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GSA-Greater Southeast Affiliate - Blog

Fighting heart disease and stroke in the southeastern part of the nation through advocacy.
  • The Latest News on #SmokefreeEBR

    Yesterday, the East Baton Rouge Parish councilmembers were expected to vote on a smoke free ordinance that will add East Baton Rouge to the list of communities that have strong smoke free laws. Click below to see what happened.
  • Kimberly Goodloe, Atlanta

    This month, state advocacy committee member Kimberly Goodloe has been working hard to raise awareness of heart disease in women across the state. Find out why she’s passionate about encouraging people to take care of their hearts.
  • Tina Lakey, Madison

    This month our Advocate Spotlight story features Tina Lakey of Madison. Tina currently serves as the chairwoman for the Circle of Red Committee in the Metro Jackson area.
  • Georgia Legislative Session Wrap-Up

    The 2016 Legislative Session has ended and we are happy to report that we finished strong! We were able to pass legislation that will create a new level of Comprehensive Stroke Hospital Designation to protect and serve our citizens who suffer a stroke...
  • Funding Medicaid in Alabama

    Recently, Alabama legislators passed a budget that does not fully fund the state's Medicaid program. In fact, it's $85 million less than the amount recommended by the commissioner.
  • Welcome New Louisiana Gov. Relations Director

    The American Heart Association is happy to announce that Ashley Bridges is the new Louisiana Government Relations Director.
  • National Walking Day Proclamations Across Mississippi

    Three cities in Mississippi signed a National Walking Day proclamation this year in support of bringing awareness to the importance of daily physical activity among their residents. These cities included: Pascagoula, Ocean Springs, and Pass Christian...
  • Predist "Ron" Walker, Florida

    I finished my running career, went into the Army for two years, and then joined my local Police Department in Newport News, Virginia where I became a member of the SWAT Team and a Field Training Officer.
  • 2016 Legislative Session Wrap Up

    The 2016 Legislative Session has ended and we are happy to report that we finished strong! We were able to pass a Healthy Food Financing bill, protect mandatory PE in schools, and ensure biomedical research and tobacco prevention and education were fully...
  • Dr. Rakhee Urankar, Nashville

    Meet one of our 2015-2016 Tennessee Advocacy Subcommittee members, Dr. Rakhee Urankar.
  • AHA Hosts Lobby Day in Nashville

    In March the American Heart Association held two very successful Lobby Days in Tennessee.
  • Strengthening Physical Education Press Conference in Tennessee

    Recently, we had the pleasure of taking part in a press conference pushing the State of Tennessee for Quality Physical Education.
  • Gov. Edwards Approves Tobacco Tax

    Earlier this week, Gov. Edwards signed House Bill 14 into law, increasing the state tobacco tax by 22-cents on April 1.
  • Update from the Georgia State Capitol

    With the 2016 Regular Legislative Session winding down in Georgia, get a quick update on our Stroke Designation bill.
  • Jan Collins, Madison

    Our 2015-16 Mississippi Advocacy Committee is composed of twelve individuals from across the state with different occupations, who have a great interest in advocating for policy change for heart-health issues. Throughout the year, we will introduce some...
  • Mississippi Will Now Require Nutritious Snacks in Schools

    The Mississippi Department of Education will now require snacks sold at school to meet the same nutritional standards as breakfast and lunch. The education department voted and passed the rules last month that will apply to any foods sold either in vending...
  • Florida's Healthy Food Financing Initiative Program Bill Passes in the House

    Florida’s Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) program bill is on its way to a floor vote in the Senate after passing the House of Representatives with a 118-0 unanimous vote.
  • Jacob Fannin, Troy

    A nutritious diet is key to a healthy heart, just ask Jacob. After years of consuming sugary foods and drinks and packing on weight, he learned that he was diabetic and had high blood pressure. Now in control of his health, Jacob has lost more than 100...
  • Dr. Katherine Y. Brown, Nashville

    Meet our 2015-16 Tennessee Advocacy Subcommittee Chair, Dr. Katherine Y. Brown of Nashville, founder of Learn CPR America.
  • Rethink Your Drink, Alabama

    Take a minute and think about what you drink in a typical day. Unless you are a true water lover, you may be getting some extra, unneeded calories through sodas, ice teas, energy and coffee drinks.
  • How Much PE Do Our Tennessee Students Receive?

    Through quality physical education, children learn how to incorporate safe and healthy activities into their lives. Yet, parents across Tennessee don’t know how much PE their children are getting in school. Demand that your lawmakers support a statewide...
  • Elaine Franklin, Atlanta

    Last week, Elaine traveled to Washington, D.C., to urge Congress to increase access to telestroke care. As a stroke survivor who received timely tPA, this issue is very important to Elaine. Telestroke connects patients to stroke specialists, especially...
  • Joslin Bellamy, Tallahassee

    Joslin Bellamy is a longtime Tallahassee community advocate and volunteer who has been on the forefront on many health and social equality issues. You might recognize Joslin from our recent video about the need for Healthy Food Financing Initiatives in...
  • Beverly Moore-Harton, Jasper

    This American Heart Month, meet You're the Cure advocate Beverly Moore-Harton, who is passionate about raising awareness of heart disease in women.
  • Sheron Lee, Hammond

    Last week, Sheron traveled to Washington, D.C. to urge Congress to increase access to telestroke medicine. This issue is important to Sheron, who cared for her mother after she experienced several strokes.