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  • Blog Post: Exercise their Minds: Protect PE

    The benefits of physical education ring clear as a school bell. With daily PE, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best at school. The fact is, active kids learn better. And the benefits don’t end there. Physical education has positive impacts on their physical...
  • Blog Post: The Road to Recovery

    Everyone knows someone who has had a heart attack, and thanks to modern science there are amazing medical interventions making survival possible. But once a patient has survived their cardiac event, what is next? For many patients, cardiac rehabilitation is a vital part of the recovery process but our...
  • Blog Post: Healthy school meals should be here to stay

    The recent compromise on strong school nutrition standards is a win for students, parents, and educators. But it’s not a guarantee. Floor votes in both the House and Senate lie ahead, and plenty of voices are still saying that we should go back to meals loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Help us...
  • Blog Post: The State of Heart Health

    Did you see the shout out the President gave during this year’s State of the Union address about our major accomplishment around medical research? The President said last month's $2 billion increase gave, “scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve...
  • Blog Post: A Season of Giving

    We couldn’t share advocacy accomplishments with you this year if not for the generous gift of your time as an advocate and your donations to support the organization. Funds raised support so many programs to help prevent and treat heart disease and stroke and it’s our policy goals that have...
  • Blog Post: The future is here, Congress Act FAST!

    Each minute counts when treating a stroke. Under the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, telestroke technology would be more available to connect patients to care when a stroke specialist is not onsite. That means faster treatment and hopefully a better chance at a full recovery. ...
  • Blog Post: Save Physical Education Now

    Almost half of all high school students can’t take physical education classes. The average annual school budget for physical education currently stands at just $768. And with one-third of our kids overweight or obese, this epidemic is costing our health care system anywhere from $147 to $210 billion...
  • Blog Post: The Time to Fight for NIH Research is Now!

    For the last month, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates have signed our petition to say, “I won’t stop fighting for NIH”. We cannot wait to deliver all of these names this week when 20 advocates meet with their members of Congress. However, your fight does not end here....
  • Blog Post: We won't stop fighting for heart and stroke research!

    This has been a great year for You’re the Cure volunteers advocating for more heart and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So far, we’ve sent 23,000 messages to Capitol Hill, over 380 advocates met with lawmakers during You’re the Cure on the Hill, and countless...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: This holiday season, helping hearts everywhere

    As the end of the year approaches, we know you’ve got lots of giving to do. Finding the right gifts for friends and family is inevitably a big part of all our Decembers. When you make a year-end contribution to the American Heart Association, you’re helping us fight against the first and...
  • Blog Post: Get Covered, Stay Covered!

    More than 10 million Americans gained affordable health insurance in 2014. Starting on November 15, individuals and their families can sign up or renew their coverage for 2015 using the Health Insurance Marketplace. The Marketplace offers quality health plans and financial assistance to help pay for...
  • Blog Post: Stroke survivors need Congress to act now!

    Stroke survivors on Medicare have been put through enough! Year after year, they are hit with the possibility of facing a punitive cap on their rehabilitative therapy. Thankfully Congress routinely allows for an exceptions process, but it must be renewed every year. That usually happens at the last minute...
  • Blog Post: The School Day Just Got Healthier

    It’s that time of year again! Kids across the country are heading back to the classroom and we want to help ensure their minds and bodies are fueled with nutritious foods to support a successful education. Fortunately, the health of today’s school environment continues to improve. Thanks...
  • Blog Post: Tell Congress WHY you support medical research

    We don’t have to think twice about why we support more funding for organizations like the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to research cures for cardiovascular disease and stroke. But unfortunately the funding cuts continue. We routinely tell Congress that NIH research leads to innovation...
  • Blog Post: Watch Out for Sneaky Salt!

    Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the American Heart Association’s recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you—even if you rarely pick up the salt shaker. The worst part is, most of us don’t even realize how much salt we’re taking in. But sure...
  • Blog Post: Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

    The Food and Drug Administration has proposed a new rule that would regulate all tobacco products, including cigars, electronic cigarettes, pipe tobacco, hookah tobacco, nicotine gels and dissolvables. This is a good step, as the FDA must have authority over these products to protect public health. ...
  • Blog Post: Your American Stroke Month Mission...

    Did you know that stroke is our nation’s 4th leading killer? Or that someone has a stroke every 40 seconds in the United States? May is American Stroke Month and the goal is to raise awareness that stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable . Over the next few weeks (and beyond), there are...
  • Blog Post: Help Cut Junk Food Ads Out of Schools!

    It's pop quiz time! One of these things are not like the others. Can you pick out the one that doesn’t belong? A) Students B) Physical education C) Teachers D) Books E) Junk food ads Did you pick E? Me too, because all of these things belong in our nation’s schools except junk food...
  • Blog Post: Spring Has Sprung and So Has Budget Season!

    It’s that time of year again. While we wait for the cherry blossoms to bloom in Washington, D.C., budget discussions are heating up between the White House and Capitol Hill. On March 4 th , the President released his budget proposal for 2015 and now Members of Congress are working to establish...