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  • Blog Post: Safe Routes to Schools: Let’s give every kid a healthy future

    Guest Blogger: Sarah Higginbotham, Oregon Government Relations Director This year, Metro Council will decide on critical funding that could give every kid a chance at a healthier future through Safe Routes to School programs. (The Metro Area covers Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington Counties in NW...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Brittany Badicke

    Brittany Badicke, Oregon My name is Brittany Badicke, and I’m one of AHA’s Oregon Advocacy Interns. This summer, I’ll be working on our Tobacco Control efforts, with the ultimate goal of giving more Oregonians access to resources to help them quit smoking, and ensuring fewer actually...
  • Blog Post: Christian's Story

    Written by Aimee Lybbert, Christian's mom When our son Christian was born he appeared perfectly healthy. He passed all the standard newborn screening with flying colors. Every medical professional assured us he was fine. But in reality our son had a broken heart. Our first thought after learning...
  • Blog Post: The Oahu Heart and Stroke Walk is just around the corner

    The Oahu Heart and Stroke Walk is just around the corner. The Heart & Stroke Walk celebrates those who have made lifestyle changes and encourages many more to take the pledge to live healthier lifestyles while raising the dollars needed to fund life-saving research and initiatives in our local community...
  • Blog Post: Help Make Our Communities Smokefree

    The American Heart Association as a member of the Smokefree Idaho coalition is working to make communities across our state smokefree. With help from advocates like you we have helped pass smokefree ordinances in Boise and Ketchum that include all indoor places including bars. There is overwhelming...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Jim Blaine

    Dr Jim Blaine Missouri As an Emergency physician for 17 years, Dr. Jim Blaine is very aware of the devastation caused by cardiovascular disease. As a Family Physician for the last 15 years, he acknowledges that most cardiovascular disease can be prevented. Recently, Dr. Blaine has become a Provider...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Max Stein

    Max Stein, Idaho This month, we wanted to feature and thank our Smokefree Idaho Community Educator, Max Stein. Max has been working tirelessly in communities across the state to educate individuals and businesses on the harms of secondhand smoke. Because of his work, Smokefree Idaho has reached an...
  • Blog Post: Serving Healthy Food in Schools Shouldn't Be a Puzzle

    Congress is working on appropriations bills and school nutrition standards have been a hot topic in the agriculture appropriations debate. The House bill would allow schools to get waivers from these standards and the Senate bill would delay the sodium standards supported by the AHA. Other amendments...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Libby Char

    Libby Char, Hawaii Despite her extremely busy work schedule as an emergency physician, as the Medical Director for EMS and several of Hawaii’s first responder agencies and the American Heart Association Hawaii Division Board President Libby Char, M.D. still finds time to support American Heart...
  • Blog Post: Survivor Story: Ryan Radermacher

    Ryan Radermacher North Dakota The rural Casselton farmer, Ryan Radermacher, was only 45 years old when he experienced a STEMI, the most deadly type of heart attack also known as a widow maker. Ryan’s first symptom was heavy sweating followed by not feeling well and shortness of breath, and...
  • Blog Post: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline Results Published and Presented at National Conferences

    The North Dakota Mission: Lifeline project was selected to present at two national conferences in June, 2014. “ Statewide Collaboration in Rural STEMI System Development in Resource Limited Environments- Where You Live Shouldn't Determine If You Live: North Dakota Mission: Lifeline ”...
  • Blog Post: School Nutrition: Help to Solve the Nutrition Puzzle

    Congress is working on appropriations bills and school nutrition standards have been a hot topic in the agriculture appropriations debate. The House bill would allow schools to get waivers from these standards and the Senate bill would delay the sodium standards supported by the AHA. Other amendments...
  • Blog Post: AHA Looks at Healthy Food Financing Initiatives in Florida

    The crunch of a celery stalk. The crisp sweetness of a red bell pepper. The warmth of a freshly baked loaf of bread. We don’t just eat healthy food because we know it’s good for us — we eat it because it makes us feel good too. But for 29.7 million people living in the United States...
  • Blog Post: New York City Tackles Obesity!

    Did you see the news? New York City recently announced that they've achieved a significant drop in the rate of severe obesity among our city's kids. A nearly 10% decline of this leading cause of heart disease and stroke is a tremendous achievement! However, the thing I liked most about this announcement...
  • Blog Post: Sara Beckwith

    Sara Beckwith, District of Columbia Why is advocacy work so important? To Sara Beckwith it is about passion, and because she “truly believes that we have a voice and it is imperative to use our voice to work on programs such as the Healthy Tots Act and the Workplace Wellness Act.” Sara...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Ron Wyden, D- Oregon. Dempsey, age 44, said she...
  • Blog Post: Smoking Linked to Increased Risk of Dementia

    We've known for years of the increased health risks caused by smoking and tobacco-related products. A new study now links smoking with an increased risk of dementia. The World Health Organization (WHO) and Alzheimer’s Disease International are reporting, based on a review of scientific studies...
  • Blog Post: Summer is Sweet Enough Without Sugary Drinks

    Sugar sweetened beverages are the primary source of added sugars in Americans’ diets. Consumption of these drinks has increased 500% in the last fifty years! It’s no wonder we’re in the midst of an obesity epidemic that’s responsible for 21% of all health care costs. Join...
  • Blog Post: Georgia Proposes New School Nutrition Rules

    The Georgia State Board of Education’s proposal of 30 exemptions from the USDA’s nutrition guidelines for in-school, on-campus food fundraising is concerning. In 2007, Georgia ranked 2 nd in childhood obesity. Today, it ranks 17th. Continuing to thwart efforts to make food choices healthy...
  • Blog Post: Key to Kids Eating Healthier; Make it Affordable

    With the youth obesity crisis in our country, many efforts have been made to encourage our young people to eat healthier - less sugar, fewer empty calories, more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, etc. But one of the biggest challenges in this effort is the cost. Preparing and consuming a healthier...
  • Blog Post: Farm to Childcare Program Introduced in MN

    Check out this article from the Public News Service - MN, talking about how statewide childcare centers are starting to introduce healthy habits and fresh foods to young children. (photo courtesy of New Horizon Academy) ST. PAUL, Minn. – An effort to get more fresh, healthy and local foods on...
  • Blog Post: Attention Southern Illinois Advocates: Save the Date!

    We are pleased to share this great video promoting the upcoming Southern Illinois Heart Walk. Check it out and then please consider signing up to participate in this great event on October 4th, 2014! If you are interested in volunteering at the Advocacy booth at the walk, please contact Rae O’Neill...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Schools Observe New Law Requiring CPR, AED Training

    Check out the article below from the Kane County Chronicle putting Lauren's Law into action. (Photo credit - Sandy Bressner, Shaw Media) George Laman, whose teenage daughter died six years ago after collapsing during a drill team practice at St. Charles North High School, hopes that a new, potentially...
  • Blog Post: Will Governor Cuomo sign the CPR bill???

    Have you asked Governor Cuomo to sign the CPR in Schools bill? We've made it easy...just click below and a letter is drafted and ready to send! http://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=35278
  • Blog Post: Stratis Health Awards Heart Disease and Diabetes

    Check out this article featuring AHA's Justin Bell and advocate Albert Tsai, posted by the Minnesota Department of Health on Stratis Health's 2014 Building Healthier Communities Award. Stratis Health, Minnesota’s state quality improvement organization, recently announced six recipients...