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  • Blog Post: Where in NC is PE?

    When my granddaughter started elementary school, she had physical education (PE) class twice per week. At that time, we were disappointed that it wasn't every day. By the time she was in fifth grade, PE was only offered about twice per month. In her words, "How is that enough? I thought we needed...
  • Blog Post: Information: The Most Valuable Player

    Fall is the perfect time of year to learn more about your elected officials. November 8, election day will help shape the course for our communities, state and nation for the next several years. We encourage everyone to vote.  We are often asked about learning more about elected officials and candidates...
  • Blog Post: Gail Harris-Berry

    No one in Prince George’s County is more passionate about heart health than Gail Harris-Berry. Since becoming a You’re the Cure advocate in 2012, Gail has worked hard to keep her friends, family, and community informed on how to live a heart healthy life. Gail has been an active Prince...
  • Blog Post: Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Food Access in NC

    The American Heart Association joined other health advocates, NC lawmakers, airmen, and members of the faith community at the North Carolina Museum of History on June 1 to pray, eat, and discuss improving access to healthy food across the state through the healthy corner store initiative. A diverse...
  • Blog Post: We Met At The Capitol

    It has been a busy spring in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate! Across the affiliate we have been hosting Lobby Days to bring advocates together to meet with their lawmakers, so join us to learn what your neighbors have been busily working on this session. South Carolina’s inaugural Lobby Day in March...
  • 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: 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: 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: Governor Haley Signs Lifesaving Hands-On CPR in Schools Bill into Law

    Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3265 into law on Thursday, April 21, requiring all South Carolina students to learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). This essential life skill will be incorporated into the already required high school health education curriculum and will ultimately...
  • 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: 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: Shared Use Still a Challenge

    District Sports, a DC non-profit soccer league that started in 2004 and has since grown to more than 5,000 participants, attributes its growth and success to its ability to rely on DC public schools for recreational space. But they still face challenges in sharing space, as do many sports organizations...
  • 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: 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: Tamika Quinn

    Tamika Quinn, Virginia Tamika Quinn is a force to be reckoned with. Ex-military, now a self-made entrepreneur with a charitable ‘side business,’ she’s making her mark on the world and setting a strong example for her daughter. But she’s had to overcome some challenges to get...
  • 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: 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: 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...