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MAA Mid-Atlantic Affiliate Blog

AHA's Mid-Atlanitc Affiliate includes DC, MD, VA, NC, and SC.
  • Join You're the Cure at a Heart Walk Near You!

    It’s September and schools are back in session, temperatures are cooler and leaves will soon change from green to yellow, orange, and red. For all of us at the AHA, it means Heart Walk time!
  • Mary Kay Ballasiotes

    Mary Kay Ballasiotes has been advocating for children for over 15 years. Her daughter, Michelle had a stroke before she was born and that moment changed both of their lives forever.
  • Where in NC is PE?

    When my granddaughter started elementary school, she had physical education (PE) class twice per week. At that time, we were disappointed that it wasn't every day.
  • Information: The Most Valuable Player

    November 8, election day will help shape the course for our communities, state and nation for the next several years.  We encourage everyone to vote.
  • Neha Aggarwal

    One day while he was walking through the park, Neha Aggarwal’s maternal grandfather suddenly fell to the ground—he had unexpectedly suffered a stroke. Before the stroke, her grandfather had been...
  • Gail Harris-Berry

    No one in Prince George’s County is more passionate about heart health than Gail Harris-Berry. Since becoming a You’re the Cure advocate in 2012, Gail has worked hard to keep her friends, family, and community informed on how….
  • In-District Meetings - the Golden Window?

    Could timing be everything when you want to get your legislator’s attention? Take advantage of the golden window!
  • Coming Together to Support Tobacco Control

    On July 7, You’re the Cure advocates and AHA’s coalition partners converged on the John A. Wilson Building to support strengthening tobacco control in the District of Columbia. The afternoon began with a press conference led by...
  • Tobacco Policies Coming to DC Council

    Tobacco control policies are heating up at the DC Council, with two bills set for hearings in July. You’re the Cure advocates can influence policy that will further strengthen the District’s smoke-free environment. You can help…
  • Neil Dorsey

    Why am I an advocate? What got me started down this path? I have always felt the need to speak up about issues that impact our lives...
  • CPR Training Coming to DC Schools!!

    After years of hard work by You’re the Cure advocates and American Heart Association (AHA) volunteers, the District of Columbia is on the verge of joining 34 other states by ensuring all students receive hands-only CPR training in high school!
  • Honoring Friends at the Ambassador Reception

    Friends and American Heart Association ambassadors came together on June 9 at the Bank of America Building in Washington, DC for the 5 th annual Greater Washington Volunteer Leadership Reception to enjoy good food, engaging company, and to be honored...
  • Gail Mates

    My first recollection of my mother was with a cigarette in her hand. She smoked over 3 packs a day. Imagine being in a car with the windows up and experiencing that smoke, one cigarette lit right behind another. Not surprisingly I had chronic respiratory...
  • Stakeholders Gather to Discuss Food Access in NC

    The American Heart Association joined other health advocates, NC lawmakers, airmen, and members of the faith community at the North Carolina Museum of History on June 1 to pray, eat, and discuss improving access to healthy food across the state through...
  • Nhu Yeargin

    For a gal who likes to spent her time alone hunkered down with a good book, Nhu Yeargin spends an awful lot of it helping others. Because of her own family’s connection to heart disease, she was drawn to the American Heart Association (AHA), among...
  • We Met At The Capitol

    It has been a busy spring in the Mid-Atlantic Affiliate! Across the affiliate we have been hosting Lobby Days to bring advocates together to meet with their lawmakers, so join us to learn what your neighbors have been busily working on this session.
  • Debra Wells

    Don’t ever let yourself wind up like Debra Wells. Doctors confirm her heart stopped for almost 20 seconds. Today she’s alive to tell about it, and it was a rough road. Before her heart problems Debra was a successful business woman working...
  • Take Action for Corner Stores Today

    We would all like the option to make a healthy choice, right?
  • Weighty Tobacco Issues Brought Before DC Council

    The tone was set…as heavy rain pelted against the windows, over 30 members of the DC Tobacco Free Coalition gathered at the John A. Wilson Building on April 28 to discuss a weighty tobacco control agenda. The plan was simple -
  • Let's Get Mobile!

    We’re keeping up with the times, and now you can advocate by text, in addition to the emails you might be used to. Get mobile with us here….
  • You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day: Issues At A Glance

    We wanted to take a moment and share with our State Lobby Day issues at a glance with our Lobby Day attendees, as well as those who are curious about what we will be discussing.
  • Yolanda Dickerson

    I am the product of my village. When I received the AHA Survivor Advocate of the Year award in DC two years ago, I knew it was really not about me.
  • State Lobby Day: A Day to Remember

    We are excited that you are joining us May 10th for the 2016 NC AHA You’re the Cure at the Capitol State Lobby Day. To help you feel ready, we want to provide some important information about Lobby Day.
  • Governor Haley Signs Lifesaving Hands-On CPR in Schools Bill into Law

    Governor Nikki Haley signed House Bill 3265 into law on Thursday, April 21, requiring all South Carolina students to learn hands-on cardiopulmonary resuscitation ( CPR).
  • Fresh Food for Strong Kids

    Why do we need a Healthy Corner Store Initiative? This week, Valerie King, from Yadkinville, shares her thoughts...