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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Karen Dennis

    What is your why? My WHY started off more as a "work thing." I am a RN and I worked in Cardiac and Pulmonary Rehabilitation/Cardiology. Working with the AHA was just something that someone from my department did. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed it, I just didn’t have much intrinsic...
  • Blog Post: Pump Up P.E. Webinar

    On Monday, January 25, 2016 join us from 12:30pm-2pm for a webinar on how physical educators can better engage parents as champions of physical education and school health. Hosted by the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity’s workgroup on Childhood Nutrition & Physical Activity in Educational...
  • Blog Post: IAHPERD Convention

    On November 19th and 20th, hundreds of Illinois Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (IAHPERD) members gathered at the IAHPERD Convention in Saint Charles, Illinois to hear the latest on Physical Education (P.E.) in Illinois schools. 248 attendees helped protect P.E. in Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Tawanda Johnson-Gray

    What is your WHY? My WHY is my children and future generations. What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 2008, I had my fourth stroke, which was misdiagnosed originally, until I refused to leave the hospital. Further testing was conducted due to the refusal to...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Dr. Timothy Sanborn

    What is your why? While I work with patients daily on a one to one basis to reduce their cardiovascular risk, prevention of smoking and obesity as well as emergency treatment of heart attacks can be more effective when addressed locally and statewide through the efforts of the AHA. What brought...
  • Blog Post: Illinois You're the Cure Advocacy Summit

    On Saturday, November 7th, the second annual You're the Cure Advocacy Summit kicked off in Chicago for our insider advocates, those who reached Champion and Hero rank in the previous fiscal year. Our insiders started the day sharing what inspires them to be advocates for the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Bob Biggins

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues...
  • Blog Post: Successful You're the Cure Recruitment at Illinois Heart Walks

    This year, You're the Cure volunteers collected petitions in support of the sugary drink tax and in defense of Physical Education in Illinois schools. The You're the Cure presence at each of the Heart Walks around the state was a success adding hundreds of new voices to our fight against heart...
  • Blog Post: Should Illinois Raise the Age to Buy Tobacco to 21?

    Check out this Letter to the Editor below, which was published in the Chicago Tribune by Dr. Timothy Sanborn, chairman-elect of the American Heart Association and American Stroke Association’s Illinois Advocacy Committee. We thank the Tribune for its recent editorial in support of raising the...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Kirk Disrude

    What brought you to be an advocate for the AHA? At 38 years old my wife was 20 weeks pregnant with our first son when she saved my life by reacting FAST. I had a ischemic stroke that turned my day to day functioning upside down. After three days of no memory or consciousness, I "came to"...
  • Blog Post: Help Raise Money for Important Research

    The American Heart Association Illinois Advocacy Team will be participating in the 2015 Chicago Heart Walks. This is a great opportunity for advocates, like you, to help propel American Heart Association's shared goal of creating a healthier Chicago. All You’re the Cure advocates are welcome...
  • Blog Post: Why a Sugar Tax Works!

    Over the past several decades, the world has become increasingly aware of the role of added sugar, particularly in beverages, as a major factor linked with of increased weight gain, diabetes, and many other health problems as well as dental caries. The World Health Organization, most international cancer...
  • Blog Post: Step it Up! The Surgeon General Advocates the Benefits of Walkable Communities

    We applaud the United States Surgeon General for recently issuing a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: JR Dietl

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 1969 my father suffered a cardiac arrest and nobody was able to perform CPR on him. I was devastated. After becoming an EMT/Paramedic in Iowa I wanted to help so that other kids my age at the time would not have to go through...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Events!

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Heart Walks in Your Area The Advocacy department needs 3-4 volunteers for each of the upcoming 2015 Illinois Heart Walks. Be our hero by taking action in your community AND earn points which will allow you to move up in the You’re the Cure ranks! We will...
  • Blog Post: August Recess Visit: Congressman Randy Hultgren

    You're the Cure hero, Heather Gavras is puzzled why some Members of Congress are trying to roll-back strong nutrition standards for school meals. On August 4th, she stopped by Congressman Randy Hultgren's office to deliver a special puzzle, which shows that nutritious foods "fit" into...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Legislative Year End Wrap-up

    As we close the books on the American Heart Association’s fiscal year and inch closer to the end of the General Assembly’s 2015 overtime legislative session. Let’s take a look back at the progress we’ve made on systems of care in Illinois. We’ve made huge strides, but there’s...
  • Blog Post: Meet Illinois Advocacy Staff: Julie Mirostaw

    What brought you to be an advocate/staff for the American Heart Association? I have worked in the advocacy, okay lobbying, arena for almost ten years. I want to put the skills I have acquired and my experiences to use for an organization whose mission is to save lives and make the world a healthier...
  • Blog Post: Go Red for Women Community Expo

    On Friday, May 29th, Illinois Advocates asked the crowd at the Go Red For Women Community Expo to support the progress made by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act. These amazing You're the Cure volunteers collected over 300 petitions in support of healthy school meals. This free event included heart...
  • Blog Post: Illinois Advocates Traveled to D.C. for National Lobby Day!

    On May 11 and 12, the Midwest Affiliate joined more than 380 advocates in Washington D.C. for You’re the Cure on the Hill national lobby day. We had 53 volunteers 10 of which were youth advocates, 20 staff representing all 11 states in the affiliate who stepped up to the plate for healthy school...
  • Blog Post: The Go Red For Women Community Expo

    American Heart Association | American Stroke Association Presents The Go Red For Women Community Expo Union Station’s Great Hall 500 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago Friday, May 29 th 8:30 am to 2 pm Heart disease is the number one killer of women, killing one woman...
  • Blog Post: Lobby Day MVPs in the Spotlight

    There were SO many amazing stories surrounding this year’s Hill Day that it was hard to narrow down our annual lobby day award winners. Not a bad problem to have! Please join us in congratulating these You’re the Cure MVPs, and then learn more about their stories in this video. Science...
  • Blog Post: Advances in Stroke Treatment Just in Time for Stroke Month

    Check out this great article from the Chicago Tribune on the advances in stroke treatment, just in time for Stroke Month. Based on findings from recent studies, stroke patients will benefit from advanced treatment offered by comprehensive stroke centers across the nation. Hospitals in Illinois...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events!

    Advocacy Volunteers Needed for Upcoming Spring Events in Your Area The Advocacy Department needs 4-6 volunteers for our upcoming Spring 2015 events listed below. We will need help throughout the day working at the advocacy information table, collecting petition cards and recruiting new advocates for...
  • Blog Post: Chicago Pilot Health Event Series Sparks Health Innovation

    The largest challenge faced by new healthcare technology companies is finding a place to test run their new product or idea. Almost every startup aiming to bring innovation to healthcare has obstacles obtaining their first pilot at a hospital. Often times, entrepreneurs are lost on who to approach at...