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  • Blog Post: Happy Heart Hour in OKC!

    On Thursday, June 18 th the Voice for Healthy Kids, Oklahoma City team held a Happy Heart Hour with the hopes of deepening the involvement of existing volunteers and creating some excitement around the campaign for a healthier Oklahoma City! They ran an approximately 20 minute program to include an...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Smart Legislation Signed by Gov. Mary Fallin

    On June 10 th , Governor Mary Fallin held a ceremonial bill signing of House Bill 1463 , by Representative Elise Hall and Senator Jason Smalley . This bill updates the current statute regarding the development of a system of a care for stroke in Oklahoma to include evidence-based recommendations, such...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Heart at the Texas Capitol

    A group of 22 dedicated volunteers visited with 30 legislative offices to express appreciation of their support of House Bill 1 – the Texas Budget, which dedicated 2 million in critical funding for the Heart Attack and Stroke Data Collection program and maintained current funding for tobacco cessation...
  • Blog Post: Look What You Did!

    Your SouthWest Affiliate Advocacy team is kicking off the new fiscal year by recognizing the tremendous advocacy successes that we couldn’t have achieved without YOU this past legislative session. While we might be six states, we are one affiliate, with one mission - to fight heart disease and...
  • Blog Post: Nancy Birnbaum

    I recently met You're the Cure advocate Nancy Birnbaum, a registered nurse who resides in College Station, Texas at the Advocating for Heart event at the Capitol. I loved the passion and enthusiasm she showed for the AHA mission of building healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke...
  • Blog Post: Have you checked out the AHA store lately?

    T-shirts, measuring bowls, jewelry and everything in between. This summer you can “Shop Heart” choose the best of AHA swag like cookbooks, apparel, and accessories. You can help spread our message of heart health when you wear an American Heart Association t-shirt, jacket, lapel pin, or...
  • Blog Post: Tobacco's Latest Threat: E-Cigarettes

    Tobacco Companies are aggressively marketing e-cigarettes to our nation's youth, and it's working. With thousands of flavors like cotton candy, Swedish fish and gummi bears, it's no wonder e-cigarette use among young people has tripled. The American Heart Association and its partners are...
  • Blog Post: Women Deserve Equality in Health Too!

    Did you know most medical research done today is still conducted using only male subjects? That means lots of unanswered questions when it comes to the best treatment for women with heart disease. Well now lawmakers are working to fix the problem by proposing a law requiring all National Institutes of...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story!

    Share Your Story Sharing your own personal story is the most effective way to advocate for healthier lives, free of cardiovascular disease and stroke! As you have noticed, the You’re the Cure community site now features pictures and stories of real advocates – people like you whose lives...
  • Blog Post: FL 2015 State Legislative Session Outcome Report

    The 2015 special session wrapped up on June 20 and many organizations including the American Heart Association were left scratching their heads at everything that transpired over the course of the special session. While the main issue was Medicaid Expansion, there were several budgetary issues and other...
  • Blog Post: Greta McKinnon-Hall, Florida

    Working at St. Johns County Fire Rescue definitely was not in my life's plan. I wanted to become a high school history teacher. But, things work out for a reason and to say I found my calling would be an understatement. In 2012, I developed a "Hands Only CPR" program and thought that...
  • Blog Post: Laura Ralston

    Meet Laura Ralston, Little Rock Grassroots Action Team Member and passionate You're the Cure Advocate! Name: Laura Ralston Hometown: North Little Rock, AR Member, Little Rock Grassroots Action Team What celebrity, past or present, would you most like to meet and why? Jackie O because...
  • Blog Post: 2015 Florida Legislative Session Outcome Report

    2015 State Legislative Session Outcome Report
  • Blog Post: Should Every Child Have Healthy Food?

    Should every child have healthy food? It seems obvious they should, but the fact is, in Virginia, many do not. Many Virginians live in areas called food deserts, where access to affordable nutritious food is limited or nonexistent. Lack of access to healthy foods is a terrible set up for health problems...
  • Blog Post: We're About to Miss Out on Healthier Food and Drink Choices for Howard County

    Howard County is about to miss out on a chance to get healthier! Please act now , and save CB 17-2015 to make healthier food and drink choices more widely accessible, available, and affordable on county property and during county programs. County Council passed this bill to help make the healthy choice...
  • Blog Post: Dana Powell

    Dana Powell, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate On January 1, 2012, our family began the year with the birth of our second son, Asa Heard Karchmer. Like all babies, Asa delivered love and wonder into our lives. But those dreams were abruptly shattered on day two of Asa’s life. We came home from Watauga...
  • Blog Post: Mom Becomes Heart, CPR Advocate After Losing her Son

    Melinda Kentfield lost her son Taylor to cardiac arrest on September 10, 2013. The 21-year-old junior at South Dakota State University had collapsed while jogging with two friends. One friend ran to call 9-1-1 while the other stayed with Taylor. Several minutes passed before a police officer and then...
  • Blog Post: Options for CPR and AED instruction in Schools

    Thank you for your interest in training the next generation of lifesavers! With your leadership, we can save more lives from the dangers of cardiac arrest in New York. There are several low or no cost options for your school to consider for CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and AED (automated external...
  • Blog Post: Watch4Jerry Video Promotes Safe Transportation

    The city of Sioux Falls has launched a new video that, among other messages, promotes safe transportation on city streets whether you are driving, biking or walking. The video introduces Jerry, a precocious pup that reminds all those who use city streets to watch out for pedestrians, bicyclists and pets...
  • Blog Post: Complete Streets Resolution Promotes Safer City Streets

    The Sioux Falls City Council passed an important resolution that will encourage safer transportation in the city for pedestrians and bicyclists. The Complete Streets resolution is intended to make the city safer and more active by making sure all forms of transportation are considered in the street and...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Jamie Schneider

    Jamie Schneider Nebraska Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, taking the lives of one in three each year. Sometimes, that statistic does not seem alarming because it is easy to trick yourself into thinking that the one person will not be you. Heart disease is for other people. But as the youngest...
  • Blog Post: Local Column Outlines Status of Medicaid Expansion in State

    The Nebraska legislature has twice considered expanding Medicaid in our state, and twice the proposal has been rejected. The American Heart Association supports expansion of Medicaid because we believe it will become an important source of coverage for currently uninsured adults with or at-risk for cardiovascular...
  • Blog Post: Virtual stroke care from miles away

    It might seem like something out of the future, but a neurologist miles away can now virtually diagnose and prescribe care for stroke patients via stroke telemedicine or telestroke. Telestroke can help ensure that more stroke patients receive clot-busting therapy and that they receive it more quickly...
  • Blog Post: The Food Trust Calls Alabama Legislature

    As the Alabama Legislature prepares for special session, healthy food access advocates wonder if the Legislature will fund the Healthy Food Financing Act that became law earlier this year. In an AL.com opinion piece published today, Brian Lang with The Food Trust says that, "the State needs to take...
  • Blog Post: Share Your Story: Margo Knefelkamp

    Margo Knefelkamp, Indiana While working full-time and earning her MBA, Margo adopted healthier habits that helped her lose 100 pounds. She joined a CrossFit gym and exercises multiple times per week. She cut sugar-sweetened beverages and began eating healthier foods. The results have been an inspiration...