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  • Blog Post: Improving Lives through Advocacy

    The American Heart Association saves and improves lives by advocating for laws that help people live healthy. It's part of our effort to build a "culture of health," in which we create environments where the healthy choice is the easy choice. Here's a look at some of the exciting...
  • Blog Post: #HeartAtTheWH

    Last Friday, nearly 200 You’re the Cure volunteers went to the White House as part of the Obama administration’s briefing series on “Making Health Care Better,” with an emphasis on cardiovascular health. The forum followed the release of a White House report on the progress made...
  • Blog Post: Ready, Get Set, Get Fit: #GoRedGetFit Launches its 3rd Quarter Challenge!

    #GoRedGetFit is a Facebook fitness challenge and platform that provides women with the education, support, motivation and accountability to create optimal results in living a healthy lifestyle. Each challenge includes a physical activity and nutrition component. The new challenge “Less Salt...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dr. Steven Houser - New President of AHA

    We’re excited to introduce the new AHA President, Steven Houser, Ph.D., FAHA. He not only serves as President but is the senior associate dean of research at Temple University. Most importantly Dr. Houser in a veteran You’re the Cure advocate having testified before Congress and has participated...
  • Blog Post: How fate brought together three stroke survivors' families

    The following article about You're the Cure advocate Ryley Williams and two other youths who survived strokes on the same day was published by AHA CEO Nancy Brown in the Huffington Post on July 6th, 2016. A link is provided at the end of the story. In the community of Dartmouth in the Canadian...
  • Blog Post: Join our journey to 200 FAST Act cosponsors

    There is nothing like a summer road trip. A chance to explore new places and experience adventures along the way. Right now, we are beginning our own summer journey: achieving 200 cosponsors for the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act and we need you to come along for the ride. Join...
  • Blog Post: Remarkable Success

    Each summer at the American Heart Association, we pause to reflect on all we've accomplished over a year . You're the Cure advocates are working hard, and they're truly changing their communities for the better! In the past year, our volunteers, staff and partners helped pass 74 state...
  • Blog Post: Find the Heart Walk Near You

    The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state....
  • Blog Post: We Can't Rest

    Although August is usually a time for vacations and trips to the pool, it’s also an ideal time to meet with your federal lawmakers. Members of Congress will be traveling back home, which means for the entire month they will be closer to their constituents and interested in hearing from you! ...
  • Blog Post: Research your candidates

    Patients, advocates, and all those who care about heart health know that robust investments in research paired with policies that support medical innovation are key to finding new cures and treatments. With heart disease and stroke being the No. 1 and No. 5 killers in America, it’s surprising that...
  • Blog Post: Cardiac Rehab Hill Day Recap

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading killer of women as well as men, and each year 935,000 Americans have a heart attack or other coronary event. The good news is that cardiac rehab (CR) is proven to reduce the likelihood of a second cardiac event. CR also reduces hospital readmissions, decreases health...
  • Blog Post: Federal Appropriations Update

    As Congress prepares to move forward on the spending bills necessary to keep the federal government running, we’re on the lookout for policy language that would run counter to our ongoing mission to reduce and someday end cardiovascular disease and stroke. In the House, the agriculture spending...
  • Blog Post: High School Graduates Prepared to Save a Life

    It's graduation season, and the American Heart Association and You're the Cure couldn't be more excited to celebrate this year's high school graduates. These bright young people not only bring fresh energy and ideas to our communities, workplaces and universities; in 32 states, they are...
  • Blog Post: Help Protect PE for Kids Like Me!

    Guest post from Reagan Spomer, 6th grader Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Advisory Board Member & You’re the Cure Advocate I have two words for you… scooter hockey. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Scooter hockey, along with cage ball and 3-way soccer...
  • Blog Post: Will you help influence scientific research?

    We need to hear from consumers like you as the American Heart Association (AHA) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) partner together on the future of research. Your experience could lead to the next research study to improve heart disease and stroke treatment. As an advocate...
  • Blog Post: Serving up anything but science

    We’ve written before about the record number of students participating in the National School Breakfast and Lunch programs, and about the laudable compromise reached by the Senate earlier this year that would keep nutrition standards strong so our kids can keep getting the healthy meals they need...
  • Blog Post: 5 Things That Can Make You a Stroke Hero

    You don’t need superpowers to be a Stroke Hero! But you do need to pay attention to the risk factors and know the warning signs of stroke . This May for American Stroke Month , join other Stroke Heroes across the nation in learning and sharing steps to live heathier lives in an effort to...
  • Blog Post: White House releases rules to protect public from tobacco

    Big news, You're the Cure Advocates! After a two year delay, the White House finally gave the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authority over all tobacco products, including cigars, hookah, and e-cigarettes, in a move that protects both kids and adults across the country from taking up a life...
  • 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...