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  • YTC Training Webinar - Wowed by the Web: How to Make the You're the Cure Community Website Work for You

    Come on a visual tour of the new You're the Cure community web pages and see all the ways you can be a vital part of the journey to drive policy change. Webinar - access information will be sent to registrants before event
  • YTC Training Webinar - Swaying Your Legislator: How to Make Your Communications with Legislators Come Alive

    REGISTRATION HAS CLOSED, PLEASE CONTACT KELTCIE.DELAMAR@HEART.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. Learn to pull off visits and calls to your legislators' offices that are compelling, influential, and impossible to ignore. Webinar - access information will be sent to registrants before event
  • YTC Training Webinar - You're the Cure Advocacy Crash Course: How to Advocate with You're the Cure both Online and Off

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS NOW CLOSED. FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT KELTCIE DELAMAR, keltcie.delamar@heart.org. Whether you're new or have been with us for a while, tune in to learn the many ways you can actively engage in American Heart Association efforts to advance policies that...
  • 2013 Maryland Session Prep Call

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT IS CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT REBEKAH.MCDONALD@HEART.ORG FOR MORE INFORMATION. Join Jennifer Witten & Michaeline Fedder, MD Directors of Government Relations, on Tuesday, January 29th at noon for a 30 minute teleconference that will give you a preview of what you can expect...
  • AHA State Lobby Day in Annapolis

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. PLEASE CONTACT MICHAELINE FEDDER FOR MORE DETAILS - MICHAELINE.FEDDER@HEART.ORG. The event will include breakfast with the legislators, advocate lobby day prep, and face-to-face meetings with legislators and their staff to discuss the importance of our policy efforts...
  • Quick Legislative Update Call - MD

    REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS CLOSED. FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT MICHAELINE FEDDER at michaeline.fedder@heart.org Get updated on the legislative happenings we're working on in MD during a quick call Monday, January 27th. Put it on your calendar, and RSVP now. From 12:00 to 12:30 pm, we'll...
  • Maryland Lobby Day

    PRE-REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT HAS ENDED BUT JOIN US & SIGN IN AT THE EVENT. Join the American Heart Association at Maryland's state capitol to help all Marylanders live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. Advocates will join from across the state to support training...
  • Blog Post: Mark Your Calendar for the EmpowerMEnt Challenge!

    We’re gearing up for National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and we want you to be in on all of the action! Throughout September, we’re encouraging families across the country to take control of their healthy by participating in the EmpowerMEnt Challenge . Each week, families and kids...
  • Blog Post: Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever. Mary Kay’s advocacy days started in 2002 in Chicago where she founded...
  • Blog Post: What Is Your Why?

    As you may know, the American Heart Association has kicked off our new "Life is Why" campaign. We know there are many reasons "why" you are passionate, and we’d like to know what the reasons are behind your "why!" We are running a social media campaign focused on...
  • Blog Post: Come Help Us Grow Grassroots at Fall Heart Walks around MD!

    Heart Walk is an opportunity to come play with us, help make walkers aware of our advocacy efforts, and engage them in the You're the Cure grassroots network. We need your help manning our You're the Cure booths at these events to spread the message! Take a look at the list of Heart Walk events...
  • Blog Post: Anne Efron

    Anne Efron, Maryland Following a long day at work Anne Efron and her husband Dave were getting set to grill for dinner. After making a quick trip to the store Dave returned to find Anne unconscious and without a pulse, in full cardiac arrest. She had a history of what had been diagnosed as benign...
  • Blog Post: Joye Mullis

    Joye Mullis, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate As with all children, my son’s story began well before his birth. I had a fairly easy pregnancy, tainted by a couple of scares early on, but then all appeared well at my 20-week ultrasound. I was healthy. Baby was healthy. Life was good. At 28 weeks...
  • Blog Post: Find Who Cares Like You Do

    You care about helping Americans live healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. We know you care because you are a You’re the Cure Advocate, supporting our efforts to change policies that impact this. But we desperately need more like you – people willing to take simple...
  • 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: Richard Benson

    Richard Benson, MD/PhD, District of Columbia “I’m looking at the man in the mirror.” When it comes to preventing heart disease and stroke, the #1 and #4 most common causes of death in the US, respectively, I think of those famous and poignant words by the late great Michael Jackson...
  • Blog Post: We're Thankful... For You

    It has been an incredibly exciting year in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, full of policy advancement and growth in our You’re the Cure network. None of our success could have happened without the work of you, our many dedicated advocates. We are thankful for you. Our DC advocates worked hard...
  • Blog Post: Giving Thanks for a Great Year!

    As fall draws to a close, we are taking the time to thank all of our volunteers and celebrating a great year. Together, You’re the Cure advocates, like you, successfully advocated for heart healthy and stroke smart policies in their communities and states. We could not achieve the positive change...
  • Blog Post: Making Kids' Meals Healthy

    Demand for healthful kids’ meals at restaurants is growing. There is a great need for options for kids that are not only healthy but also flavorful, fun and interesting. Research shows that the aggressive marketing and advertising of high-calorie, unhealthy foods to children are contributing to...
  • Blog Post: Your Special Power Moves Mountains

    Do you know about your special power? Advocacy is the use of your power to influence someone who can give you what you want. As an American Heart Association You’re the Cure advocate you use the special power of your voice to influence lawmakers, and move mountains for thousands upon thousands...
  • Blog Post: Paul Kearns

    Paul Kearns, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Over twenty five years ago, I was working as a boat captain on the Long Island Sound. It was a beautiful summer day around dusk when someone collapsed near me on the dock I was operating. This man was turning blue, and after being frozen with fear I did the only...
  • 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: Kendra Meiklejohn

    Kendra Meiklejohn, Mid-Atlantic My husband and I were so excited at the ultrasound to find out the sex of our second child. We had our son with us. We were joking and talking with the tech. She suddenly grew quiet. When the doctor came in and viewed the ultrasound, he was also very quiet. It didn’t...
  • Blog Post: MD Session Prep

    We are getting ready to rumble! We expect the 2015 MD General Assembly session to be eventful and productive. Get a load of the issues we are preparing to work on, and join us, if you’d like, for a short call January 26th to learn details and how you can help. RSVP for the Jan 26 Session call:...
  • 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. ...