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  • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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...
  • 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: Help North Carolinians Win Their Race to be Smoke-Free

    In North Carolina we have taken strides toward smoke-free living. In 2009, we saw successful adoption of the smoke-free restaurants and bars law. Since then, many local communities have taken additional steps to declare county or city property, like public parks, smoke-free. Despite these efforts...
  • 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: 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: 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...