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The American Heart Association's Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 Livestream

Join us for this exclusive virtual event where top designers and celebrities demonstrate their support for women's heart health during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Heart disease is not just a man's disease. Each year, 1 in 3 women die of heart disease and stroke. We can change that--80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes. Help break barriers against heart disease and stroke by joining us for the Go Red For Women Red Dress Collection 2015 live online at GoRedForWomen.org/RedDressCollection on Thursday, February 12 at 8 p.m. Eastern. See you there!

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American Heart Month in New Hampshire

You’re The Cure advocates make a difference in the lives of others by simply making our voices heard and reaching out to our lawmakers about public policy regarding heart health. For instance, one such success in New Hampshire was passing a law to require a simple Pulse Oximetry test be performed on every newborn to screen for possible life threatening congenital heart defects. When detected early, treatment can begin early, saving precious lives. This American Heart Month, we celebrate not only medical advances that have helped reduce deaths from heart disease and stroke, but also public policies which help NH citizens live heart healthy, stroke-free lives. But there is still much we can do – by training high school students in CPR and improving our schools’ nutrition environments – we will save many more lives, now and into the future.

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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.

At 37, Vivek Murthy is the youngest person and the first Indian-American to hold the post of Surgeon General.

Since this position was created in 1871, just 18 people have held the job. Dr. Murthy, the 19th, replaces an Acting Surgeon General who has filled the role since 2013. Dr. Murthy’s confirmation was delayed for nearly a year due to political issues, but in that time he received the endorsement of more than 100 public health groups, including the American Heart Association.

Dr. Murthy has both business and medical degrees from his studies at Harvard and Yale. He completed his residency at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he most recently served as an attending physician. He has created and led organizations to support comprehensive healthcare reform, to improve clinical trials so new drugs can be made available more quickly and safely, and to combat HIV/AIDS.

His resume is remarkable, and we look forward to working closely with Dr. Murthy to improve the health of all Americans.

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New Year Brings New Opportunities for Heart Healthy Policies in New Hampshire

This month is the start of the 2015-2016 legislative session in New Hampshire. We will soon have the opportunity to share the American Heart Association’s policy priorities with returning lawmakers as well as newly elected Senators and House Representatives. Each year the AHA presents a robust policy agenda for our lawmakers to support that will focus on building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in our state. In the coming weeks, You’re The Cure Advocates will receive information to share with lawmakers to gain their support of policies to make our communities healthier and safer including:

  • Encouraging schools to provide healthy nutrition environments for the health and well-being of NH’s children by ensuring standards for competitive foods and snacks sold in schools align with federal guidelines and that children are not exposed to unhealthy food and beverage marketing on school premises;
  • Putting thousands of trained lifesavers in NH communities every year by seeing that all students receive hands-on CPR training prior to their graduation from high school;
  • Ensuring the NH Health Protection Program continues to provide thousands of Granite Staters with access to quality, affordable health care; and,
  • Protecting kids from life-threatening tobacco addiction by raising the tobacco tax significantly and adequately funding prevention and cessation programs.

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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 year?
 
 
Below are just three of many victories that made 2014 so successful.  

 

  • 35 states now have laws protecting our littlest hearts. Pulse oximetry, a simple detection screening for heart defects gives newborns a chance to survive thanks to early detection.
  • We reached a major milestone in ensuring all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. Now more than 1 million students, in 20 states, will graduate each year with this lifesaving skill.
  • 6 states increased funding for heart disease and stroke prevention programs.

 

Want to see more accomplishments? Check out the video below.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
These are just a few highlights and for the full story be sure to check out the state by state wrap-up online. We couldn’t achieve these great accomplishments without the power of YOU our advocates. Your work to educate lawmakers, recruit family and friends, and share your story and expertise are what makes change happen. So from your AHA staff partners a big, Thank You!
 
P.S. – You can help inspire others to join the movement by sharing our accomplishments highlight video.

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Reading, Writing, Arithmetic & CPR Training in Schools

The American Heart Association wants all students to receive hands-on training in CPR prior to their graduation from high school. Twenty states have already accomplished this goal. Many NH high schools offer CPR education in a variety of ways, but not all are reaching all their students with this lifesaving skills training. You’re The Cure advocates can become CPR SMART Champions by helping local high schools be recognized as a CPR SMART School. The goal is to identify schools we can help become CPR Smart; putting hands-on training as a graduation requirement into policy, and also gather Success Stories from those schools who have already made this a curriculum standard. Join us in making sure all students leave high school with the skills to perform lifesaving CPR. Visit www.BeCPRsmart.org.

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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 in our communities without each and everyone of you. We are truly thankful for all that you do!

Below are just a few of the accomplishments we are thankful for this year: 

 

  1. Six new states require CPR as a graduation requirement. That means over 1.1 million students will be trained in life-saving CPR every year! With your help, we can add even more states to this list!
  2. Twelve new states require newborn screening for congenital heart defects before they leave the hospital. The earlier we can detect an issue with these little hearts, the better chances at a healthy life. Thirty-two states now require this screening.
  3. A half-a-dozen states increased funding for heart disease and stroke related programs.
  4. Advocates from all over the country made their voice heard in Washington D.C. on issues from more physical education in school to increasing funding for more heart and stroke research.

Once again, thank you for all the work you have done this year and for years to come! We cannot wait to see what the next 12 months brings us, but with your help, we know we will improve the lives of heart and stroke patients across the country.

Want to learn more about what we do? Check out the video below and share it with others!

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NH Students Deserve Schools Free of Unhealthy Food and Beverage Marketing

The American Heart Association believes that aggressive marketing and advertising of high-calorie, low-nutrient foods to kids is contributing to our childhood obesity epidemic. In-school marketing is meant to establish brand recognition and increase sales of products, including unhealthy foods and beverages, to our children. Last session in New Hampshire there was a bill to allow school districts to accept advertising dollars to pay for education budget shortfalls. The legislation brought to light that school districts already have the authority to allow corporate marketing in our public schools. While we all want our schools and teachers to have the resources they need, at the same time, parents do not want their authority over their childrens’ nutrition choices undermined with junk food marketing. Schools are trying hard to meet the required nutrition standards on foods sold to students and to promote healthy choices to students. The AHA needs your help to ensure marketing of unhealthy foods and beverages is not allowed in NH’s public schools. Please share with us any examples of less than healthy snacks and/or junk food marketing to our kids at your local school.

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Why New Hampshire Should Raise its Cigarette Tax

Tobacco remains the leading preventable cause of death, for heart disease and stroke and other chronic diseases. NH’s last cigarette tax increase was in 2009. Two years later, the state gave in to tobacco industry pressure and decreased its tobacco tax! At the same time, the industry raised its own price on cigarettes, so that while NH lost millions of dollars in tax revenues, Big Tobacco gained millions of dollars in new revenues, and the price of cigarettes did not change. NH’s youth rate of smoking at 13.8% is the highest of all the states in the northeast, while our state excise tax at $1.78 is the lowest. As a matter of fact, of the top 10 states in the nation with the highest tobacco tax rates, 6 are in the northeast! Why are cigarette taxes of interest to the American Heart Association and its partners? Studies have shown that youth use of tobacco decreases 7% when the retail price increases by 10%. NH could have a substantial increase in the tobacco tax and still not reach the Founders Affiliate average state tax rate of $3.00 per pack. We have a long way to go, and its time NH raised its tobacco tax rate to make tobacco product prices high enough to entice smokers to quit and prevent youth from starting. It would save lives by decreasing the number of youth and adults who smoke and who will ultimately pay the highest price from this deadly habit.

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Renewed Call To Action for CPR in NH Schools

Schools across New Hampshire are back in session! And now is the time to renew our push to get hands on CPR training into school curriculums. Schools are the place we expect our children to learn not only the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, but to become active members of their community. One thing we’d all like to see our children learning, is how to perform CPR should they ever witness someone who collapses in cardiac arrest. Whether it’s a family member or a friend, we know our kids are capable of saving a life if only they are trained to deliver CPR while waiting for an AED. Many high schools in NH teach students CPR, but not ALL students are receiving hands-on training even in those schools. The AHA wants New Hampshire to adopt the requirement that all students graduate high schools having been trained in CPR. When we do, Granite-staters will have ever-increasing odds that someone nearby will be able to respond with this life-saving skill. This school-year our decision-makers, from legislators down to local school boards, need to hear from advocates like you that CPR taught in schools will result in thousands of new lifesavers in our communities every year. If you know of anyone - a loved one, co-worker or yourself – saved because a bystander knew CPR, please share your story with us today!

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