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    Our new anthem: life is why

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    School behavioral specialist Carla Leonard had her hand on her heart during the Pledge of Allegiance when a heart attack nearly killed her. Her doctor didn’t mince words with her family afterward: “If I didn’t have surgery, they should...
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    New Study: Students Accepting Healthier School Meals

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    Think students won't eat healthier school meals? Think again. School administrators are seeing a positive shift in cafeterias across the country.
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    Advocate Testifies about the Personal Toll of Chronic Diseases

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    You're the Cure advocate Stephanie Dempsey of Blairsville, Georgia, testified Tuesday in Washington about the impact of chronic disease. The hearing was to begin a conversation on chronic care, according to Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen...
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    Watch Out for Sneaky Salt!

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    Did you know that most Americans eat more than twice the recommended amount of sodium? Chances are, that includes you. The worst part is, most of us don’t even realize how much salt we’re taking in because Salt is sneaking up on us. Stand...
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    Five Questions with Dr. John Warner

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    Meet the new Chair of our National Advocacy Coordinating Committee! Dr. Warner will lead a group of volunteers charged with shaping the organization’s advocacy agenda.
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    Where Do Your Candidates Stand?

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    Believe it or not, the November elections are right around the corner! Do you know where your candidates stand on medical research? Get involved with the Ask Your Candidates campaign!
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    Teaching Gardens = Learning Laboratories for Kids

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    American Heart Association Teaching Gardens are sprouting up in elementary schools across the country to give students a hands-on lesson in healthy eating. Help get one rooted in your own community!
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    American Heart Association Hopes NIH Increase Will End Flat-Funding Cycle

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    Washington, D.C., June 10, 2014 – American Heart Association President Mariell Jessup M.D. issued the following comments today on the Senate Labor-HHS-Education Appropriations Subcommittee’s proposed $605 million increase to the National Institutes...
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    Speak Up for Tobacco Regulation

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    A rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate electronic cigarettes, cigars and other tobacco products is a good first step, but it doesn't go far enough to protect young people. Tell the FDA stronger regulations are needed...
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    What's for Lunch?

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    Improving the quality of school meals seems like a no-brainer. Yet, Congress’ food fight over nutrition standards wages on. Have your say in the debate!
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    American Heart Association Welcomes New HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell

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    Washington, D.C., June 9, 2014 – American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments on the new Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who assumed her new role today: "The American Heart...
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    One Million Milestone

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    We’ve reached an amazing milestone in our 'Be CPR Smart' campaign! Over 1,000,000 students will graduate annually knowing the life-saving skill thanks to legislation passed in 17 states. Learn how you can help us reach two million lifesavers...
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    Let's win the fight against heart disease!

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    It’s this simple. We need cures, not cuts. Unfortunately, over the past decade, funding for medical research at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has been in decline. Over the past 10 years, the NIH has lost over 20% of its purchasing power...
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    Milestone: One Million Lifesavers!

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    We are thrilled to announce a major milestone in our efforts to create a generation of lifesavers with CPR training in schools: 16 states across the country now require CPR training prior to graduation, which means all one million students that graduate...
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    Pressing Congress to Keep Special Interests off School Menus

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    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the House Appropriations Committee’s approval of a proposed waiver that would allow school districts to withdraw from federal school nutrition standards: “By...
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    Small Hearts. Big Challenges.

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    Early Detection Leads to Early Prevention Small hearts can conceal big challenges, especially when it comes to congenital heart defects. It’s one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects...
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    AHA Questions Sodium Delay in School Foods

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    American Heart Association CEO Nancy Brown issued the following comments today on the Senate Agriculture Appropriations bill that would delay the sodium requirement for school foods under the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act: “Unlike the House version...
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    200+ Groups Tell Congress to Keep School Nutrition Standards Strong

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    More than 200 national, state and local organizations (including the American Heart Association) signed a statement urging Congress to oppose efforts to weaken or delay nutrition standards that were set by the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act and went into...
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    Advocates Take Stroke Message to Washington

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    From the White House to Capitol Hill, You’re the Cure advocates told our nation's leaders that stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable. Learn about the special day they spent in D.C. during American Stroke Month!
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    Take Control of Your Health

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    Did you know high blood pressure has also been called the “silent killer”? That’s because its symptoms are not always obvious. Make sure your know you risks and know your numbers!
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    Your American Stroke Month Mission...

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    Shouldn't our nation's lawmakers do their part to raise awareness about our nation's No. 4 killer? Help us deliver our American Stroke Month message to Congress and your community: Stroke is preventable, treatable, and beatable!
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    Proposed Tobacco Rule a Good First Step...

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    The new rule proposed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is a good first step, but stronger regulations will be needed to keep e-cigarettes, little cigars and other tobacco products out of the hands of America's youth.
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    Long Overdue: Nutrition Label Updates

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    Many of us try hard to watch what we eat, but the current 'Nutrition Facts' labels on food products don't show the full picture. Tell the FDA you support updates to food labels to help American make healthier choices.
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    Urge Congress to Participate in American Stroke Month!

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    Earlier this month, there was big news for stroke patients on Medicare. On April 1st, President Obama signed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act. Included in the law is a provision that extends the Medicare therapy caps exceptions process for the next...
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    Calling All You're the Cure Superheroes!

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    Forget Captain America and Wonder Woman. When it comes to fighting heart disease and stroke, You’re the Cure advocates are the superheroes we’ll choose to have on our side every time. Get ready to show us your best superhero pose!