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  • Blog Post: Reminder: send your message today!

    Great news! Last Tuesday, the House of Representatives voted 61-36 to pass House Bill 1001. As you may remember, this is the legislation that includes a $1 increase in Indiana’s cigarette tax. Thank you to every advocate who attended our Day at the Statehouse last week, every advocate who submitted...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Chris Fowler

    Chris Fowler Michigan There are always days that stick out in a person’s mind. To some, it may a bad day at work, or your boss gets after you, the battery in your car dies, it could be anything from A to Z. My day that sticks out is October 9, 2012. On this day my whole life changed. I was at...
  • Blog Post: RSVP to join us at the Statehouse!

    February is American Heart Month and it will be here before you know it! You're invited to help the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology kick off the month by joining us in Indianapolis for a free advocacy event at the Statehouse on February 2nd. Click here to register...
  • Blog Post: Check out this article about Northwest Indiana residents access to health foods, featuring Danielle Patterson, Government Relations Director with the American Heart Association

    Less than three miles from Gary is what Chickita Merriweather would describe as a food haven. But getting there is no small feat. The mother of seven embarks on an hour long journey every two weeks, which includes a seven-block walk on sometimes inaccessible streets to get to the nearest bus stop...
  • Blog Post: Did you know: Congestive Heart Failure

    Did you know: the number of Americans diagnosed with heart failure is expected to increase by nearly 40 percent during the next 15 years and the costs of managing the illness will almost double, according to a new report from the American Heart Association released last Tuesday. Congestive heart failure...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Katie Nave

    Katie Nave works in cardiac critical care and sees the devastation of heart disease every day. She also has battled her own weight problems since childhood. After the birth of her two children, she knew she needed to adopt healthy behavior for them. She quit eating sugary snacks and replaced them with...
  • Blog Post: Committee talks making fresh food more accessible in “food deserts”

    Danielle Patterson, government relations director for the American Heart Association, said the $5 million dollars a year for funding is a small investment in the process of making healthy food accessible. “Those numbers can be leveraged against federal dollars, private dollars, grant dollars...
  • Blog Post: Social factors could erase gains in heart disease, stroke

    Although deaths from heart attacks and strokes have been declining thanks to advances in prevention and treatment, social factors such as race and income could reverse that trend, according to a first-of-its-kind statement from the American Heart Association. The incidence of heart disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Praises Historic FDA Action to Remove Trans Fat from Foods

    Washington, D.C., June 16, 2015 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) final determination that partially hydrogenated oils are no longer “generally recognized as safe” (GRAS), released today: “The...
  • Blog Post: Have you learned Hands-Only CPR?

    Did you know that last week was CPR week? If you missed it, don't worry - there is always time to learn! Why Learn Hands-Only CPR? Cardiac arrest – an electrical malfunction in the heart that causes an irregular heartbeat (arrhythmia) and disrupts the flow of blood to the brain, lungs...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Becky Rinehart

    Becky Rinehart Indiana Becky Rinehart has been fighting for six years to return to a lifestyle she knew before she suffered a stroke. Prior to the stroke, she was a runner and played golf and softball. She is now an active walker and does other exercises. The stroke also affected her ability to communicate...
  • 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: Event wrap-up: Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day at the Statehouse

    We are glad to have so many wonderful advocates, volunteers, lawmakers able to join us for the Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day at the Statehouse last month! With over 100 attendees, we know many conversations occurred with our lawmakers about the importance of increasing the price of tobacco...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Mary Ames

    Mary Ames Indiana Mary's children describe the “old” Mary as a 40-year smoker who was exhausted all the time and ate anything but healthy food. Mary had a wake-up call last June when she needed double-bypass surgery to remedy 100-percent blockages in two arteries in her heart. She...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephanie Belesky

    Stephanie Belesky, Indiana At her heaviest, Stephanie weighed 386 pounds. Although there were several red flags in her life, the impetus to change came when she witnessed her grandmother's difficult recovery from hip surgery. Stephanie set a big goal - running a marathon - but also set many smaller...
  • Blog Post: Join us for the Hoosiers for a Healthier Indiana Advocacy Day!

    Did you know: Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death in Indiana. More than 9,700 Hoosiers die from their own smoking every year. Indiana taxpayers foot the bill for $2.18 billion ($570 per household) in annual health care expenditures directly caused by tobacco use. Increasing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Stephani Remetta

    Stephani Remetta Indianapolis, IN Stephani was born with a congenital heart defect that went undiagnosed until she was 27. Told she had a heart murmur, the more serious condition was finally diagnosed after the birth of her son. The diagnosis, accompanied by the news that she would not be able to...
  • Blog Post: Op-Ed: Why Indiana should increase cigarette tax

    Check out this excellent editorial from former Indiana state health commissioner Dr. Richard Feldman: "A state legislative proposal to raise the cost of cigarettes is overdue. Additional state revenues from a $1-a-pack increase could be used to improve Indiana’s miserable state of health...
  • Blog Post: Reminder: send a message to your lawmakers about tobacco

    Kids with healthy hearts is why! Did you know that 13.7% (66,000) of high school students in Indiana are smokers? In our state, about 9,200 young adults become new daily smokers every year. These troubling statistics are driven by easy access to inexpensive tobacco products, marketing that is geared...
  • Blog Post: AHA staffers meet Indiana Governor Mike Pence

    American Heart Association & American Stroke Association Indiana advocacy staff Danielle Patterson and Alex Meixner had a chance this December to briefly discuss AHA/ASA policy priorities with Indiana Governor Mike Pence at an event in Chicago (pictured). During his speech, Governor Pence spoke about...
  • Blog Post: November is National Family Caregivers Month.

    Each November, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association recognizes National Family Caregivers Month (NFCM) to acknowledge the millions of family caregivers who are caring for their loved ones with a chronic disease. With 2.2 million stroke family caregivers in the U.S., the AHA/ASA...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Thomas Armstrong

    Thomas Armstrong West Lafayette, IN Thomas Armstrong's Journey In February of 2014 my father, siblings and I were faced with a horrible decision, a life changing decision. He was admitted to the hospital on an emergency basis. We were told my father was suffering from a condition called Peripheral...
  • Blog Post: October is Sudden Cardiac Awareness Month

    Do you know the difference between a heart attack and sudden cardiac arrest? People often use these terms interchangeably, but they are not synonyms. A heart attack is when blood flow to the heart is blocked, and sudden cardiac arrest is when the heart malfunctions and suddenly stops beating unexpectedly...
  • Blog Post: Share your Story: Carl and Clint Cottrell

    Carl and Clint Cottrell Terre Haute, IN Carl was such an energetic burst of life, his final days were so heartbreaking. He still never gave up on life. The list of his heart related issues were within a 10 year period beginning with his massive heart attack… We as a family are still devasted...