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  • Blog Post: Let's Keep NJ's Young Hearts Healthy

    Over the past year, several states and numerous municipalities throughout the nation have opted to raise the age to purchase tobacco and e-cigarettes to 21. New Jersey is among the many states that is considering raising the age. The Senate voted to raise the age in June. It is our hope that the Assembly...
  • Blog Post: Catherine Zalewski, New Jersey

    Catherine Zalewski is a mother of 2, a certified personal trainer, a former Mrs. New Jersey and a stroke survivor. She suffered her first stroke at the age of 28, about 6 months after giving birth to her daughter. It was discovered that she had a hole in heart which was repaired through surgery. She...
  • Blog Post: Healthier Choices Just Around the Corner!

    The Healthy Small Food Retailer Act has made it through the Legislature in late June and is now on Governor Christie's desk! This bill would provide state support for programs that assist small corner stores and bodegas with offering healthy food for sale, such as the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative...
  • Blog Post: Strengthening the Chain of Survival in NJ

    On June 6, several "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey successfully advocated for passage of the NJ stroke bill out of the Senate Health Committee! The bill would strengthen requirements for primary and comprehensive stroke centers, recognize acute stroke ready hospitals, ensure...
  • Blog Post: Spotlight on Stroke in the Garden State!

    Throughout May, the American Heart Association|American Stroke Association focuses attention on New Jersey's third leading cause of death: stroke. Not only is stroke a leading cause of death, but it is also a leading cause of disability. New Jersey is a leader in stroke care, but a bill was recently...
  • Blog Post: Turning the Corner on Healthy Food Access in NJ

    Our efforts to promote healthy food access in all communities in NJ are really starting to take off! On Thursday, April 7, the Assembly approved a bill to create a fund to assist small food store owners who face barriers to offering healthy items in their store. This legislation will improve health and...
  • Blog Post: ReneMarie Testa Adams, New Jersey

    RenéMarie suffered a major stroke on April 8, 1989 while coaching a softball game and is afflicted with aphasia as a result. However, RenéMarie does not let this slow her down. She views her stroke as a call to action and uses her experience to raise awareness and inspire others by sharing...
  • Blog Post: NJ Again Moves to Prevent Youth Smoking

    The snow at the end of January delayed, but did not derail the first vote of the session to raise the age to purchase tobacco to 21. On February 4, the Senate Health, Human Services and Senior Citizens Committee voted in favor of the bill. The Assembly Health and Senior Services Committee followed suit...
  • Blog Post: A Glimmer of Hope

    Those of you who are long-time You're the Cure advocates are very familiar with the American Heart Association's efforts over the years to advocate for funding the state budget to prevent smoking and tobacco use in our kids and to help smokers who wish to quit to kick the habit. New Jersey completely...
  • Blog Post: Happy New Year New Jersey!

    Its not only a New Year in the Garden State, but also the start of a new legislative session. Toward the end of last legislative session, we saw some movement on several long time priorities for the American Heart Association. Thanks to you and other "You're the Cure" advocates in New Jersey...
  • Blog Post: One Step Closer to Healthy Food Just Around the Corner!

    Last month, the New Jersey Senate came one step closer to creating a statewide Healthy Corner Store Initiative in New Jersey. On November 16, the Senate Economic Growth Committee voted 4-0 to release the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act from the committee. This means the bill is one step closer to becoming...
  • Blog Post: Dr. Carol Gill, New Jersey

    Dr. Gill is Chair of the Department of Spinal Cord Injury and Disorders at the Veterans Administration New Jersey Health Care System. She is currently serving as President of the Northern New Jersey Board of Directors for the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association and is a dedicated "You're...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco 21 Picking Up Steam in NJ!

    The New Jersey Legislature will be heading back to Trenton this month for the final weeks of the current legislative session. This period is often referred to as the "lame duck session," and many bills that have been making their way through the legislative process will be heard in committee...
  • Blog Post: Patty Lang, New Jersey

    Patty Lang is a two time stroke survivor and a passionate You're the Cure advocate. She is also very involved in the Go Red for Women movement as a survivor ambassador as well as volunteering at numerous Heart Walks. She was recognized for her efforts when she was awarded the American Heart Association...
  • Blog Post: Supporting World Stroke Day Throughout NJ!

    On October 29, 2015, the American Stroke Association will lend its support to World Stroke Day. World Stroke Day was established in 2006 and is now observed around the world to raise global awareness of stroke, its symptoms and what to do if you witness someone having a stroke. This year, "You're...
  • Blog Post: Paul Russo, New Jersey

    Paul Russo is a heart disease survivor and has been a dedicated “You’re the Cure” advocate for many years. His main areas of interest are tobacco prevention and promoting CPR training. In 2011, Paul’s quick action and willingness to perform CPR saved his father’s life...
  • Blog Post: Healthy School Lunches are a Priority for NJ Advocates

    During the Congressional summer recess this month, "You're the Cure" advocates from throughout New Jersey took the opportunity to visit the district offices of several representatives to show their support for healthy school lunches and the Healthy, Hunger Free Kids Act which is due for...
  • Blog Post: Calling All NJ Advocates!

    Want to share your story about how you are fighting heart disease and stroke in your community? Now is your chance! Each day, "You're the Cure" advocates like you are stepping up and taking action to make the Garden State a healthier place to live, work, play and learn and we want to hear...
  • Blog Post: A Nickel to Curb Smoking

    Great News! Before the Assembly recessed for the summer, they introduced a bill to provide funding for tobacco programs aimed at preventing smoking and helping smokers quit. Smoking is still the #1 cause of preventable death in the state and New Jersey collects about $700 million from tobacco taxes each...
  • Blog Post: NJ You're the Cure Advocates Visit NJ State House

    On June 18, over 20 advocates from the American Heart Association, YMCA State Alliance and The Food Trust gathered at the New Jersey State House in Trenton to celebrate the introduction of the Healthy Small Food Retailer Act (S3043/A4505). The bill is being sponsored by Senator Ron Rice and Senator...
  • Blog Post: Liz Seth, New Jersey

    A former athlete, Liz Seth was diagnosed with heart block in her twenties and had a pacemaker implanted—but that didn’t slow her down! Since then she has given birth to twin boys, traveled the world, and recently joined the American Heart Association in Washington, DC to participate in her...
  • Blog Post: NJ Leaders Tour Healthy Corner Stores

    Throughout the months of April and May, the American Heart Association and several of our partner organizations have been touring corner stores throughout the Garden State to educate lawmakers and others in the community about the NJ Healthy Corner Store Initiative. In April and May we visited several...
  • Blog Post: Just around the Corner

    Over the past several years, there have been local efforts in communities throughout the state to improve access to healthy food in communities where supermarkets and grocery stores are scarce. The American Heart Association is working with our partners at The Food Trust, Partnership for Healthy Kids...
  • Blog Post: Bill Duncan of Manalapan, NJ

    Bill Duncan is a longtime volunteer with various hunger organizations in New Jersey. He regularly volunteers at a local soup kitchen and is a volunteer and board member with a food pantry in his hometown of Manalapan. After undergoing triple bypass surgery last year, Bill wanted to expand his volunteer...
  • Blog Post: Protecting NJ's Littlest Athletes

    In New Jersey, there has been great progress in recent years to make sure that automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are widely available in public places and that people know how to use the devices and perform CPR. Janet's Law, which went into effect this past September, requires all schools...