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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Budget and Lives in Alabama

    Alabama has one of the lowest tobacco taxes in the nation, yet it doesn’t allocate any of the money to tobacco cessation and prevention. According to advocacy groups across America, this is a common situation. Right now, the American Heart Association is working hard to engage Alabama advocates...
  • Blog Post: Alabama‚Äôs Healthy Food Financing Act is Here

    For nearly a year, the American Heart Association has been working in partnership with VOICES for Alabama’s Children to provide low-interest loans for grocers in underserved areas of the state where people lack access to healthy food options near their homes. This issue affects over one million...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Advocates Rally in Support of Healthy Food Access

    Currently more than 1.8 million Alabamians, with nearly half a million being children, reside in communities with little or no access to fresh healthy food. To address the issue, the American Heart Association urges the Alabama Legislature to support the Healthy Food Financing Act. The legislation would...
  • Blog Post: How to Keep the Winning Game Going

    You're the Cure on the Hill isn’t the only opportunity to connect with members of Congress! As their constituents, you have the power and the RIGHT to tell them at any time to step up to the plate on the heart and stroke issues you care about most. Here are some tips for getting your lawmaker...
  • 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: Alabama Special Session Expected This Summer

    Alabama legislators are heading to special session sometime this summer after arriving at an impasse over the state’s general fund budget. The session ended with a vetoed spending plan and plenty of finger-pointing over who was to blame. Getting a budget this summer will depend on something...
  • Blog Post: Gov. Bentley Supports Tobacco Tax Increase

    Governor Bentley continues to travel the state encouraging the Legislature to raise revenue taxes, such as cigarette tax and car tax. Read more about Governor Bentley’s stance and notice given to the legislature to pass the budget before it's too late for Alabamians. Throughout the 2015...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Improves Access to Healthy Foods

    It’s official! Gov. Bentley recently signed the Alabama Healthy Food Financing Act into law. Advocates joined him in a ceremony to commemorate this act on July 1, 2015. Now, the state has a much needed infrastructure to help bring healthy food closer to home for more than a million Alabamians....
  • Blog Post: Sen. Orr Speaks about Upcoming Special Session

    As the Alabama Legislature gears up for a special session in August, Sen. Arthur Orr, chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, spoke with the Madison County Republican Men's Club about issues the Legislature must address, such as a $200 million budget shortfall. He expects...
  • Blog Post: The Food Trust Calls Alabama Legislature

    As the Alabama Legislature prepares for special session, healthy food access advocates wonder if the Legislature will fund the Healthy Food Financing Act that became law earlier this year. In an AL.com opinion piece published today, Brian Lang with The Food Trust says that, "the State needs to take...