To School Day. (Photo: Elizabeth/Flickr) ST. Paul, Minn. - Today is Walk to School Day, and the annual event comes as some school districts in Minnesota see a resurgence in students...
  • Blog Post: Dieters Need Close Access to Healthy Food

    You're obese, at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and so motivated to improve your diet that you've enrolled in an intensive behavioral program. But if you need to travel more than a short distance to a store that offers a good selection of healthy food, your success may be limited...
  • Blog Post: MnDOT Starts Applicant Search for SRTS Grants

    MnDOT talks about how they are seeking applicants for the Safe Routes to School grant, check it out! ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesota schools and their partners are invited to apply for $1.25 million in Safe Routes to School grant funds for projects that will help more children safely walk and bicycle...
  • Blog Post: CDC Report - Heart Disease Still #1 Killer

    When the news broke this week with the latest statistics about the leading causes of death in the United States, we knew the news would be good, and that we’d see a continued decline in heart disease and stroke. And we did! According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), death...
  • Blog Post: Farm to School Program in MN Produces Healthy Results

    Check out the article posted this week in the Public News Service about the Farm to School Program happening in our state! (Photo Credit - Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy) ST. Paul, Minn. - October is National Farm to School Month and in Minnesota, it's an event being celebrated in...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kristy Sidlar

    Kristy Sidlar Michigan So there I was on the side of the road by myself, lying next to my bicycle. I was fading in and out of consciousness, honestly wondering if these were going to be my last moments. My plans to compete in the triathlon I was training for were far from my mind. What I was thinking...
  • Blog Post: Kingston Murriel, Mississippi

    Kingston Murriel Jackson, Mississippi On July 3, 2012, 5 weeks before my due date, I had an appointment for my 8-month checkup. During the ultrasound the physician could not get a good view of the left ventricle of my son’s heart. He thought it was due to the way he was laying, but wanted to...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Pics: Join Us for an Online Food Fight

    Fall brings about visions of harvest and nature's bounty. Unfortunately what we see when we are out on the go doesn't always match that vision. What do you see? This fall we want to know what you see - in convenience stores or where you stop to shop when you are on the go. Simply snap a picture...
  • Blog Post: Paramedics Step Up to Reduce Hospital Readmissions

    Paramedics in Carmel, Indiana, a fast-growing community just outside Indianapolis are stepping forward to reduce hospital admissions by implementing the Mobile Integrated Health Care program. In the past decade, according to the Joint National EMS Leadership Forum , close to 300 fire departments, ambulance...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Healthy Food Access in Minneapolis!

    The Staple Food Ordinance passed the Minneapolis City Council’s Health, Environment and Community Engagement committee unanimously on October 20, 2014. Huge thank you to You’re the Cure advocate Dr. Courtney Jordan Baechler for testifying on behalf of the American Heart Association. The...
  • Blog Post: WIN! Tobacco Cessation Funding Granted

    The American Heart Association and our You’re the Cure advocates and partners made a big win this month! After years of campaigning to increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation in the District, our efforts have finally been rewarded. On October 1, 2014, DC Council granted $2 million...
  • Blog Post: RI Awarded $3.5 Million to Prevent Obesity, Diabetes, Heart Disease and Stroke

    Good news for Rhode Island...and many thanks to our You're the Cure advocates who fight for federal funding that comes back to our state! Following is a press release from the RI Department of Health: Rhode Island Department of Health Awarded $3.5 Million to Drive Down Chronic Diseases: New...