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  • You're the Cure Advocate Training - Des Moines

    This is your chance to learn about issues affecting heart disease, stroke and obesity during the 2013 legislative session and its impact on you, your family and our state. RSVP HERE in addition to clicking the red "RSVP" button. Lunch will be provided and an email notification with details...
  • Vote “Yes” in TODAYS Des Moines Register online poll!

    You can help. Vote “Yes” in TODAYS Des Moines Register online poll! Read more about the Lockie’s story in this front-page Des Moines Register article . Show your support by voting “Yes” in the online poll , that all Iowa hospitals should perform this screening on every baby...
  • 2013 Legislative Breakfast

    Come enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast at the Capitol and introduce yourself to your legislator! Stop in anytime between 7:30 am and 9:30 am. In addition to clicking on the RSVP button below, please e-mail Christy Dreiling at christy.dreiling@heart.org . See you then!
  • CHD Awareness Week Proclamation

    We would love to have you come witness Govenor Branstad signing a proclamation declaring February 7-14th CHD Awareness Week ! The event will take place in the Govenor's office. Please RSVP if you are planning on attending this memorable event. Hope to see you there. Thank You!
  • Iowa State Legislative Breakfast - Stop by!

    Start the New Year off right by stopping by to enjoy a heart-healthy breakfast while meeting your lawmakers! It's the perfect time to let them know what's on your mind as they go to work for YOU during the 2014 Legislative Session. Plan on stopping by? RSVP NOW! See you there! Christy Dreiling...
  • 2015 Iowa Legislative Breakfast

    Iowa Legislative Breakfast 2015 Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:30 AM - 9:30 AM Breakfast included. No cost to attend but advance registration is appreciated. Iowa State Capitol Building First Floor Rotunda - East Wing 1007 E Grand Ave. Des Moines, IA 50319 Join us for our annual 2015 Legislative Breakfast...
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Opportunities Near You!

    LIFE is why our Iowa You’re the Cure advocates give their time and talent to help build a healthier world, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. We exercise our voices and work together to advocate for heart-healthy and stroke-smart communities through legislative policies in our cities,...
  • Blog Post: A Safe Path Back to School: Safe Routes to School 101

    Kids are more sedentary today than they were a generation ago. This is contributing to the childhood obesity epidemic, but in many cases it is due to the environment that surrounds them. Building Safe Routes to School (SRTS) brings street-scale improvements to neighborhoods so that children have greater...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - Iowa

    Iowa For most kids, August marks the end of summer and their return back to school. How do your kids get to and from school? Are they walkers, car riders or do they take the bus? The American Heart Association is partnering with the Healthier Iowa Coalition to create safe and healthy communities...
  • Blog Post: Step it Up! The Surgeon General Advocates the Benefits of Walkable Communities

    We applaud the United States Surgeon General for recently issuing a call to action to address major public health challenges such as heart disease and diabetes. Step It Up! The Surgeon General’s Call to Action to Promote Walking and Walkable Communities articulates the health benefits of walking...
  • Blog Post: You're Invited - Safe Routes to School Twitter Party!

    Join us for a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Twitter Party! Have questions about #SRTS? We have answers! Please join us for a Twitter Party where we’ll discuss Safe Routes to School efforts and how it relates to the health of Iowans. Show your support, get your questions answered and learn how...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Dr. Benjamin Reinking

    Dr. Benjamin Reinking Iowa As a Pediatric Cardiologist, I choose to be involved with the American Heart Association for one simple reason: Heart disease and stroke are preventable. Think about that. The leading cause of death and disability in the United States is preventable. Even more amazing is...
  • 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: Share Your Story-Owen Hunt

    Owen Hunt Iowa Owen Hunt is a character-he has a certain charisma about him of someone much older. He is an inspiring 4 year old boy who loves to talk and tell stories, play with Legos, puzzles, his dog and, on occasion, his sister. On the outside, Owen is a very normal little boy, but on the inside...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Cameron Price

    Cameron Price Iowa Cameron from Fort Dodge, IA just turned 10 on September 2nd and has already gone through 4 open heart surgeries during his life, with the most recent being in 2010. He had his first open heart surgery at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics just 4 days after he was born...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story - David Tucker

    David Tucker Iowa You’re the Cure Advocate Spotlight Meet a Hero in our YTC community, David Tucker . We want to share his accomplishments, passions, great work and a little personal information too. Continue reading to find out what makes David such an outstanding and inspirational advocate...
  • 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: Save the Date - 2016 Legislative Breakfast!

    Can you believe that 2015 is almost over? The new Legislative Session is quickly approaching and with that comes our annual breakfast! This year we have teamed up with the Healthier Iowa Coalition and will be focusing on our Safe Routes to School efforts. RSVP today! Healthier Iowa Legislative Breakfast...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Tucker Crum

    Tucker Crum Iowa In January of 2015, legislation was passed that requires hospitals to screen newborns for congenital heart defects using pulse oximetry. Tucker is a little boy whose life was saved because of this testing, in fact, he was the first baby in Iowa to be diagnosed with a heart defect...
  • 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: Share Your Story-Iowa Legislative Breakfast

    Legislative Breakfast Iowa The American Heart Association held their first Legislative Breakfast of 2016 on January 13th focusing on the need for a state funded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program. As a federally-funded program, SRTS provides the financial resources to repair sidewalks, hire crossing...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: John Logsdon

    John Logsdon Iowa John Logsdon of Colo, IA is 69 years old. Last August, he had a STEMI ( myocardial infarction or widow maker ) heart attack. He had been driving to a local machine shop to deliver materials. When he got to the shop and started unloading his truck, he began sweating profusely and...
  • 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: Share Your Story-Derek Means

    Derek Means Iowa Derek Means is a typical 12 year old boy who enjoys playing basketball and video games. You would never know that he was born with a congenital heart defect and has undergone 3 lifesaving surgeries, with another in his future. Derek is thankful to the American Heart Association and...