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  • Blog Post: Advocates to Congress: Act FAST!

    Last month, 34 You're the Cure advocates came to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Senators and Representatives to discuss why they need to cosponsor the FAST Act. First, watch the powerful video below that explains why telestroke care is personal to them and so many like them across the country...
  • Blog Post: You've spoken loud and clear

    Just a couple months ago, thousands told us what you thought of the You’re the Cure advocacy program. You didn’t hold your opinions back…but that is exactly what we wanted and needed to hear. So, what did you tell us and what are we going do about it? Here are our top 3 takeaways...
  • Blog Post: It's time to fight for the NIH

    Not only does March kick-off the start of the NCAA basketball tournament, but also our push for more funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Last year, we achieved a major win when Congress gave the NIH an additional $2 billion in funding. But we cannot be satisfied with just one victory...
  • Blog Post: FAST Act Hill Day Wrap-Up

    Earlier this month, 34 You’re the Cure advocates and over 180 neurologists from across the country flew into Washington, D.C., joining together in support of the FAST (Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine) Act. This bill would expand coverage of telestroke services, regardless of where a patient...
  • Blog Post: Congenital Heart Defect Awareness Week (Feb. 7- 14)

    This CHD Awareness Week we’re so grateful to reflect on the advocacy work of families across the country speaking up for our littlest hearts. Lawmakers have heard you and are taking action to make sure newborns receive critical screening at birth to detect congenital heart disease. Read more about...
  • Blog Post: Telestroke: Connected Care Helps Stroke Patients

    What is telestroke and why is it vital for stroke patients? Why is passing the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act important? Check out the infographic below to learn more. Text-only version
  • Blog Post: Three to Watch for in 2016

    With lawmakers back in Washington, we’ll be watching and working on three key issues to help improve the heart and brain health of every American: • Healthy school meals. As negotiations on a child nutrition bill get closer to the finish line, we’re enormously grateful to the tens...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates' New Year's Resolutions

    It’s that time of year when we all make resolutions to get healthy, and for many of us, eating better is on the top of our list. As you plan healthier meals for your families, don’t forget the importance of the healthy meals your kids should be eating at school each day. The Healthy, Hunger...
  • Blog Post: Let's Toast to a Successful 2015

    Thanks to You’re the Cure advocates across the country, 2015 was a banner year in our goal to end heart disease and stroke. As we toast to 2016, let’s take a look back at everything we've accomplished together in the past 12 months. Here are just a few of the highlights! Let's...
  • Blog Post: Learn More About Healthy School Meals and NIH Research Funding

    Check out these videos to learn more about healthy school meals and medical research funding for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Why are healthy school meals important? Check out the video below! National Institutes of Health research affects us...
  • Blog Post: #KeepKidsFit

    The facts are clear when it comes to the benefits of daily physical education. Kids do better academically, skip school less, and are far more likely to lead a healthy lifestyle when they become adults. So we were surprised to learn that some lawmakers want to take away the Physical Education Program...
  • Blog Post: National School Lunch Week

    The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA) established new school nutrition standards in 2010. The standards added more whole grains, fruits and vegetables to school meals, while cutting excess sodium and unhealthy fats. These standards and the majority of schools who have adopted them are currently at...
  • Blog Post: Rally for Medical Research Recap!

    Last month 25 You’re the Cure advocates traveled to Washington, DC to participate in the Rally for Medical Research. They joined nearly 300 individuals from 40 different states and the District of Columbia, who represented 125 different organizations. They spent an entire day on Capitol Hill meeting...
  • Blog Post: #Back2Healthy Blows Up

    As part of our ongoing Step Up to the Plate for School Meals campaign, You're the Cure and the AHA led a #Back2Healthy social media day of action on Thursday, September 3rd, to help build awareness and tell lawmakers we can't go back on strong school nutrition standards. With thousands of...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Campaign Reaches Midpoint

    Just this month, North Dakota became the 25th state to require all students be trained in CPR before high school graduation. Today, New York became the 26th state to ensure their students will be CPR Smart! Today’s vote by the New York State Education Department Board of Regents means that more...
  • Blog Post: Let's Celebrate the Last 12 Months!

    The following blog post was written by the Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality, Mark Schoeberl. One important way the American Heart Association achieves its Mission is by advocating for laws that enable individuals to live healthier lives. It’s part of our commitment to...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco's Latest Threat: E-Cigarettes

    Tobacco Companies are aggressively marketing e-cigarettes to our nation's youth, and it's working. With thousands of flavors like cotton candy, Swedish fish and gummi bears, it's no wonder e-cigarette use among young people has tripled. The American Heart Association and its partners are...
  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...