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Fighting heart disease and stroke in the southeastern part of the nation through advocacy.
  • Study: New concerns raised over teen e-cigarette use

    As e-cigarette use among teens rapidly increases, a national health report suggests adolescents who would not have otherwise used tobacco products are now turning to electronic smoking devices.
  • State Advocacy Committee Chair Ends Second Term

    It has been such a pleasure to chair the American Heart Association’s Mississippi Advocacy Committee for the past two years. When I first started volunteering with the American Heart Association, I was very surprised by the number of issues that...
  • Together Baton Rouge Fights Health Disparity in Capital City

    Recently, Voices for Healthy Kids, a joint initiative of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and American Heart Association, supported efforts in Louisiana to increase access to healthy, affordable foods.
  • Help Keep Alabama Healthy with Small Sugary Drink Tax

    With Medicaid cuts forthcoming due to underfunding, the American Heart Association continues to advocate for a small sugary drink tax that can fill Medicaid’s budget holes and protect services for 500,000+ children.
  • Health Care Task Force Releases Healthcare Coverage Plan for Tennesseans

    The Health Care Task Force commissioned by Speaker Beth Harwell, rolled out their plan to provide increased insurance coverage to Tennesseans.
  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools Passes CPR as a Graduation Requirement

    For nearly a year, the American Heart Association has been working with the Miami-Dade County School District to make changes to their Wellness Policy to ensure all high school students learn Hands-Only CPR™ prior to graduation.
  • New Government Relations Director Joins Advocacy Team in Florida

    On June 27, Rivers H. Buford, III joined the American Heart Association as the Florida Government Relations Director.
  • Keep Dad Healthy This Father's Day

    Father's Day is near. Read the top 10 reasons men put off doctor visits and how to get them to go. Keep Dad healthy!
  • State Lawmakers Prepare for Medicare Cuts

    Since regular legislative session adjourned on May 4, legislators have held numerous Medicaid hearings in preparation for budget cuts on July 1.
  • Louisiana Advocacy Committee Meeting Year-End Wrap-up

    Last week, the Louisiana Advocacy Committee held its fourth quarter meeting at the Baton Rouge office.
  • Cardiac Arrest Athlete in Mississippi Playing On

    E.J. Galloway had just come off the court during a summer league basketball game when he suddenly collapsed. The seemingly healthy 16-year-old was in cardiac arrest.
  • Nashville Set to Become More Walkable and Bikeable

    Residents and visitors of Nashville will soon have more means to travel through the city by way of walking and biking. On May 24, Mayor Megan Barry signed an Executive Order for Green and Complete Streets. This means better crosswalks, safer sidewalks...
  • Florida Newborns Set to Receive Pulse Ox Screening

    On July 1, Florida is set to join the roster of states with the most up-to-date rules for pulse oximetry for newborns.
  • Eric Bero, Tennessee

    Growing up I was a healthy child and never had any medical conditions. However, one evening in 1986, that all changed. I remember the panic in my mother’s voice and then my father racing in the car to get to the emergency room. I had a very bad...
  • New Orleans Expands Access to Healthy Foods

    The City of New Orleans took another step towards reaching their goal of becoming a healthier city by the city’s 300th anniversary in 2018!
  • Meet Mark, Our Senior Government Relations Director

    You're the Cure alerts for Florida will soon come from Mark Landreth, our Senior Government Relations Director in the state. If you haven't met Mark yet, we'd like to introduce you today.
  • Alabama's #IAmMedicaid Campaign

    With the State Legislature cutting Medicaid funds, the American Heart Association has joined forced with Children’s First and Alabama Arise to kick off the #IamMedicaid campaign.
  • Slow Cooker Thai Chicken Soup

    If, like most people, you have a hectic schedule and can’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen, but you want to feed your family a nutritious meal at dinner, then this recipe is for you.
  • Timothy Jacobs, Murfreesboro

    As Timothy’s legislative internship with the American Heart Association comes to an end, he reflects on his experiences and lessons learned.
  • Kimby Jagnandan, Florida

    Two years ago, while recovering from emergency gall bladder surgery in the hospital, Kimby awoke from the anesthesia to the most excruciating pain she had ever felt. She knew something was dreadfully wrong.
  • West Jasper Elementary Health Day

    Recently, the American Heart Association and dietetic interns from Samford University held a mock Farmer’s Market at West Jasper Elementary. Students visited different stations to learn about healthy food and beverage choices.
  • Alison & Vera Kathryn Biggers, Jackson

    On February 16, 2016, we welcomed our daughter, Vera Kathryn. She had a great first day of life and we were wrapped in joy with our firstborn’s arrival. While still in the hospital, the nursery kept a close eye on Vera Kate because they discovered...
  • Murfreesboro Complete Street Rally

    The American Heart Association hosted a rally at the Campus Recreation Center at Middle Tennessee State University on April 22 to educate students and volunteers on the importance of a local comprehensive Complete Streets policy.
  • Thank Gov. Deal for Signing the Stroke Bill Into Law

    Thanks to the support of advocates across Georgia, Gov. Nathan Deal signed our stroke bill, House Bill 853, into law on April 28!
  • Jessica James, Mobile

    Our 2015-16 Alabama Advocacy Committee is composed of 10 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 of our...