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  • Blog Post: An extra $8.75 billion for the NIH!

    Yes, that’s possible, but we need your help to make it a reality. Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill seeks to advance the discovery and development of new medical treatments for patients, such as by providing a much needed...
  • Blog Post: Summer Health Tips

    The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbeques, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. Below are a few tips that you can use this summer to keep your whole family happy and healthy. Staying active in the summer months Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure on the Hill 2015 update

    Since You’re the Cure on the Hill, there have been several developments around our efforts to protect strong school nutrition standards and push for more funding for heart disease and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the next few months, Congress will be reviewing...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get FIT Kids Moving

    Helping our children live active, healthy lifestyles is more important than ever. Since we first shared that the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act had been re-introduced this Congress, thousands of you have urged your lawmakers to join as co-sponsors. Now we’re asking those of you...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Urge Congress to Increase Access to Telestroke

    In February of 2014 Nancy Lowman woke up with a sharp pain in her neck and distorted vision. After feeling nauseous and with symptoms continuing, Nancy decided to go to a nearby hospital in Hickory, NC. Staff there thought she was having a stroke, but without a neurologist on site, they weren’t...
  • Blog Post: A Winning Game for School Lunches and Research Funding!

    At You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015, more than 380 AHA advocates and staff from all 50 states, plus DC —and thousands more back home—stepped up to the plate for healthy school lunches and medical research funding. This year, our Hill day theme was built off the great American game of...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure on the Hill - A Youth's Perspective

    Today we'd like to introduce one of our youth advocates, Michelle Ballasiotes. Michelle attended our You're the Cure on the Hill this week, and shared her story with Congress. Read on below and hear about her experience on Capitol Hill. Take it away Michelle! ---------------------------- ...
  • Blog Post: Extra Innings! Are YOU Going to Step Up to the Plate?

    If you thought the game was over, we’ve got news for you! We’re headed into extra innings, and we need ALL of our advocates to step up to the plate! A few days ago, hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates from across the country flooded Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to step up...
  • Blog Post: May is American Stroke Month

    Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Ryley Williams testifies to promote funding for pediatric stroke research

    Ryley Williams was 15 years old, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound football player – and he was also the victim of a stroke. Today, nearly three years after intense surgeries and still in ongoing physical therapy, he will be testifying before Congress on Wednesday to promote more funding for research and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate highlights for legislators the importance of research funding

    As a girl of 11, Shobha Ghosh experienced the deaths of both her mother and older sister in the span of just 10 days. It was a trauma that would set her on a course she has travelled for four decades now, a search to find a cure to heart disease. Today, Dr. Shobha Ghosh, is a leading researcher looking...
  • Blog Post: Update: Relief for stroke survivors

    I have mixed news to share about our efforts to repeal Medicare’s caps on outpatient therapy services. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that we hoped would include Senators Cardin’s and Vitter’s bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal the therapy caps. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: It's More Important Than Ever

    We recently learned that more students are taking part in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs than ever before (with more than 30 million of our kids getting school lunches alone). That’s why it’s never been more critical that we protect strong nutrition standards, and...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Send a Wake Up Call

    With You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015 fast approaching, we want you to know that you don’t have to be in Washington to make an impact. On May 11 th and 12 th , we’ll be working with advocates from all 50 states to contact their representatives and urge support for the common-sense,...
  • Blog Post: From the Bottom of our Hearts - Thank You!

    National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) is right around the corner and we couldn’t let it pass without saying how much we appreciate all your contributions as a You’re the Cure advocate. It’s advocates like you who give their time, energy, and passion to help create healthier communities...
  • Blog Post: Update on Stroke Therapy Caps

    In the last few months, You’re the Cure advocates have spoken loud and clear. Together, we have sent 9,700 messages to Congress urging them to repeal harmful caps on Medicare therapy once-and-for-all. Much has happened in the last couple weeks, so I wanted to give you an update and let you know...
  • Blog Post: Help secure funding for this life-saving AED program today!

    This is a critical time in Congress. Lawmakers are deciding on their funding priorities and the next round of budget negotiations are beginning. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart community, and we need to let our lawmakers know they...
  • Blog Post: Nutrition Across the Nation

    With National Nutrition Month underway, we’re excited to launch a new website about an issue that’s close to every parent’s heart: Step Up to the Plate for School Meals . Since Congress passed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act in 2010, our kids are eating more whole grains, being served...
  • Blog Post: Tell your lawmaker: Heart and stroke research is a priority!

    Imagine if we didn’t know that smoking led to heart disease or stroke. Think about all of the lives lost if we didn’t have AEDs. How many stroke and heart disease survivors would we have if it weren’t for clot-busting drugs? It’s hard not to take these and other medical milestones...
  • Blog Post: What you need to know about the latest nutrition guidelines

    We would like to introduce Suzie Sodium. She is a registered dietitian who is regularly posting content and updates over at www.sodiumbreakup.heart.org . Take it away Suzie! -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- In the American Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: National Congenital Heart Awareness Week is February 7 - 14

    Has your life been touched by heart disease? Most of us can think of a family member or friend with heart disease but how heart breaking when the person impacted is a newborn. That’s right, congenital heart disease is the most common birth defect and the leading killer of babies with birth defects...
  • Blog Post: Does it make sense to penalize those who need therapy most?

    My answer to this question is a loud “NO!” and I bet yours is, too. But that is just what Medicare’s current limits on outpatient therapy do. Unfortunately, if Congress does not act by March 31st, stroke survivors and others on Medicare with the most serious and debilitating conditions...
  • Blog Post: The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 Livestream

    Join us for this exclusive virtual event where top designers and celebrities demonstrate their support for women's heart health during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that--80 percent...
  • Blog Post: New Year, New Goals - We Can Help!

    It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions to get healthy, eat better, and exercise more. Well if eating better is on your list we’re here to help. Last summer we introduced you to our “I love you salt, but you’re breaking my heart” campaign and invited you to the...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surgeon General

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December to serve as the next surgeon general of the United States. The surgeon general is America’s top public health official, and his responsibilities range from managing disease to promoting prevention and a healthy start for our kids. ...