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  • 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: Real People, Real Stories, Real Coverage

    Are you covered? It’s a question we’ve been asking the past couple years, and with another Open Enrollment season upon us, now is the perfect time to either get or find different health coverage before January 31, 2016. Our Hearts for Health Care website can help you track down all the...
  • 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: We're Feeling Grateful

    As AHA Advocacy staff, we get to work alongside the most remarkable volunteers- like YOU! We get to see lives improved and lives saved as a result of the work we’ve done together, and for that, we're grateful. As You’re the Cure volunteers, you share personal stories of loved ones...
  • 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: #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: 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: Sing to End Stroke

    One in three Americans can’t recall any stroke warning signs. What if singing a song could help people recognize a stroke and give someone the power to save a life? On World Stroke Day, October 29th, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is using music to help people remember...
  • 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: September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

    September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association has brought back a fun and easy way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity. Through the Life is Why Family Health...
  • 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....