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  • 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: Stroke System of Care Act Passes in Washington DC

    We are happy to announce the Stroke System of Care Act became official law in Washington, DC on March 10, 2015! This important law establishes a coordinated system of care for stroke patients by: !!! Recognizing three tiers of stroke facilities – Comprehensive, Primary, and Acute Stroke Ready...
  • 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: It's Nice to Share

    Sharing is nice, we learned in kindergarten, and here’s where it can really count. It’s super-easy to share our grassroots network with your friends and family, so their voices can help support CVD legislation too. We seriously need to reach the people who understand something about cardiovascular...
  • 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: Imagine!

    Christina Bryan, You’re the Cure advocate, recently shared some words of wisdom with us, "My parents, life-long chain smokers, died prematurely as a direct result of their smoking addiction.  As a heart attack survivor, I have never smoked and advise current smokers to quit immediately and...
  • Blog Post: Pulse Oximetry Screening Rules - Closer to Reality

    Many of you helped us in 2013 pass SB 98, Require Newborn Pulse Oximetry Screening. The Governor’s signature of the law was a big step forward to ensuring all newborns were screened but the work isn’t done yet. The law required rules to be written to implement screening all newborns with...
  • Blog Post: When The Surgeon General Comes To Town…

    A special thanks to our guest writer, Dr.Sandra Burke of Charlotte, for her contributions to this story! Recently, the American Heart Association in the Greater Charlotte Region had an excellent opportunity to share its Health Priorities with the newly named U.S. Surgeon General, Dr. Vivek Murthy...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Center Designation Rules Approved!

    On January 15, 2015 the NC Rules Review Commission approved new stroke center designation rules by unanimous vote. These rules were developed as the result of Session Law 2013-44 Designate Primary Stroke Centers that was signed into law on May 8, 2013. The rules include designation for acute stroke ready...
  • 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: Pulse Oximetry Hearing Wows

    Everyone in the chamber for DC’s pulse ox hearing listened incredulously as parent after parent shared heart wrenching stories of newborns diagnosed with critical congenital heart disease (CCHD) and how use of a simple test called pulse oximetry saves lives. Every year, more than 6,000 babies are...
  • 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: Want To Make A Difference? Here's How!

    With 2015 legislative sessions underway, it’s a wonderful opportunity to reflect on ways that advocates can make a difference. How Can You Make an Impact? Here are some examples: Take Action (and make it personal) : When you receive an action alert quickly take action! It’s important...
  • Blog Post: AHA Awarded Resolution Declaring Friday as National Wear Red Day

    “I have a family tradition and it’s not one you look forward to like cookies at Christmas,” began National Go Red Spokeswoman Gail Mates, “it’s heart disease.” Heart Disease is not just a man’s disease. Heart disease kills 1 in 3 women every year. That is more...
  • Blog Post: Darryl Haley and Councilmember Alexander Do Fitness Friday

    Becoming healthier is always among Americans’ top ten New Year’s resolutions and this year Darryl Haley wants to show you how. Join Darryl as he unfolds the ten hottest fitness trends of 2015 in his new radio segment Fitness Friday on WHUR 96.3 . Explore the advantages and disadvantages...
  • Blog Post: Thirsty for Change

    With the 2015 Legislative Session well underway, the American Heart Association is working on an exciting campaign to improve the health of Maryland children. As most parents are well aware, many restaurants offer menu items just for kids. Given the high rates of childhood obesity in Maryland, it’s...
  • Blog Post: One Simple Test Could Save Your Baby’s Life

    Congenital heart defects claim the lives of more babies than any other birth defect. Fortunately, there is now a test that can help identify more than 90% of heart defects, catching these life-threatening defects before the baby even leaves the hospital. This life-saving test is called pulse oximetry...
  • Blog Post: Making Things Happen in South Carolina!

    We are excited to kick off 2015 in South Carolina! The 2015 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: We Are Making Things Happen in NC!

    We hope you’re as ready as we are to begin our 2015 session! On January 14 th, our state legislators were sworn in – and our full legislative session starts on January 28 th. We are so excited to begin a new year with our North Carolina advocates as we work to build a healthier NC. Here are...
  • Blog Post: VA Session Prep

    Members of the Virginia General Assembly have rolled into Richmond for their 2015 legislative session. Please join us for a short call January 23 at noon to learn details on our legislative agenda and how you can help. RSVP for the Jan 23 Session call: rebekah.mcdonald@heart.org Funding for Tobacco...
  • Blog Post: DC Session Prep

    We are getting ready to rumble! We expect the 2015 DC Council session to be eventful and productive. Get a load of the issues we are preparing to work on, and join us, if you’d like, for a short call January 21st to learn details and how you can help. RSVP to join the Jan 21 Session Prep Call:...
  • Blog Post: MD Session Prep

    We are getting ready to rumble! We expect the 2015 MD General Assembly session to be eventful and productive. Get a load of the issues we are preparing to work on, and join us, if you’d like, for a short call January 26th to learn details and how you can help. RSVP for the Jan 26 Session call:...