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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: A Budget to Build On

    The President’s budget released earlier this month is a starting point for a conversation that will continue in and out of Washington throughout 2015. This year, we’re glad to report that many of our priorities are reflected, and critical initiatives given the funding they desperately need...
  • 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: A New Year and New Congress

    The 114 th Congress takes office this month, at a time when more Americans than ever are dedicated to expanding and improving healthcare access, while at the same time working to control costs. While some members of Congress might think they don’t have much in common with some of their colleagues...
  • Blog Post: Stroke drops to No. 5 killer in U.S.

    Let’s give a high-five for stroke! According to the latest data , stroke deaths have fallen from the no. 4 cause of death to the no. 5. Although too many Americans still suffer a stroke every year, we can all celebrate this achievement. “The fact that the death rate is declining from this...
  • Blog Post: #SocialCongress

    Research from the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF) tells us Congressional offices ARE listening to constituents and advocacy groups on social media. It can be a powerful way to get our message before important lawmakers. But just how do we do that? Click the video below to find out! ...
  • Blog Post: Meet the You're the Cure Federal Team

    Ever wonder who works behind the scenes and helps keep the You’re the Cure program going? Probably most of you are familiar with Clarissa Garcia, but there are four others who work daily to empower you as advocates. During the month of November, all five members of the Federal Grassroots team introduced...
  • 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: 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: You're the Cure Advocates Come to DC!

    Last month, eleven You’re the Cure advocates joined 300 volunteers from other participating organizations for the Rally for Medical Research Hill Day in Washington, DC. Their purpose in coming to Washington was to share their stories with Congress and to urge them to increase medical research funding...
  • Blog Post: The Salty Truth

    Almost 60% of Americans have tried to reduce the amount of sodium they consume, according to a new survey. But with excess salt in the processed and restaurant foods that we eat, it can be tough to avoid. So, it’s no surprise that the overwhelming majority of us, 75%, say they want to see less...
  • Blog Post: AHA Releases First Policy Statement on E-Cigarettes

    For five decades, our volunteers and staff have worked to curb tobacco use and prevent death and disease caused by smoking. Now, the growing popularity of e-cigarettes, a new product on the tobacco landscape, demands our attention. After a thorough examination of the available science, we’ve...
  • Blog Post: Introducing 'Life is Why'

    Here at the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association we’re excited about our new brand Life is Why and we hope you are excited too! Life is Why was developed to capture the momentum of our growing organization, the passion of our people, and to communicate our mission to one day realize...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Students Accepting Healthier School Meals

    A recent study reveals that most elementary age students are accepting the healthier school meals required by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Despite early complaints from kids when the new menus were introduced in the fall of 2012, researchers found that attitudes about and sales...
  • Blog Post: Five Questions with Dr. John Warner

    I’m pleased to introduce you to Dr. John Warner who recently assumed the role of Chair of the American Heart Association’s National Advocacy Coordinating Committee. Dr. Warner is Chief Executive Officer of UT Southwestern University Hospitals and Clinics and is a Professor of Internal Medicine...
  • Blog Post: Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

    Federal funding for basic research is an essential step towards achieving medical progress for heart and stroke patients. Over the past decades, we have seen remarkable breakthroughs done at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), such as the development of pacemakers and the discovery of a clot-busting...
  • Blog Post: What's for Lunch?

    You've probably seen our action alerts and Facebook posts over the last month about the all-out food fight in Congress over school meals. What’s at stake are the new nutrition standards established by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which have added more whole grains, fruits and vegetables...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Take Stroke Message to Washington

    You’re the Cure stroke survivors and caregivers took their message that stroke is preventable, beatable and treatable from the White House to the halls of Congress during American Stroke Month in May! After touring the East Wing of the White House, advocates attended a Congressional briefing and...
  • Blog Post: Proposed Tobacco Rule a Good First Step...

    ...but stronger regulation is needed to keep e-cigarettes, flavored little cigars and other tobacco products out of the hands of young people, according to American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown. You can read her full statement here. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on April 24th released...
  • Blog Post: Long Overdue: Nutrition Label Updates

    In late February, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its plans to update the ‘Nutrition Facts’ label we all have come to know on the food products we buy. And now it’s time for you to weigh in! As consumers, we need to tell the FDA that we support changes that will...
  • Blog Post: Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

    Calling all You’re the Cure SUPERHEORES! (Yes, that means YOU!) Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time! That’s because no super powers...
  • Blog Post: 7 Million Enrolled: An Affordable Care Act Update

    Accessible, affordable health care is critical to preventing and treating heart disease and stroke. That makes the progress made during this first 6-month open enrollment period of the Health Insurance Marketplace something to recognize. When open enrollment closed on March 31 st , 7.5 million Americans...