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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 lost too soon, of survival, or of triumph over heart disease or stroke- all because you know your stories will make a difference in someone else’s life. It is often those stories that convince lawmakers to pass the policies making our communities healthier.

Because of you, more babies are being screened with Pulse Ox and having their heart defects corrected before it’s too late. Because of you, people in communities around the country have been saved by students who learned CPR in school. Because of you, people are getting better stroke care, families have safe places for active play, fewer people are smoking, and kids are eating healthier food at school.  The impact you’re making is incredible, and our communities are better places- because of you.

You make us cry. You share your joy. You inspire us. You amaze us. And we’re just so grateful for all you do.

We’re including YOU as we count our blessings this month, and we wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving with family and friends!   

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Miami-Dade Public Schools Train 11,000+ Students in CPR

On Oct. 14, 2015, American Heart Association and Baptist Hospital recognized The School Board of Miami-Dade and Superintendent Alberto Carvahlo for their leadership in ensuring that 11,135 students received CPR training last school year. Miami-Dade County was the only school district to train such a large number of students using the CPR in Schools Kit within the Greater Southeast Affiliate. Miami-Dade County Public Schools is the fourth largest school district in the United States with over 345,000 students and over 40,000 employees. The school district stretches over 2,000 square miles of diverse and vibrant communities ranging from rural to urban cities and municipalities.

Being such a large and diverse school district, their personal impact within their many communities can help decrease the number of deaths related to sudden cardiac arrest each year. More than 326,000 people experience cardiac arrest outside of a hospital each year, and about 90-percent of those victims die, often because bystanders don't know how to start CPR or are afraid they'll do something wrong. Bystander CPR, especially if performed immediately, can double or triple a cardiac arrest victim's chance of survival. Teaching CPR to students could save thousands of lives by filling our community with lifesavers - those trained to give cardiac arrest victims the immediate help they need to survive until EMT's arrive.

In Miami-Dade County, Superintendent Carvahlo has committed to ensuring that students in his schools are being equipped with the right training to help save lives. It's also the leadership and dedication of champions like Jayne Greenburg, District Director of Physical Education and Health Literacy, and Louis Lazo, Curriculum Support Specialist in Health Literacy, who ensured that all 11,135 students were trained at their local high schools for the Hands-Only CPR program last year.

The American Heart Association presented the district with a CPR in Schools Kit that can be shared amongst their high schools. One kit contains everything needed to facilitate CPR in Schools training and can train hundreds of students for years to come. Congratulations, Miami-Dade County Public Schools!

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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 the common warning signs of stroke, F.A.S.T. (Face drooping, Arm weakness, Speech difficulty, Time to call 9-1-1).

Why learn the F.A.S.T song? The quicker you recognize the stroke warning signs and call 9-1-1 for stroke, the better the chances of recovery. 

Here is how you can participate:

So get your vocal cords ready and let's sing to end stroke!


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Janie McGrew, Florida

Janie McGrew, Florida

Three years before my father died, he suffered a debilitating stroke. It stole his quality of life and everything he considered to make life worth living, depriving him of happiness. Many people close to him, people he trusted, took advantage of him. As I watched him, I decided that it is possible to help prevent someone from having my father’s experience with stroke.

I realized my family and I shared multiple risk factors for stroke and heart attack. I connected with the mission of the American Heart Association and committed to changing my own health and risk factors through diet and physical activity. I became a You’re the Cure advocate to help our communities become healthier and stroke-ready. After all, it takes people being engaged to make a difference for the better. The American Heart Association has made a positive difference in my own life and the lives of others, helping to move stroke from the third to fifth leading cause of death in the United States.

Originally posted: October 31, 2012

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Hillsborough County School Board Receives CPR Training

American Heart Association Tampa Bay Metro Board President, Dr. Gul Dadlani, and Hillsborough Fire Rescue trained the Hillsborough County School Board in Hands-OnlyTM CPR on Sept. 15 as part of the Tampa Bay Metro Board’s ongoing effort to increase civilian CPR training.

Thanks to local funding, a CPR in Schools kit has been placed in every Hillsborough County high school. Plus, all ninth grade students will receive the same Hands-OnlyTM CPR training during their physical education course this year as part of the H.O.P.E. curriculum. As a result of this training, the school board is considering ways to make these CPR trainings more sustainable for future generations of lifesavers.


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September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month

September is National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month and to help raise awareness with families across the country, the American Heart Association has brought back a fun and easy way to help you with the No. 1 health concern among parents – childhood obesity. Through the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™  families and kids will learn to take control of their health in four weeks by pursuing a different goal each week with activities that are fun, simple, won’t break the bank and can be done as a family! By the end of the month, you might feel accomplished and be better equipped to live a heart-healthy life. There will also be four Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ Twitter Chats every Wednesday in September.

Mark your calendars and get ready to take the challenge in September by visiting - where you will have access to videos, complimentary challenge materials, and the Life is Why Family Health Challenge™ social media group that will help you, and your family, stay on track.  



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AHA Attends 1st Annual Healthy Eating Physical Activity Summit in Fla.

On September 1, 2015, the Pioneering Healthy Communities coalition (PHC) held the first annual Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Summit in Orlando, Florida. The American Heart Association attended as part of the coalition.

The summit aimed to convene community and state advocates, determine opportunities for state and local action to support HEPA and develop partnerships and collaborations to assist in HEPA implementation. When implementing HEPA standards, four priorities must be met. They are, but not restricted to, water as the beverage of choice, outdoor play, 1 percent  milk instead of juice, and screen time limits.

There were more than 150 attendees at the summit representing various stakeholders from around the state. The PHC coalition already is planning on next year’s event and working to make the summit even more beneficial and informative to the attendees. We look forward to participating!

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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 likely to result in disability or death, if the blockage is removed in the crucial early hours of having a stroke.

Right now the standard treatment is a clot-dissolving drug called tPA. But it must be given intravenously within 4.5 hours to be effective. For people with larger brain clots, tPA only works about a third of the time.

New studies recommend doctors to use modernized -retrievable stents, to open and trap the clot, allowing doctors to extract the clot and reopen the artery nearly every time when used with tPA.

To learn more read “Clot Removing Devices Provide Better Outcomes for Stroke Patients” and visit to learn the warning signs of stroke.

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Sunrise Fire Rescue Trains 1,000+ Florida Citizens in CPR

Guest blogger: Danielle DiGiacomo, Fire Prevention Specialist, City of Sunrise

The first week in June, Sunrise Fire Rescue issued a newsletter on the City of Sunrise website and at residents’ association meetings, spreading the word about National CPR and  AED Awareness Week that directed people to the American Heart Association (AHA)’s Hands-OnlyTM CPR video online.  Using the Hands-Only CPR social media marketing tools provided on the American Heart Association’s website, posts were created throughout the week on both Fire Rescue’s  and the City’s main Facebook and Twitter pages.  A Hands-Only CPR training also was provided for the Sawgrass Mills Walmart employees on June 5. 

The video was shown again at the City Commission meeting held the following week, after a brief introduction from Fire Chief, Thomas DiBernardo.  At the National Night Out event held on August 4 at the Sunrise Public Safety complex, Sunrise Fire Rescue set up and staffed a Hands-Only CPR training booth for the 1000 plus patrons with a laptop playing two different American Heart Association Hands-Only CPR videos, and a third video from the British Heart Association looped back-to-back.  Sunrise Fire Rescue ran this training booth again on August 8 for the city’s Back-to-School event, now with two 50” TVs running the looped videos.  Going forward, Sunrise Fire Rescue is planning additional Hands-Only CPR trainings for local schools and churches.

In addition to raising awareness of Hands-Only CPR, Sunrise Fire Rescue has been testing the PulsePoint smartphone app, in preparation to become the first city in South Florida to adopt it.  Working with EMS dispatch centers and intended for civilians trained in CPR, PulsePoint alerts the user when bystander CPR is needed nearby.  PulsePoint directs the user to the nearest publicly accessible AED, as well as the location of the cardiac emergency.  This gives everyday citizens trained in CPR the opportunity to provide potentially lifesaving assistance in the window of time between the initial call to 9-1-1 and the arrival of EMS. Bystander CPR administered prior to EMS arrival has been shown to significantly improve outcomes in viable patients, and the PulsePoint app is credited with saving lives in Orlando and throughout California, where it is already is in use.  Testing for Sunrise Fire Rescue is in its final stages with a launch date to be announced soon.

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