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  • Blog Post: Louisiana Achieves Legislative Wins

    The 2015 Louisiana Legislative Session ended on June 11 and proved quite successful for the American Heart Association. First, the Legislature passed HCR 92 that directs the Department of Health to adopt rules requiring EMS authorities to develop and implement transportation protocols for acute stroke...
  • Blog Post: Visit Save Lives California Today!

    The American Heart Association is proud to be a member of the Save Lives California coalition to empower Californians like you to help protect more of our state's residents from the harms of tobacco use. Our coalition, which includes healthcare workers, doctors, dentists, health plans and prevention...
  • Blog Post: Be CPR Smart this Summer

    The temperatures are rising in Arizona, and along with it comes lazy days in the pool. It’s this time of year that we are especially reminded how important it is to know how to respond in an emergency cardiac event. 4 out of 5 cardiac emergencies occur outside of a hospital setting, and roughly...
  • Blog Post: Protect Your Heart in the Heat

    Summer is here and hopefully you are spending the long days outdoors with family and friends. This is the perfect time of the year to ride bikes or take walks in the park. Keep in mind It’s important to stay safe when the temperature rises. If you’re a heart patient, older than 50 or overweight...
  • Blog Post: Summer has arrived and it's looking busy at the AHA

    Guest Blogger: Amanda Cahill, Montana Government Relations Director Summer is officially here and the American Heart Association has big plans for the summer. We are continuing our work to help build a healthier Montana and we wanted to let you know about just a few of the things we have going on...
  • Blog Post: Washington's 2015 Legislative Session Continues Into July

    After a near shutdown of the state government, Washington’s legislative session continues in a third special session. From the beginning many suspected this would be a challenging year given the Legislature’s consideration of a transportation revenue package and its need to fund K-12 education...
  • Blog Post: An extra $8.75 billion for the NIH!

    Yes, that’s possible, but we need your help to make it a reality. Right now, the U.S. House of Representatives is working on a bill called the 21st Century Cures Act. The bill seeks to advance the discovery and development of new medical treatments for patients, such as by providing a much needed...
  • Blog Post: State stroke legislation impacts certifying primary stroke centers

    Individual state stroke legislation plays a compelling role in certifying primary stroke centers and improving availability and accessibility of care to acute stroke patients, according to research in the American Heart Association journal Stroke . A hospital that has been certified as a Primary Stroke...
  • Blog Post: Alabama Improves Access to Healthy Foods

    It’s official! Gov. Bentley recently signed the Alabama Healthy Food Financing Act into law. Advocates joined him in a ceremony to commemorate this act on July 1, 2015. Now, the state has a much needed infrastructure to help bring healthy food closer to home for more than a million Alabamians....
  • Blog Post: Matthew and Sherry Pickett, Kentucky

    Matthew and Sherry Pickett Kentucky My Stroke Hero is my son, Matthew Pickett. Matthew was born on June 2, 1999, and within 24 hours, he coded. Also during that time, he had stroke. Unfortunately, the cardiologist had to wait days for the bleeding to stop in order to do his first open heart surgery...
  • Blog Post: Sen. Orr Speaks about Upcoming Special Session

    As the Alabama Legislature gears up for a special session in August, Sen. Arthur Orr, chair of the Senate Finance and Taxation General Fund Committee, spoke with the Madison County Republican Men's Club about issues the Legislature must address, such as a $200 million budget shortfall. He expects...
  • Blog Post: Florida Pushes for CPR in Schools

    For the past four years, we have attempted to pass CPR as a high school graduation requirement in Florida. This year, Sen. Thad Altman once again sponsored our language in the Senate and we were fortunate enough to have Rep. Chris Sprowls, Republican from Clearwater, champion our efforts in the House...
  • Blog Post: Advocacy After Hours

    You’re the Cure advocates gathered in Little Rock on June 16 th for an event reviewing the 2015 Legislative Session. In the audience were researchers from UAMS, the director of the AR SAVES programs, and many other key volunteers. To kick off the event, Barbara Kumpe, the AR Government Relations...
  • Blog Post: Meet Dave Oberembt

    Please welcome Dave Oberembt to the You're the Cure family! Dave has big shoes to fill as he steps in to the role of Arkansas Government Relations Director replacing Barbara Kumpe, longtime AHA staffer who recently retired. We wish Barbara well on her next chapter in life and welcome Dave to the...
  • Blog Post: Heart Healthy Summer Treat: Chocolate Peanut Butter Banana Soft Serve

    If you’re like me and have a huge sweet tooth, then you know that summer means ice cream season! On a hot summer day there is nothing better than cooling off with a delicious helping of this frozen treat. Unfortunately, ice cream is not necessarily the healthiest option in the world, but luckily...
  • Blog Post: Meet Kristen Waters

    Please welcome Kristen Waters to the You're the Cure family! Kristen joins the SouthWest Affiliate Advocacy Team as Director of Advocacy and Community Integration. Meet Kristen I’d like to formally introduce myself to you all as the new Government Relations/Community Integration Director...
  • 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; a bill that 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

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  • 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...