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  • Blog Post: Marilyn Boyd, Tennessee

    Marilyn Boyd was 46-years-old, one day and 90-years-old the next. She couldn’t move her right side and speaking had become difficult — at least that’s what she was told. “I thought that something must’ve been wrong with their ears because in my head, I sounded fine,”...
  • Blog Post: TAKE ACTION: Tell City Council that OKC Hearts Need Healthy Food

    We’ve been talking a lot about food access lately, specifically how it needs improvement right here in OKC. Maybe you’ve been excited about helping to improve the situation, maybe you’ve been taking action, or maybe you’ve been asking yourself what does food access have to do...
  • Blog Post: MN Advocates Testify on AHA Issues at the Capitol

    Last week was full of hearings up at the Capitol and State Office Building! We want to thank ALL of our volunteers who testified on our issues. Check it out below: The House Transportation Finance Committee released their omnibus transportation finance bill on Tuesday. We lined up 4 testifiers to...
  • Blog Post: Leonard Edloe, Jr, PharmD

    Leonard Edloe Jr, PharmD, Virginia Dr. Leonard Edloe is a staunch supporter for the profession of pharmacy in numerous areas of public policy. The drive to help others led him to many worthwhile pursuits, including active advocacy with You’re the Cure . A retired pharmacist now, Dr. Edloe...
  • Blog Post: Thank You for Everything You Do!

    It’s National Volunteer Appreciation Week this week (April 12 – 16) – and with that thought on our minds, we wanted to tell you how much we appreciate you, and all that you do for You’re the Cure initiatives all across the East Coast. We appreciate every single alert response...
  • Blog Post: Update: Relief for stroke survivors

    I have mixed news to share about our efforts to repeal Medicare’s caps on outpatient therapy services. Late Tuesday night, the U.S. Senate passed a bill that we hoped would include Senators Cardin’s and Vitter’s bipartisan amendment to permanently repeal the therapy caps. Unfortunately...
  • Blog Post: Congratulations to Shenendehowa on becoming the Capital Region's first CPR Smart School District!

    Nine out of 10 victims of sudden cardiac arrest die. If you live in the Shenendehowa Central School District, your chances of surviving sudden cardiac arrest might be higher than average, since students in that district all learn Hands-Only CPR before graduation. Teaching CPR is part of the district’s...
  • Blog Post: Move MN Supporters Rallied at the Capitol for Transportation!

    Supporters across the state came together this afternoon on the Capitol Lawn for a rally to make their voices heard about the urgent need for reliable transportation funding! Speakers included Governor Mark Dayton, Lt. Governor Tina Smith, and Senator Scott Dibble.
  • Blog Post: A Great Week for CPR in Schools!

    This week, the State Education Department (SED) issued the highly anticipated CPR in Schools Report to the Board of Regents. Following the presentation, the Regents openly discussed including CPR and AED instruction in the curriculum. And the support from the Board of Regents was overwhelming! Members...
  • Blog Post: How do we become a CPR SMART School?

    You've asked...and we're answering! Everyone is buzzing about how to receive AHA's CPR Smart School designation in New York. It's easy...a district just needs to implement a written policy that calls for students to learn CPR (yup, that includes performing compressions) and about AEDs...
  • Blog Post: Upper Midwest Obesity Rates Trimmed by Minnesota!

    Check out this press release from the Minnesota Department of Health! Way to go Minnesota! Minnesota has outperformed nearby states by being the only one of its neighbors to bend the curve on obesity rates, according to a recent MDH analysis of CDC data. Minnesota’s adult obesity rates have...
  • Blog Post: South Dakota Youth Advocate in Washington D.C.

    Reagan Spomer, a youth advocate for the American Heart Association, recently traveled to Washington DC to help First Lady Michelle Obama plant the White House vegetable garden. Reagan was chosen to participate in this event because she sits on the national board of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation...
  • Blog Post: Advocate Spotlight: Lois Mauch

    Lois Mauch North Dakota We all want to make a difference; I had the opportunity to participate as a representative of North Dakota Society of Healthy and Physical Educators, (ND SHAPE) with the American Heart Association Lobby day. Advocacy is important no matter what your profession is and becoming...
  • Blog Post: You're the Cure Hero: Bob Biggins

    What brought you to be an advocate for the American Heart Association? I had my stroke in 2003 while serving in the Illinois legislature. I'd already been working with the American Heart Association on health care issues so after I was able, I became a visible advocate for heart healthy issues...
  • Blog Post: Highlights of PA Advocacy Day 2015

    On April 20, 2015, dozens of dedicated American Heart Association volunteers from across Pennsylvania converged on the State Capitol to raise awareness of important heart and stroke-related policy issues. For a number of attendees, this was their first-ever advocacy day, and they found it to be a very...
  • Blog Post: AHA Board Member Debra Rectenwald's Letter to the Editor

    AHA-Twin Cities board member Debra Rectenwald writes in a letter to the editor in Sunday’s Pioneer Press that Minnesota lawmakers have the unique opportunity this session to lay the groundwork for a modern transportation system by including "greater investment in pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure…"...
  • Blog Post: Advocate highlights for legislators the importance of research funding

    As a girl of 11, Shobha Ghosh experienced the deaths of both her mother and older sister in the span of just 10 days. It was a trauma that would set her on a course she has travelled for four decades now, a search to find a cure to heart disease. Today, Dr. Shobha Ghosh, is a leading researcher looking...
  • Blog Post: Join Us: NYS Stroke Advocacy Day

    Stroke. Preventable. Treatable. Beatable. Join us in Albany on May 27th as we talk to lawmakers about treating and beating stroke. No experience? No worries. We'll make it easy for you. We will kick off the day with a morning training session. And we will set up legislative meetings for...
  • Blog Post: Step Up to the Plate for Stroke Research!

    We are asking Congress to the Step Up to the Plate! On May 11 and 12, hundreds of advocates from across the country will be in Washington, DC for You’re the Cure on the Hill 2015. In addition to asking our legislators to support healthy school meals, volunteers will also urge our elected leaders...
  • Blog Post: Ryley Williams testifies to promote funding for pediatric stroke research

    Ryley Williams was 15 years old, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound football player – and he was also the victim of a stroke. Today, nearly three years after intense surgeries and still in ongoing physical therapy, he will be testifying before Congress on Wednesday to promote more funding for research and...
  • Blog Post: Hayder Hashim, M.D., New York City

    My Dad is Why. It was a Wednesday evening in June of 2006. I was in my room, studying for my final Gynecology and Obstetrics test, when I heard my mother calling me saying "your father is not looking right". He was 57 at the time, in his usual state of health when he started complaining...
  • Blog Post: Can You Walk the Walk? Heartwalk 2015

    Amongst the 12,000 people in attendance at the OKC Heartwalk were 2 teams who had agreed to take on an extra challenge. Between them they hauled 3 grocery bags stacked high with veggies, canned goods, a gallon of milk, and other routine grocery items for the entirety of their one mile walk. Why? ...
  • Blog Post: CPR SMART Schools Take Off in NYC!

    It all started with Staten Island's Port Richmond High School back in February...they were honored as New York City's first CPR Smart school during American Heart Month. Then came the Juan Morel Campos Secondary School in Brooklyn. Not to be outdone, Manhattan achieved their first CPR Smart designation...
  • Blog Post: CPR Smart School Honor Roll

    American Heart Association's CPR Smart School Honor Roll released... Congratulations to the following districts and schools in New York State that have been recognized as "CPR Smart" thanks to their commitment to teaching CPR and AED instruction to students: North Rose...
  • Blog Post: Poll Finds Texans Overwhelmingly Support Texas Grocery Access Investment

    83% of Texans favor a program to increase the number of grocery stores in Texas that sell healthier food in underserved communities that need stores. Click each image to enlarge and find out more about HB 1485 and SB 1590, the Texas Grocery Access Investment Act.