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Exercise their Minds: Protect PE

The benefits of physical education ring clear as a school bell. With daily PE, we can keep kids’ hearts healthy and their minds in gear to do their best at school. The fact is, active kids learn better. And the benefits don’t end there. Physical education has positive impacts on their physical, mental, and emotional health.

Yet competing priorities are making effective PE programs less and less common. With your help, we can change that. In April, the Voices for Healthy Kids team is launching a campaign to start a national conversation about PE and why it is so critical for all kids themed, “Exercise their Minds. Protect PE,” and they need your help. 

As a Voices for Healthy Kids PE action team member, you’ll be kept up-to-date on campaigns in your community and around the country in support of PE, and be provided with opportunities to get involved. Join today at www.voicesforhealthykids.org/PE and help us start the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #ProtectPE.

Voices for Healthy Kids is dedicated to ensuring that physical education is provided to all of our kids. It’s not only good for their health, it’s good for their minds. And that’s good for all of us.

Download the full toolkit now at Physicaleducation.voicesforhealthykids.org .

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The Road to Recovery

Everyone knows someone who has had a heart attack, and thanks to modern science there are amazing medical interventions making survival possible. But once a patient has survived their cardiac event, what is next? For many patients, cardiac rehabilitation is a vital part of the recovery process but our laws don’t always make it easy to get this important care. You can help urge lawmakers to ensure access for patients needing cardiac rehab.

Patients who suffer from cardiovascular disease benefit from exercise training, healthy lifestyle education, and counseling to reduce stress. These activities are all part of a cardiac rehab program, and research shows cardiac rehab reduces the risk of a second cardiac event and improves a patient’s quality of life. Unfortunately, there are a number of barriers that prevent patients from participating in a cardiac rehab program, but a simple change in the law would help patients utilize these services. The proposal would allow non-physician providers – such as nurse practitioners or physician assistants – to directly supervise these programs and ensure people have access to cardiac rehab to improve their cardiovascular health.  So contact your lawmakers today, the message you send could help a loved one get the care they need.

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Healthy school meals should be here to stay

The recent compromise on strong school nutrition standards is a win for students, parents, and educators. But it’s not a guarantee. Floor votes in both the House and Senate lie ahead, and plenty of voices are still saying that we should go back to meals loaded with sugar, salt, and fat. Help us keep the momentum by telling your lawmakers this deal is the one we need to keep our kids healthy.

Going back would mean taking away the serving of fruits or vegetables that now comes with every school meal served. It would mean telling our kids that it’s not important they have more whole grains and lean proteins, and that they shouldn’t worry about eating foods loaded with dangerously high amounts of sodium.

These are lessons no parent would want to teach their child, and we shouldn’t let our schools teach them either. Step up to the plate and help us give kids the healthy futures they deserve.

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The State of Heart Health

Did you see the shout out the President gave during this year’s State of the Union address about our major accomplishment around medical research? The President said last month's $2 billion increase gave, “scientists at the National Institutes of Health the strongest resources they’ve had in over a decade.”

That achievement is thanks to you and your hard work and we are thrilled it got the attention it deserved this week!

But now it’s time to move forward.

The State of the Union kicks off the New Year and we need to remind our lawmakers that the State of Heart Health still needs improving. And although we saw big victories in 2015, this year we need to see even more.

Whether it is continuing to increase NIH’s budget, protecting school meals or increasing access to telestroke care, our elected officials need to keep hearing that our work is far from over.

Will you send a quick email to your legislator letting them know that they still have work to do in 2016?

Sending a message now shows that You're the Cure advocates across the country will be watching as our representatives in Washington tackle heart health issues. It demonstrates that we're here to support them as they advocate for policies and initiatives that will save lives, and hold them accountable when they don't.

The state of our union might be strong, but the state of our heart health needs to be stronger.

Send your message now. 

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A Season of Giving

We couldn’t share advocacy accomplishments with you this year if not for the generous gift of your time as an advocate and your donations to support the organization. Funds raised support so many programs to help prevent and treat heart disease and stroke and it’s our policy goals that have a tremendous impact in your communities. This year I was moved when a high school student saved a life not long after learning CPR in her high school, this thanks to life-saving legislation passed in her state. And I was also hopeful as we heard more success stories of schools offering healthy lunches creating good eating habits that can span a lifetime. Donations held us invest in education campaigns, outreach to lawmakers, and public awareness events. Please consider lending your support on more time this year with a donation to the American Heart Association.

 

 

 


Thank you and happy holidays to you and yours.

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The future is here, Congress Act FAST!

Each minute counts when treating a stroke. Under the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act, telestroke technology would be more available to connect patients to care when a stroke specialist is not onsite.  That means faster treatment and hopefully a better chance at a full recovery.

Our message is simple. The future is here, Congress act FAST! Will you tell them today?

Over the past few months, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates have urged Congress to embrace telestroke technology and increase access for more Americans by cosponsoring the Furthering Access to Stroke Telemedicine (FAST) Act.

And they have listened. Today, we have 41 cosponsors!

In the next couple months our goal is to get 100 cosponsors. That amount of support is crucial if we want to get it passed by Congress.

Will you help us by emailing your legislator?

 

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Save Physical Education Now

Almost half of all high school students can’t take physical education classes. The average annual school budget for physical education currently stands at just $768. And with one-third of our kids overweight or obese, this epidemic is costing our health care system anywhere from $147 to $210 billion each year.

That’s why we’re urging lawmakers to save physical education by ensuring that the Early and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) designates physical education as a core subject, preserves the current Carol M. White Physical Education Program (PEP), and provides it with robust funding. Right now, the Senate’s version of the ESEA meets each of these requirements, and will go a long way to helping us invest in our children’s health as well as cut down on health care costs down the road.

Join us and tell your lawmakers to save these provisions by funding a program that has already helped hundreds of thousands of children get active. PEP provides desperately needed resources that help cut down on obesity, teach healthy habits that will last a lifetime, and help kids do better in the classroom.

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The Time to Fight for NIH Research is Now!

For the last month, thousands of You’re the Cure advocates have signed our petition to say, “I won’t stop fighting for NIH”. We cannot wait to deliver all of these names this week when 20  advocates meet with their members of Congress.

However, your fight does not end here.

In addition to delivering your name, these advocates will also remind Congress that we must make NIH a priority... but they need your help. Will you amplify their message by sending one more letter to your legislators?

I know we have asked you to contact Congress a few times this year, but, thanks to you, we are the closest we’ve been in years to an increase in NIH funding. Proposed bills in both the US House and Senate give NIH additional funding, but nothing is final until we see a Presidential signature.

Every voice counts as we try to convince our lawmakers to support more medical research.

Will you urge your lawmakers to make NIH research funding a priority today? 

 

 

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We won't stop fighting for heart and stroke research!

This has been a great year for You’re the Cure volunteers advocating for more heart and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). So far, we’ve sent 23,000 messages to Capitol Hill, over 380 advocates met with lawmakers during You’re the Cure on the Hill, and countless numbers of passionate volunteers shared their stories on social media.

What did all of this hard work accomplish? The budget process is still not over, but here's the latest:

 

  1. A proposed budget bill in the U.S. House increases NIH's funding by $1.1 billion.
  2. A proposed budget bill in the U.S. Senate increases NIH's funding by $2 billion.
  3. Finally, the U.S. House passed a separate bill, the 21st Century Cures Act, which would give the NIH an extra $8.75 billion over the next 5 years. The bill is now in the Senate for consideration.

The House and Senate still need to work out its budget differences and nothing is final until the President signs a bill. However, this is the closest we've been in years to increased heart and stroke funding, so will you pledge not to give up the fight?

In September, another group of You’re the Cure advocates will join 300 other organizations in Washington DC. Not only will they urge Congress to increase heart and stroke research funding, but they will be delivering the names of everyone who has pledged to keep fighting for the NIH. 

It’s crucial that your name be on that petition we deliver to Capitol Hill. We've made great strides in the fight for more heart and stroke research funding this year, but we cannot give up now.

Your message to Congress is simple: "I won't stop fighting for the NIH." Tell them today!

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An extra $8.75 billion for the NIH!

UPDATE: By a vote of 344-77, the House passed the 21st Century Cures Act with a strong NIH Innovation Fund! Thank you everyone for your support. We will be in touch soon about how you can help as the bill moves to the Senate!

Original article below:

Yes, that’s possible, but we need your help to make it a reality.

Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill seeks to advance the discovery and development of new medical treatments for patients, such as by providing a much needed boost of money for the National Institutes of Health through the creation of the "NIH Innovation Fund".  

Specifically, the Fund would allocate an additional $8.75 billion in mandatory money for new, innovative NIH research over a five year period or $1.75 billion a year.

The House is expected to debate and vote on this legislation this week and they need to hear from you.

Please ask your U.S. Representative to vote "Yes" on the 21st Century Cures Act and keep the NIH Innovation Fund strong!

Even though the bill gives the NIH this extra boost of funding, there is an effort right now to make this funding optional. If this effort succeeds, then the $8.75 billion that the NIH desperately needs would not be guaranteed. As you know, every dollar is crucial as we explore new ways to treat, prevent, and even cure heart disease and stroke. That is why your elected officials need to know how important this proposed NIH Innovation Fund is to the future health of all Americans and that it should not be optional.

Please email your legislator and ask them to support the 21st Century Cures Act and keep the funding for the NIH Innovation Fund mandatory.

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