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  • Blog Post: Smokefree ordinance breaks through in Alabama‚Äôs capital city

    As the state capital, the City of Montgomery should be leading the way on every important issue that affects the people of Alabama. Currently, twenty-six Alabama communities have recognized the significant public health problem posed by exposure to secondhand smoke and have implemented smokefree ordinances...
  • Blog Post: ANR Recognizes Alabama's Local Smokefree Efforts

    On Aug. 14, 2014, Americans for Nonsmokers' Rights (ANR) announced winners of its National Smokefree Challenge Award for local smokefree efforts in 2013. We're thrilled that Alabama tied with South Carolina for 2nd place. Other award recipients include Mississippi with 1st place and Missouri...
  • Blog Post: New Study: Hospitalizations, Deaths from Heart Disease, Stroke Drop in the U.S.

    The rates of U.S. hospitalizations and deaths from heart disease and stroke dropped significantly in the last decade, more so than for any other condition, according to a study released Monday in the journal Circulation . A research team led by Harlan Krumholz, M.D., national American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: What is Pediatric Cardiomyopathy?

    Did you know that one in every 100,000 children in the U.S. under the age of 18 is diagnosed with a diseased state of the heart known as cardiomyopathy ? While it is a relatively rare condition in kids, it poses serious health risks, making early diagnosis important. As the heart weakens due to abnormities...
  • Blog Post: Miriam "Mim" Gaines, Alabama

    Mim Gaines, Alabama Last year Miriam "Mim" Gaines retired after working 25 years at the Alabama Department of Public Health. While serving as the Nutrition and Physical Activity (NPA) Director, Mim developed strong partnerships. An example includes The Alabama Obesity Task Force (OTF). This...
  • Blog Post: CVS Quits Tobacco

    The first national pharmacy chain to stop selling tobacco said all 7,700 stores had halted sales by Wednesday — about a month earlier than planned — and announced a name change from CVS Caremark to CVS Health to reflect its commitment to health. CVS announced its tobacco-free plan in February...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Access: One Way to Help Alabamians Live Healthier

    According to the latest data provided by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, adult obesity rates increased in six states over the last year. The State of Obesity report states that Mississippi and West Virginia have the highest rates of adult obesity at 35.1 percent...
  • Blog Post: Trick or Treat?

    Candy Corn, Gummy Bears, Peanut Butter Cups, Swedish Fish, Candy Bar, Bubblegum and Cotton Candy… These may sound like treats the neighborhood kids are hoping to pick up when they go trick-or-treating later this month, but they’re actually the tricks used by companies to hook our kids on...
  • Blog Post: New Report Highlights Where Healthy Food Access Can Make a Difference

    A new report released today highlights areas across Alabama where increasing access to healthy, fresh and affordable foods would make the biggest impact. The report, “Fresh Food for All: Improving Access to Fresh Food in Alabama,” was authored by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s...
  • Blog Post: Montgomery Advocates, Will You Help?

    We are at a critical point in the Smokefree Montgomery campaign and need the help of You're the Cure advocates more than ever before. This month, Councilor C.C. Calhoun is expected to introduce a smokefree local ordinance that the American Heart Association and its Smokefree Montgomery coalition...
  • Blog Post: Dieters Need Close Access to Healthy Food

    You're obese, at risk for diabetes and cardiovascular disease, and so motivated to improve your diet that you've enrolled in an intensive behavioral program. But if you need to travel more than a short distance to a store that offers a good selection of healthy food, your success may be limited...
  • Blog Post: Have You Taken the Sodium Pledge?

    America’s relationship with salt is putting us at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and stroke. To better understand and limit your sodium intake, join the American Heart Association’s campaign called “I Love You Salt, But You’re Breaking My Heart.” The site features...
  • Blog Post: Mobile Advocates, You're Invited!

    MOBILE MEET & GREET--HEALTHY FOOD ACCESS THURSDAY, NOV. 20, 5:30 PM- 7:00 PM Junior League of Mobile - 57 North Sage Ave., Mobile, AL 36607 VOICES for Alabama’s Children and Junior League of Mobile invites all of our friends and colleagues to join us at Junior League of Mobile’s...
  • Blog Post: Jonathan Riley, Alabama

    I recently became a You’re the Cure advocate to not only share my story about the importance of heart healthy lifestyle choices, but to inspire those who may not be making the healthiest choices. It is never too late to make healthier lifestyle choices. My weight loss pursuit started in December...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Year End Successes, Let's Celebrate!

    It was another banner year for You’re the Cure advocates championing heart and stroke policy change across the country. Year end is a time to look back at what we achieved in states, think ahead to the work still to do, and celebrate the power of volunteers. What did we accomplish last...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food Access Celebration, Dec. 18th

    We invite you to join the Healthy Food Access Campaign Task Force for lunch on Thursday, December 18, 2014, to celebrate the campaign's ongoing efforts of bringing healthier foods closer to home in Alabama. Please feel free to bring a new supporter of Healthy Food Access to join in this celebration...
  • Blog Post: UA is officially smoke-free!

    Students and staff at the University of Alabama will return from the holiday break to a smoke-free campus. The new policy, announced in November, began Jan. 1 and applies to students, faculty, staff, campus visitors and contractors. The university resumes normal business hours Monday, and classes...
  • Blog Post: Gadsden Delays Smokefree Efforts

    One of the most dangerous health hazards in America today — and one that is entirely preventable — is exposure to secondhand smoke. When the Gadsden City Council took the bold and forward thinking step to protect its workers, residents and visitors from the dangers of secondhand smoke, the...
  • Blog Post: Meet the New Surgeon General

    Dr. Vivek Murthy was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in December to serve as the next surgeon general of the United States. The surgeon general is America’s top public health official, and his responsibilities range from managing disease to promoting prevention and a healthy start for our kids. ...
  • Blog Post: Gadsden Goes Smoke-Free Feb. 1

    After much delay, the Gadsden City Council voted on January 20, 2015, to implement their smoke-free ordinance that passed in June 2014 with no changes. The ordinance will go into effect on February 1, 2015. Thank you to all You’re the Cure advocates who made this possible. You can read more...
  • Blog Post: The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 Livestream

    Join us for this exclusive virtual event where top designers and celebrities demonstrate their support for women's heart health during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that--80 percent...
  • Blog Post: Montgomery City Council Considers Weaker Ordinance

    On December 22, 2014, the Montgomery City Council's Health, Education, and Recreation standing committee took a big step forward and passed a strong ordinance to protect all workers from the dangers of secondhand smoke. However, changes could be on the way that would leave bar employees unprotected...
  • Blog Post: Gadsden is Officially Smoke-Free

    In June of 2014, Gadsden City Council passed an ordinance protecting citizens and workers from secondhand smoke. In December, our coalition learned that Gadsden was going to delay implementation. As such, advocates from across the Gadsden area called city council members and the mayor in January, encouraging...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Needs Improved Access to Care

    Building healthier lives depends on access to quality health care for all Americans, regardless of gender, race, age, or ethnicity. Medicaid Expansion would help protect more Alabamians against cardiovascular disease. Kentucky and other states are taking the lead to expand Medicaid. Read the Washington...
  • Blog Post: Gov. Bentley Releases Plan for Tobacco Tax

    Recently, Governor Bentley has come forward with a plan to raise taxes on Alabamians to ensure that the state can make budgets balanced in the upcoming years. The plan includes a proposal to increase the cigarette tax by 82-cents, which would raise $205 million. You can read more about the Governor's...