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New Study: E-cigarettes could cut smoking-related deaths by 21 percent

E-cigarettes could lead to a 21 percent drop in deaths from smoking-related diseases in those born after 1997, according to a study published in Nicotine & Tobacco Research.

The study, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Intervention and Surveillance Modeling Network, found that under most plausible scenarios e-cigarettes and other vapor products have a generally positive public health impact. For more on this story, CLICK HERE. 

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Pokémon Go Brings Video Games Outside

Pokémon Go is getting players physically moving in the real world, a change from the stereotypical stationary screen time usually associated with gaming. The app works by allowing GPS to track the gamer’s location, which in turn moves the player’s avatar the same distance on the in-game map.

“There is already clear evidence that people are walking more each day while using it,” said Wei Peng Ph. D, an associate professor at Michigan State University, who studies the potential benefits in using video games and interactive media to promote health.

For more on this story, CLICK HERE. 

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Study: New concerns raised over teen e-cigarette use

As e-cigarette use among teens rapidly increases, a national health report suggests adolescents who would not have otherwise used tobacco products are now turning to electronic smoking devices.

The report, released Monday by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is based on a study that found overall smoking prevalence among youth in Southern California declined, but the combined e-cigarette or cigarette use was substantially greater than before e-cigarettes became available.

The conclusion raises the question of whether e-cigarettes are merely substituting for cigarettes or being used by teens who wouldn’t otherwise be smoking.

Read more on USAToday.com.

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Remarkable Success

Each summer at the American Heart Association, we pause to reflect on all we've accomplished over a year. You're the Cure advocates are working hard, and they're truly changing their communities for the better!

In the past year, our volunteers, staff and partners helped pass 74 state and local laws or regulations that help Americans enjoy longer, healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke. Here are a few highlights of the exciting progress we've made together:

  • More than 400,000 people gained access to health insurance coverage through the expanded Medicaid program in 2 states. Advocates are hard at work to increase access in the remaining 19 states that have yet to expand their Medicaid programs.
  • Four states and Washington, D.C. passed measures to screen infants for critical congenital heart defects — meaning an additional 208,000 babies in those states and more than 1 million babies across the country will be screened each year. The simple, inexpensive, lifesaving pulse oximetry test is now required in 45 states.
  • States, cities, counties and communities across the country dedicated funding to enhance roadways that make it safer and easier for more than 21.2 million people to walk and ride bicycles.
  • New York City approved more than $9 million in funding for physical education, impacting more than 416,000 elementary school students in the city.
  • Thanks to laws passed this year requiring CPR training in 10 states and a handful of large counties or school districts, more than 740,000 additional students will graduate from high school with the skills to save lives. This brings the total to more than 2 million students in 35 states who will be trained in CPR every year before high school graduation!

I hope you'll take a moment this summer to truly appreciate the impact you're making on our communities as a You're the Cure advocate. Success this big deserves a celebration!  

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Find the Heart Walk Near You

The Heart Walk is the American Heart Association’s premier community event, helping to save lives from heart disease and stroke. More than 300 walks across America raise funds to support valuable health research, education and advocacy programs of the American Heart Association in every state. Our You’re the Cure advocacy movement – and our public policy successes along the way – are all made possible by the funds raised by the Heart Walk. Whether it’s CPR laws passed to train the next generation of lifesavers or policy to regulate tobacco products and prevent youth smoking,  together we are building a world free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke. The Heart Walk is truly a community event, celebrating survivors, living healthy, and being physically active. We hope you’ll join us and visit the site today. If there is not a walk listed in your area soon,  it may be coming in the spring season or you can join a virtual event. And don’t forget to connect with your local advocacy staff and ask about your local Heart Walk day-of You’re the Cure plans - they may need your help spreading the word. Thanks for all you do, and happy Heart Walk season.

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We Can't Rest

Although August is usually a time for vacations and trips to the pool, it’s also an ideal time to meet with your federal lawmakers. Members of Congress will be traveling back home, which means for the entire month they will be closer to their constituents and interested in hearing from you!

As You’re the Cure advocates, we want to meet with as many lawmakers as possible and urge them to take action on important issues that affect heart disease and stroke patients in your hometown and across the country.

Are you up for it? If so, here’s the plan!

1. Pick one (or more!) of the following issues

Click on each issue below to learn more information on the latest developments before meeting with your lawmaker:

 

2. Get in contact with local AHA staff

Fill out this simple form to tell us a little bit about yourself, where you live, your contact information, and which issue or issues you’d like to bring up with your lawmakers. Then AHA staff will take it from there and get in touch with you about scheduling a meeting. 

3. Prepare for your meeting

Members of Congress want to hear how the policies we support affect their districts & constituents, and they want to know why it's important to YOU! AHA staff can help with the local information, but only you can share your personal story!

  • Think about how these policies would impact your life or the life of someone close to you. Would your experience with heart disease or stroke have been different if we had more research funding or better access to telestroke care or cardiac rehab? Do you rely on schools to deliver nutritious foods to your children? Do you see patients who would benefit from these policies? Is there another reason these policies are important to you?
  • Write your story down and practice sharing it, being sure to make the connection to the policy issue you will be discussing.  

That's it- You're ready to help us make a difference this August!

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Hey Arkansas! Let's take the #SuperParkSelfie challenge in July!

Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?

Here’s the latest from the National Recreation and Park Association:

This July, we want you to discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! To see just how SUPER you are, we are challenging you to take a #SuperParkSelfie every week this July. Head out to your nearest park or recreation center and show us how parks and rec super power your life. Let's showcase our local park and recreation areas in Arkansas for the nationwide challenge! 

Each week has a different selfie theme:

  • July 11-17: Selfie doing something healthy!
  • July 18-24: Selfie with your friends and community!
  • July 25-31: Selfie showing your superhero side!

You’ll be able to submit your selfie via this page, Facebook or by sharing the photo on Twitter and Instagram. Check out information on the prizes and how to enter on the contest page here.

When you share your selfie on social media, please use the AHA Arkansas Advocacy hashtag #YoureTheCureAR in addition to #SuperParkSelfie and #SuperJuly.  

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Hey Oklahoma! Let's take the #SuperParkSelfie Challenge in July!

Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?

Here’s the latest from the National Recreation and Park Association:

This July, we want you to discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! To see just how SUPER you are, we are challenging you to take a #SuperParkSelfie every week this July. Head out to your nearest park or recreation center and show us how parks and rec super power your life.

Each week has a different selfie theme:

  • July 11-17: Selfie doing something healthy!
  • July 18-24: Selfie with your friends and community!
  • July 25-31: Selfie showing your superhero side!

You’ll be able to submit your selfie via this page, Facebook or by sharing the photo on Twitter and Instagram. Check out information on the prizes and how to enter on the contest page here.

When you share your selfie on social media, please use the AHA Oklahoma Advocacy hashtag #YoureTheCureOK in addition to #SuperParkSelfie and #SuperJuly.  

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Advocates talk #HealthyVendingABQ at the Albuquerque Heart Walk!

A group of dedicated volunteers joined us at the Albuquerque Heart Walk on June 18th to raise their voice in support of stroke smart and heart healthy policies including the #HealthyVendingABQ campaign!  We were amazed and inspired by their enthusiasm and commitment to recruit You're the Cure advocates to join the fight against heart disease and stroke.

Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization. Without the support of these dedicated heart advocates and stroke heroes, we wouldn't be able to advance our mission of building healthier lives. Thank you to our You're the Cure advocates for all they do in keeping up the good fight!

For more information on #HealthyVendingABQ please contact Erin Hackett at erin.hackett@heart.org.

You can also catch an informative Good Day New Mexico segment from early July with two of our rock star advocates here: 

http://www.kob.com/lifestyle/healthy-vending-machine-options/4191321/?cat=11121#.V31MlE0UXIV

 

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Hey Wyoming! Let's do the #SuperParkSelfie challenge in July!

Getting as little as 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. This summer, why not increase your physical activity by taking part in National Park and Recreation Month?

Here’s the latest from the National Recreation and Park Association:

This July, we want you to discover your super powers at your local parks and rec! To see just how SUPER you are, we are challenging you to take a #SuperParkSelfie every week this July. Head out to your nearest park or recreation center and show us how parks and rec super power your life.

Each week has a different selfie theme:

  • July 11-17: Selfie doing something healthy!
  • July 18-24: Selfie with your friends and community!
  • July 25-31: Selfie showing your superhero side!

You’ll be able to submit your selfie via this page, Facebook or by sharing the photo on Twitter and Instagram. Check out information on the prizes and how to enter on the contest page here.

When you share your selfie on social media, please use the AHA Wyoming Advocacy hashtag #YoureTheCureWY in addition to #SuperParkSelfie and #SuperJuly.  

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