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  • Blog Post: The Fight for Healthy School Meals

    All this month, You're the Cure advocates across the country will be meeting with their lawmakers and pushing to keep school meals healthy. This past week, a group of constituents from Congressman John Kline’s district met in Minnesota to explain why we must protect the strong nutrition standards...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Let's Celebrate the Last 12 Months!

    The following blog post was written by the Executive Vice President of Advocacy and Health Quality, Mark Schoeberl. One important way the American Heart Association achieves its Mission is by advocating for laws that enable individuals to live healthier lives. It’s part of our commitment to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Virtual stroke care from miles away

    It might seem like something out of the future, but a neurologist miles away can now virtually diagnose and prescribe care for stroke patients via stroke telemedicine or telestroke. Telestroke can help ensure that more stroke patients receive clot-busting therapy and that they receive it more quickly...
  • Blog Post: Women Deserve Equality in Health Too!

    Did you know most medical research done today is still conducted using only male subjects? That means lots of unanswered questions when it comes to the best treatment for women with heart disease. Well now lawmakers are working to fix the problem by proposing a law requiring all National Institutes of...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco's Latest Threat: E-Cigarettes

    Tobacco Companies are aggressively marketing e-cigarettes to our nation's youth, and it's working. With thousands of flavors like cotton candy, Swedish fish and gummi bears, it's no wonder e-cigarette use among young people has tripled. The American Heart Association and its partners are...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure on the Hill 2015 update

    Since You’re the Cure on the Hill, there have been several developments around our efforts to protect strong school nutrition standards and push for more funding for heart disease and stroke research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). In the next few months, Congress will be reviewing...
  • Blog Post: Let's Get FIT Kids Moving

    Helping our children live active, healthy lifestyles is more important than ever. Since we first shared that the Fitness Integrated with Teaching (FIT) Kids Act had been re-introduced this Congress, thousands of you have urged your lawmakers to join as co-sponsors. Now we’re asking those of you...
  • Blog Post: Volunteers Urge Congress to Increase Access to Telestroke

    In February of 2014 Nancy Lowman woke up with a sharp pain in her neck and distorted vision. After feeling nauseous and with symptoms continuing, Nancy decided to go to a nearby hospital in Hickory, NC. Staff there thought she was having a stroke, but without a neurologist on site, they weren’t...
  • Blog Post: A Winning Game for School Lunches and Research Funding!

    At You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015, more than 380 AHA advocates and staff from all 50 states, plus DC —and thousands more back home—stepped up to the plate for healthy school lunches and medical research funding. This year, our Hill day theme was built off the great American game of...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure on the Hill - A Youth's Perspective

    Today we'd like to introduce one of our youth advocates, Michelle Ballasiotes. Michelle attended our You're the Cure on the Hill this week, and shared her story with Congress. Read on below and hear about her experience on Capitol Hill. Take it away Michelle! ---------------------------- ...
  • Blog Post: How to Keep the Winning Game Going

    You're the Cure on the Hill isn’t the only opportunity to connect with members of Congress! As their constituents, you have the power and the RIGHT to tell them at any time to step up to the plate on the heart and stroke issues you care about most. Here are some tips for getting your lawmaker...
  • Blog Post: Extra Innings! Are YOU Going to Step Up to the Plate?

    If you thought the game was over, we’ve got news for you! We’re headed into extra innings, and we need ALL of our advocates to step up to the plate! A few days ago, hundreds of You’re the Cure advocates from across the country flooded Capitol Hill urging their lawmakers to step up...
  • Blog Post: May is American Stroke Month

    Anyone can have a stroke and everyone should be ready. Every 40 seconds, someone in the U.S. suffers a stroke and every 4 minutes, someone dies from a stroke. That is why The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association is inviting all Americans to become Stroke Heroes by learning and sharing...
  • Blog Post: Ryley Williams testifies to promote funding for pediatric stroke research

    Ryley Williams was 15 years old, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound football player – and he was also the victim of a stroke. Today, nearly three years after intense surgeries and still in ongoing physical therapy, he will be testifying before Congress on Wednesday to promote more funding for research and...
  • Blog Post: Step Up to the Plate for Stroke Research!

    We are asking Congress to the Step Up to the Plate! On May 11 and 12, hundreds of advocates from across the country will be in Washington, DC for You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015. In addition to asking our legislators to support healthy school meals, volunteers will also urge our elected leaders...
  • Blog Post: Advocate highlights for legislators the importance of research funding

    As a girl of 11, Shobha Ghosh experienced the deaths of both her mother and older sister in the span of just 10 days. It was a trauma that would set her on a course she has travelled for four decades now, a search to find a cure to heart disease. Today, Dr. Shobha Ghosh, is a leading researcher looking...
  • Blog Post: Update: Relief for stroke survivors

    I have mixed news to share about our efforts to repeal Medicare’s caps on outpatient therapy services. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that we hoped would include Senators Cardin’s and Vitter’s bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal the therapy caps. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: It's More Important Than Ever

    We recently learned that more students are taking part in the National School Breakfast and School Lunch programs than ever before (with more than 30 million of our kids getting school lunches alone). That’s why it’s never been more critical that we protect strong nutrition standards, and...
  • Blog Post: Help Us Send a Wake Up Call

    With You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015 fast approaching, we want you to know that you don’t have to be in Washington to make an impact. On May 11 th and 12 th , we’ll be working with advocates from all 50 states to contact their representatives and urge support for the common-sense,...
  • Blog Post: From the Bottom of our Hearts - Thank You!

    National Volunteer Week (April 12-18) is right around the corner and we couldn’t let it pass without saying how much we appreciate all your contributions as a You’re the Cure advocate. It’s advocates like you who give their time, energy, and passion to help create healthier communities...