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MAA Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Blog

AHA's Mid-Atlanitc Affiliate includes DC, MD, VA, NC, and SC.
  • You're the Cure Advocates Go Red!

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    Go Red for Women is the American Heart Association’s campaign to raise awareness about women’s risk of cardiovascular disease and empower them to take control of their heart health.
  • I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane...Part 5

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    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined...
  • Village HeartBEAT Moves in Charlotte

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    On February 2, 2015, the American Heart Association joined hands with Mecklenburg County Health Department’s Village HeartBEAT program to educate the Mecklenburg Board of County Commissioners on our commitment to building a healthier community.
  • I'm Leaving on a Jet Plane....Part 4

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    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined...
  • Amy Edmunds

    Opening doors has been the most rewarding aspect of my volunteer experience. Since experiencing ischemic stroke in 2002, I have been an actively engaged volunteer throughout the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate.
  • How Do You Keep a New Year’s Resolution to Eat Better in a Food Desert? It’s Not Easy.

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    The most common New Year’s Resolutions are to lose weight, save money, and maintain a fit and healthier lifestyle. These resolutions are hard enough to keep; out of the 40 to 50 percent of Americans who set goals on January 1, only about 8 percent...
  • I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane... Part 3

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    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE . Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined...
  • I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane... Part 2

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    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Sharjah, UAE. Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined...
  • Your Advocacy Team is Hitting the Road in 2016!

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    Mark your calendars to join us in 2016! The North Carolina AHA Government Relations team: Betsy Vetter, Sarah Jacobson, and Kim Chidester, will be traveling across the state (from Asheville to Wilmington!) to offer 5 in-person Advocacy Training sessions...
  • We Are Making Things Happen in South Carolina!

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    We are excited to kick off 2016 in South Carolina! This year, session is expected to be eventful and productive. Please check out our legislative priorities below. We hope you will join us as we continue our exciting and life-saving work in the Palmetto...
  • Prep for New VA Session

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    The Virginia General Assembly’s 2016 legislative session began January 13th and we have some important work to do! Check it out...
  • Prep for New MD Session

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    The Maryland General Assembly's 2016 legislative session opened January 13 and we have some important work to do! Check it out….
  • Prep for Upcoming DC Session

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    The DC Council is gearing up for a busy new calendar year and we have some important work to do! Check it out…
  • Neal Reynolds

    Neal Reynolds was never an active advocate until his passion for telemedicine collided with a policy opportunity. As a physician who has spent a lot of time over the years working in hospital intensive care units, he has unique insight into how policy...
  • I'm Leaving On a Jet Plane...

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    This past November, You’re the Cure advocate and stroke survivor, Michelle Ballasiotes, had the privilege of attending the Non-communicable Diseases (NCD) Alliance Global Forum in Dubai. Michelle represented the AHA/ASA and her mom joined her on...
  • Advocate Calls On Lawmakers: Resolve to Spend More to Curb Tobacco Use

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    On December 26, 2015 the Charlotte Observer published an opinion editorial written by Dr. Sandra Burke, You’re the Cure NC advocate and member of the American Heart Association’s Charlotte Board of Directors.
  • Major Grocers Aren’t Interested in Entering Food Deserts

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    Food access is a big problem across the country – and major grocers who promised to invest in high-need communities have failed to meet their goals. Only 250 of 10,300 new food retailers between 2011 and first quarter of 2015 were located in neighborhoods...
  • Kara Corso

    Eating healthy foods sounds like something people should just be able to choose, but where I grew up in rural Virginia, that was not the case. I remember my parents having to...
  • Is Social Media Your Thing?

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    Are you a regular user of Facebook or Twitter? You don’t know how valuable you could be to our mission! You could help us expand our reach and inspire others to help just by sharing our blog posts, online action alerts, and other items related to...
  • Frank Amend

    Frank Amend had never even heard of the American Heart Association before 2003. That’s when at 41 years old he underwent a heart catherization procedure to have four stents implanted in his coronary arteries. Frank actually joined the American Heart...
  • State Advocacy Committee Meets

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    On November 21, the North Carolina American Heart Association Advocacy Coordinating Committee met to celebrate achievements, bestow advocacy honors and discuss policy priorities.
  • Nutrition On the Go Can Be Easy!

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    On November 4th, we celebrated National Eating Healthy Day to encourage everyone to resolve to eat healthy. We know eat healthy meals in an on-the-go lifestyle can be quite the challenge. So how can we make sure we are making smart choices?
  • Anne Efron

    After a long day at work Anne Efron and her husband Dave were getting set to grill for dinner. Dave returned from a quick trip to the store to find Anne unconscious and without a pulse, in full cardiac arrest. She had a history of what had been diagnosed...
  • Milton Mitchell

    A hereditary blood condition called Amyloidosis broke my heart. This is a disease that will eventually attack and destroy all your organs, and it got my heart and liver before the miracles of modern medicine turned my life around.
  • Come & Get it: "Hands on Heart" CPR Training for DC Residents

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    Along with AHA and other partners, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser launched the “Hands on Hearts” initiative on October 27, which aims to train 5,000 District residents in hands-only CPR and the use of automated external defibrillators...