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  • Blog Post: There’s a food fight in Congress!

    Believe it or not, there’s a heated debate in Congress right now over fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. And we need you to help us be the voice of reason. Will you take a moment to tell your legislators why providing kids with access to fresh fruits and vegetables during the school day...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Sign-Up Form - Emergency Cardiac Care

    Recruit others to join you as a You’re the Cure advocate using this printable sign-up form.
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in North Carolina!

    Thanks to the tireless efforts of AHA volunteers and staff, we are pleased to announce that North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue signed House Bill 837 into law on July 26, 2012. The law requires all students to be trained in CPR before graduating from high school, helping to train our next generation...
  • Blog Post: Updated! 57 Co-sponsors for the HEART for Women Act. Can we get to 100?

    Check out the list of current co-sponsors of the Heart disease Education, Awareness, Research, and Treatment (HEART) for Women Act. These Members of Congress have taken an important step in demonstrating their support for improving the prevention, diagonsis, and treatment of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mary Beth Miller

    Mary Beth Miller Alabama Our daughter was born with a very complex congenital heart defect. As new parents we have these dreams for our children: becoming a star athlete; an astronaut; having a family of their own. We never expect those dreams to be replaced with: will they live till tomorrow? My...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Ronna Kratzer

    Ronna Kratzer California The AHA has been a part of my life and many of my family members' lives from birth. As of today, we have 14 family members that have been born with Congenital Heart Defects. Without funding for research, many of my family members may not be alive today. In 2010, I underwent...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Bert Carey

    Bert Carey Newburyport, MA Bert suffered sudden cardiac arrest. Fortunately, when he collapsed, he was in a small store in Newburyport where an 18-year-old senior in high school, Derek, happened to be shopping for a tux for the prom. Derek had just completed a CPR course, which is a graduation requirement...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Olivia Q

    Olivia Q Winthrop, MA More than two-dozen first-graders were squealing and bouncing balls on a mid-February morning in the gym in an East Boston school when six-year-old Olivia suddenly collapsed. No one saw it coming. The little girl with the strawberry-blonde hair and no front teeth had been in...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Expresses Disappointment with Transportation Bill

    Washington, D.C. – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the latest version of the transportation legislation approved by Congress last week: “The transportation legislation passed by Congress today jeopardizes the safety and health of kids...
  • Blog Post: Help Save the Fresh Fruit and Veggie Program for Our Kids

    Do you know what jicama is? Or how pineapples grow? If you ask a student who participates in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP), chances are they’ll be able to tell you. This successful federal program provides daily fresh fruit and vegetable snacks to more than 3 million elementary students...
  • Blog Post: Watch Advocates In Action at the Research Saves Lives Fly-In!

    Last month, over 40 heart disease and stroke survivors and researchers arrived on Capitol Hill to urge Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Hear their stories about why medical research matters! Then help make sure Members of Congress see it by sharing the...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! PA Makes Strides in Improving Stroke Care

    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett helped cap off a successful Stroke Month by signing critical legislation that will help improve stroke care across his state. This exciting win would not have been possible without the dedication of You’re the Cure advocates, who have been working to pass stroke...
  • Blog Post: Heart and Women Health Groups Hail New Legislation to Help End Healthcare Disparities Among Women and Minorities

    The American Heart Association, Society for Women’s Health Research and WomenHeart: The National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease released the following statement: Washington, D.C., June 26, 2012 – The American Heart Association, Society for Women’s Health Research (SWHR),...
  • Blog Post: AHA CEO Applauds Supreme Court Decision on Health Reform

    Washington, D.C., June 28, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act: “The historic decision handed down today will benefit America’s heart health for decades to...
  • Blog Post: Improving a la carte and vending machine nutrition can help student waistlines and school bottom lines

    Earlier this year the USDA worked to improve nutrition standards for lunches in official school meal programs, but what about those vending and a la carte items? After improving food served in school lunch programs, the USDA is currently focusing their attention on those other items or “competitive...
  • Blog Post: Senator Patty Murray Recognizes the AHA

    Washington Senator Patty Murray took time out of her busy schedule to formally recognize the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign! Go Red had worked with the Defense Department to raise awareness about heart disease with female members of the Armed Forces. You can see her full...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: The Hodge Family

    JW & Maddie Hodge Nevada On May 4, 2010, my daughter was born. Within 30 minutes she was in supraventricular tachycardia and quickly being transported to the NICU. I witnessed staff responding utilizing the training that I have helped provide for the last ten years. Medication was administered...
  • Blog Post: Research Saves Lives Fly-In Profile: Joe and Olivia Quigley

    On June 6th, Joe Quigley and his daughter Olivia came to D.C. to urge their Massachusetts Members of Congress to protect NIH Funding from automatic budget cuts set for January 2013. When Olivia was just 6 years-old, she suffered a sudden cardiac arrest will in gym class and came to Capitol Hill to tell...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Urge Congress to Protect NIH Funding!

    On June 6th, over 40 You’re the Cure Advocates from 17 key states came to Washington to urge their Members of Congress to protect funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) from automatic budget cuts set to occur in January 2013. If the automatic cuts (or sequester) occurs, the NIH could...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! Medical Emergency Response Plan Law Passes in MA

    Sudden cardiac arrest can strike at any age- and for the victims, every second counts. However, many schools do not have a plan in place to deal with emergency cardiac situations and the consequences can be deadly. Inspired by two students who suffered cardiac arrest on school grounds, the state of Massachusetts...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Victory in Vermont!

    Hard work pays off. After 6 months of lobbying lawmakers in Vermont, 8 th grader Tommy Watson and many other AHA volunteers were successful in having Governor Shumlin sign a bill to include CPR and AED instruction in health education courses. By including both “hands-only” and AED components...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Talk Fresh Fruits and Vegetables on Capitol Hill

    On Wednesday May 17, You’re the Cure advocates from six key states (CO, KS, MN, NE, OR, and TX) flew to Washington D.C. to urge their Members of Congress protect the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). The FFVP provides snacks of fresh fruit and vegetables to elementary school students in...
  • Blog Post: NIH Director Talks about Obesity on the Colbert Report

    NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins brought a serious message recently on the Comedy Central’s Colbert Report a few days ago. Dr. Francis talked about the importance of eating well and the state of America’s obesity epidemic. Have a few laughs and check out the video.
  • Blog Post: Sen. Mark Kirk’s Recovery “Excellent” After Stroke

    On January 21st, Senator Mark Kirk from Illinois had a stroke at the age of 52. Only 15 weeks later, his recovery has been described as “excellent” by his doctor in an article in the Chicago Tribune . Sen. Kirk’s ongoing recovery shows how important medical research is to stroke recovery...
  • Blog Post: State Spotlight! WV “Heart Moms” Make Life-Saving Law a Reality

    A recent legislative victory in West Virginia showed once again that passionate, dedicated advocates can make a difference. On April 5 th , 2012, advocate Ruth Caruthers and her fellow “Heart Moms” stood with Governor Earl Ray Tomblin in the State Capitol, as he signed “Corbin’s...