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  • Blog Post: Council Goes Red for a Healthier DC

    The DC Council chamber was brimming with excitement on February 2, as You’re the Cure advocates filed in to celebrate the beginning of American Heart Month. Wearing red as a symbol of awareness, AHA supporters gathered around Councilmember Yvette Alexander and other members of the Council as she...
  • 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: 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...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane... Part 3

    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 2

    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: 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: Prep for New VA Session

    The Virginia General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session began January 13th and we have some important work to do! Our policy agenda this year includes: Access to Healthy Foods – Secure public funding to increase the availability of healthy foods including fruits, vegetables, fiber...
  • Blog Post: Prep for New MD Session

    The Maryland General Assembly's 2016 legislative session opened January 13 and we have some important work to do! Please join us for a short call January 19 at noon to learn details of our legislative agenda and how you can help. Our policy agenda this year includes: Healthy Eating Options - Promote...
  • Blog Post: Prep for Upcoming DC Session

    The DC Council is gearing up for a busy new calendar year and we have some important work to do! Please join us for a short call January 20 at noon to learn details of our legislative agenda and how you can help. Our policy agenda includes: Shared Use of School Property - Support measures to enable...
  • Blog Post: I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane...

    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: Advocate Calls On Lawmakers: Resolve to Spend More to Curb Tobacco Use

    On December 26, 2015 the Charlotte Observer published an opinion editorial written by Dr. Sandra Burke, You’re the Cure NC advocate and member of the American Heart Association’s Charlotte Board of Directors. In the editorial, Dr. Burke points out that among the 50 states, North Carolina...
  • 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: Is Social Media Your Thing?

    Are you a regular user of Facebook or Twitter? You don’t know how valuable you could be to our mission! You could help us expand our reach and inspire others to help just by sharing our blog posts, online action alerts, and other items related to our mission. So easy, but so valuable!! In...
  • 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: Come & Get it: "Hands on Heart" CPR Training for DC Residents

    Along with AHA and other partners, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the “Hands on Hearts” initiative on October 27, which aims to train 5,000 District residents in hands-only CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators (AED) by September 2016. “With the right...
  • 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: I'd Do It in a Heartbeat

    What would you do in a heartbeat? Travel? Shop? How about save a life? The American Heart Association is committed to saving countless heartbeats through CPR training in schools and communities. Teaching all of our students CPR could save hundreds of lives each year by filling the DC community...
  • Blog Post: Where Are We Now?

    In the early morning hours of September 30, the NC General Assembly adjourned the 2015 Legislative Session. As an advocate, you stayed with us during this extra-long session and your voice has helped us move our priorities forward. From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you! So, where are we now...
  • Blog Post: It Feels Good to be a Quitter

    More DC residents are quitting tobacco use every year—and you can too! During the week of Sept. 21-25, 2015, the DC Tobacco Free Coalition partnered with more than 40 local organizations in the District of Columbia, including the American Heart Association, to sponsor DC Calls It Quits! Week, a...