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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 year, killing approximately one woman every 80 seconds.  Fortunately, we can change that because 80 percent of cardiac and stroke events may be prevented with education and action. That’s why this year we are asking that you wear red on National Wear Red Day® and donate to Go Red For Woman. By doing so you help support educational programs to increase women’s awareness and critical research to discover scientific knowledge about cardiovascular health. 

And don’t forget to make your heart health a priority. Schedule your Well-Woman Visit, a prevention check-up to review a woman’s overall health so her doctor can measure blood pressure, check cholesterol and look for signs of heart disease, stroke and other illnesses. Then encourage others through your social channels to do the same.

We couldn’t make positive changes without the support and donations by individuals like you.

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AHA Urges Florida Lawmakers to Improve Access to Healthy Foods

Right now, more than 2.5 million Floridians live in areas where it is difficult and sometimes impossible to buy fresh food – fruits and vegetables, low-fat dairy, whole grains, seafood and lean meats. Research shows that living closer to healthy food retail is associated with better diets and decreased risk for obesity and diet-related diseases.

That’s why our top priority this legislative session – which started on Jan. 12 – is to pass Health Food Financing Initiatives, Senate Bill 760 / House Bill 153. The legislation would allow the State to provide a one-time appropriation of at least $5 million to be used to finance businesses that would place new grocery stores, or expand current stores, in food deserts in priority populations. The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services would set the criteria for the program and oversee the data collection and a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) would handle the financial aspects of the program.

Through this legislation, we can set up a private/public partnership as an investment to jumpstart an emerging market. The language in the bill has provisions that would direct the funds to small and local businesses rather than large chains. Grocers who have opened or expanded stores through Healthy Food Financing Initiatives have reported strong produce sales. This demonstrates that what is good for the health of families is also good for business, and that there is strong demand for fresh foods in underserved areas.

To date, the Healthy Food Financing bills have successfully passed their first subcommittee stops. We still have a ways to go through the legislative process! Stay tuned for future You’re the Cure alerts to find out how you can help.

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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 to social media chatter and it takes relatively few posts or comments to get their attention. That's good news for us!

So, how can you use the Facebook newsfeed or Twitter timeline to get the attention of lawmakers and help pass heart healthy policies?

  • Follow your members of Congress, as well as state and local elected officials on Twitter. ‘Like’ and ‘Follow’ their pages on Facebook.
  • Tweet about our health policy issues, tagging the appropriate legislators by using the @ sign and their Twitter handle. For example: I’m from Pennsylvania, so I’d tag my U.S. Senators by including @SenBobCasey & @SenToomey in my tweet.
  • If they allow it, you can post about our issues directly on the Facebook pages of elected officials. Frequently, that feature is disabled but you are able to comment on their posts. According to #SocialCongress, Congressional offices typically monitor those comments for a limited period of time. Your best bet is to comment within the first 24 hours after a post.
  • Rally your friends and family members to tweet, post or comment about an issue on a single ‘day of action’. CMF’s survey data shows just 30 or fewer comments can be enough to make a legislative office pay attention.
  • Be sure to use the campaign hashtag if one has been created by your advocacy staff partners. The #hashtag allows all the relevant posts to be woven together to tell our story, and makes your post searchable by others interested in the issue.    

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The American Heart Association Co-Hosts Event in Miami Gardens

On November 21, The Office of Representative Sharon Pritchett, The Office of Miami Gardens Councilman David Williams, The Miami-Dade County Parent Academy, and Healthy Food Florida on behalf of The American Heart Association hosted "Healthy Living, Healthy Solutions", a community wellness workshop.  In attendance were the NAACP Health Committee, Tone You Up, Inc.,  Miami-Dade County Department of Food & Nutrition, Zija International, Jessie Trice Community Health Center, Chef Irie Spice, Parkway Educational Complex and residents of Miami Gardens.

Attendees learned about container gardening, composting, as well as the American Heart Association's Healthy Food Financing Initiative. They also visited participating organizations' booths, enjoyed a physical fitness session and watched a healthy food cooking demonstration by the talented Chef Irie Spice.  Attendees were very receptive towards the information presented and expressed gratitude for the healthy food.  Both attendees and participating organizations expressed interest in recreating the event annually.

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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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