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You're the Cure at the Ohio Statehouse - October 7, 2015

CPR in Schools Advocacy Day

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Please note the new location for this event!
The Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square

75 E. State Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
Judicial Room

Make plans to join us at the Statehouse as we meet with legislators and urge them to support Ohio House Bill 113, CPR in Schools, which will train the next generation of lifesavers!

Registration

Please click here to register.

The Details

Before the event: We will host briefing conference calls to allow participants to learn the priority issues, logistics for the event, and tips on speaking with legislators. There are two call options on the registration form - you need only attend one.

Call Options:
Thursday, October 1st at 10:30 a.m.

Monday, October 5th at Noon

Event Day: Registration and training will be held in the Judicial Room at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel - Capitol Square, located at 75 E. State Street.

Advocacy Day Agenda:

8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Registration Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Issue Training & Logistics Overview* Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Group Strategy Meetings Judicial Room - Sheraton Hotel
10:00 a.m. Legislative Meetings Begin

Statehouse & Riffe Center

 


 

 

*Lunch vouchers will be provided.

Please note that legislative meetings may continue up until 2:30 p.m.

Driving Directions and Parking Information

Accessibility at the Statehouse

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Advocate Spotlight: Gloria Hobbs, Ohio

For many years, Gloria Hobbs lived with her husband on the south side of Youngstown, where there was a grocery store a few blocks away. Unfortunately, the passing of Gloria’s husband and the economic downtown precipitated many changes in her life.  She now lives in subsidized senior housing downtown and is no longer able to drive, which unfortunately means she no longer has convenient access to a grocery store. 

For Gloria and the 300 other seniors living in the complex, a trip to the store now entails four buses. It also changes what they can buy. “Going by bus, I can only carry two, maybe three grocery bags,” Gloria said.

Some seniors opt to avoid the walk to the bus stop and waiting in the cold, heat and rain, by taking senior rides to the store.  While the senior housing will subsidize these and it allows for more than a few bags of groceries, Gloria’s neighbors have shared that it still costs between $10 and $20 per ride.  This is a substantial amount when living on a fixed income.  

“My only choice downtown is to get food at the convenience store around the corner. They don’t sell greens or meat. They do sell apples, oranges, bananas, and potatoes, at twice the rate of a grocery store. Seniors on fixed income can’t afford to pay twice the going rate for healthy foods,” Gloria shared.  She believes since moving downtown, her health has deteriorated in ways related to lack of items for a healthy diet.

Gloria supports efforts to make a change. She believes development of an Ohio Healthy Food Financing program will positively impact Ohioans who live in areas like hers, that currently do not have a grocery store. Learn more about Healthy Food Financing efforts and how we can all help.

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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 StrokeAssociation.org to learn the warning signs of stroke.

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August Recess + Back to School = Support for Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act

It's August, and that means back to school. It also means that your members of Congress are back home for August Recess, which makes this the perfect time to urge their support for healthy school meals. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act is up for re-authorization this year, and with funding set to expire at the end of September, now is the time to emphasize the importance of ensuring our kids have access to nutritious food during the school day. How can you help? If you'd like to drop by your lawmaker's local office to leave information for them on this important issue, just let us know. If you don't have time for a drop-by visit, you can also help by simply dropping them a quick email.

Thank you for making this Congressional August Recess count!

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Bill Forester

Bill Forester Ohio

Bill Forester recalls the moment he heard the doctors tell his family that he was gone. At 51-years-old, he was a college professor, realtor, director of labor and public speaker who led a healthy lifestyle. "I was a vegetarian, I ran and I never smoked," said Bill, which is why it was such a shock when he had a stroke that left him in a coma for three days.

Thankfully, Bill awoke, but was paralyzed and unable to speak. When he first regained some ability to speak, his vocabulary was limited to just four word, but he was determined to get his life back. At times, he would study a single sentence for hours just to learn it. "I wanted to fully recover, and I didn’t care what it took." After lengthy physical, occupational and speech therapy, Bill regained his speech and has even been able to run a half marathon. He has since found a new talent and passion--painting.

Bill also turned his passion to helping others and recently joined hundreds of other AHA volunteers and survivors on Capitol Hill to share his story with lawmakers and advocate for increased heart and stroke research funding. He offers some advice to anyone going through a similar situation. "Never, never give up!"

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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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Matthew and Sherry Pickett, Kentucky

Matthew and Sherry Pickett Kentucky

My Stroke Hero is my son, Matthew Pickett. Matthew was born on June 2, 1999, and within 24 hours, he coded. Also during that time, he had stroke. Unfortunately, the cardiologist had to wait days for the bleeding to stop in order to do his first open heart surgery.

As I visited with Matthew while he was in NICU, the nurse was feeding him by bottle. Matthew aspirated on milk and required a Gtube. We taught Matthew to eat by dipping a pacifier in baby food to get him to eat and were finally able to remove the Gtube in 2007, as he was eating table foods and gaining weight.

Matthew has made tremendous progress over the years. He is up to 116 pounds, has a great appetite and loves vegetables and meat. This semester, as we were transitioning Matthew to high school, the speech therapist reported that he has met all his goals and agreed to discharge him from his speech therapy. For the first time in 15 years Matthew has no therapies and we are so proud of him.

Matthew is not only my Heart Hero but my Stroke Hero. I'm very blessed and proud to be his mom.

--Sherry Pickett

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Easy Tips to Get Active This Summer!

Did you know that walking for as few as 30 minutes a day provides heart-health benefits? And walking is easy, safe, inexpensive and a great way to spend time with family and friends. Click here to learn more about the benefits of beginning your walking regimen this summer!   

Want to take your walking to the next level? Find out more about your local HeartWalk and how you can participate!

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Summer Health Tips

The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family barbeques, picnics, sports and other outdoor activities. Below are a few tips that you can use this summer to keep your whole family happy and healthy.

 

 

Staying active in the summer months

  • Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and even after physical activity.
  • Protect your family from the sun.
  • Try to avoid intense physical activity during the hottest parts of the day (between noon to 3pm).
  • Dress for the heat.
  • Head indoors when the heat becomes unbearable. There are plenty of indoor activities that can keep you active on the hottest days.

Heart-Healthy Cookout Ideas

  • Go fish!
  • Make a better burger by purchasing leaner meat and adding delicious veggies.
  • Replace your traditional greasy fries with some heart healthy baked fries.
  • Veggie kabobs are a fun and healthy addition to your family barbeque.
  • Try grilled corn on the cob.

Healthy Road Trip

  • Make “rest breaks” active.
  • Pack healthy snacks to avoid the unhealthy foods at rest stops along your way.
  • Pack to play to continue your regular physical activity.
  • Reach for water instead of being tempted by sugary drinks.

Summer Snack Ideas

  • Homemade freezer fruit pops are an easy and fun treat for the whole family.
  • Keep your veggies cool and crisp during the summer months and they becoming a refreshing treat.
  • Fruit smoothies area a healthy way to cool yourself down on a hot summer day.
  • Mix up your own trail mix to take on all of your summer adventures.
  • Just slice and serve all the delicious fruits that are in season during the summer months.

 

Read more about these tips and other getting healthy tips over at www.heart.org/GettingHealthy 

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Garry Beltz, Ohio

Garry Beltz Ohio

At 72 years young, Garry Beltz is no stranger to speaking up for causes he believes in. When he lost his wife to cancer, his world was changed forever. He turned his grief to advocacy, initially with the American Cancer Society and then, after becoming a heart disease survivor himself, to the American Heart Association. As a passionate voice for change, Garry has attended Congressional Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. 23 times, most recently this past May when he joined nearly 400 advocates from across the country for AHA's You're the Cure on the Hill. 

Garry's passion for change extends beyond meeting with lawmakers. When he's not taking time out of his busy schedule visiting lawmakers on Capitol Hill and at the Statehouse in Columbus, he volunteers at his local HeartWalks and serves as an AHA Canton Board member. 

Garry believes, "Advocacy is a very valuable thing one can do. It is a platform to speak your truth and it's very satisfying to have such opportunities." His feels his successes show how well advocacy can work and he's proud to support the AHA mission.

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