American Heart Association - You’re the Cure

LoginLogin with Facebook

Remember me Forgot Password

Be the Cure, Join Today!

  • Learn about heart-health issues
  • Meet other likeminded advocates
  • Take action and be heard
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!


Read More

Record Breaking Metro Atlanta Heart Walk

On Sept. 26, dozens of interactive and informative booths lined Centennial Olympic Park for the 2015 Atlanta Heart Walk. Participants learned about Hands-OnlyTM, tasted delicious low sodium snacks, met American Heart Association Heart Walk Sponsors, jumped in the Kid Zone, and learned about the American Heart Association's legislative priorities.

At the You're the Cure booth, we invited guests to spin the ”Wheel of Tobacco Facts,” quizzing them on a variety of Georgia-specific tobacco tidbits. Did you know:

  • Patrons can still smoke in bars and restaurants in Atlanta who only serve ages 18 an up;
  • Georgia’s cigarette tax is the 3rd lowest in the nation at 37 cents a pack;
  • Nearly 13 percent of Georgia’s high school students regularly smoke; and
  • The tobacco industry spends $348.7 million a year in Georgia on marketing and advertising.

A petition was on hand for participants to sign letting the Georgia legislature know that the public supports an increase in the state tobacco tax by $1.23, an amount that would bring our state more in line with the national average of $1.58.

More Heart Walks are scheduled around the state. Visit to find one near you!

Read More

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.  



Read More

Will You Walk This Fall?

Heart Walks are the American Heart Association’s key event to raise funds that support breakthrough research in preventing and treating heart disease and stroke, America’s No.1 and No. 5 killers.

These are family-friendly events with a variety of activities taking place before and after the Walk. Learn about CPR training in your community, the American Heart Association’s role at the State Capitol, share your story, or purchase a torch to carry for a loved one during your walk. Family, Friend, and Company teams are forming today!

We have seven Heart Walks in Georgia this fall. 

Gainesville    September 12, 2015
Columbus    September 17, 2015
Metro Atlanta    September 26, 2015
Athens     October 9, 2015
Macon     October 24, 2015
Northwest Georgia   October 24, 2015
Valdosta November 7, 2015

For more event information and registration, visit

Read More

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 Housing Authority Advisory Committee.  She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and she is the Regional Social Action Coordinator for the Southern Region which includes Alabama, Bahamas, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee.  She also a member of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. and is the Georgia Legislative Chair.  

Leadership development is a great passion of hers.  She has developed, marketed and implemented numerous workshops for elected officials, corporate offices, non-profit organizations, businesses and schools in this area. Her expertise and understanding of politics and political trends makes a valuable resource to many elected officials, company executives, employees interested in enhancing their skills. She is often sought after as a keynote speaker and workshop leader. To date, she has taught and trained thousands in the areas of political strategy, communications, public involvement fundraising, and base building. 

Rhonda brings over a decade of experience in advocacy and public policy.  She is currently the Senior Director of External Affairs for the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA).  She oversees Community Relations and Government Affairs (federal, state and local) for the Authority.  Over the last two years, she has worked with the Georgia General Assembly to pass major transportation legislations for the state of Georgia and MARTA amounting in over $1billion dollars for the agencies.

She has a Juris Doctor from Jones School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Law and Society from Georgia State University.  She resides in Tucker, Georgia with her son, Kai.

Join us in welcoming Rhonda to the team!

Read More

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.

Read More

AHA, Aramark join on meals initiative

Aramark, the largest U.S.-based food service provider, has joined with the American Heart Association on a five-year initiative to make the meals it serves healthier. Changes will impact more than 2 billion meals served each year at schools, businesses, sports venues and elsewhere.

The initiative, called Healthy for Life 20 by 20, will implement a 20 percent reduction in calories, saturated fat and sodium and a 20 percent increase in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

“Experts have estimated that if the American public increased their consumption of fruits and vegetables to meet current public health recommendations, 127,000 lives could be saved each year,” said Al Royse, chairman of the AHA. “It’s essential that we make healthier options more easily available to consumers and empower them to choose these options for themselves and their families.”

Read the rest of the article on

Read More

Have you checked out the AHA store lately?

T-shirts, measuring bowls, jewelry and everything in between. This summer you can “Shop Heart” choose the best of AHA swag like cookbooks, apparel, and accessories.

You can help spread our message of heart health when you wear an American Heart Association t-shirt, jacket, lapel pin, or tie. In addition to great gear we also stock educational materials so you can share important heart and stroke prevention advice with family and friends. Best of all when you "Shop Heart" money spent supports the mission of the American Heart Association.

Check out the latest merchandise in the store and show your support for the AHA today. 

P.S.  – There is a limited edition You’re the Cure T-shirt in the store. But hurry, only a couple dozen remain!







Read More

Carlin Breinig, Georgia

Carlin Breinig, GA

The American Heart Association continues to advocate for the strong school nutrition standards that are part of the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act.

In December 2010, President Obama signed the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, which gave the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) the authority to update national nutrition standards for school meals and for other foods sold in schools throughout the school day. School meals were updated to include more whole grains and fruits and vegetables and to limit sodium, saturated fat and trans fats. The law also has had numerous other positive effects on school nutrition and health, such as strengthening local wellness policies and updating nutrition standards for foods sold on the school campus (outside of the meal program) throughout the day.

This issue of child nutrition is important to Carlin. “I've been a personal chef since 1998. When I first started my business, my customers were mostly busy people who needed help with meals. This has changed over the years. More recently, requests have been from people who are also busy but have been diagnosed with diabetes, high blood pressure or high cholesterol and now have to change the way they eat."

I have been involved with Chefs Move to Schools since its inception and have worked to change school food to be more appealing while following the standards. Also in 2014, I became a trainer for The Institute of Child Nutrition formerly known as NFSMI (National Food Service Management Institute). I am teaching:

  • Healthy Cuisine for Kids
  • Practical Skills for Preparing Quality Meals
  • Food Safety

I teach food service professionals in the schools, because students have to eat the school meals in order to benefit from them.  I know that for some children, the meals at school could be the only meals they get during a day. So their meals need to be nutritious and delicious so they are consumed.

Carlin says, "I support the American Health Association because of their educational programs and the proactive approach they take. I am very interested in the school nutrition standards because I believe change can start with young people."

Read More

Georgia Students Dine with First Lady

To help Georgia combat its childhood obesity crisis, school nutrition directors like Dr. Linette Dodson with Carrollton City Schools are offering students innovative, healthy and delicious meals.

Two incoming seventh graders at Carrollton City Schools are such advocates for school nutrition that they recently were selected as part of the Let's Move Initiative to testify at a Congressional briefing for the Salad Bars in Schools Expansion Act. Following the briefing, they assisted White House chefs with lunch preparation and joined First Lady Michelle Obama for lunch.

Read more at The Carrollton Menu.

Read More

[+] Blogs[-] Collapse