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  • Blog Post: Gov. Bentley Questions if Budget is Unconstitutional

    On September 8, the Alabama Legislature convened for a second special session to address the state’s budget crisis. Eight days later they passed a budget that relies heavily on a 25-cent tobacco tax increase and moving money from education to close a large portion of the budget hole. Gov. Robert...
  • Blog Post: Sing to End Stroke

    One in three Americans can’t recall any stroke warning signs. What if singing a song could help people recognize a stroke and give someone the power to save a life? On World Stroke Day, October 29th, the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is using music to help people remember...
  • Blog Post: Vickie Evans Fuller, Alabama

    The American Heart Association Alabama Advocacy Committee consists of eleven Alabama residents from a variety of backgrounds united to advance the advocacy priorities of the organization. Throughout the fiscal year, we’ll introduce you to some of the members. Today, we’d like you to meet...
  • Blog Post: Homewood Considers Stronger Smokefree Laws

    After a lengthy debate, the public safety committee voted to recommend updates to Homewood’s smoking regulations at their Oct. 5 meeting. The updates, proposed by the Safe & Healthy Homewood Coalition, include revisions to broaden the existing smoking ordinance, such as increasing the minimum...
  • Blog Post: Carver Elementary Celebrates National Eating Healthy Day

    On Nov. 4, National Eating Healthy Day, the American Heart Association encouraged Americans to commit to healthier eating. Connie Dacus, a You're the Cure advocate and member of the American Heart Association State Advocacy Committee, wanted to celebrate the day by teaching students how to make healthy...
  • Blog Post: We're Feeling Grateful

    As AHA Advocacy staff, we get to work alongside the most remarkable volunteers- like YOU! We get to see lives improved and lives saved as a result of the work we’ve done together, and for that, we're grateful. As You’re the Cure volunteers, you share personal stories of loved ones...
  • Blog Post: Get Social With Your Members of Congress

    Will you be on Facebook or Twitter today? Your Members of Congress and their staff will be, and it's a good place to reach them according to a report released in October by the Congressional Management Foundation (CMF). The CMF report, #SocialCongress , says Congressional offices are listening...
  • Blog Post: Anniston Opens Up Smoke Free Ordinance

    On December 7, city council members in Anniston, Ala. allowed public comment on exempting cigar bars from the smoke free ordinance. Council members took a vote and ultimately approved the exemption. This could be the beginning of changes that would weaken the protections against secondhand smoke for...
  • Blog Post: American Heart Association Proposes Solution to Alabama's Money Woes

    As the Alabama Legislature prepares to come back in session, money is still needed to properly run state government. While gambling has been at the forefront as a possible answer, Governor Bentley does not think it can solve the problem. In fact, Senate President Pro Tem Del Marsh recently said in news...
  • Blog Post: Join us on National Wear Red Day, Friday, February 5

    The American Heart Association’s Go Red For Women are asking for your support by participating in National Wear Red Day® on Friday, February 5, 2016 and donating to help fund research during American Health Month. Why Go Red? Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Legislature is in Session

    The state legislature convened at noon on Feb. 2 for the 2016 Alabama Regular Legislative Session. In an effort to improve the physical and financial health of Alabama, we’re advocating for a penny per ounce tax on sugary drinks. If passed, this tax is projected to raise $200 million –...
  • Blog Post: Beverly Moore-Harton, Jasper

    Guest Blogger: Beverly Moore-Harton I’ve advocated and coordinated events and galas for eight years. Excited about promoting heart health for women can’t begin to express my feelings. Hard work, yes, but it generates such joy and compassion for educating women of this dreadful disease...
  • Blog Post: Take the You're the Cure Advocate Survey

    2015 was a great year for You're the Cure advocates and the many policy efforts that you work on. We have big plans for 2016, and we want to hear from you and what you want to see in the future for You're the Cure . So take the survey now and let your voice be heard.
  • Blog Post: Rethink Your Drink, Alabama

    Sugars in your diet can occur naturally like in fruit or milk. But sugars also can be added in foods during preparation or processing and even at the table. The truth is, added sugar isn’t so sweet. In fact, it is linked to heart disease, tooth decay and other chronic conditions. So...what can...
  • Blog Post: Jacob Fannin, Troy

    Guest Blogger: Jacob Fannin I have been a diabetic for almost my entire life, but didn't know it. I was one of the "fortunate ones" who never showed any signs or symptoms other than the obvious weight problem that was staring me in the face. I conveniently ignored the weight problem...
  • Blog Post: The healthy difference a month can make

    March is Nutrition Month, and a perfect time to get more involved with the AHA’s ongoing efforts to promote science-based food and nutrition programs that help reduce cardiovascular disease and stroke. Every day, we’re seeing new initiatives: to make fruits and vegetables more affordable...
  • Blog Post: AHA President Says: The Science is Clear on Sodium Reduction

    Check this out! In a new video, the President of the AHA, Dr. Mark Creager, explains that the science behind sodium reduction is clear. He says that robust evidence has linked excess sodium intake with high blood pressure, which increases the risk of heart attack, stroke, and heart failure. And, he points...
  • Blog Post: Funding Medicaid in Alabama

    Recently, Alabama legislators passed a budget that does not fully fund the state's Medicaid program. In fact, it's $85 million less than the amount recommended by the commissioner! The lack of proper funding would lead to hospitals closing and physicians leaving the state. This would restrict...
  • Blog Post: Jessica James, Mobile

    Our 2015-16 Alabama Advocacy Committee is composed of 10 individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some of our members. Today, we'd like you to meet Jessica...
  • Blog Post: West Jasper Elementary Health Day

    The American Heart Association along with Samford University dietician students helped educated students at a mock Farmer’s Market at West Jasper Elementary. Children were asked to go through stations where they learned which fruits and veggies were currently in season, about sugary sweet beverages...
  • Blog Post: Alabama's #IAmMedicaid Campaign

    The American Heart Association has joined forces with Children’s First and Alabama Arise to kick off a campaign known as #IamMedicaid. The campaign seeks to put a human face to the issue of Medicaid. For years, Medicaid has been the biggest line item in the general fund budget. But who exactly...
  • Blog Post: State Lawmakers Prepare for Medicare Cuts

    Since regular legislative session adjourned on May 4, legislators have held Medicaid hearings in preparation for budget cuts to the program on July 1. While trying to find $85 million in spending cuts, legislators have proposed to cut Medicaid drug coverage. In a recent AL.com op-ed, Dr. Joe Dean...
  • Blog Post: Help Protect PE for Kids Like Me!

    Guest post from Reagan Spomer, 6th grader Alliance for a Healthier Generation Youth Advisory Board Member & You’re the Cure Advocate I have two words for you… scooter hockey. Sounds fun, doesn’t it? That’s because it is! Scooter hockey, along with cage ball and 3-way soccer...
  • Blog Post: Help Keep Alabama Healthy with Small Sugary Drink Tax

    With Alabama still in a budget crisis and Medicaid cuts underway, we continue to urge lawmakers to pass a small sugary drink tax that will ensure Medicaid will be fully funded. This will protect services for over one million residents. To raise awareness of our solution, we hosted a media roundtable...
  • Blog Post: Find the Heart Walk Near You

    The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state....