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  • Blog Post: Heart Month Recap: Capitol Goes Red

    Written by Kula Koenig, Gov. Relations Director, CA Capitol Goes Red 2015 was a successful event with Senator Hannah-Beth Jackson (Chair of the Legislative Women’s Caucus) discussing our sponsored American Heart Month Resolution (SCR 13) on the Senate floor. After the resolution passed with...
  • Blog Post: The Open Truth Campaign

    The Open Truth campaign is a youth-focused effort to highlight the health impacts of sugary drinks and expose precision marketing practices that target young people and communities of color. The multimedia campaign includes videos created by Bay Area youth from The Bigger Picture Campaign. The youth...
  • Blog Post: Friendly Reminder: Nevada Lobby Day is March 31st Register Today

    During this busy time of the year, I wanted to friendly remind you that Nevada’s Lobby Day is around the corner on March 31 st ! Can we count on you to be there? Registration is free, but space is limited, so register today! At the event, advocates from across the state will gather at the...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Needs Improved Access to Care

    Building healthier lives depends on access to quality health care for all Americans, regardless of gender, race, age, or ethnicity. Medicaid Expansion would help protect more Alabamians against cardiovascular disease. Kentucky and other states are taking the lead to expand Medicaid. Read the Washington...
  • Blog Post: Gov. Bentley Releases Plan for Tobacco Tax

    Recently, Governor Bentley has come forward with a plan to raise taxes on Alabamians to ensure that the state can make budgets balanced in the upcoming years. The plan includes a proposal to increase the cigarette tax by 82-cents, which would raise $205 million. You can read more about the Governor's...
  • Blog Post: Help secure funding for this life-saving AED program today!

    This is a critical time in Congress. Lawmakers are deciding on their funding priorities and the next round of budget negotiations are beginning. Even in this difficult economy, there are several federally-funded programs that are vital to the heart community, and we need to let our lawmakers know they...
  • Blog Post: Florida Pushes for CPR in Schools

    The 2015 Florida Legislative Session kicked off on March 3, and for the fourth year in a row the American Heart Association has introduced legislation that would integrate Hands-Only CPR training into the curriculum for all graduating high school students. Sen. Thad Altman, R – Melbourne, and Rep...
  • Blog Post: You did it, Wyoming!

    The Wyoming Legislature passed Senate File 88 , which ensures that local and regional emergency medical services (EMS) authorities, in collaboration with the Department of Health, develop plans that will help improve health outcomes and survival rates for stroke and heart attack patients. This new law...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Bill Considered in the Legislature

    An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the Arkansas Legislature. We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on HB1465! Take action now! https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=36311#Ind_ID ] This bill will...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Bill Considered in the New Mexico Legislature

    An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the New Mexico Legislature. We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on SB 81! Take Action Now! https://yourethecure.org/aha/advocacy/composeletters.aspx?AlertID=36384#Ind_ID ] This bill will...
  • Blog Post: Youth Volunteers Advocate for Heart

    On March 3rd, 41 Sweethearts from the Central Oklahoma region traveled to the State Capitol for the annual Sweethearts Day at the Capitol. These youth advocates began the day with a training on the legislative process and learned about issues the American Heart Association support. From there, the...
  • Blog Post: Stroke Bill Considered in the Oklahoma Legislature

    An important bill that will help stroke patients get faster quality treatment is being considered in the Oklahoma Legislature. We need your help to ask lawmakers to vote YES on HB1463! Take Action Now! This bill will allow for the development of emergency medical service protocols related to the...
  • Blog Post: Investing in Prevention

    The cheapest and most effective way to treat heart disease and stroke is to prevent them in the first place. Take action now! Ask lawmakers to fund important lifesaving programs. We encourage lawmakers to support a number of funding requests that will reduce heart disease and stroke in Texas: ...
  • Blog Post: SF790 Hearing Today!

    SF790, appropriating money to sustain the newly implemented Stroke System in MN gets a thorough hearing in the Senate HHS Finance Committee today. Thanks to Sen. Melisa Lopez Franzen for your leadership and Joanie Somes and Albert Tsai for your testimony!
  • Blog Post: Small Hearts. Big Challenges.

    Small hearts can conceal big challenges, especially when it comes to congenital heart defects. It’s one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. and the leading killer of infants with birth defects. What if we could do something simple to help provide a strong start for a new life? We can....
  • Blog Post: Volunteer Spotlight: Thurman Paul

    Thurman Paul is like many You’re the Cure Advocates connected to stroke. His father’s uncle suffered a stroke two years ago. His interest in the Advocacy work of the American Heart Association began with a simple call to action to sign a petition in support of obesity prevention on the community...
  • Blog Post: Tania Boughton

    Tania Noelle Boughton is Chair of the AHA State Leadership Council for Obesity Prevention, the author of cookbook Eating Light, Done Right , and the founder of “Check the Light Before You Bite!” a healthy eating program in school districts, geared toward helping children make healthier food...
  • Blog Post: We are going mobile!

    Text 'YTC2015' to 52886 to begin receiving campaign updates and calls to action via text messages! You don't have to be a lobbyist to call on lawmakers - just an advocate passionate about heart and stroke issues. In just a few moments, you can make a huge difference. We'll make...
  • Blog Post: Advocating for Heart: Take action to get Texas #CloserToMyGrocer!

    On March 18, youth advocates and volunteers from across Texas will be Advocating for Heart in Austin to ask their elected officials to bring them closer to their grocer! Follow along on social media using the hashtag #CloserToMyGrocer and at @YoureTheCureTX . Join the movement and take action today...
  • Blog Post: Video: OKC & Food Access

    If you have a car in OKC, chances are you can quickly cover the miles between you and the closest grocery store. Chances are, you don't have to think twice about where you can find healthy foods or how long it would take you to get there. Chances are, food access is not an issue for you. But imagine...
  • Blog Post: New School P.E. Benchmarks Considered for MN

    The Public News Service posted an aritcle this morning on developing grade-specific benchmarks for P.E. classes in Minnesota, check it out below! ST. PAUL, Minn. - Getting regular exercise is one of the easiest ways to combat childhood obesity, and a bill awaiting a hearing at the state Capitol...
  • Blog Post: Texans testify in support of Grocery Access Investment

    On Thursday, March 19, Texans representing a variety of businesses and populations in Texas testified on behalf of HB 1485, the Texas Grocery Access Investment Act, in a hearing held by the House Committee on Economic and Small Business Development. Only a day after a large Advocating for Heart day during...
  • Blog Post: Help Protect Stroke Survivor's Therapy

    After surviving a stroke, the last thing anyone needs to worry about is running out of therapy sessions. Stroke is our nation’s No. 5 cause of death and a leading cause of disability and dementia. Therapy services provide stroke survivors with the ability to regain vital skills like walking and...
  • Blog Post: Stroke System of Care Act Passes in Washington DC

    We are happy to announce the Stroke System of Care Act became official law in Washington, DC on March 10, 2015! This important law establishes a coordinated system of care for stroke patients by: !!! Recognizing three tiers of stroke facilities – Comprehensive, Primary, and Acute Stroke Ready...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Representative Fred Deutsch

    It was the spring of 2007. I had just turned 50. Shortness of breath sent me to my doctor. After a battery of tests he told me I was 50 pounds overweight, had hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and the muscles on the left side of my heart had started to abnormally thicken (ventricular hypertrophy). The good...