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  • State Spotlight! North Dakotans Vote for Clean Air!

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    On Election Day, the voters of North Dakota ensured they will have healthier air to breathe by passing Measure 4, which requires all workplaces, bars and restaurants to be smoke-free. The measure passed 67% to 33% and won the majority of votes of every...
  • Advocate Spotlight! Dr. Elliott Antman

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    Meet the American Heart Association’s new Advocacy Coordinating Committee (AdCC) Chair, Dr. Elliott Antman! As Professor of Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, he brings valuable expertise and passion to the AHA’s advocacy...
  • Fit, Healthy, & Ready to Learn: Updating School Health Policies

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    As states and districts mobilize to fight childhood obesity, the National Association of State Boards of Education (NASBE) is releasing updated information regarding physical activity and nutrition in schools in its Fit, Healthy, and Ready to Learn series...
  • Rayme Elliott: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

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    The Western States Affiliate is extremely grateful for California advocate Rayme Elliott, who decided to take action after tragedy struck her family. Unfortunately, Rayme’s son Logan passed away at 14 months due to a cardiac arrest caused by...
  • Protect Medicare Stroke Patients!

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    For most people, the end of the year is a joyous time, filled with anticipation for the New Year. However, for millions of stroke patients on Medicare and their families, this is a time of worry. That’s because, unless Congress acts by December...
  • Mark Miller: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

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    The Greater Southeast Affiliate is extremely thankful for their rock star Alabama advocate, Mark Miller. After being inspired by his daughter Mary Beth, who has congenital heart defect, Mark is a tireless advocate for Pulse Oximetry screening in newborns...
  • Yolanda Dickerson: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

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    The Mid-Atlantic Affiliate is thankful for Yolanda Dickerson, an advocate for over 10 years who is committed to reducing heart disease and stroke in her community. Her journey with the American Heart Association has led her to participate in five National...
  • Carrie McLeod: A You're the Cure Advocate We are Thankful For

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    As our ongoing series of You're the Cure Advocates that we are thankful for continues, the folks of the Midwest Affiliate cannot stop talking about one of their own volunteers: Carrie McLeod. They all collaborated to write the following about Carrie...
  • A New Initiative to Fight Obesity

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    The statistics are well known and sobering. More than 23.5 million children and adolescents in the United States—nearly one in three young people—are overweight or obese. However, today the American Heart Association and the Robert Wood Johnson...
  • A Need for More Physical Education Highlighted in Report

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    RESTON, VA, November 13, 2012 – The 2012 Shape of the Nation Report: Status of Physical Education in the USA, released by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education (NASPE) and the American Heart Association, finds that while 74.5...
  • Jim Bischoff: A You're the Cure Volunteer We are Thankful For

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    During the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving, AHA staff are taking time and recognizing a volunteer they are most thankful for. Melissa Brown, Grassroots Director for the Great Rivers Affiliate, wrote the following about a special volunteer in their area...
  • Take Action to Save Medical Research!

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    Congress is considering drastic measures in order to reduce the deficit, including “sequestration,” which means arbitrary, across-the-board cuts to most federal programs. Medical research funding is slated to be cut by more than 8%, about...
  • Texas Youth Learn about the Legislative Process

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    No matter the age, you can learn how to make a difference in your community. In Austin, Texas, the students at a local charter school did just that. About 20-25 students, who collaborated with the American Heart Association, attended the Youth Advocacy...
  • Patients must be top priority after election, says AHA CEO

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    Washington, D.C., Nov. 7, 2012 — American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following statement today on President Obama’s re-election to a second term: “Yesterday’s election ended a long and arduous political campaign...
  • Ask Nickelodeon to Stop Advertising Junk Food to Kids

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    Take a guess… On average, how many advertisements for food do kids under the age of 12 see each day? A) 3 B) 7 C) 10 D) 13 If you guessed D, you are correct- and the majority of those ads are for unhealthy foods and beverages. $2...
  • National Effort to Establish Patient-Centered Research Methods Underway

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    On October 27 th and 28 th , patient-advocates gathered in Washington, DC for a workshop hosted by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to begin a dialogue about the inclusion and engagement of patients at every step of the research...
  • Success in the States

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    Together, You're the Cure advocates and staff achieved incredible public policy victories at the state and local level over the last year. These policies- your successes- move us closer to a world free of cardiovascular disease and stroke. You...
  • In the News: Smoke-free workplace laws linked to fewer heart attacks, study finds

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    From the Washington Post, October 29th- A decline in the number of cases of myocardial infarction, or heart attack, in one Minnesota county appears linked to smoke-free workplace laws in that area, research published Monday in the Archives of Internal...
  • Advocate Tip- VOTE

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    There is no doubt your realize that election day is almost here, thanks to the barrage of political ads on TV and in your mailbox and your friends’ relentless political posts on Facebook. It’s easy to get discouraged and disillusioned by...
  • Life's Simple 7 Facebook Chat with AHA President

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    Do you know what PAD stands for? How about AFib? Did you know there are seven simple steps that can help you live a heart-healthy life? Learn more about these conditions and other cardiovascular topics during a Facebook chat on tomorrow at 1:00 EST...
  • Advocate Spotlight: Gail Harris-Berry

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    Gail Harris-Berry Maryland In June of 2011, I had near-death heart episode that doctors declared “I wouldn’t survive.” My family was called in allowed to say “good-bye.” Having had a cardio-catherization, released from...
  • Election Season and Heart & Stroke Research

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    Tonight is the last Presidential debate, marking the home stretch of the campaign season. I bet you've seen your fair share of candidate ads, news features, and campaign literature this season. But at the end of the day, when you sift through all...
  • Facts: Preventative Services in the Medicaid Program

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    Get the facts about preventative services in the Medicaid Program.
  • We Need More PE!

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    One important way to stop this rise in obesity and chronic disease in our children is by establishing lifelong physical activity habits with strong physical education (PE) programs and regular physical activity opportunities throughout the day in our...
  • AHA Supports the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act

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    The American Heart Association is proud to support the Cardiomyopathy HEARTS Act, federal legislation which would help to identify children at risk of sudden cardiac arrest and prevent unnecessary, pre-mature deaths. Did you know that according to the...