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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Advocates Shine in North Carolina

    On November 15th, the NC Advocacy Coordinating Committee held its fall/winter meeting. The committee undertook strategic planning for the 2015 session, heard presentations on healthy corner store initiatives and closing the coverage gap in our state, and set the calendar for upcoming advocacy events...
  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited: Join Us to Learn More About Advocacy

    We have a special opportunity from the NC Alliance for Health (NCAH), our statewide coalition advocating for obesity prevention and tobacco control policy change. The American Heart Association is a proud member of the NCAH. NC Alliance for Health Healthy Food Access Training You are invited to an...
  • Blog Post: WIN! Tobacco Cessation Funding Granted

    The American Heart Association and our You’re the Cure advocates and partners made a big win this month! After years of campaigning to increase funding for tobacco prevention and cessation in the District, our efforts have finally been rewarded. On October 1, 2014, DC Council granted $2 million...
  • Blog Post: You’re the Cure Advocates Make A Difference in Mecklenburg County

    On September 2 nd , You’re the Cure advocates came together and attended a Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners meeting to discuss proposed tobacco-free regulations pertaining to Smoke Free Government Grounds and Tobacco Free Parks and Greenways. During this hearing, several You’re...
  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far Because of You, South Carolina!

    The 2014 Legislative Session in South Carolina was a lively one, allowing us to advance some vital pieces of legislation while providing us room to continue in 2015. Senate Bill 1094: School Nutrition Guidelines This would have required stronger nutritional guidelines for competitive foods sold on school...
  • Blog Post: We've Come So Far, North Carolina!

    On August 7th, Governor McCrory signed the state budget. This year's short session has been a lively one with some surprises including that the Legislature still has not concluded session and that we expect the Legislature will return for work this November on Medicaid Reform. As always, we will...
  • Blog Post: The FDA and New Tobacco Products

    The FDA is accepting comments on its proposed deeming rules to cover new tobacco products. The rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products. The AHA believes it is a good first step, but it doesn't go far enough to...
  • Blog Post: Remembering the Heart of a Friend

    Last week, NC said good-bye to freshman lawmaker, Representative Jim Fulghum (R-Wake). He passed away on July 19 th after a short battle with cancer, at the age of 70. Representative Fulghum was a retired neurosurgeon and his medical experience was a true asset to the NC General Assembly. During his...
  • Blog Post: Alarming Needs Addressed at Tobacco Control Legislative Day

    April 30 th was an important day for tobacco control in DC. Approximately fifteen advocates from the DC community met at the Wilson Building to advocate for an alarming health problem that affects all DC residents. Advocates personally impacted by the effects of tobacco met with the staff of Councilmembers...
  • Blog Post: Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Surgeon General’s Report

    Recently lawmakers, health advocates, and citizens across the country celebrated the 50 th anniversary of the Surgeon General’s report on the dangers of smoking. You’re The Cure advocates have contributed greatly to the tobacco control movement. Pam Seamans, Executive Director of the North...
  • Blog Post: Look At All We've Done

    In the hustle and bustle of life, it seems there is always something that needs our attention. Maybe it’s a lunch appointment, a meeting after work – did you remember to call your mom to wish her a happy birthday? With so many things monopolizing our time, it begs the question: “Why...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day!

    Today is Kick Butts Day, an annual day hosted by the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids to celebrate youth leadership and activism in the fight against big tobacco. Kick Butts Day is particularly relevant this year as we mark the anniversary of the first Surgeon General's report on smoking. A new report...
  • Blog Post: Downfall of the Marlboro Men

    The Los Angeles Times recently published an article which reinforces the importance of tobacco prevention and control. The article illustrates how time has shown a new perspective on the Marlboro ads (and the men in them) that ran from the 1950s to the late 1990s. The original ads portrayed the Marlboro...
  • Blog Post: Heart of a Friend

    At our mid-December Advocacy Committee meeting, I got to do one of the best things about being a volunteer with the American Heart Association Advocacy Committee. I was privileged to present the AHA "Heart of a Friend" Award to North Carolina State Representative Jim Fulghum. Dr. Fulghum is...
  • Blog Post: Rep. Glazier Presented with “Heart of a Champion” Award

    Last week the American Heart Association honored Rep. Rick Glazier with the North Carolina Heart of a Champion Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Heart Association on a legislator in North Carolina. Representative Glazier has been a consistent champion of all of the Heart Association’s...
  • Blog Post: Stop the Harm Before it Starts: LTEs from Local Youth

    In December, the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids released their Broken Promises Report . North Carolina did not fare well. In that report, NC ranked 45 th in protecting kids from tobacco. In 2013 the NC Legislature provided $1.2 Million in recurring funds for QuitlineNC which will provide assistance for...