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  • 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...
  • Blog Post: Who Do You Know?

    With so many issues before our lawmakers, it often takes someone with a personal connection to really ensure our voice is heard. That's where YOU can really make the difference! Please take a moment to take our survey and tell us what you think (and who you know!).   Thank you for being a You’re...
  • Blog Post: Kick Butts Day

    The 84 Movement took to the State House on March 18 th as a part of the 20 th annual Kick Butts Day. This national day of youth activism mobilized the highest number of Massachusetts youth groups in The 84 Movement’s history. The day began with an opening session in the Gardner Auditorium at...
  • Blog Post: Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities

    The American Heart and American Stroke Association was excited to partner with MA Public Health Association as part of the Voices for Healthy Kids Healthy Food Financing Campaign for the “Healthy Food, Local Jobs, Strong Communities” which took place on Tuesday March 31 st . The briefing...
  • Blog Post: Over 35,000 in New Hampshire May Lose Access to Healthcare

    New Hampshire recently received approval from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to expand access to healthcare coverage for hard-working uninsured adults, through a premium assistance program. This program enabled over 35,000 Granite Staters to enroll in private health plans offered through...
  • Blog Post: New York City Leaders Support Healthy Food & Healthy Communities Fund

    On a cold, drizzly spring afternoon, city leaders joined advocates on the steps of City Hall to rally for the state to replenish the fund that helps to address food deserts in New York. The weather wasn't going to stop us! Thanks to Council Members Crowley and Levin, and advocates from The Food Trust...
  • Blog Post: Kate Kearns, Maine

    The last time I spoke to my Dad, he had decided he wanted my baby, due that winter, to call him "Granddaddy." You see, my sister and I never stopped calling him "Daddy" even into our adulthood, and he wanted to keep it that way. He never got to meet my daughter. I remember him...
  • Blog Post: Teen Zombies, Rhode Island

    More than 200 teens from across Rhode Island marched on the State House as part of the 2015 Zombie Walk for Kick Butts Day on March 18th. They carried the message that tobacco and nicotine use is not for them - and Big Tobacco can't sway their choice to choose health! A smaller group of teens met...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island House Committee Considers Funding CPR in Schools

    On March 18, Dr. Brian Silver, President of the American Heart Association’s Rhode Island Board of Directors, asked the House Finance Committee to include funding in the FY 2016 Budget to purchase new CPR manikins for all public high schools in the Ocean State. Dr. Silver noted in his testimony...
  • Blog Post: Rhode Island Senate to Vote on School Marketing Bill

    Great news! On March 25, the Senate Education Committee voted to recommend passage of our bill that would prohibit unhealthy food and beverage advertising in Rhode Island schools. The full Senate is scheduled to vote on the measure (DATE). National, state, and local efforts have greatly improved the...
  • Blog Post: Countdown to CPR in Schools Report

    The countdown has begun...The NYS Department of Education is required to issue a report to the NYS Board of Regents by April 19th. Many of you have taken actions to help get us where we are - we've reached out to lawmakers, the Governor; we've tweeted and posted on Facebook; we've shared...
  • Blog Post: Still Climbing...

    I think of the Maine budget process as a rock climb: 1) Sprinting is not the best option 2) It makes sense to think about each step to make sure you aren’t left hanging without a foot hold 3) Always make sure you have a partner and a safety harness 4) 6-year olds may be better at this...
  • Blog Post: Carla Leonard Has a Second Chance...

    Thanks to Louis' Law, Carla Leonard is alive and can watch her daughter grow. As a school crisis intervention aid, Carla had grown to hate one part of her morning routine: bumping her head on the AED situated right near her desk. Ironically, CPR and that AED saved her life. She was 43 when she went...
  • Blog Post: Public Health Passes CPR in Schools

    The Public Health Committee recently voted out a bill requiring high school students learn Hands-Only CPR and AED awareness before graduating. There was overwhelming support for the legislation and committee members spoke glowingly about the bill during the comment period before the vote. This was a...
  • Blog Post: Making Schools Nutritional Safe Zones

    The Committee on Children recently voted in support of legislation ensuring the food marketing that is shown in schools is aligned with the National School Lunch Program. The American Heart Association believes if schools cannot serve a particular unhealthy food item in school the food industry should...