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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: 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: AHA President Says: The Science is Clear on Sodium Reduction

    Check this out! In a new video, the President of the AHA, Dr. Mark Creager, explains that the science behind sodium reduction is clear. He says that robust evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. And, he points...
  • 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: The healthy difference a month can make

    March is Nutrition Month, and a perfect time to get more involved with the AHA’s ongoing efforts to promote science-based food and nutrition programs that help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke. Every day, we’re seeing new initiatives: to make fruits and vegetables more affordable...
  • 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: 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: Meet Kristen - A stroke survivor coming to Washington D.C.

    The following is a guest post from Kristen Powers. She is a You're the Cure advocate from Florida, who will be in Washington D.C. later this month advocating for the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act. I was just 33 years old when I had my stroke. One day I was training for my...
  • Blog Post: Take the You're the Cure Advocate Survey

    2015 was a great year for You're the Cure advocates and the many policy efforts that you work on. We have big plans for 2016, and we want to hear from you and what you want to see in the future for You're the Cure . So take the survey now and let your voice be heard.
  • 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: 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: Keep it Pumping with Cardiac Rehab

    Cardiac rehabilitation is an important part of the treatment process for patients overcoming a heart attack. Check out our infographic to learn more about how cardiac rehab can prevent a second cardiac event. Click here for the text version
  • Blog Post: Support the FAST Act, Get Virtual Stroke Care in Every Hospital

    In the case of a stroke, timing is everything – for every minute that a patient goes untreated, millions of brain cells are dying. Unfortunately, however, there are many barriers to timely stroke treatment, including delays in patients’ arriving at the hospital and a lack of stroke neurologists...
  • 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: Join us on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5

    The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women are asking for your support by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each...
  • 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: Stroke Advocacy Priorities for 2016

    It’s a new year and we are redoubling our efforts to improve the lives of stroke patients and their caregivers. Whether on Capitol Hill or in your state, You’re the Cure advocates will be fighting for stroke smart policies across the country. Here is a preview of a few of our 2016 priorities...
  • Blog Post: A big win for NIH research!

    UPDATE (12.18.15): The U.S. Congress just passed the bill and the President is expected to sign the legislation. We did it! Congratulations to all of our You're the Cure advocates for your hard work! Original post: Big news! Today, Congress released a bill providing the National Institutes...
  • Blog Post: Thank you for helping #LetThemPlay!

    This week, the Senate passed and the President signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bill that replaces No Child Left Behind and represents a huge win for physical education in schools. With overwhelming support from both parties, the ECAA officially establishes physical education...
  • 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: Get Social With Your Members of Congress

    Will you be on Facebook or Twitter today? Your Members of Congress and their staff will be, and it's a good place to reach them according to a report released in October by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The CMF report, #SocialCongress , says Congressional offices are listening...
  • 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...