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  • Blog Post: Nevada is a National Leader on Food Issues in Schools

    Fantastic news from our advocacy team in Nevada! I am happy to announce that our Advocacy team scored a huge win when the State of Nevada became the first state in the country to establish policy around “Competitive Foods in Schools” and “Junk Food Marketing in Schools.” Ben...
  • Blog Post: There is Still Work to be Done in California to Reduce Obesity Prevalence

    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: My Story: Rock Rocklage

    Rock Rocklage Rosemount, MN When the helicopter arrived they refused to transport me stating; "We don't transport dead people." My cardiac event occurred at 10:30 a.m., Saturday, September 22, 2007. I was driving to a client's house for a listing appointment in Apple Valley, MN...
  • Blog Post: Welcome Erin Bennett

    Guest Blogger: Erin Bennett, Idaho Government Relations Director I’m excited to join the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association as the new Government Relations Director in Idaho, and to continue the great work we are doing to further our mission here. The AHA/ASA has been...
  • Blog Post: A Reflection on Gratitude and AHA in Montana

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director It’s been more than 10 years since I got the news that my dad, Tom, had had a heart attack. I was 20 years old, an undergraduate student at University of Montana and in complete shock. I knew he hadn’t been feeling great...
  • Blog Post: Learn More About the AHA/ASA's New Support Network!

    The Support Network is an exciting way that patients and caregivers can experience the AHA/ASA’s mission in action. It offers an online community, as well as materials for starting face-to-face community-based support groups. This is one of our first major ventures into the emotional support arena...
  • Blog Post: Sally Jackson, Florida

    I am a life-long supporter of the American Heart Association, and began contributing annually after my mother’s open heart surgery more than 20 years ago. This year, I am the Advocacy Chair of the Greater Southeast Affiliate Board and a member of the Florida Advocacy Committee. But...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocacy Summit - Illinois

    This month we held the first You're the Cure Advocacy Summit in Illinois for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year. Our insiders started the day sharing their stories and their "Life is Why." Then the group reviewed the upcoming...
  • Blog Post: Advocate in Action - Photo Contest

    In this season of Thanksgiving we are so grateful for all that you do as You’re the Cure advocates. You play a crucial role in the fight against heart disease and stroke and we want to thank you for it! For the rest of the month, we invite you to share your #AdvocatesInAction photos with us...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jessica Petrick

    As North Dakota continues to attract new businesses and the development of our resources, it’s important to also recognize the need for education and awareness of our state’s health risks, especially as it relates to heart disease and stroke. The AHA is excited to announce that Jessica Petrick...
  • Blog Post: Michelle Whaley Advocates for Heart

    On October 29, You're the Cure volunteer and acute neurovascular clinical nurse specialist Michelle Whaley, spoke to a group of volunteers and Colorado legislators to raise awareness of World Stroke Day. As a person on the front line practicing at Swedish Medical Center in Englewood, Michelle has...
  • Blog Post: My Story: Jimmy Leiter

    Jimmy Leiter Deerfield, IL I was getting ready to play football during my senior year of high school. I had to see my family doctor to get my physical done, and because of a heart murmur and some other heart issues from when I was younger, the doctor insisted I get an echo. He told me that he wouldn't...
  • Blog Post: World Stroke Day In Arkansas

    World Stroke was observed in Arkansas, Wednesday, October 29th with a press event and simulation/demonstration of a stroke emergency. Key dignitaries joining the event included Dr. Dan Rahn, Chancellor of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, who welcomed everyone and discussed how his facility...
  • Blog Post: Texas Cities Recognize World Stroke Day

    Austin On Wednesday October 29th, World Stroke Day, stroke survivors John Murphy & Anand Raghunathan, as well as Grassroots Action Team member Charmagne Coston, met with Austin City Council member Laura Morrison to accept a proclamation declaring October 29th as World Stroke Day in Austin. John...
  • Blog Post: Meet Pkaye Washington

    Hello I'm Pkaye Washington. Back in 1991, I was diagnosed with a hereditary heart condition where the muscles of my heart didn't pump as strong as a normal person. Since then I've been hospitalized at least three times due to heart related issues. I realized that sodium is my enemy and that...
  • Blog Post: Tulsa Recognizes World Stroke Day

    On October 23rd at the weekly City Council meeting, the Tulsa Council issued a proclamation recognizing October 29th as World Stroke Day. This was in the first time the Tulsa City Council has issued a proclamation related to stroke awareness. In attendance to accept the proclamation was You’re...
  • Blog Post: Albuquerque Recognizes World Stroke Day

    On Monday, October 20th the Albuquerque City Council issued a proclamation at their meeting declaring October 29th as World Stroke Day. It was a great event, with around 20 volunteers and public health advocates in attendance. All of the attendees who RSVP’d ahead of time were able to have their...
  • Blog Post: National Eating Healthy Day Recognized in OKC

    On November 4th the Oklahoma City Voices for Healthy Kids team attended the Oklahoma City Council meeting where we announced the signing of the proclamation by Mayor Mick Cornett declaring November 5th, as National Eating Healthy Day! During the Public Comment portion of the meeting, we provided a...
  • Blog Post: Heart-Healthy Thanksgiving Tips

    Thanksgiving is about enjoying time with our family and celebrating with traditional foods we know and love. However, the holiday can impact the time we usually reserve for our healthy routines and involve meals that are not exactly made to be heart-healthy! To keep your diet and health in check over...
  • Blog Post: The first school district in NYS to be recognized as CPR Smart is...

    Way to go North Rose Wolcott School District! By adopting a policy to teach students CPR and AED instruction, they have now been recognized by the American Heart Association as the first CPR Smart School in New York State! To learn how your school district can become recognized as CPR Smart, contact...
  • Blog Post: Making Kids' Meals Healthy

    Demand for healthful kids’ meals at restaurants is growing. There is a great need for options for kids that are not only healthy but also flavorful, fun and interesting. Research shows that the aggressive marketing and advertising of high-calorie, unhealthy foods to children are contributing to...
  • Blog Post: AHA Improving Health Care in South Dakota

    Ever wonder what the American Heart Association is doing to improve health care quality in South Dakota? Check out this video from Scientific Sessions! A special shout-out to the SD hospitals recognized by the AHA for quality - Avera Heart Hospital , Sanford Health and Rapid City Regional Hospital ....
  • Blog Post: Why All Students Should Learn CPR

    Imagine you have just learned how to do CPR in your health class, and while out shopping, you find out someone nearby - a baby - needs this life-saving skill? Imagine that you are the one who knows what to do to help the baby's life. That a happened to a brave teenager. She knew what to do. She knew...
  • Blog Post: Meet Hailey!

    Hello Everyone! My name is Hailey Clements and since I am (fairly) new to the American Heart Association (AHA) and the You’re the Cure community, I wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself! I am a native of Boise, Idaho, but unfortunately, I did not grow up on a potato farm. Before...
  • Blog Post: Missouri teen saves baby. Will NYS students be prepared in an emergency?

    Did you hear about the heroic feat of Missouri teen, Abby Snodgrass? Abby was in a crowded store when she heard someone screaming for help. She soon saw a panicked mom and a baby - the baby wasn't breathing. Abby performed CPR…and saved the baby's life. Abby learned CPR in School. Seems...