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  • 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 5 in-person Advocacy Training Sessions. In these workshops, we will offer education on...
  • Blog Post: We Are Making Things Happen in South Carolina!

    We are excited to kick off 2016 in South Carolina! This year, session is expected to be eventful and productive. Please check out our legislative priorities below. We hope you will join us as we continue our exciting and life-saving work in the Palmetto State! CPR Training in Schools Require Hands...
  • Blog Post: Major Grocers Aren’t Interested in Entering Food Deserts

    Food access is a big problem across the country – and major grocers who promised to invest in high-need communities have failed to meet their goals. The Dec 7 th article “ Grocery chains leave food deserts barren, AP analysis finds ” shows that large food retailers avoid building stores...
  • Blog Post: State Advocacy Committee Meets

    On November 21, the North Carolina American Heart Association Advocacy Coordinating Committee met to celebrate achievements, bestow advocacy honors and discuss policy priorities. The committee had much to celebrate this year including the passage of stroke center designation rules, advancement of the...
  • Blog Post: Nutrition On the Go Can Be Easy!

    On November 4th, we celebrated National Eating Healthy Day to encourage everyone to resolve to eat healthy. We know eating healthy meals in an on-the-go lifestyle can be quite the challenge. So how can we make sure we are making smart choices? With holiday parties around the corner and all of the...
  • Blog Post: What If You Couldn't Reach Your Grocer?

    How close is your grocer? For some of us the answer may be a 5 minute drive or a quick walk up the block. But for 1.7 million Virginians (including 480,000 children), grocery stores and supermarkets are out of reach. Too many Virginians live in low income communities with limited or no access to healthy...
  • Blog Post: Francee Levin

    Francee Levin, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate The last thing I remember of my poetry residency at Colleton County Middle School was getting an elevator key. The next thing was seeing a strange ceiling, which turned out to be in an intensive care unit, over a week later. I was told I was talking to a teacher...
  • Blog Post: Don't Miss A Beat! September Is AFib Awareness Month

    Happy September, Advocates! As we head into the fall, there are many exciting things happening. Football is starting, the weather is beginning to grow cooler, and the holidays will be here before you know it. Additionally, as you may or may not know, September is AFib Awareness Month! So, what...
  • Blog Post: Congress Takes a Break – Advocates Take Action!

    Each year during August, Congress goes into recess and lawmakers return to their districts. This is a great opportunity for advocates to take action locally! You’re the Cure advocates have been out visiting offices and providing important information about the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act (HHFKA...
  • Blog Post: We're About to Miss Out on Healthier Food and Drink Choices for Howard County

    Howard County is about to miss out on a chance to get healthier! Please act now , and save CB 17-2015 to make healthier food and drink choices more widely accessible, available, and affordable on county property and during county programs. County Council passed this bill to help make the healthy choice...
  • Blog Post: Should Every Child Have Healthy Food?

    Should every child have healthy food? It seems obvious they should, but the fact is, in Virginia, many do not. Many Virginians live in areas called food deserts, where access to affordable nutritious food is limited or nonexistent. Lack of access to healthy foods is a terrible set up for health problems...
  • Blog Post: Looking Back at Our Year Together!

    The 2015 Legislative session in South Carolina was a lively one, allowing us to advance some vital pieces of legislation into 2016. Thank you for your advocacy efforts this session! Senate Bill 320 & House Bill 3265: CPR in Schools This requires all high school students to be proficient in hands...
  • Blog Post: Supreme Court Rules For the Affordable Care Act

    We live in exciting times. While most of the time, the American Heart Association works with our You’re the Cure advocates on legislative issues, recently the AHA (with several other non-profit health organizations) was able to inform Americans across the country that their access to health care...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Corner Stores Video Released!

    Today the North Carolina Alliance for Health (NCAH) released a video featuring the stories of three corner store owners in North Carolina who participated in a pilot program to stock and sell healthy and local produce in their neighborhoods. The video shows how the program has benefited the store owners...
  • Blog Post: Join us as we rev up F. A. S. T!

    With strokes affecting thousands of Americans every day, we’d like to invite you to join us as we rev up awareness about this medical condition. To help with that, today we’d like to share some startling statistics with you: · 2,150 Americans die each day from Stroke and Heart...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Everything You Do!

    It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week this week (April 12 – 16) – and with that thought on our minds, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you, and all that you do for You’re the Cure initiatives all across the East Coast. We appreciate every single alert response...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure at the Capitol: A Sea of Red Arrives at the State House

    On March 30 and 31, over 60 You’re the Cure advocates from across North Carolina met at the American Heart Association’s office for our annual State Lobby Day. Advocates participated in advocacy training on Monday. We reviewed the AHA state lobby day issues, learned the components of an effective...
  • Blog Post: If You Build It, They Will Come: Relationships with Lawmakers

    There’s a saying often used when referencing the act of sales which can also be applied to advocacy: It all comes down to relationships. As an advocate, building relationships with elected officials is the number one way you can ensure that lawmakers across your state are educated on the issues...
  • Blog Post: Seventy Percent of NC Voters Support Funding a Healthy Corner Store Initiative

    On February 24, the NC Alliance for Health (North Carolina’s statewide coalition working on obesity and tobacco use prevention) released a statewide survey that shows that North Carolina registered voters (70 percent) support the creation of a Healthy Corner Store Initiative as a way of tackling...
  • Blog Post: Diana Cook, North Carolina

    Diana Cook, North Carolina As a veteran volunteer with the American Heart Association, Diana Cook has been involved in a myriad of ways with the organization over the years. As a Charlotte Heart Walk team leader, she led her work team several years in a row – and every year provided countless...
  • Blog Post: Advocates Converge on Annapolis to Support Healthier Kids’ Meals

    It might be cold outside, but things are heating up in the Maryland General Assembly! You’re the Cure advocates from across Maryland gathered in Annapolis on February 5 for the American Heart Association’s 2015 Lobby Day to support legislation to improve the nutritional quality of kids’...
  • Blog Post: Update from Raleigh: Representative Becky Carney Urges Lawmakers to Go Red for Women

    On Thursday February 5, 2015 Representative Becky Carney (D-Mecklenburg) called on her colleagues in the NC House of Representatives to take action to fight cardiovascular diseases in women. She challenged her fellow lawmakers to show their support by wearing red on Wear Red Day Friday February 6, 2015...
  • Blog Post: Join us for 2015 State Lobby Day at the Capitol!

    It’s that time of year: Registration for the 2015 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day has opened! Plan to help us turn the halls of the General Assembly red, and discuss important heart health issues with our lawmakers. This year the event will be on Monday, March...
  • Blog Post: Gail Mates

    Gail Mates, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate I spent most of my life watching heart disease strike family members. Both grandfathers died of heart attacks, my father suffered from several and even my mother had an enlarged heart and hypertension that made her susceptible. When my father had a stroke, I witnessed...
  • Blog Post: Dr.Bob Blackburn, North Carolina

    Dr. Bob Blackburn, North Carolina Dr. Blackburn started his career as a volunteer with the American Heart Association in 1973. In a nutshell, why did he get involved? He was working with students and saw the impact tobacco was taking on their lives. The tremendous need for our youth to have better...