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  • Blog Post: We Have a Winner!

    In the month of August, we held the very first You're the Cure T-Shirt Design Contest! The top four designs were posted on our Facebook page for a week, whoever's design had the most "Likes" by the end of the week won! After a nail-biting finish (it was so close!), the winning design...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Kristin Brancheau

    Kristin Brancheau Michigan On December 9, 2007, the last thing I remembered before waking briefly in an ambulance on my way to the hospital, was leaving my three year old daughter's dance recital. It wasn't until I woke up the next day that I was told that my heart had stopped beating due...
  • Blog Post: Lack of fresh food in neighborhoods linked to early heart disease

    People who live in neighborhoods that lack stores selling fresh food may have a higher risk of developing early heart disease , according to new research. http://news.heart.org/lack-of-fresh-food-in-neighborhoods-linked-to-early-heart-disease/
  • Blog Post: Michigan State University Goes 100% Tobacco Free

    On August 15th, a tobacco-free ordinance recently passed by the Michigan State University's Board of Trustees went into effect that will prohibit the use of all tobacco products from all university property. In addition to traditional tobacco products such as cigarettes and chewing tobacco, the ordinance...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Alanna Lee

    Alanna Lee - Michigan For eight years, I struggled to get a diagnosis for my heart condition. It started when I was 16. I was young, healthy, and active. When I started having heart palpitations and chest pains, I had no idea why. When you are 16, your peers and teachers aren't talking about heart...
  • Blog Post: Study: Increasing number of U.S. adults living with congenital heart defects

    According to new research in the American Heart Association’s journal Circulation, m ore adults are living with congenital heart defects in the United States, creating the need for more health services and tracking systems to collect data across all ages, not just at birth. A new study estimates...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Shelley Wyant

    Shelley Wyant - Michigan May 8, 2013 started out like any other day. I got up, felt fine, went to work and spent my lunch hour at the mall shopping with a friend. I had a 1 p.m. meeting with a colleague and that's where it happened; I experienced sudden cardiac arrest. I don't remember it...
  • Blog Post: Join us for a special event this month!

    Please join us this month for our first ever You're the Cure Summit in Michigan! We’re going to be kicking off another exciting year of advocacy and this event is a great way to make sure you’re ready for our next campaigns. If you make it, please register using the link below. Here are...
  • Blog Post: House and Senate Committees take up CPR in Schools legislation

    On April 28th, the House Education Committee heard testimony from a number of AHA advocates in support of HB 5160, introduced by Representative Thomas Hooker, that would ensure that all students in Michigan are trained in Hands-Only CPR before they graduate from high school. Representative Hooker testified...
  • Blog Post: Ann Arbor proposes a Tobacco 21 ordinance

    A potential ordinance change in Ann Arbor could make it harder for young people to buy cigarettes and other tobacco products. Ann Arbor City Council Member Julie Grand is proposing to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco products in the city from 18 to 21. While controversy on the proposal is expected...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Angela Kooi

    Angela Kooi Michigan On February 27, 2014, I was admitted to Borgess Hospital after being in and out of other hospitals for several weeks with heart-related symptoms (heart racing, dizzy spells, blurred vision, etc). Several tests were run and despite a few elevated EKGs and occasions of catching...
  • Blog Post: CPR Lobby Day was a Huge Success!

    On March 23, the Michigan advocacy team hosted a very successful CPR in Schools Lobby Day in Lansing. Over 70 advocates and AHA staff from across the state were in attendance and made over 90 contacts with their lawmakers. Attendees participated in a short training session regarding the current status...
  • Blog Post: Join us for our CPR in Schools Lobby Day!

    Registration for our official CPR in Schools Lobby Day event is now open! Please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/FJNSCM7 to RSVP Event Details Date: Wednesday, March 23rd Time: Registration opens at 8:00 am. Event begins at 9:00 am and ends at 1:00 pm. Location: The Radisson...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Melissa Johnson

    Melissa Johnson - Michigan I was 37 when I was told that I had been born with a congenital heart defect, a Bicuspid Aortic Valve while at the hospital after passing out in my office at work. I was introduced to a cardiologist the next day who told me that I would have to have it replaced earlier than...
  • 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: CPR in Schools update

    Last month you received messages from us asking you to contact your lawmakers in support of CPR in Schools. Here's an update on our progress so far. Legislation has been introduced in both the State Senate and the House of Representatives. In the Senate we'll be talking about Senate Bill 647...
  • Blog Post: CPR in Schools

    Earlier this week we asked you to send a message to your lawmakers asking them to co-sponsor legislation that would ensure all students in Michigan are trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate from high school. In the weeks to come, you'll hear more from us about this exiting initiative. Check...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Brad Dornbos

    Brad Dornbos Michigan My name is Brad Dornbos. I am a Firefighter and EMS Coordinator for the City of Wyoming Department of Public Safety. I am an American Heart Association CPR Instructor and teach CPR/First Aid classes along with the use of AEDs for companies and schools on my days off. Working...
  • Blog Post: People Encouraged to Use CPR Mobile App to Save Lives

    New American Heart Association CPR guidelines encourage people to use CPR mobile apps to save lives. First and foremost, call 9-1-1 and set the phone on speaker to allow EMS dispatchers to provide instructions to bystanders on how to perform Hands-Only CPR. Approximately 326,000 cardiac arrests occur...
  • Blog Post: Grant Announced to Provide CPR and AED Training for Students in Grand Rapids

    Ninth-graders at Ottawa Hills High School in Grand Rapids will learn how to use CPR and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) through a pilot program sponsored by Amway. The Grand Rapids Board of Education recently approved Amway's donation of 10 Physio Control LifePak CR+Automated External Defibrillators...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Allison Penski

    Allison Penski Michigan Allison is a true miracle to her parents. She was born with transposition of the great arteries (TGA). Her heart was hooked up incorrectly giving her two circulatory systems instead of one, thus making her a "blue baby" because her body was not getting oxygenated...
  • 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: 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: Nutritious School Lunch Leads to Better Academics

    Check out this great opinion article that was published in the Lansing State Journal recently: "A recent poll from the Kids' Safe and Healthful Foods Project found that 98% of Michigan public schools think serving nutritious foods in schools is important so that kids are ready to do their...