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  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Libby Char

    Libby Char, Hawaii Despite her extremely busy work schedule as an emergency physician, as the Medical Director for the Honolulu Fire Department and for American Medical Response in Hawaii, and serving on the American Heart Association Hawaii Division Board, Libby Char, M.D. still finds time to support...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Birnbaum

    I recently met You're the Cure advocate Nancy Birnbaum, a registered nurse who resides in College Station, Texas at the Advocating for Heart event at the Capitol. I loved the passion and enthusiasm she showed for the AHA mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives...
  • Blog Post: Greta McKinnon-Hall, Florida

    Working at St. Johns County Fire Rescue definitely was not in my life's plan. I wanted to become a high school history teacher. But, things work out for a reason and to say I found my calling would be an understatement. In 2012, I developed a "Hands Only CPR" program and thought that...
  • Blog Post: Dana Powell

    Dana Powell, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate On January 1, 2012, our family began the year with the birth of our second son, Asa Heard Karchmer. Like all babies, Asa delivered love and wonder into our lives. But those dreams were abruptly shattered on day two of Asa’s life. We came home from Watauga...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...
  • Blog Post: Jane Kolodinsky, Vermont's New Advocacy Committee Chair

    A long-time advocate for a sugary drink excise tax in Vermont will now chair the American Heart Association’s Vermont Advocacy Committee and help promote nutrition standards and the removal of sugary drinks in restaurants kids’ meals. Professor Jane Kolodinsky is also the chair of the...
  • Blog Post: Candace Pierce, Rhode Island

    The American Heart Association’s National Office was recently awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to reduce chronic diseases and health disparities in low-income communities across the country. The National Office selected 15 markets to receive funding for...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: David Bordewyk

    David Bordewyk South Dakota As general manager and chief lobbyist for South Dakota Newspaper Association, I spend a portion of every winter at the state capitol in Pierre, advocating for newspapers, the First Amendment and open government issues before legislators and others. Lobbying during the...
  • Blog Post: Bill Forester

    Bill Forester Ohio Bill Forester recalls the moment he heard the doctors tell his family that he was gone. At 51-years-old, he was a college professor, realtor, director of labor and public speaker who led a healthy lifestyle. "I was a vegetarian, I ran and I never smoked," said Bill, which...
  • Blog Post: Amre Nouh, Connecticut

    Dr. Amre Nouh is a stroke specialist at Hartford Hospital and he has been appointed as the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association representative to the Department of Public Health Task Force to Study Stroke. Dr. Nouh brings a wealth of experience to the table and has held a variety...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Task Force Moves Quickly and Gov. Malloy Holds Formal Signing For CPR Bill

    Summer may be seen a slower time in in the legislature, but that’s not the case with the Department of Health Task Force to Study Stroke. The group has begun meeting regularly and it’s clear that everyone in the group is dedicated to improving stroke systems of care in Connecticut. The group...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Mitchell S. Elkind, New York

    Dr. Mitchell S. V. Elkind, a member of the American Heart Association’s Board of Directors, is gravely concerned about the high rates of hypertension in New York City. And he’s pushing the city to do something about it. Dr. Elkind recently submitted testimony to the New York City Board...
  • Blog Post: Carol Barnes, Mississippi Advocacy Chair

    Guest Blogger: Carol Barnes My name is Carol Barnes and I am serving as the new Chair of the Mississippi Advocacy Committee this year. I am an Associate Professor at Mississippi College in the Kinesiology Department, and I’ve served on the Advocacy Committee for the past three years. During...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight - Tim Gable

    Meet Tim Gable, a young survivor who had a stroke at age 25 and spent his 26 th birthday in the hospital. Tim’s a new AHA/ASA volunteer who has become a key advocate for our upcoming Saving Strokes Event in Provo. Here’s Tim’s story… My friends and I had decided to go on a...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: JR Dietl

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? In 1969 my father suffered a cardiac arrest and nobody was able to perform CPR on him. I was devastated. After becoming an EMT/Paramedic in Iowa I wanted to help so that other kids my age at the time would not have to go through...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Joshua Levy

    Hey! My name is Joshua Levy and I am an advocacy intern for the American Heart Association--Greater Bay Area! Currently, I am a student attending the University of California, Berkeley pursuing a degree in Physics. But don’t let the degree fool you. Although I am interested in the sciences,...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Debora Grandison

    Debora Grandison Missouri It was 26 years ago when I was placed on medication to stop pre-term labor. That medication not only jeopardized the life of my unborn child, but mine as well. After a stint in intensive care, I began a long journey of misdiagnoses, medications and medical testing, which...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: ND SHAPE on New P.E. Standards

    Following a year long process, the new North Dakota Physical Education Standards and Outcomes were released in July 2015. Funds were pooled from the ND Department of Public Instruction, American Heart Association, and ND Society of Health and Physical Educators to develop and host a professional development...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Jenna Bell

    Jenna Bell Kansas I am a mom, Army Wife, daughter, and a survivor of heart disease. When I was 23 I was diagnosed with a cardiomyopathy and told I was at risk for sudden cardiac death. I wouldn’t have a heart attack. My heart would simply stop and I would die. I was told that I would never have...
  • 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: Rhonda Briggins, Georgia Advocacy Chair

    Rhonda Briggins, J.D. GA Rhonda Briggins, J.D. dedicates her life to public service through her role as a community advocate, political strategist and servant leader. She serves on various boards of directors such as the Bridge Crossing Jubilee, Vote Run Lead, DeKalb Workforce Development, and DeKalb...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Gloria Hobbs, Ohio

    For many years, Gloria Hobbs lived with her husband on the south side of Youngstown, where there was a grocery store a few blocks away. Unfortunately, the passing of Gloria’s husband and the economic downtown precipitated many changes in her life. She now lives in subsidized senior housing downtown...
  • Blog Post: Meet Your New Grassroots Advocacy Director

    With $50 in their pockets and hope, my parents brought my sister and I from India to the United States when we were young. 4 years later, after studying at a Red Rocks Community College at night and working minimum wage jobs, they bought a house, two cars and 'a white picket fence'. Our story...