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  • Blog Post: NJ You're the Cure Advocates Visit NJ State House

    On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505). The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator...
  • Blog Post: Liz Seth, New Jersey

    A former athlete, Liz Seth was diagnosed with heart block in her twenties and had a pacemaker implanted—but that didn’t slow her down! Since then she has given birth to twin boys, traveled the world, and recently joined the American Heart Association in Washington, DC to participate in her...
  • Blog Post: NJ Leaders Tour Healthy Corner Stores

    Throughout the months of April and May, the American Heart Association and several of our partner organizations have been touring corner stores throughout the Garden State to educate lawmakers and others in the community about the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative. In April and May we visited several...
  • Blog Post: Just around the Corner

    Over the past several years, there have been local efforts in communities throughout the state to improve access to healthy food in communities where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce. The American Heart Association is working with our partners at The Food Trust, Partnership for Healthy Kids...
  • Blog Post: Bill Duncan of Manalapan, NJ

    Bill Duncan is a longtime volunteer with various hunger organizations in New Jersey. He regularly volunteers at a local soup kitchen and is a volunteer and board member with a food pantry in his hometown of Manalapan. After undergoing triple bypass surgery last year, Bill wanted to expand his volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Protecting NJ's Littlest Athletes

    In New Jersey, there has been great progress in recent years to make sure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are widely available in public places and that people know how to use the devices and perform CPR. Janet's Law, which went into effect this past September, requires all schools...
  • Blog Post: Charlie and Beth Melita-Fair Haven, NJ

    Charlie and Beth Melita tragically lost their 21 year old son Robert to a sudden cardiac death in December 2012. They wanted to find a way to honor Robert's memory and give back to the community who provided support to their family.  Together with his close family friend Paul Lenskold, Charlie formed...
  • Blog Post: Let's Advocate to Help NJ Make the Grade!

    Each year, the American Lung Association issues a "report card" on tobacco control policies for each state. They evaluate each state in 4 areas: tobacco prevention, smokefree air, tobacco taxes and access to cessation services. New Jersey earned an "A" in smokefree air. Although...
  • Blog Post: NJ is Better Than Last Place

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids issued their annual report Broken Promises to Our Children: A State-By-State Look at the 1998 State Tobacco Settlement 16 Years Later. The report provides a "ranking" for each state based on the state's funding for tobacco programs. New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: NEHA AGGARWAL

    One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been very active mentally, physically, socially, and professionally. Although the stroke dramatically...
  • Blog Post: Great News on Youth Smoking

    Earlier this year, the New Jersey Department of Health released a report on the findings of the 2012 Youth Tobacco Survey. They survey, which is conducted every other year, produced encouraging results. It showed that youth smoking rates have decreased significantly and only 9.3% of high school students...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Charles Garbarino, New Jersey

    Dr. Charles Garbarino is a pediatrician, known to his patients as "Dr. Charlie." He has authored two books, "Pediatrician Soldier" and "One Heart-Embrace Life." Colonel Garbarino continues to serve his country as a member of the military and has deployed for three combat...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Corner Stores, Healthy Communities, Healthy People!

    In some communities in New Jersey, it is easier to find grape soda than an actual grape! In areas that lack easy access to grocery stores, people go to corner stores and other small retailers to buy the items they need to feed their families. Unfortunately, many small business owner face challenges in...
  • Blog Post: NJ Celebrates New School Year with New CPR Training Law!

    Students throughout the Garden State are heading back to school this month. Those who are starting high school will be learning an important lesson before graduation-how to perform CPR during an emergency! On August 20, Lt. Governor Kimberly Guadagno signed a bill that will ensure that students entering...
  • Blog Post: UPDATE: As Summer Winds Down, the Countdown to CPR in Schools is On!

    With the start of the school year just weeks away for most students here in New Jersey, you may be curious about the status of the CPR in Schools bill that the Legislature passed in June, so here is a quick update. The bill has not been signed yet, but we have been in contact with the Governor's...
  • Blog Post: JoAnne & David Babbitt-Chatham, NJ

    JoAnne and David Babbitt founded the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation in 2007 in memory of their son John who died of sudden cardiac arrest in 2006 while playing basketball. He was 16. Since its inception, the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation has donated numerous Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)...
  • Blog Post: New Jersey Legislature Passes CPR in Schools Bill

    On June 23, 2014, the NJ General Assembly voted on A2072, a bill requiring public high schools to teach CPR with a hands-on training component as part of the health curriculum. The bill passed 77-0! Later that afternoon, the Senate took a vote on the same legislation. They also passed the bill with an...
  • Blog Post: Life-Saving Legislation Advancing in NJ Assembly!

    For months, You're the Cure advocates from throughout New Jersey have been contacting their elected officials to voice their support for providing high school students with hands-on CPR training as part of the health curriculum. Our efforts are starting to pay off! On May 15, the Assembly Education...
  • Blog Post: Bobby McKeeby, New Jersey

    Bobby McKeeby was at home in Newton, NJ last summer when a frantic woman appeared at his door. Her husband had lost consciousness in the passenger seat while she was driving. He was not breathing and needed help. After calling 911, Bobby went with the woman to her husband. Bobby had no medical training...
  • Blog Post: Garden State Students Advocate for CPR

    Advocates in New Jersey are still hard at work advocating for CPR training in the Garden State's high schools. Recently, several high school students joined representatives from the American Heart Association and the John Taylor Babbitt Foundation for a meeting with Assemblyman Patrick Diegnan...
  • Blog Post: Bob Goodman, New Jersey

    Bob Goodman was the picture of good health. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57, when Bob was still a child. He knew that if he wanted to live a long, healthy life, it would be necessary to adopt a healthy lifestyle.  Bob’s daily routine included plenty of physical activity, including...
  • Blog Post: Joan Helfman, New Jersey

    Joan Helfman has been a cardiovascular nurse for nearly 40 years. Twenty years ago, she became an active member of the Northern New Jersey Regional Board for the American Heart Association and is a dedicated You’re the Cure advocate. Joan has attended numerous lobby day events over the years...
  • Blog Post: Improving NJ's Physical and Financial Health Through Medicaid

    In the March 28, 2014 issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, the Centers for Disease Control released "State Medicaid Coverage for Tobacco Cessation Treatments and Barriers to Coverage-United States, 2008-2014." The American Lung Association was the lead author on this report. It outlines...
  • Blog Post: Sherri Maloney, New Jersey

    On January 3, 2011, Sherri had a heart attack at age 41. She initially thought she was run down from the holidays and also had been battling a bad cold. She had started experiencing symptoms like extreme fatigue, overall weakness, nausea, a burning indigestion sensation, and a tingling in her arm. She...
  • Blog Post: Reading, Writing, Resuscitation!

    Twelve states throughout the country have passed laws requiring that high schools students receive CPR training before graduating high school. While the training need not be a "certification" course, it should provide students with an opportunity to practice compressions on a manikin or other...