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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Tell Legislators to Support Alabama Healthy Beverage!

    It’s no secret that Alabama is in a budget crisis. What’s even more disheartening is public health in our state. We have some of the highest rates of cardiovascular-related deaths, diabetes and childhood obesity in the nation. Our financial future looks bleak but quality of life looks even...
  • Blog Post: New Stroke Guidelines Will Change Stroke Treatment in the U.S

    Each year, more than 690,000 Americans have strokes caused by blood clots blocking vessels in the brain, called ischemic strokes. Some of the clots can grow large and may require intense therapy to treat. However, widely celebrated new research reaffirms that large blood clots in the brain are less...
  • Blog Post: Montgomery Mayor Endorses Healthy Food Financing Act

    Earlier this year, the Alabama Legislature passed the Healthy Food Financing Act of Alabama that sets up a much needed infrastructure to help bring healthy food closer to underserved communities. Now, Mayor Todd Strange of Montgomery is the first mayor to endorse the legislation. On August 27, Mayor...
  • Blog Post: Twenty-Five Cents is Too Low for Alabama

    The Alabama Legislature is in week two of their second special session to address the state’s budget crisis. Without an estimated $300 million in new revenue, our state faces devastating cuts to health care, public safety and other vital services. To address the issue, the House and Senate have...
  • 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...