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  • Blog Post: Take Action for Corner Stores Today

    We would all like the option to make a healthy choice, right? We need your help now to speak up for the Healthy Corner Store Initiative. Legislative session is moving fast and the NC House will be debating the state budget next week. It is important that the $1 million appropriation for Healthy Corner...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get Mobile!

    We’re keeping up with the times, and now you can advocate by text, in addition to the emails you might be used to. You can get on our mobile list and lend your voice to a policy issue at the same time – just be sure you reply to the ‘auto-response’ after you send your first...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day: Issues At A Glance

    State Lobby Day is almost here! These are the issues that we will be discussing with our lawmakers.  We will have two asks this year, and have included talking points for each issue below. We know that State Lobby Day this year will be as successful as all of our other years, and we cannot wait for...
  • Blog Post: Yolanda Dickerson

    Yolanda Dickerson, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC three years ago, I knew it was really not about me. The award is a culmination of those who invested in me and what I’ve learned up to this point. For more...
  • Blog Post: State Lobby Day: A Day to Remember

    We are excited that you are joining us May 10th for the 2016 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. To help you feel ready, we want to provide some important information about Lobby Day. Lobby Day Schedule : Registration check-in will open at 8:30 am at the Legislative...
  • Blog Post: Fresh Food for Strong Kids

    Why do we need a Healthy Corner Store Initiative? This week, Valerie King, from Yadkinville, shares her thoughts. Help us bring healthy foods to all NC communities this year – tell your lawmaker today. " My little diva was born with a congenital heart defect. She has had 5 open heart...
  • Blog Post: We Want You... To Come To State Lobby Day

    Don’t worry! There is still time to register for NC AHA You're the Cure State Lobby Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. But if you haven't already signed up - don't delay! Sign up here . The event will begin promptly at 9am with an issues overview and advocacy training at the legislative...
  • Blog Post: Psst ... We Want To Tell You Something Big!

    Throughout the year, we reach out with a "THANK YOU!" message to our advocates because we want you to know that your efforts are making a difference and saving lives. We appreciate you every moment of every day. We value those times when you rush through dinner with your family to make to...
  • Blog Post: Jennifer & Joel Griffin

    Jennifer & Joel Griffin, Virginia On June 8, 2012, Gwyneth Griffin, a 7th grader at A. G. Wright Middle School, collapsed in cardiac arrest. Several critical minutes passed before her father, Joel, reached her. CPR had not been initiated. “ There was no one else taking care of my daughter...
  • Blog Post: Being a Mom is Hard Work. Finding Healthy Food Doesn’t Have to Be.

    Over the coming weeks, our advocates will be sharing why they believe North Carolina needs healthy corner stores. Help us bring healthy corner stores to our state in 2016 – tell your lawmaker today. Anmarie Wyrick, from Matthews, says: "Sometimes it’s just so hard to be the...
  • Blog Post: Your Advocacy Team is Hitting the Road in 2016!

    Mark your calendars to join us in 2016! The North Carolina AHA Government Relations Team: Betsy Vetter, Sarah Jacobson and Kim Chidester will be traveling across the state (from Asheville to Wilmington!) to offer two additional in-person Advocacy Training Sessions. In these workshops, we will offer...
  • Blog Post: Your Story Can Help Us Close the Gap!

    At some point in our lives, we all need access to healthcare. In a perfect world, everyone would have access to health insurance, allowing them to seek out care as needed. Unfortunately, that’s not the case for everyone. For more than 300,000 North Carolinians health insurance is simply out of...
  • Blog Post: Larry Calhoun

    Larry Calhoun, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Several years ago, I completed a 75 mile charity bike ride--a proud achievement and testimony to my level of fitness to complete the ride. About a week later, I went to bed early not feeling well. I awoke at 3:00 a.m. with a pain in my chest that felt like someone...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Become

    How do you get your lawmakers to become allies for our mission and policy efforts? In truth some may never, but many will if you take the time to employ a few basic strategies to build your relationship with them, and thereby strengthen the power of your constituent voice. Connect. Write, call...
  • Blog Post: Work, Kids, Snacks: I Need Healthy Corner Stores!

    Over the next several posts, advocates will be sharing why they believe North Carolina needs healthy corner stores. Help us bring healthy corner stores to our state in 2016 – tell your lawmaker today. Dana Blake, from Arden, tells us: “As a single mom who has raised four kiddos with...
  • Blog Post: Update: Raleigh BikeShare

    The City of Raleigh is considering a BikeShare program. On February 16, Eric Lamb, the City’s Transportation Planner presented an update to the City Council on the feasibility of BikeShare. Members of the public were on hand to provide input as well as leaders from Citrix and Rex Healthcare. The...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane...The Final Installment

    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on this experience of a lifetime. This is the...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane....Part 7

    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on this experience of a lifetime. Over the next...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane....Part 6

    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on this experience of a lifetime. Over the next...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Advocates Go Red!

    Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about women’s risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to take control of their heart health.  It is a year-long campaign that culminates in February for Heart Month. All of the markets within the Mid...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane...Part 5

    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on this experience of a lifetime. Over the next...
  • Blog Post: Village HeartBEAT Moves in Charlotte

    On February 2, 2015, the American Heart Association joined hands with Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Village HeartBEAT program to educate the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on our commitment to building a healthier community.  Village Heart B.E.A.T., Building Education and...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane....Part 4

    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on this experience of a lifetime. Over the next...
  • Blog Post: Amy Edmunds

    Amy Edmunds, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate. Undoubtedly, the first door to open was my own! It has been...
  • Blog Post: How Do You Keep a New Year’s Resolution to Eat Better in a Food Desert? It’s Not Easy.

    The most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, save money, and maintain a fit and healthier lifestyle. These resolutions are hard enough to keep; out of the 40 to 50 percent of Americans who set goals on January 1 st , only about 8 percent achieve them. If your goal is to eat healthy...