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  • Blog Post: CPR SMART Schools Take Off in NYC!

    It all started with Staten Island's Port Richmond High School back in February...they were honored as New York City's first CPR Smart school during American Heart Month. Then came the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. Not to be outdone, Manhattan achieved their first CPR Smart designation...
  • Blog Post: Hayder Hashim, M.D., New York City

    My Dad is Why. It was a Wednesday evening in June of 2006. I was in my room, studying for my final Gynecology and Obstetrics test, when I heard my mother calling me saying "your father is not looking right". He was 57 at the time, in his usual state of health when he started complaining...
  • Blog Post: New York City Leaders Support Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund

    On a cold, drizzly spring afternoon, city leaders joined advocates on the steps of City Hall to rally for the state to replenish the fund that helps to address food deserts in New York. The weather wasn't going to stop us! Thanks to Council Members Crowley and Levin, and advocates from The Food Trust...
  • Blog Post: Roosevelt Island Supports Community CPR Training!

    Thanks to advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki, Sharon Williams and a great group of volunteers, Roosevelt Island is quickly becoming the safest place to be if you suffer a cardiac arrest! Lynne and Sharon have helped implement a community training program that prepares New Yorkers to use hands-only CPR...
  • Blog Post: Thank you, Council Member Crowley!

    Following up on the recent introduction of our PE Reporting bill in New York City, Council Member Crowley took to the TV to help advocate for her proposal. Check out the link here: http://www.ny1.com/nyc/all-boroughs/inside-city-hall/2015/02/19/ny1-online--queens-councilwoman-discusses-efforts-to-get...
  • Blog Post: Making Progress on PE in NYC

    New York City Council has joined our fight to improve Physical Education in New York City! At their Stated Meeting on February 12th, legislation was introduced that will help to improve the transparency of how schools are (or are not) complying with the state's PE requirements. The Council's...
  • Blog Post: Advocate, Pam Bonney, Testifies at NYC Board of Health Hearing

    Today, the American Heart Association presented testimony to the New York City Board of Health encouraging improvements for the quality of child care facilities in our city. We are truly passionate about obesity prevention in our youngest New Yorkers, and our comments focused on the impact of nutrition...
  • Blog Post: Icy Conditions Freezes 911 Response in NYC

    As New Yorkers, we are all familiar with the harsh effects of winter months. And we’re typically equipped to roll with the punches. However, when our city was hit with a severe winter storm on Sunday, heavy rains and freezing temperatures caused black ice conditions with troubling consequences...
  • Blog Post: A Holiday Gift from the FDNY!

    The Fire Department of New York announced that they are dedicating resources to help train 5000 high school students in the lifesaving skill of hands-only CPR! While the FDNY isn't funded to train every student, their support of the CPR in Schools movement is a huge boost to the effort. As the city...
  • Blog Post: What to do when 911 Goes Down?

    New York City reportedly escaped unscathed last month when our 30-year-old 911 system went down for about 2 hours. Subject to much scrutiny, the city's emergency system went silent causing responders to use a back-up system that relied on pen, paper and extra staff. All reports seem to indicate that...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Sohah Iqbal, New York City

    Dr. Sohah Iqbal is the current president of the American Heart Association Young Professionals, an Interventional Cardiologist at NYU Langone Medical Center, and a staunch advocate for CPR education in our city's high schools. Dr. Iqbal poignantly shares the story of two of her own patients who...
  • Blog Post: Did you hear the news re: NYC schools?

    Mayor Bill de Blasio made a revolutionary statement today which addressed long-promised reforms regarding schools in NYC. Even though these reforms include a serious financial investment and the expansion of the school day for a significant number of schools, it misses the opportunity to prioritize the...
  • Blog Post: NYC Smoking Rates Increase!

    Scary but true - more New Yorkers are smoking today than they were just 4 years ago! The New York City Department of Health & Mental Hygiene just released data from their Community Healthy Survey that shows that smoking prevalence has increased to 16.1% in 2013 from a low of 14% in 2010. For the...
  • Blog Post: Governor Cuomo - Please Pass CPR in Schools!

    American Heart Association advocates Lynne Strong-Shinozaki and Melinda Murray joined our NYC Government Relations Senior Director for a CPR training opportunity this morning. Hear what they have to say... (Please visit the site to view this video) http://youtu.be/CJ8A2FP9vVI
  • Blog Post: What are we feeding our kids?

    NYC parents will soon gain support in the effort to feed healthy, nutritious meals to their kids once a newly introduced bill is passed. The bill, sponsored by Council Member Ben Kallos and co-sponsored by Council Members Stephen Levin and Corey Johnson would require that kids’ restaurant meals...
  • Blog Post: New York City Tackles Obesity!

    Did you see the news? New York City recently announced that they've achieved a significant drop in the rate of severe obesity among our city's kids. A nearly 10% decline of this leading cause of heart disease and stroke is a tremendous achievement! However, the thing I liked most about this announcement...
  • Blog Post: Arzhang Fallahi, New York City

    Dr. Arzhang Fallahi is a well-versed advocate for CPR training. While in medical school in Seattle, almost of the patients he saw would have received bystander CPR. Victims of sudden cardiac arrest would be running in a park one moment, and the runner behind them would be pushing on their chest the next...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year, New York City!

    Say what?? That's right...it's the new fiscal year for the American Heart Association. While much of our focus remained on the state-level opportunities, we have a lot to celebrate here in New York City! Let's take a look back as we prepare to move forward: CPR in Schools legislation:...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools Policy Gains Momentum in New York City!

    Resolution 193 was introduced in City Council just a few weeks ago and if passed would require the NYC Department of Education to consider implementing the CPR in Schools training curriculum in all New York City high schools. CPR & AED Awareness Week provided multiple opportunities for city advocates...
  • Blog Post: Why Everyone Should Know CPR!

    I know most of you have a very keen awareness about the need for CPR training - why else would you be reading the American Heart Association's You're the Cure blog? I recently had an experience that really crystallized how important it is that we're all educated in this lifesaving skill....
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Success!

    Have you ever wondered if all these letters you send to our elected officials make a difference? Well it has in New York City! While the new Council session is just getting ramped up, the American Heart Association has been meeting with targeted members of Council over these past several weeks. One meeting...
  • Blog Post: Is your school 'excellent' when it comes to wellness?

    Is the elementary school in your neighborhood amazing? Do the kids get all of the necessary physical activity? How about school meals? Are they healthy, nutritious and downright delicious? If you think your elementary school is a rock star, help us recognize their efforts! It's not easy to do right...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Tara Narula, New York

    Dr. Tara Narula is a member of our NYC Advocacy Committee and is a board certified cardiologist, serving as an Attending physician and Associate Director of the Cardiac Care Unit at Lenox Hill Hospital/NSLIJ in Manhattan. She joined Lenox Hill Heart & Vascular Institute of New York in 2010 and provides...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Page to the Next Chapter in NYC

    Many New Yorkers celebrated the beginning of 2014 by watching the public inauguration of our 109th Mayor - Bill de Blasio from Brooklyn. Mayor de Blasio has a long history of public service to our city, including terms as a City Council Member and most recently as our Public Advocate. Our new Mayor has...
  • Blog Post: Happiest of Holidays to the World's Best Volunteers!

    I am truly lucky. I get to work on policies that will make our communities healthier every, single day. But the greatest part of my job is that I get to do that work with the best volunteers in the world. As the holidays are upon us, I wanted to take a moment to say thank you. And to let you know how...